Cat Magic Some people hate cats -- and they're not quiet about their feelings. Many cat haters take every opportunity to talk about their feelings, as if anyone cares, and some even offer the bizarre explanation, "I'm a dog person," as if we have to choose one animal or the other. Those annoying folks (who obviously have deeper issues that they're not dealing with) who are such a trial for cat people and the potential serial-killer types who torture cats will not be present at today's 46th Annual Charity Cat Show. Not that it's all beer and skittles; people who are too nice to cats, people whose cooing and fussing over pets is a means of displaying their own gooey "niceness," might be around, but this is not a perfect world and annoying people are with us always. For a cat person, though, the cat show is relatively annoyance-free, and will have hundreds of show cats, and a handful of star cats from the Friskies Cat Team, all demonstrating how to ignore annoying people without compromising your dignity. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall C, 1001 Convention Center Boulevard. For more information, call 859-3427. $5; $3, seniors and children under 12. Proceeds benefit Animal Rescue League, Citizens for Animal Protection, Fund for Animals, Houston/ Harris County Task Force for Pet Overpopulation, Houston Humane Society and the Houston SPCA.
I Never Saw Another Butterfly This concentration camp drama is always popular with high school drama students, and now HITS Unicorn Theatre presents Celeste Raspanti's play. I Never Saw Another Butterfly is loosely based on drawings and writings from children of the Terezin concentration camp, and this production is timed to be close to the opening of Houston's Holocaust Museum. Houston actress and comedian Dee Macaluso has a leading adult role; the children's parts are played by HITS students. Soprano Patti Spain will perform a song cycle, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," at tonight's opening. 8 p.m. Presented at HCCS, Heinen Theatre, 3517 Austin. For tickets, call 861-7408. $35 for tonight's program.
Bach's Christmas Oratorio Part IV Can't get enough of heavy-duty church music? Worried that you might have to wait until the next Christmas season? Fear not: St. Matthew Lutheran Church will present Bach's Christmas Oratorio Part IV this morning. 10:45 a.m. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5315 Main, 526-5731. Free and open to the public.
Bible Women Elizabeth Swados uses many musical styles, old and modern, in her song cycle, but her work explores themes of suffering and victory that are, trite but true, timeless. Swados' Bible Women is an original musical production celebrating the lives of Esther, Vashti, Ruth, Sarah, Miriam, Lillith, Deborah and good old Eve. Congregation Or Hadash, a new synagogue, brings this lively, feminist show to town for a Houston premiere and for its first fundraiser. 7:30 p.m. Houstonian Hotel, Evergreen Ballroom, 111 North Post Oak Lane. Rabbi Shaul Osadchey will lead a discussion on "Rabbinic Reflections on Bible Women" prior to tonight's show at 6:45 p.m. For information or reservations, call 661-0034. $36-$1,000. The high-price patron tickets include admission to a reception with Swados.
Othello Why wait for the Houston Shakespeare Festival? Why not see Laurence "Cowboy Curtis" Fishburne's paranoid Moor at an HSF benefit? In one evening, you can get your Bard fix and be the first on your block to see the new film version of Othello. Dessert reception at Cafe Express follows the screening. 7 p.m. Cineplex Odeon Theatre, 1450 West Gray. For tickets, call 743-0910. $35.
Beyond Bitch: Women and Assertiveness Women in Communications Inc.'s task is to provide support and networking opportunities; today's luncheon program is being held at the Brownstone, a very ladies-who-lunch location, and the speaker responsible for Beyond Bitch is Dr. Nancy E. White. In addition to coming up with grabby titles for her talks, White is the clinical director of the Meta Center and ever busy with the task of "helping individuals realize their potential in work and personal relationships." We fear that her talk won't be bitchy enough to be real fun, but it ought to be instructive. 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The Brownstone, 2736 Virginia (at Westheimer). For reservations, call Lorna Acu–a, 656-6520. $26 at the door; $24, advance; $16, students.
Hall Johnson, the Spiritual and the Golden Age of African-American Culture The Friends of Houston Ebony Opera Guild and Saint James Episcopal Church present a lecture on the choral music of Hall Johnson, and on his contributions to and influences from the Harlem Renaissance. Rosalyn M. Story, the author of And So I Sing -- African-American Divas of Opera and Concert, is the distinguished lecturer for tonight's program. Her talk will cover Johnson's music, which included much African-American spiritual music, in the concert hall and in movies. 7 p.m. Saint James Episcopal Church, 3129 Southmore. For information, call 432-1900 or 721-8647. Free.
Damn Yankees Jerry Lewis, although no doubt still mourning the loss of Dean Martin, will open at Jones Hall tonight -- he's a trouper. Damn Yankees is a song-and-dance production about a baseball fan who makes a deal with the devil. This Faust of the ballpark has Lewis in the role of the devil and songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross -- including the standard "You Gotta Have Heart." Opening tonight. Through January 14. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For tickets, call 629-3700. $40-$46.