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Performance Art Madness Kelli Scott-Kelley, whose video performance piece Plantationland earned her local acclaim and who participated in the Contemporary Arts Museum's exhibit, "Texas: Between Two Worlds," is now teaching the only performance art class of its kind locally at Houston Community College. Her students in Central College's performance art class have been busy at work developing a number of diverse and provocative multimedia pieces, and now, under the direction of Scott-Kelley, these works will be performed in public for the first time. This is very personal art, as several of the students' pieces are autobiographical and explore issues of the self. 8 p.m. Zocalo Theater, 5223 Feagan, 861-2442. $3 donation suggested.

This Little Pyggie This world premiere is described as a fairy tale in a queer-punk-slacker groove. Intrigued? Houstonian K. David Cochran's story concerns a Pygmalion-esque relationship between a rich, suburban teaching assistant and trailer trash from Waller. The yuppie, Dale, is, perhaps, less crusty than Henry Higgins; we suspect that to be just one of the differences between the story line of the Shaw classic and this new work. Scott Guidry is Rocky, the street punk who is struggling to survive, and Ken Morris is Dale. Cochran, who originally wrote this piece for film, also plays a character named Morris and is responsible for the lighting. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, Sundays at 5 p.m., through April 30. Kuumba House, 3414 LaBranch at Holman, 525-5960. $12, discounts for students, seniors and groups.

april 16
Luisa and the Rainbow Street Band The popular children's entertainer is said to possess a rare vitality and charm. She will use these special gifts today as she and her band lead a sing- and dance-along concert at The Orange Show. Her charms may well be put to the test, too; as Luisa entertains, Orange Show folks will carry out their tradition of hiding oranges and toys around the grounds and curious children may try to sneak a peek. The bilingual performance begins at 1 p.m., the orange hunt immediately follows. The Orange Show, 2402 Munger, 926-6368. Admission $1, parents admitted free.

april 17
Houston Coca-Cola Open '95 Some may be tempted to stay indoors today and scarf down the leftover Easter candy. The oversized chocolate Easter bunny can wait. Instead, take a gander at the final day of competition in the Houston Coca-Cola Open '95 tennis tournament. This is the nation's largest weekend tennis tournament; of course, we like to do things big in Texas. Since Friday, 2,400 tennis buffs -- from the hit-'n'-giggle player to the serious competitor -- have aced, lobbed and smashed their way through 66 events at 15 different sites. Those who've made their way through the field finish up today at the Southwest Tennis Center. And if you're thinking about taking that gooey rabbit with you, then take a lesson from Seinfeld's George Kastanza: sweets and tennis don't mix. Southwest Tennis Center, 9506 South Gessner, 772-0296, or call the Houston Tennis Association at 973-7636. Matches begin around 9 a.m. and last throughout the day. Viewing is free.

april 18
An Evening at the Menil Everyone lambada! Merengue! Houston-based, but Venezuelan-style, band Sentir is sure to light a fire under art patrons at this fifth annual Da Camera gala. The Latin-themed evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring art work from Holly Newton Swift, McKay Otto, Jim Robertson, Roy Hanscom, D. Ainslie Ellington and J. Hill. Then everyone will settle into their seats for a buffet dinner à la Churrascos and music provided by classical guitarist Miguel Antonio. Thereafter, Sentir pulls out the bongos, the conga, the timbales and the horns. After that, who knows? This band is hot. At least Carl Herrera of the once-hot Houston Rockets, and a native of Venezuela, thinks so; it was with Herrera's help that Sentir completed its first album, From Houston to the World. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, 524-7601. $300, $100 for youngsters (under 35).

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of this, one of Houston's premier events. During its history, the Pin Oak show has topped 70,000 spectators; though attendance has waned at times, events this year should be right on track. Literally. The event that started out in 1945 at the Pin Oak Stables and later moved to the Southwest Equestrian Center will take place this year at the Sam Houston Race Park. The opening event, the black-tie Symphony of Horses Gala, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the exclusive Jockey Club. The dinner and dancing is preceded by the Houston Youth Symphony's salute to show entries. Equestrian competitions start Wed- nesday and continue through April 23. All kinds of horses and ponies compete. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West, 224-7171. $150-$500, gala tickets; $3, general admission to opening night show. General admission to subsequent equestrian events is $3.

april 19
Meet the Rosenkavalier Opera buff Ann Thompson leads a noon tour of illustrations of the original costume designs and other documentary material from the 1911 world premiere of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, which debuted at the Semper Opera in Dresden, Germany. This bedroom farce is said to be distinctly 18th century; costumes included buckle shoes, powdered wigs, lace-up white tights ... and that was just the men. After Thompson lends insight and anecdotes to the works on display in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center, she will host a group luncheon at a nearby restaurant. Thompson is quite knowledgeable on the topic of Strauss and is also conducting a series of lectures comparing Rosenkavalier's characters to counterparts in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. These events are sponsored by the Goethe-Institut to complement the Houston Grand Opera's opening of Der Rosenkavalier on April 21. Wortham Center, 500 Texas Avenue, 528-2787. Exhibit tour and lectures are free.

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