Friday, February 13, 2015

Swingers

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Did you blow Valentine's Day? Don't despair, you can fix this. Have a night out on the day after without the rom-com pressure or smug couples.

Now that the swing craze of the '90s is over, we can enjoy it without feeling smarmy. Big-band big shots Swing Fever are at the Morris Graves Museum of Art on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. ($5). Get your heart pumping with an afternoon of dancing to tunes from the 1930s to the 1950s played live with vocals from crooner Denise Perrier. It's post-retro-retro fabulous with tons of meet-cute potential.

Rest your dogs for a couple of hours and you'll still make it in plenty of time for the Celtic Fiddle Festival at the Van Duzer Theatre at 8 p.m ($35, $25 kids, $5 HSU students). Sure, "violin music" is a little on the nose for romance, but this is fiddle. Totally different deal from that weird guy at the restaurant who wouldn't leave your table. The members of the quartet hail from all over. Kevin Burke of Ireland, Andre Brunét of Quebec and Bretons Christian Lemaître and Nicholas Quémener make it look easy, chatting and laughing as they skip across borders to take you through myriad styles of fiddling and guitar.

See? Better the second time around.

— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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