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Easter Orange Hunt Jeff McKissack's legacy continues -- in this case, it's his interest in the health of children that lives on. Kids ten and under are invited to participate in this special orange hunt and to enjoy other sugar-free goodies. Out in the wholesome fresh air, kids and adults will be treated to special entertainment by Luisa Amaral-Smith: she sings and has always been popular with audiences of wee ones. A man in a bunny suit will also be entertaining (perhaps alarming) children. During this distraction, oranges will be hidden.

Put the kids (ten and under) in sturdy clothes so they can climb and crawl all over the Orange Show in search of healthful citrus treats. They can also play with the whirligigs. 1-2:30 p.m. The Orange Show, 2402 Munger, 926-6368. $1 hunting fee.

april 4
Faulkner's first editions Brazos Bookstore has decided to exhibit rare first editions for your edification. American Firsts will show the earliest printings, original dust jackets and all, of books by great American authors. William Faulkner, Nobel Prize for Literature 1949, belongs on the list.

Two generous Houston collectors have lent 12 of their Faulkner books for display. The list of works includes Faulkner's first published novel, Soldier's Pay, and two rare short-story collections, These Thirteen and Dr. Martino. The 1929 edition of The Sound and the Fury will be open to show the book's original ending.

What's interesting is that these books, with their thoroughly unmodern typefaces, margin sizes and jacket art, tell exactly the same story as the hideously highlighted paperbacks, abused and misunderstood by some degenerate undergrad or over-eager high school student, one finds in a used-book store.

Also on display will be Henri Cartier-Bresson's 1947 photograph of Faulkner at the author's Mississippi estate, Rowan Oak.

Free and open to the public, book-buying and otherwise. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 520-0701.

april 5
Grand Hotel Many people have seen the classic film version with John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford (when she was young, dewy-eyed and spry as a chicken), Greta Garbo, Wallace Beery (who was

a sweaty stud-monkey before John Goodman made big bouncy bellies sexy) and a jolly dachshund whose name is unrecorded. A few people have read the novel by Vicki Baum. (No relation to Frank.) Now, the Bellaire High School Fine Arts Department presents the musical version.

Grand Hotel is a lavish drama set in a Berlin hotel on the eve of WWII. As is usual in these theatricals, the character's lives are strangely intertwined. You get social criticism, political humor and a big cheer for the American way! There are tragic ends for the good guys and deserved fates for the bad. And some redemption.

This is a dandy story, and enjoying a high school production might be a fine bargain for your theater dollar. (Moreover, before he was influencing the Quaid brothers at UH, Cecil Pickett was a drama coach at Bellaire -- so you never know.) Through April 9. Opens tonight, 7:30 p.m. Bellaire High School Auditorium, 5100 Maple,


april 6
Da Camera open readings A chance for you, the music listener, to have a say in the classical scene. This is the second of a two-part series to introduce new works by local composers. The selections, a field of ten, were winnowed down from a field of 28 by a committee. Tonight you can attend the final reading and offer your opinion of the six works presented. The top-ranking works will be scheduled for performance with Da Camera's After 1910 series.

The composers' identities are kept secret -- Da Camera would hardly want people playing favorites. However, as a tease, here are the titles of the new works you'll hear tonight: Duo for Violin and Viola; Verwandlung for String Quartet, Flute, Clarinet and Percussion; Airs and Dances for Violin and Viola; Suite for Violin and Marimba; and Threshold of Pleasure for Flute and Piano. 7:30 p.m. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. For more information call Da Camera at 524-7601. Free.

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