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february 4
Keep watching the skies! Flying Elvises -- or Elvi, if your prefer -- and one flying Marilyn will parachute into Rice University stadium today, this display to advertise the opening of "Elvis + Marilyn: 2 X Immortal" at the Contemporary Arts Museum. The skydivers, Paul McGowan's E-Team, will jump in glittering white jumpsuits, except for "Marilyn." She'll be wearing a replica of the white halter-dress from The Seven Year Itch. After landing, the E-Team will take a pink 1957 Cadillac to the museum for an opening ribbon cutting and reception. The E-Team is the only precision skydiving team officially licensed by the Presley estate. Drop at 6 p.m., Rice University Stadium. Opening 7-9 p.m. Contemporary Arts Museum, 5216 Montrose, 526-0773. Free.

Ray Miller, Texas in the 1830s Despite appearances to the contrary, Ray Miller does not have firsthand knowledge of the 1830s. His chat today will be based on research -- Miller does a lot of research in the Texas Room at the downtown library, for instance. Miller's knowledge of Texas history, as all his fans know, is vast. This afternoon, he focuses on life in this corner of the state during the first days of English and Central European settlement. Miller will talk about the daily life of our pioneer forefathers under the Mexican flag, what precipitated the Texas revolution and the founding of Houston in 1836. A tour of the Redbud Hill pioneer homestead is included in the presentation. For ages 12 and older. 10 a.m.--noon. Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, 446-8588. Free.

Mardi Gras Hou-Dah Parade One no longer need drive all the way down I-45 for krewe folderol, cheap plastic beads and silly skits; this year the parade is on the Richmond strip. This year's theme is "Rich Mon!! Pour Mon!!" and is said to be "a spoof of Houston's entertainment and nightclub culture." Hey, I didn't even know we had an entertainment and nightclub culture. Grand Pooh-Bah Dave Ward will oversee the parade and subsequent skit contests and concert. Fifteen or sixteen teams will compete, in bizarre costumes, for cash prizes, which they will then spend on buckets of grain alcohol and shaved ice ... strike that, the Grand Pooh-Bah will ensure that all the money goes to recognized, legit charities. Judges will be from the Pooh-Bah's set -- various broadcast and maybe even print media celebs. Teams compete, and that is the term being used, in three-minute skits. Categories: "On Your Toes," any old routine; "About Your Company," a spoof of the team's company; and "In Your Face," a goof on the strip or a particular club. This all happens in front of Club Blue Planet after the parade. The parade starts at Unity and Richmond, passes the watering holes on both sides of the street, and then lurches to a halt. 4 p.m. After awards are passed out, Fem 2 Fem, Anything Box, Channel 69, The Hunger and Rob Base will entertain in the Blue Planet parking lot. The parade begins at 4 p.m. and is free. The five-act concert is $5. For details, call KRBE/104 FM, 266-1000.

february 5
1995 Bass Fishing Techniques Institute Six of America's top pros, really big names from TV fishing shows that have names like, oh, Honey Hole, (or if they don't, they should) will be offering the straight skinny on everything from plain old worms to "establishing multiple patterns within patterns." Fishing school is Saturday and Sunday, but Sunday is the best day for fishing, so go today. Hang with the VanDam of fishing, Kevin. Kevin VanDam is a three-time Bass Master Classic finalist and the 1992 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year. He and other pros share their fishing skills with all comers, playing no favorites. Ramada Hotel, 7787 Katy Freeway. Call HCCS Southwest College to enroll, 662-9220. $74.

Pre-Valentine's Day Hair Cut-A-Thon Why do people do this? Cut their hair, I mean. Men with dashing, Byronesque forelocks have their dark tresses clipped. Men with easily tousled ballplayer curls get buzz-cuts to "be neat." Women whose ends would never split, not in a million years or even with swimming in chlorinated pools, have their shining locks snipped into dorky pageboys. Sometimes one wonders if our primitive ancestors didn't invent sharp tools for the sole purpose of hairstyling. In any case, the Delilahs today will be at La Salon Outre, and the proceeds from the discount haircuts will go to The Arc of Greater Houston, a coalition serving the mentally retarded and those with other developmental disabilities. 11 a.m.4 p.m. La Salon Outre, 5050 FM 1960 West (in Huntwick Village Center). For details, call The Arc, 957-3357. Most cuts $15 today only.

february 6
League of Women Voters anniversary It's 8 a.m. on Election Day, you don't know where your polling place is; who you gonna call? The League of Woman Voters. For 75 years the League has been working, tirelessly and with good cheer, to encourage the typical sloth to keep up with the issues, provided information to keep the typical sloth apprised of the issues, and done everything to get the voters out except for actually picking people up at their houses and driving them to polling places. To celebrate their success, and gear up for the rest of the century, the League is having a high tea. Former League presidents will be honored and everyone is invited. 3 p.m. Ritz-Carlton, 1919 Briar Oaks Lane. For reservations, call the League at 784-2923. $10.

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