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thursday
january 11
Moving Violations You may have seen Emmy-winning TV journalist John Hockenberry recently, not reporting news, but hawking his book. Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence is a tale both of life in a wheelchair and life as a roving correspondent. Riding a donkey in the mud to cover Kurdish refugees is no picnic, yet in Hockenberry's experience, it's no worse for a paraplegic such as himself than trying to get a cab in the rain (drivers are loath to get out and load a wheelchair in the trunk). After speaking at a luncheon and visiting the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research and TIRR LifeBridge hospitals, Hockenberry will sign copies of his book. 7-8 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7626 Westheimer (at Voss), 783-6016.

friday
january 12
A Victorian Romance You've got to be careful about this stuff -- if you don't watch out, you can end up a crazy lady living with 16 cats and rooms full of dusty, moldering objets d'art. However, the Victorian Romance -- "a special show and sale in the Victorian manner!" -- does have interesting, educational exhibits and many pretty things for sale, and you don't have to go overboard. Everything dainty and elegant will be on display through Sunday. Opening 9 a.m. today. Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana. For more information, call 781-6864. $4 daily admission.

Sleep (making peace with the angels) That choreographer Pat Graney is compared to the likes of Mark Morris and Robert Joffrey tells you less about her approach to her art than it does about where she's from: Seattle, which has produced not just grunge, but also more than its fair share of dance phenoms. Graney's the latest, and over the last few years she's wowed crowds around the country with her mix of imagination and athleticism. Graney (who once taught briefly at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, and hopes to say hi to some of her former students while she's in town) premiered Sleep a little more than a month ago, and so she's still testing how audiences react to her examination of dreams and ritual in women's lives. Part of that testing is seeing how much fun people have at her performances; thankfully, she's not so consumed by dance as art that she's forgotten it has to be entertaining as well.8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Presented by DiverseWorks at the University of Houston Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, entrance no. 16 off Cullen, 228-0914. $15; $7, students.

Quartetto Gelato Yes, the ensemble is named after Italian ice cream, and yes, they can be silly. However, the Italian Ice Cream Quartet are serious artists. The four may play tangos and use an accordion from time to time, but they can handle a set of variations on Donizetti tunes by Pasculli with verve. Presented by the Society for the Perfoming Arts. 8 p.m. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas, 227-ARTS. $20-$30.

saturday
january 13
Dance Month at the Kaplan Sixteen years ago, the Jewish Community Center started a Dance Month series, and you wouldn't believe what they've lined up this year -- original dance works by everybody who's anybody in Houston dance and classes for those who want to be a dancing somebody. The goal of Dance Month is to "focus chiefly on the promotion, development and presentation of outstanding metropolitan Houston choreographers and dance companies." The JCC is also bringing in dance artists from all over for performances and master classes. Dance Month is part of a larger Dance Series that runs from tonight until mid-summer. (For a complete schedule, see Thrills, Dance.) Triple Focus I is the opening concert, and it features the Davidson Dance Group, Discovery Dance Group and Joan Karff's New Dance Group. 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center, Kaplan Theatre, 5601 South Braeswood. 551-7255. $12; $7, seniors.

International Hockey League All-Star Game One of the fun and weird things about our local team is that it's in the Eastern Conference. Two Aeros, defenseman Marc Laniel and left wing Sylvain Turgeon, will share a locker room with players from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Detroit tonight before hitting the ice to take on the Western Conference team. The bizarre division of cities is probably a desperate attempt to get an even number in each conference, but why is there a shortage of IHL cities? This is a sport with sumo wrestling at halftime -- every city should have a team! All-Star Game and IHL antics, 6:30 p.m. The Summit, 627-AERO. $6-$35.

sunday
january 14
Martin Luther King Jr. Service Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is celebrating the memory of Dr. King with an afternoon worship service. Taking the interfaith notion seriously, Interfaith Ministries has included Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders in the program. The Reverend John Bowie, pastor of the True Light Missionary Baptist Church and coordinator of the service, says, "There will be time during the service for celebration and dialogue about the status of Dr. King's 'dream' in our city." Musical selections will be performed by One Accord of South Main Baptist Church and the Illuminators of True Light Missionary Baptist Church. 3 p.m. Services will be held at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main. For more information, call 522-3955. Free.

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