With things heating up at Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore, patrons will probably want to get in on the new venue's weekend-long tango workshop, beginning tonight at 8 with a class called Introduction to the Close Embrace. Instructor Brigitta Winkler has performed and taught tango for twenty years, and her training combines classical Argentine influences with advanced work in body-mind centering, which lends a provocative edge to the dance. This introductory course should put shy dancers (and shy suitors) who want to go to the Tango Dance Party tomorrow night in good stead. It costs $15 to get schooled in the ways of the close embrace, unless potential embracers prefer to seek out other means of instruction. For more information, call 816-931-9545.
The Dukes of Hazzard were pretty badass. Or at least that's how fans of the show whose own Dukes of Hazzard Hot Wheels burned rubber on sidewalks remember them. Now these fans can hearken back to the good old days with the good ol' boys when John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, appears at the 2001 Carquest World of Wheels at Bartle Hall, 14th & Broadway, this weekend. Schneider gives musical performances on the celebrity stage today from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. And there is no shortage of intriguing cars to see while waiting to catch the act. The candy-lime, gold and chartreuse Cadstar -- a 1954 Coupe Deville with "tuck 'n' roll" upholstery inside -- is sure to be an eye-opener. Meanwhile, the Rad Mad, a 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman wagon, has gone "from boring to bodacious" in the hands of Chris Dixon, who painted the vehicle (which bears a startling resemblance to a hearse) the color of orange sherbet and added Jaguar headlights, bucket seats from a Ford Probe GT and a slew of other transplanted parts. Admission costs $12. For more information, call 816-304-5077.
Going Off to the Country always sounds like a pleasant diversion (that is, when it's not a euphemism for a more ominous fate). Still, when city folk leave town in search of peace and quiet, chaos usually follows them. In the case of Carlo Goldoni's classic Italian play, performed at 2 this afternoon at the Grant Hall Theatre, 5228 Charlotte, pandemonium erupts before anyone goes anywhere. As two families prepare for their annual summer vacations in the countryside, their preoccupations with love, jealousy and money stir things up, creating both conflict and comedy. This run of Goldoni's play was directed by New York-based Stephan Golux; University of Missouri-Kansas City master of fine arts candidates perform, as do a few undergraduates. Tickets cost $6 ($4 for students and senior citizens). For more information, call 816-235-2700.
For the month of February, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, has put Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence's Home Chores, part of the museum's collection, on display in Gallery 200 to commemorate this important figure's life and art. Visitors should do their best to soak up the painting's significance without letting their thoughts turn to their own need to do dishes and other such tasks at home. As February comes to an end, the chance to see this painting gets smaller by the day; the dishes stacked on the counter, on the other hand, won't go anywhere. For more information, call 816-751-1ART.
The members of Celtic band Seven Nations -- Scott, Struby, Ashton, Scott and Dan -- whose mugs are all over Dewar's Scotch Whiskey ads, are a worldly bunch. Hailing from New York, the band recorded its most recent album in Pictou, Nova Scotia, and band members have appeared on CNN's Worldbeat. Although they play worldwide, they are said to feel as much at home in front of 300 moshers in a Midwest club as they do in front of 40,000 fans at an international Celtic festival. That's a good thing considering the fact that Midwesterners -- regardless of whether they're inclined to mosh -- are guaranteed to compose most of the crowd tonight at W.J. McBride's, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway in Overland Park. The show, which starts at 9 p.m., is expected to sell out, so Kansas Citians who are hot for pipers (or who have developed a Pavlovian desire to see the band based on its association with whiskey) might want to get there early. For more information, call 913-451-3100.
Tonight at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania, frustrated fans who show up for Orgy only to discover that Orgy is just a rock band can always take a quick ride on the mechanical bull. But the actual music could give vent to these people's frustrations, with songs such as "Blue Monday" demanding an answer to the question How should I feel when you treat me like you do? Fittingly, Orgy comes with a number of other bands: Cold, Spineshank and Alien Antfarm. Those who know what a letdown one-night bands can be the next morning -- when fans wake up alone, eyeliner smudged on their pillowcases -- might find encouragement in Rolling Stone's assertion that this music "stays with you after the makeup fades." The show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. For more information, call 816-561-2668.