Don't do good. Do Coward.

Kristin Gehring's big week

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We had every intention of encouraging you to take a good look around you this week and see what you could do for those less fortunate than you, but then we got distracted by the Noel Coward play that previews on Friday at Circle Theatre in Forest Park. Now we've got to go dig our feather boa out of the children's dress-up box and check the weekend weather reports. If it's too hot and humid, you see, the feathers stick to one's neck. We simply adore Noel Coward, when it's done well, and we expect it will be. In case you don't remember the plot of Coward's Design for Living, the play concerns a sophisticated, artsy 1930s menage a trois and the drunken havoc they wreak on everyone around them. We, ourselves, yearn to wreak some drunken havoc, but someone would be sure to find out. So the boa will have to do. Previews start Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m., and preview tickets are only $11. Call 771-0700.

We'll look for you at Art on Harrison this weekend?#34;the festival of open galleries and outdoor entertainment on Harrison Street between Austin Blvd. and Ridgeland Avenue. (773/622-0324). All us sophisticated, artsy types will be there, wishing we were in Paris and about to do something we'd regret. We'll be easy to spot, as we will be wearing a feather boa partially stuck to our sweaty neck.

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