Water, Water Everywhere
Dowsing gets us thinking about drinking.
Jerry White says there's more to the ancient art of dowsing -- using a pendulum or Y-shaped tree branch to find underground water -- than meets the eye. "The dowsing rod doesn't pick up a damn thing," says the intuitive 70-year-old. "Our own unconscious manipulates it." So those who assume their unconscious mind only dwells upon their relationship with their mother aren't giving the little bugger enough credit. White insists that our unconscious "knows way more than we know," such as where we misplaced our keys -- and dowsing can help with that, too. White's Communiversity water dowsing class is from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the UMKC School of Medicine at 2411 Holmes. Call 816-235-1448 to register. -- Jason Harper
In the Moodlight
Powell Gardens gets us geared for winter.
In Virginia Woolf's gender bender Orlando, the title character woos Russian princess Sasha in the heart of winter under a starlit sky. Regrettably, Sasha leaves Orlando before their wedding, plunging the dandy into a deep depression and, ultimately, a sexual reincarnation. But the notion of embracing these dark winter months is nonetheless admirable, which is why we recommend the luminary walk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Powell Gardens (1609 Northwest Highway 50 in Kingsville, Missouri). After strolling through hundreds of luminaries, we'll catch a trolley to Grand Hall and cozy up in front of the fire, restore ourselves with soup and bread and learn to make luminaries to light our own dejected winter eves at home. Regular garden admission applies, plus $5 for the grub. Call 816-697-2600 for more information. -- Julia Westhoff