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Fimoids Fest Are you a Fimoid? If you frequently have your hands full of Sculpey, Cernit or ProMat, odds are that those around you have you pegged as a Fimoid -- a fan of polymer clay. Like-minded sculptors from the Houston Polymer Clay Guild get together this afternoon to discuss the tricks of the trade and swap the strange things they've made. Professionals and amateurs are all invited. 2 p.m. Details available on the polymer home page,, or call 797-1609 for meeting-place address and directions.

The Skomorokhi Russian Dance Ensemble See? All the time now, we get fine Russian and Ukrainian entertainment. The Houston Balalaika Society, who feel the need to note that they're Texas' only balalaika orchestra, present guest artist Muscovite Evgeny Tsygankov and the Skomorokhi dance group in one concert only. (Also: The Houston Balalaika Society wants you! Free lessons and instrument loans. Call 778-9953 for details.) Folk music and dance concert 7:30 p.m. Hamman Hall, Rice University (entrance no. 14 off Rice Boulevard). For advance tickets, call 937-6227. $10.

The Encantadas Our symphony has a recorded version of The Encantadas, with John Gielgud providing the text narration. That distinguished, and knighted, English actor was not available for tonight's performance, but they will have a celebrity guest speaking the text portions of The Encantadas. Composer Tobias Picker's work is based on Herman Melville's travels in the Galapagos Islands in 1841. This Houston Symphony program will open with a talk by Ira J. Black at 7:20 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 629-3700. $25, $15 and $10.

june 4
MediaPlay romance Susan Wiggs and Susan Macias (who also uses the pen name of Susan Mallery), both authors in the very traditional genre of romance, will sign books, plain old paper books, as part of the grand opening celebration for Houston's all-media superstore, MediaPlay. Wiggs signs her summer release, Vows Made in Wine, among the CDs and Gameboys, while Macias signs her Mallery-latest, The Only Way Out, among the computer games and software. In the realm of escapist fantasy, it's the message, not the medium. 2-4 p.m. MediaPlay, 980 Gessner, Memorial City Mall, 932-8892.

Pentecost at The Summit It's the Christian thing to do, sort of; there must be fundamentalists who shun the idea of services in The Summit. Although it does have a sort of tent-show revival atmosphere, and we've certainly had some miraculous moments at Rockets games. In any case, for those who believe this is the place to celebrate this time (Pentecost/ Shavuot/Whitsunday), the Reverend Billy Cole, from Charleston, W.V., will be at the pulpit. The Reverend James Kilgore of the Life Tabernacle, host of the service, assures those who would unite for this celebration that they "may witness the power of the Holy Ghost as described in the Bible in the second chapter of Acts." (Spanish translation and signing for the deaf will be provided.) 5 p.m. The Summit, 10 Greenway Plaza. For details, call 643-5743. Free, including parking.

june 5
Alexander Julian fashion show The cutest and cuddliest designer in the known world, the Winnie the Pooh of the fashion industry, Alexander Julian, will make a personal appearance at this show. Local celebs such as Rob Mosbacher Jr., Willie Alexander and Marty Ambrose (though not, for once, Mattress Mac) will model Julian's fall '95 clothes for men. Star Furniture is the host for this event because Julian has just produced a furniture collection -- pieces for every room in the house in Julian's signature "Colours." The Ronald McDonald House will be the recipient of tonight's gate receipts. The house is a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated in the Texas Medical Center and a true haven for non-ill siblings who, although they've got their health, often get short shrift in every other area. 7-9, show at 8 p.m. Star Furniture SuperShowcase, I-10 at Park Ten exit. For reservations or information, call 790-0570. $10.

june 6
Children's Theatre Factory TSU and the Renaissance Cultural and Performing Arts Center present Whoopi Goldberg's Alice!, with a gleeful African-American Alice, as the first show in the summer season for kids. The plan is to "provide an educational and artistically entertaining opportunity for deserving children ... to communities that are not usually exposed to live theatrical performances." Sounds like a viable plan. Alice will be presented June 6-June 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ollington Smith Playhouse, 3100 Cleburn, 527-7157. $3.

Immanual and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival This isn't quite like Friday's accordion festival. This fest is for young and aspiring musicians, and includes a four-week residency program at the University of Houston with festival faculty and guest artists. For concertgoers, the festival is an opportunity to hear festival faculty, guest artists and rising young stars for next to nothing. The festival continues through June 29. Today's concert features violinist Andor Toth, violoncellist Laszlo Varga, pianist Ruth Tomfohrde and mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski in a program including Bartok and Ravel. 7:30 p.m. Dudley Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building (entrance no. 16 off Cullen), 743-3167. All festival tickets are $8; $5 seniors and students.

june 7
At the Max If it's not Slavic, it's Stones. The Houston Ballet did "Rooster," and now Rolling Stones: At the Max is playing in the IMAX theater. This is the first-ever IMAX concert film, and the experience has some advantages over the ordinary concert experience. First, IMAX concertgoers sit quietly in air-conditioned comfort while all the music is going on -- there's no hellish crush of sweaty, beer-stinky rockers. Second, concertgoers get the view from the stage. They see what the world looks like to Mick presented in the in-your-face IMAX medium. At the Max covers the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour. At 8 p.m. every night through Labor Day with second shows at 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Houston Museum of Natural Science, IMAX Theater, Hermann Park, 639-IMAX. $12; no passes or discounts.

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