The Bauwauhaus, 1990

The Doghouse is the place to be right now -- that is, the exhibit of the same name at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. New York wags can't stop talking about those amusing little doghouses -- the latest in design, post-Snoopy -- and what they mean from Bauhaus to your house. It's all here in a home show gone to the dogs, through Oct. 14 in the museum's garden.

Produced by the Cooper-Hewitt with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the exhibit of architect-designed houses was conceived to include an audience often ignored by museums -- the visually impaired. There are Braille labels and signs printed in over-size type, and hands-on viewing is encouraged.

The chance to work for clients who couldn't hound them must have agreed with the architects. Their designs are inspired -- from a pyramid with a skylight and a Mayan temple to modernism in a portable "Pup Tent" and a split-level with sun deck and lap pool.

Since only Seeing Eye dogs are allowed, you'll have to fill in Rover so he can make his selection in time for Sotheby's spring auction of the houses to benefit Guiding Eyes. For opening times, call (212) 860-6868.

The Lure of Russian Fishing

Russian fishing prowess has spawned more than a few international incidents over the years, but that's all behind us -- especially now that those legendary fishing camps have finally been opened to foreigners. Thanks to Robert D. Burgener of Internect in Rockville and Intourism Services in Minsk, groups of 12 fishermen can cast their lot this fall with their Russian comrades.

The first group leaves Sept. 21, with six fishermen going to a camp north of Minsk on the Svisloch River, the other half to one on the Ob in Siberia, a two-hour helicopter ride from Surgut. Participants will stay in cabins, eat fish and drink vodka, with translators expediting the swapping of tall tales.

And by the way, they say they're really biting. Because Siberia is so far north, says Burgener, the occasional prehistoric fish is hauled out of the Ob's waters, along with the usual salmon and trout. Which may be another fish story.

Other departure dates are Oct. 12 and 21. The cost for the 10-day trip is $2,600 to Minsk, $3,200 to Surgut. Contact Burgener at (301) 933-9043.


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"The Large East Room ... is open to the public from 10 to 2. Two or three times a week the President receives all comers here at 1 p.m., shaking hands with each as they pass him in single file." -- "Baedeker's United States," 1893, on the White House ON TOURS

Arena Stage's 1990 Theatre Lover's International Tour will take 40 theater buffs on a 13-day tour to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Nov. 25 to Dec. 7. Participants see eight plays and get the behind-the-scenes spin in symposia with actors, critics, playwrights, producers, dressers and the like from the productions. Also included are backstage tours as well as sightseeing tours. Cost is $3,000 per person all-inclusive, based on double occupancy, $250 of which is a tax-deductible donation to Arena. Reserve by Sept. 15 by contacting Arena's John Chappell, 554-9066.

With dozens of galleries, the San Francisco art scene can be formidable. Where to start? On the corner of Grant and Market streets, by meeting Oakland performance artist Susan Shaddick, who offers perspective on what's currently in the galleries on two-hour, $15 tours of either downtown or the South of Market area. For details: (415) 832-2421.