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Texas Brewers Festival Prime your own fine self for St. Patty's Day and the upcoming season of Party on the Plaza with a festival of brewski. There'll be bleary smiles all around Market Square as Sugar Land cuties shake their booties with corporate wonks, as skate trash and suburbanites mix and mingle, and all the dogs will wear kerchiefs round their necks. Oh! It will be a scene as heartwarming as Christmas Day down in Whoville. The Whos had Christmas spirit; our spirits will be the best brews from eight Texas microbreweries. Celis is one of the brewers, so those aching for some colored beer, the St. Patty's staple, might not have to wait. They may not draw green beer, but perhaps the fine folks of Celis will be serving their strange, disturbingly pink and somewhat peppery raspberry beer. The logo for this event is an in-his-cups armadillo tapping a keg, but make no mistake: "The Texas Brewers Festival encourages safe and responsible drinking and promotes an appreciation of brewing as a craft as well as a community." Noon-8 p.m. today; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Market Square. There's no admission charge. To drink, folks must first show ID and buy a $3 festival mug. Then, folks buy $2 tokens (one token equals one pint). Those who buy too many tokens can get a safe ride home from Yellow Cab.

Dalia Golubich The Croation pianist returns for another concert. Music lovers who attended her Croation-benefit concert last spring already appreciate the caliber of her playing. Her skills are also appreciated by the jury of the 1995 Rubinstein Master Competition in Tel Aviv; she's one of the 50 pianists invited to compete. Tonight, the Channing Concerts present Golubich in their only program of the season. Golubich will play Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Schubert and Schumann. 8 p.m. Central Congregational Church, Holman at Caroline, 526-5200. Free.

march 12
Stargazer '95 This "movie and autograph show" is advertised with the single goofiest flier I have ever seen. A man who looks to be Bella Lugosi in a turban is the only art, stars are all over the page and the text says "You will attend...." However, the art they sent along is way cool -- a Rita Hayworth headshot, some Lana Turner cheesecake and a High Sierra still with Bogart and Ida Lupino. The special guests are Sidney Berger, star of Carnival of Souls, and Craig Ledbetter, editor of Asian Trash Cinema. The dealers will be selling autographs, posters, sheet music, stills and videos. Could be just the place to dig up pix of Poodles Haniford (equestrian clown and vaudevillian), Peter Lorre in Mad Love or Kirk Alyn as Superman. This three day geek-fest opens with a preview party on Friday, runs all day Saturday and will be cooking today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ramada Hotel, 7787 Katy Freeway (near I-10 and Antoine). For information, call 827-7203. $5 per day.

Ballet Espanol de Diana Acero Diana Acero studied in Barcelona and Madrid. Before forming her company, she toured Europe with Antonio Torres' company. Her troupe of four dancers fuses traditional Spanish style with contemporary elements. The Houston Society of Flamenco Arts is hosting this concert -- once again bringing international artists to Houston. (Ballet Espanol de Diana Acero is based in Madrid.) 2:30 p.m. University of St. Thomas, Cullen Recital Hall, 4001 Mount Vernon. For reservations or more information, call 640-2975. $12, $8 seniors and students.

march 13
When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies Authors Carol M. Hunter and Jane R. Hirschmann will sign copies of and discuss their book and host a "speakout." My own belief is the best body positive remark ever made by a woman in this country came from the rouged lips of Gypsy Rose Lee. When she was middle-aged, some goombah asked Ms. Lee if she minded not having the equipment she had when she was younger. She told the fool, "I've still got everything I had when I was 30, it's just lower and wider." Meanwhile, back at the ranch, usually staunch feminist Loretta Lynn has a poor opinion of the female form. "Really," she said, "that little dealybob is too far from the hole. It should be built right in." Come on out and talk about your struggles with body hatred, or about the joys of being a natural-born vixen. All are welcome. 7:30 p.m. Bookstop Galleria, 2501 Post Oak Boulevard, 627-9810.

march 14
Moody Mansion Marketing is all. As proof, we offer this message from a historical foundation: "In an effort to provide today's museumgoer with what they want -- options -- Galveston's Moody Mansion and Museum announced today a more accessible and flexible tour program for its visitors." It is not clear if they don't have the funds for tour leaders, or realized that people don't like being led around, or changed for some other reason entirely, but the fact is they changed the program. Now, anyone who wants to see the Moody Mansion can check in at any time and take his or her own person on a self-guided tour. Don't get any wild ideas about running amuck in the mansion, though. Knowledgeable and no doubt eagle-eyed docents will be stationed on each floor. The Mansion is open every day except Monday. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 14:30 p.m. 2618 Broadway, Galveston, (409) 762-7668. $6, $5 seniors, $3 students ages 618 and free for children under six.

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