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april 10
Jazz mass and festival The goal of this joyous jazz is 50,000 pounds of food for the hungry. Local musicians Paul English and Joe LaCascio host a jazz mass in the morning followed by live music all afternoon and into the night.

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany has held two previous Feed the Hungry jazz festivals. What started as the brainstorm of parishioner Chuck Brock and the Epiphany Jazz Ensemble has grown into a successful event: at last year's festival, 23,000 pounds of food were collected.

Dress fairly nicely for the church service, but be mindful that everyone will be outside enjoying snacks on the lawn afterward. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for festival seating. Mass 10:15 a.m. Live music 2-9 p.m The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 9600 South Gessner, 774-9619. Admission $10, or one large bag of non-perishable groceries per person.

A Picnic in the Country There are two choices here. Picnickers may opt to spend the hour before dinner on a hayride through bluebonnet country, sipping sparkling and snacking on caviar. Or, picnickers may linger on the lawn outside the mansion to be entertained by an oom-pa-pa band and learn the Schottische. Either way, at lunch time the spread is rolled out -- German foods such as sauerkraut, sausage, strudel and cheese plus picnic foods such as potato salad, fresh sliced tomatoes, and fried chicken and gravy. All this and, as a special country treat, a relish tray! The Knights of the Vine will be pouring California and Texas wines so no one gets parched.

This cure for spring fever will be at Tommy and Karen Brasher's country mansion in Weimar. The lucky few who make their reservations on time will travel in style from the Confederate House (in its new location, where the Black Angus used to be) to Weimar. Bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Weimar at noon. The return trip starts at 4 p.m., so everyone will be safely back inside the Loop by 5:30. Dress is picnic casual. To make reservations, call 977-0524. $48 per person.

Yiddish Jazz One might think that musicians who perform with our symphony and opera or teach in our universities would not be out having a time with washboard players and accordionists. In fact, some of the city's finest musicians are happily associating with The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas. This music, klezmorim, began with Russian and Romanian folk dances. After passing through Ellis Island, it incorporated Yiddish folk standards, Borscht Belt musical comedy, Tin Pan Alley tunes and who knows what else. One of the musicians, Loreta Kovacic-Hughes, has a performance degree from the Zagreb Music Conservatory in her native Croatia and has won many awards in Europe and the States, as well as having performed as a soloist in many orchestras. To her further credit, Kovacic-Hughes is thrilled to be playing Scherzo Fantastico on a bill with this klezmer band. HCCS Spring Recital, 8 p.m. Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin, 630-1138. Free.

Tommy rocks Rockefeller's The rock opera roadshow takes time out from its busy schedule to present a special musical

performance benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The original production of The Who's Tommy racked up five Tonys and a Grammy. This touring company will stage nine shows in Jones Hall. Tonight, at Rockefeller's, the audience will hear the music on a smaller stage and enjoy an auction of Tommy paraphernalia, too. 10 p.m. Rockefeller's, 3620 Washington, 861-4971. $15.

april 11
Russian Celebration The University of St. Thomas has a full month of Slavic delights prepared for your entertainment and edification. Tonight's treat is music sung and played to celebrate the contributions of Medtner, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Mussorgsky's biggest hit, of course, is Night on Bald Mountain, but he was no one-hit wonder; remember Pictures at an Exhibition and the opera Boris Godunov. We don't know that the mostly student ensemble will perform those works, just as we can't guarantee they'll play Rachmaninoff's best piano concertos (two and three), but we are sure that the Rachmaninoff will be characteristically romantic. 8 p.m. Cullen Hall, 4001 Mount Vernon. For details on this and other programs, call 525-3560. Free.

april 12
"Breaking Bounds" Lois Greenfield's dance photography, according to The New York Times, solves the "paradox of freezing the essence of movement." Greenfield has been recording the dance world since 1973. Her vivacious, energetic photography appears regularly in Dance Magazine, The Village Voice and Vogue. Her book, Breaking Bounds, is available in bookstores now.

But, while there is a joy in possession, seeing photos bound in a book is utterly unlike moving freely through a gallery and confronting them as whole and unique works. Greenfield's current show at Rice Media Center, up until tax day, offers a close and careful look at these powerful works. Greenfield prefers to work with modern, even experimental dancers, and she most often shoots not their stage work, but their movement in her studio. "I tell my dancers," she says, "to leave their choreography at the door." Her aim is to collaborate on images of the body in motion. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Rice Media Center, Rice University, entrance 8, 527-8101. Free.

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