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june 26
Historic Walking Tour Montrose makes the National Historic Register. The Westmoreland Addition, on the east end of Westmoreland Avenue, is added to the list of historic districts for its late Victorian and early 20th-century dwellings. The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance tour covers homes once owned by ex-U.S. president and one-time Sam Houston High School teacher L.B.J., Judge Roy Hoffeinz, Humble Oil magnate Walter Fondren and media king and former governor William P. Hobby. You also get to see a house that was moved, piece by piece, from downtown, plus homes built according to George Barber's mail-order architecture. Tickets go on sale at 1:30 p.m. on the far east end of Westmoreland Avenue. The tour begins at 2 p.m. For more information call 216-5000. $7, children under 12 free. (Tour-goers who join the Alliance at the tour will receive free admission.)

Deadly Currents In his biography of Damon Runyan, Jimmy Breslin made the chilling observation that ethnic hatred was a man's most precious possession. In something like the same vein, Simcha Jacobovici's documentary Deadly Currents explores the long and bloody conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. Certainly, the length of the Israeli-Palestinian drama and the violence shown in this film support a dark view of our species. On the other hand, the very existence of this film -- a result of stoic work by the filmmaker -- and its aim to begin a dialogue offer some faint hope.

Deadly Currents shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:40 p.m. On Sunday; there will be a special matinee, followed by a panel discussion including Randall Czarlinsky, director of community relations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston; Samir S. Ashrawi, brother-in-law of the former chief Palestinian spokesman at the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations; and University of Houston sociologist Bill Simon. Film screens Sunday at 2:30 p.m.; discussion follows. Rice Media Center, Rice University, entrance 8 off University Boulevard, 527-4853. $5.

june 27
Cancer Counseling, Inc. golf tournament This generous competition will award prizes for all sorts of things. There will be several winning teams and additional prizes for the closest to the pin, longest drive (men's and women's categories), most accurate drive and best putting. The big prize in the hole-in-one contest is a deluxe round trip for six to Maui.

The big benefit begins at 10:30 a.m. with registration and a preview of the items up for silent auction. At 11:30 the driving range opens and luncheon begins. The shotgun start for this Florida Scramble-format tournament is at 1 p.m. Cocktails are served and the silent auction beings at 5. The buffet is at 6, followed by a dinner banquet at 7 p.m. Country-club attire required. (If you want to play, sign up before June 24.) For information on the tournament or to make a donation, call Cancer Counseling, Inc. at 520-9873. Banquet tickets $50.

june 28
City Council gripe session The public session is a place where concerned Houstonians go to vent their spleens and voice legitimate complaints. Some recent spleen-venting has included a complaint from one of your fellows on the tax rolls who is convinced that his organs are being mined, via TV, by well-known anchormen. Is a news hen after you? Are you receiving strange messages via your fillings? Are your precious bodily fluids in peril? Walk right in, sign right up, and baby let your hair hang down, in chambers. You, as a citizen, are of course more than welcome if you have other worries. Are you unsure about the tentatively approved big oogly tax hike ostensibly designed to put 500 more police officers on the street? Wondering how well this money will be spent, given that the current tax package includes no extra money, except the option of putting in even more overtime, for the officers who spent the last two years on the streets? Hardworking officers who, if the latest city figures are to be believed, should be getting some credit for a 30 percent decrease in crime? These little weekly meetings are for us. Call the city secretary for sign-up info at 247-1840. 9 a.m. City Council Chambers, 901 Bagby. Free.

june 29
"The Lesser Gods of Earth" Paul Kittleson is the champion of the under-god. Kittleson's meticulously executed pieces have been seen around the country, in our MFA, under the freeway and on a playground. Kittleson created the whimsical burlap stegosaurus under 59 at Montrose -- just a gift for the people. Tragically, that creature was cremated. His happy triceratops, a treat for the children of Travis Elementary in the Heights, is still bleaching its bones in the sun. Currently, the Minnesota-spawned, UH-educated artist has a show at Hiram Butler full of thrills for art fans who know you don't have to be somber to make a serious point. Petrified Semi, a fine piece in Kittleson faux-paleo style, is on display, along with Recycled Virgin -- a 14-foot-tall Madonna made from old cans and reuseable refuse -- and a very special Monument to the Suburban Landscape sized for strip centers. On view now through July 16. Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom, 863-7097.

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