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monday
march 21
Get out of town Spring is here, so sign up for Far Flung Adventures and Texas Adventures if you haven't already. The former offers travel with country-and-western singers; the latter, courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, enables laypeople to enjoy the great outdoors with scientists and experts in outdoorsy fields.

Texas Adventures' next outing, March 24-27, is a photo trip to Big Bend with landscape and wildlife photographers Leroy Williamson and Jim Carr. This adventure begins in Fort Leaton. Everything is covered under the cost ($400), including evening critiques and lectures -- but you have to get to Fort Leaton yourself. Contact Tom Harvey at (512) 389-4453 for this and other Parks and Wildlife programs.

Far Flung has campfire concerts and riverside thrills and spills with Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Gilmore provides river music in the Santa Elena Canyon for three days (April 23-25), Far Flung's expert guides take care of business, and you enjoy a truly unique weekend. All things considered, a bargain at $475 per person.

Another flatlander, Butch Hancock, stars on a Far Flung trip in June. Butch is not only a singer and songwriter, but also a folk poet, adventurer and sketch artist. This little outing is a three-day rafting weekend (June 24-26) on the Rio Grande, including the Taos Box in New Mexico. (Butch has completed advanced whitewater school and will be a boatman on the trip, too.) This trip costs $425 per person, which covers equipment and meals.

To participate in a Far Flung adventure, happy campers should be older than ten, in good health and prepared for moderate to strenuous exercise -- hiking and rowing. Call Steve or one of the other fine folks at Far Flung for further information, (800) 359-2627.

tuesday
march 22
Jesus Christ Superstar An early hit for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, a song source for Helen Reddy and now a vehicle for an otherwise-out-of-work '80s pop star. This roadshow version of the Christ story reunites Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, who stared in the macramŽ movie version as Jesus and Judas.

When the Broadway show opened, there was some shock value in a rock opera, especially a biblical rock opera. Time has passed and we're all blase about that -- which is nice, as there is some merit in this show. Musically, Jesus Christ Superstar is every bit as rousing as, oh, Oklahoma!. The text is rather nifty, too. Webber and Rice play cat-and-mouse with the issue of divinity, so it's never clear if their Christ is anything more than just a guy who talks a good game.

And in the role of Pilate is the whiny-voiced Dennis DeYoung, who showed a penchant for the overly theatrical in a former life as lead singer for '80s concept band Styx. He penned and sang some of the band's worst greatest hits -- "Mr. Roboto," "The Best of Times," "Babe," "Come Sail Away," the list goes on. Okay, but can he act?

Opens tonight, 8 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Thru March 27. Brown Theater, Wortham Center, 500 Texas Avenue, 629-3700. $36.50-$42.50.

wednesday
march 23
Book 'im, Dan-o Time again for the American Cancer Society's Jail-N-Bail fundraiser. Over the next three days, happy citizens can have their friends and co-workers "arrested" and tossed in the pokey -- all for a good cause. Once incarcerated, the jailbird has unlimited access to a cellular phone to call friends, relatives and other cash-holders. Minimum bail is $250, but the American Cancer Society suggests bail between $250 and $700. The Society is already planning to bust Doug Dawson, Ninfa Laurenzo, Fran Fawcett, R. C. Rogers and Sam Nuchia. Have your friends arrested, and maybe they'll get you autographs.

Jail-N-Bail cancer cops will be on patrol 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tomorrow. (Plus 1-4 p.m. Tue., Mar. 22.) There is a $15 complaint filing fee, but no limit to how many people you can have picked up. Call 266-2877 to order arrests.

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