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Genitorturers As the name implies, there's a gimmick at work here. The GTs like their rock with holes in it, and if you've longed for a cross between the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow and Gwar, you just might get your wish tonight. Grunge knockoffs Mindfunk and Life of Agony open. 7 p.m. The Asylum, 6134 Airline, 694-6623. $10. (B.T.)

Sunday
December 19
Annie Leibovitz Exhibit Pop culture makes a triumphant foray into the museum world with an exuberant retrospective of Leibovitz's portraits. It's about time that the Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors to one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. From portraits of Ella Fitzgerald to Jodie Foster, this exhibit includes the most exquisite photographs of Leibovit's career. The definitive and truthful style of her work captures the essence of each of her subjects, an intimacy that few photographers are able to convey successfully. Thru Jan. 30. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 12:15-6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7300. $3 adults; $1.50 children. (K.M.)

Monday
December 20
The Pig "Live" Monday nights at the Pig are one of Houston's best-kept secrets. All drinks are $2 (except import beers) and unlike the normal sardine-packed, weekend-get-a-peek-at-the-band-if-you're-lucky gatherings, the pool table is open and the place has a homey neighborhood-bar vibe going. A mighty fine CD jukebox, dart boards and plenty of breathing room make this a Monday-night place to be. Open until 2 a.m. The Pig, 2150 Richmond, 524-0696. FREE. (S.W.)

Tuesday
December 21
"In Search of Our Fathers" This week's Frontline tells the story of Marco Williams' seven-year search to find the indentity of his father. His journey started in the spring of 1981 in Philadelphia, and, video recorder in hand, he travels around the country and to Paris. Should be interesting. Moving. Cheap. 9 p.m. Channel 8/PBS.

Wednesday
December 22
Omega House The Omega House is searching for people interested in helping to ease one stage in the battle against AIDS. The House, founded in 1986, is home to many AIDS patients seeking solace and comfort during their difficult days. One of Houston's only facilities to house AIDS patients, the Omega House offers a nurturing environment aimed at providing patients with a normal life. Volunteers are needed to help with chores ranging from cooking to bedside care. If you're interested in helping, call the Omega House, 602 Branard, 523-1146. (K.M.)

Thursday
December 23
Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets Our magnificient boys in maroon and gold take on the team of the future in the Midwest Division. The Nugs have struggled in recent times, but through a seemingly endless list of lottery picks -- the latest being power forward Rodney Rogers, a self-described cross between Karl Malone and Charles Barkley -- the Mile High bunch is actually worth seeing. Though, in a all likelihood, most Houston fans won't. 7:30 p.m. The Summit, 10 Greenway Plaza, 629-3700. $11-$150. (A.H.)

Contributions from Alex Hecht (A.H.), Crosby King (C.K.), Kathryn McKinnis (K.M.), Brad Tyer (B.T.) and Sam Weller (S.W.).

Yuletide SpiritWith Christmas just around the corner, Houston folks are getting into the spirit. While the Heights and Post Oak are showcasing their brilliant lights, there's plenty of other ways channel your X-mas energy. Here's but a taste of the activites:

Activism
Sponsor a Family The American Business Women's Association is sponsoring a family for Christmas. The Taylor High School choir will perform holiday music. A non-perishable food item donation is requested. Tue., Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, I-10 and Hwy. 6, 578-5066. Reservations recommended. $15.

Toys for Tots Drive Neiman Marcus will host its annual Christmas is for Kids toy drive. Toys for the drive do not have to be purchased at Neiman Marcus, but must be wrapped and delivered to the Town & Country store. Thru Dec. 18. Neiman Marcus Town & Country, 10615 Town & Country Way, 984-2100.

Children's Theater
All I Want For Christmas Selfish Princess Petunia receives a special gift and a valuable lesson for Christmas. Thu.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Fri., 1 p.m. A.D. Players, Rotunda Theater, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, 526-2721. Thru. Dec. 18. $5.

Frosty the Snowman The snowman we all know and love returns to Houston just in time for the holiday season and cooler temps. Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. The Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square, 726-1219. Thru Jan. 1. $4.50.

The Toys Take Over Christmas A hard-hearted toymaker learns a lesson about love -- from his toys. Tue.-Fri., 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. No performances Dec. 24 & 25. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy., 527-8243. Thru Dec. 26. $5.

The Turn-Around Christmas Sonya the Skunk and Calico Kitten track down Willie the Weasel, who has stolen and is selling Santa's toys. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Kuumba House, 3412 LaBranch, 524-1079. Thru Dec. 23. $4.

Festivals
Music Christmas Concert and Sing-a-long The Sugar Land Community Orchestra will perform holiday music in this free Christmas concert. The event will even include an appearence by Santa. Sat., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Clements High School, Elkins Blvd., 242-0249. Free.

Holiday Concert
The Space Center Houston and KRTS Radio present this musical that features 18 choirs from area high schools, churches, elementaries and colleges. Dec. 18, 20, 21 & 23. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Road 1, 244-2100. $9.95 adults;. $5.95 kids.

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