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35th Annual AutoRama Another one of the world's largest indoor auto events fills the Astrodomain for Thanksgiving weekend. See the Flintstones' car! Tremble before Freddy Krueger (or at least his real world alter ego, Robert Englund)! Drool over biker babes in a Harley-Davidson fashion show! Meet Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Zack! Meet Wolverine! Oh, it's all almost too cool to be believed!

AutoRama opens to the well-fed holiday public at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and continuesthroughSunday.The Flintmobile will be on display with many classic cars, hot new models and heretofore prototypes for futuristic vehicles that will never be produced. Harley-Davidson fashion shows will be held daily. Robert Englund, without his scissorhands, will appear 1-4 & 7-10 p.m. today. Wolverine will meet adoring fans 1-4 & 7-9 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 1-4 p.m. Sun. Walter Jones, TV's "Zack," will sign autographs from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. And attendees can register to win a free trip to the Dallas Coke Funny Car Nationals. The AutoRama is open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. today. Astrodomain, Kirby at the Loop, 791-5010. $9, $3 children. Advance tickets available at any Hi/Lo Auto Supply store. $7 adults, $2 children.

november 27
Photograph a hunky fireman Evin Thayer studios is staging a mock fashion shoot at FotoFest. As Elsa Klensch fans know, modeling and photography isn't all beer and Skittles, and you would be a fool to think that the business of creating stylish, slick fashion photographs for glossy magazines is anything but hard work. Oh, we should pity Kate Moss and Helmut Newton. To prove this point, Evin Thayer will show how tough it is to direct lighting assistants, photographer's assistants and all the little people who scurry around at fashion shoots setting things up and taking things down and emptying the ashtrays. After, camera-carrying members of the general public will be allowed to photograph real, live models -- including the gorgeous flaming stud firefighters of Evin Thayer's fireman calendar. (Maybe the boys will be oiled and mussed by professional stylists. Wow.) 1:30-3:30 p.m. George R. Brown Convention Center, exhibit hall A, right in front of the fashion exhibit. Call the FotoFest hot line for details, 840-9711. Admission included in FotoFest entry fee, $6 for one day, $10 for a three-day weekend pass.

november 28
Typewatchers Typewatchers, the local chapter of the Association for Psychological Type, is holding another workshop. Tonight, the group will discuss the role of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type in change management. Why the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator? There are, after all, so many ways to plumb the psyches of workers -- the Menninger Word Association Test, the Porteus Maze Test, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a couple decades worth of Cosmo quizzes and an analysis recently used by a local ad agency. That test labeled workers as a "headline," "logo," "body copy" or "illustration." At the very least, this diagnosis gave the members of the company an interesting way to connect with their work. The whole crew seemed quite cheered by the episode, if for no other reason than that the testing was a day away from deadlines. Maybe testing is mostly a tool to get people to open up. Find out with the Typewatchers. 5:45-7:30 p.m. Right Associates, Weslayan at Essex. For reservations and more information call Bruce Anderson, 439-8585. Free.

The Hanukkah Edition Tonight is another of Laveau's dark, dank special Mondays, with live music from Keenlies and de Schmog, and pornographic cartoons. To make things a bit more festive, the management has chosen a holiday theme, the Hanukkah Edition. Cheap drinks and cheaper people. 321 Alabama, 526-9400. No cover.

november 29
Toy trains Fans of miniature trains have three choices:

A) see the smaller, more accessible setup at Cullen Center; B) see the more elaborate, less accessible display in the Galleria; or C) visit both. The Cullen Center Crossing doesn't have a life-sized caboose, The Galleria Lone Star Limited exhibition does. However, the Cullen Center Crossing has more than a dozen 20-car train tracks (trains run 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays) and photographs and memorabilia on loan from the Galveston Railroad Museum and the National Railway Historical Society, and this display is on view in the relatively calm world of downtown. The Galleria Lone Star Limited is a fancier show -- actual artists and designers were employed in its construction -- but the exhibition has an admission charge and is surrounded by Galleria traffic and a three-part mall full of fierce holiday shoppers. (The Galleria is described by the promoters of this event as "a mixed-use center with more than 300 stores.") Cullen Center Crossing is on view until Dec. 17, at Cullen Center, 1600 Smith. The Galleria Lone Star Limited will be in Galleria II through January 15. Call 627-STAR for details. $3.

november 30
Go Buffalo Rodeo This second annual spectacular of livestock and Southwestern rhythms has been organized for more than entertainment. Proceeds will be used to buy new books and improve conditions generally at select inner-city Catholic schools. Sure, in many ways this is a typical rodeo: bulls will be ridden, calves will be roped and barrels will be raced -- but this rodeo has so much more. We will remember the Latin side of cowboy culture with vaqueros. These skilled horsemen will show off their animals and perform rope tricks while cantering around the arena. Children, students of inner-city Catholic schools, will participate in a Native American friendship dance. And there will be further entertainment, in the form of a musical show with frontier tunes and historical commentary.

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