He Who Must Not Be Named

Wizard Weekend wocks

Why bother going all the way to Universal Studios in Florida, or renting one of the Harry Potter movies, or even reading a Harry Potter book at all (sacrilege, yes!) when you can live like Harry Potter this Saturday and Sunday at the Missouri Botanical Garden's second annual Wizard Weekend? Though the Hogwarts whiz kid's name doesn't appear anywhere near this kids' science-and-crafts fest officially, his magical milieu will be recreated through tons of hands-on exhibits and presentations. Kids can learn about the physics of broomstick flight; make wands and capes; hang out with real, live owls from the World Bird Sanctuary; and witness a magician's act up close.

Turning Wizard Weekend into an annual event was a no-brainer after the success of last year's, according to MoBot's Lisa Brandon, who gushes that "the kids were absolutely fascinated last year." In a little twist on the theme this year, activities will focus on plant science and herbology, especially the demonstration by "headmistress wizard" Amy Haake of the Garden's Education Division.

Wizard Weekend activities will take place from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. All activities are included with regular Garden admission or membership (ages twelve and under are always free). For more information, visit www.mobot.org or call 314-577-9400. -- Rose Martelli

Scrappy, Slappy
And made from crappy

SAT 11/1

Have you ever wondered how junk can become funk? Then watch Scrap Arts Music (www.scrapartsmusic.com) bring da noise and da junk to Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard) at 11:00 a.m.

Scrap Arts Music simultaneously creates music and contemporary art by crafting musical instruments from industrial trash. These discarded pieces of tin and steel seem useless until they're molded and shaped into unusual instruments that produce dynamic sounds.

The group's high-energy, futuristic-looking production showcases tunes from their CD, {Phon}. The songs combine pop sensibilities with world music and wildman percussion. The result is funky, industrial and innovative.

This heavy metal concert is being presented as part of the Ovations! For Young People Series. Call 314-534-1111 for tickets, which are priced at a very reasonable $7. -- Rob Levy

 
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