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sunday
january 21
Houston-Tenneco Marathon Race day is here, and our advice for spectators is to pick a good spot and get there early. The "Blessing of the Feet" will be between the two- and three-mile points, Quitman at Cochran; the Castillo Family Cheering Squad will yell from Castillo Park; the Wesley Community Center "Firefly Flashlight Brigade" will help runners through the North Main Tunnel; and the KRPC/ Channel 2 camera will be at the 25-mile point, Lamar at Louisiana, if you want to wave like an idiot for the folks at home. Food vendors and festivities will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center following the big event. The whole shebang starts at 7:45 a.m. with the wheelchair start. For more information,call 864-9305, or visit http://www.chron.com.

Chicken Soup Cook-off First off, men are allowed in the "Mama's" division of this fiercely competitive event. The Brotherhood of Temple Emanu El wanted a cute name for that division, and they weren't going to let unisex language stand in their way. The Mama's division is for non-pros; professional cooks such as Charlie Watkins of Sierra will compete in the Professional division. Local celebs such as Ann Criswell will judge the soups, but don't worry, chicken soup connoisseurs, there will be a People's Choice Award. A portion of the profits goes to the Houston Food Bank. Cook-off, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Temple Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Boulevard. For more information, like how to enter your pot of soup, call 529-5771. $5; $3, children under 12. Tasting cup and spoon included. Donations for the Food Bank (nonperishable goods) will be accepted.

Behind the Broken Words Talk about your spoken word -- Behind the Broken Words is a two-man show of dramatic monologues and verse. Roscoe Lee Browne (Black Like Me, The Mambo Kings) and Anthony Zerbe (Cool Hand Luke, Papillon) are the performers. Poetry by W.A. Auden, e.e. cummings, William Butler Yeats and others will be presented. One show only, 3 p.m. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Road, Galveston, (800) 821-1894. $8-$25.

Tom Chapin His brother, Harry, wrote pouty, childish songs for adults; Tom writes thoughtful, mature songs for kids. In the '70s, Tom was the Emmy-winning host of Make a Wish. Since then, he's done other TV and recording projects, including working with the Smithsonian on the Wild Heritage collection of storybooks and tapes. Given the "Pretty Planet" topics, one might wonder if he's hard on kids -- he's not. Chapin doesn't use scare tactics or guilt to teach. He just wants to do entertaining family shows, and he's here with his musical messages thanks to the Society for the Performing Arts. Four- to ten-year-olds are his key audience. 7:30 p.m. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 500 Texas, 227-ARTS. $12-$22.

monday
january 22
The Great Dynasties French harpsichordist Brigitte Haudebourg will play and lecture in a program on the music of the Bach family, the Couperin family and the Scarlatti family. Presented by the Houston Harpsichord Society. 8 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet. For tickets, call 497-7382. $15; $12, seniors and students.

tuesday
january 23
Fine Arts Fashion Event Awards Originally, the prizes awarded by the Textile and Costume Institute at the Museum of Fine Arts were called Silver Scissors. The name has changed, but the competition still provides a showcase for professional and amateur clothing designers. Show and awards presentation, 7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7378. $20-$100.

wednesday
january 24
Knowing Another sibling on the Picks page -- Rosalyn McMillan is the sister of Terri (Waiting to Exhale) and a novelist in her own right. Rosalyn McMillan's first book is not about a group of single women. Instead, Knowing is the story of one African-American woman trying to be a supermom and trying to have her own life and dreams. McMillan will read from and sign her book at two book stores.Afternoon signing, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 3003 West Holcombe, Vanderbilt Square, 349-0050. Evening signing, 6-8 p.m. Nia Gallery and Bookshop, 7725 West Bellfort, 729-8400. The list price for Knowing is $19.95.

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