Hemlock Society A support and discussion group for those who want to be done in by their own hand, if need be. You need not have a fatal disease to attend. Think: who among us has not lost at least one loved one to a car accident or cancer? The terrors of this world, and our amazing life-support technology, make it easy for anyone to end up bereft of anything recognizable as life, yet still warm. The truly enlightened and compassionate might well spare their relatives -- and the increasingly ineffectual health-care bureaucracies -- the trouble of trying to decide what to do with their carcasses in that twilight zone between the death of the soul and decomposition of the squishy stuff.
Find out about your options -- a directive to physicians is one. (Sending in the clones, at this point in technology, is not.) Life is ugly; death is worse. Both are unavoidable and those who seek the good will manage both with equal grace and dignity. 3-4 p.m. 2607 Bissonnet #204, 523-9211. Free.
One Minute Ax! DiverseWorks brought you Twelve Minutes Max; now Zocalo Theatre goes them one better with One Minute Ax!. Houston performance superstars such as Bill Kelly, mystery performers and "drive-by performances" add up to an evening of theater custom-made for Attention Deficit Disorder sufferers.
The fiends at Zocalo have motives beyond one-upping DiverseWorks. "Do you hate performance?" they ask rhetorically. "Great! You'll have 60 performers to hate!" Sam Jones of DiverseWorks wields the ax for this frantic evening of performance art. 8 p.m. Zocalo Theater, 5223 Feagan, 861-2442. $5.
Comic book signing The artists and writers of Houston-area Tempest Comics will be at the only comic store open till midnight. Midnight Comics is more than a comic bookstore; it may be the only thing to do at night on the west end of town. The signing is from 2 p.m.- midnight today. (Also Sunday, noon-8 p.m.) Midnight Comics, 13155 Westheimer, #134, 293-0226. No admission.
Super Blues Party Come out and see the legends: Leonard "Low-Down" Brown hosts this blues jam, which follows the Houston Blues Society membership meeting and annual elections. If you know anything about blues musicians, you won't be surprised to learn that the meeting notice mentions a lack of qualified candidates for treasurer. Four great candidates are running for director, however, so it could be a thrilling election. Those swamp-dwellers who care not how blues are promoted in Houston can show up as the sun sets and enjoy the jam.
"When our business is finished," HBS President "Sonny Boy" Terry Jerome
ays, "it'll be time for music, fellowship and fun!" Meeting at 4 p.m. Jam follows. European Tavern & Garden, 3926 Feagan, 868-1084. Free.
Music Awards Our own Brad Tyer and the lovely and talented Dayna Steele from 101 KLOL will be arm-in-arm, officiating at the cumbersomely titled 101 KLOL Houston Press Music Awards Show. We're given that Tyer will be sporting a zoot suit and a fedora; Dayna is more coy about her planned ensemble.
Those merry monkeys of metal, dead horse, are the main band. Dave Catney and the Rounders offer their diverse musical stylings and a happy crowd will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Keenlies play the Music Hall. Oh, and all of the fine and forthright Houston Press readers who cast votes will find out how their favorites fared. 7:30 p.m. Music Hall, 810 Bagby. For more information, call 468-6824, access code 1994. $12 at the door.
Post-awards party The same crowd in less-formal straits. Dancing to the lava lamp's light! Drink beer, or Lite Ice, behind garage doors! After the music awards hoo-hah at Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington, 869-COOL. No admission; usual cash bar.
Charlie Shannon & Andy Huggins: This is comedy We know. Andy Huggins is recently returned, meaning Charlie Shannon is no longer the funniest comic in Houston. Shannon and Huggins are both classical acts Ñ they get up on the stage and tell you jokes and stories. A novel evening, really, two guys on stage at a comedy club telling jokes that are truly, deeply funny and stories that are actually about something. It'll be great: you'll laugh and laugh and then remember what they said, what their comedy was about, the next day and maybe even for a whole week!
The boys have slightly different styles. This is food bank night, admission for one adult is two non-perishable food items. Bring in food that you, yourself, wouldn't deign to eat at your own risk. Charlie Shannon will rag you endlessly, and not like your nutty co-worker who always cracks people up. Shannon is a professional. Huggins takes another tack. Calmly, innocently, Huggins will push his glasses down on his nose, peer at you and ask why you would do such a thing. And everyone will laugh at you. These guys are Beavis and Mr. Chips, style-wise. That would be Beavis in his later years, braces off and after much time on the Barcalounger with a six-pack.