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Wildlife Wahoo! Meet a raptor and win a free dinner for two -- those are some of your options at this Friends of Texas Wildlife party. A variety of groups who work with Texas wildlife are inviting the public out to learn about conservation and rehabilitation. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Raptor Team, the Mexican Wolf Coalition, the East Texas Herpetological Society and others will be talking about giving animals a second chance. One lucky attendee will win the chance to release a rehabilitated hawk. Kids will have a chance to meet some non-releasable animals, and there'll be crafts to teach kids about the animals around us. Youngsters can also play "Snake catch" (dangerous snakes are not involved) and "catch a cat" (no cats will be at risk). 11 a.m.6 p.m. Wildlife Center of Harris County Precinct Four at Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith, Tomball, 351-8306. Free.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Main Street Theater presents children's theater with live reptiles -- Fourth Grade Nothing features Fudge, a turtle-eating baby brother. Fudge crunches through a carapace in order, in typical baby brother fashion, to get more attention. The trouble this causes his older brother, Peter, has been a popular Judy Blume story for years; now it's on-stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays, through May 11. Main Street Theater at Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose, 524-6706. $5.

Okuta Percussion Today's Pick for the Houston International Festival is an international percussion group. Okuta Percussion are an eclectic trio of drummers who come from different backgrounds -- German, Nigerian and Norwegian -- and who have traveled widely, omnivorously adding percussion techniques and drums as they go. In their current incarnation, they play South Pacific log drums, bata and dundun (talking) drums and Indian percussion instruments. They've performed with symphonies, but today they'll be on the large stage, 4:305:30 p.m. The Festival is up and running all weekend, over 20 blocks downtown. For more information, call the festival office voicemail, 654-8808. Single tickets, $5; festival friend deal, good for two season passes, $25; Supercuts passport, good for four admission tickets, coupons and parking, $12; kids under 12 get in free.

april 28
The Tree that Grew Human Express Theatre will present this tender children's tale three times this weekend, but today's performance is special. It's a shadowed performance, with a shadowcast actor who does sign language interpretation during the action assigned to each actor on the stage. Renowned playwright Thomas Meloncon based his play on an African folktale. Three teenagers are sent out to seek water for their village, and then get into a situation where they could maybe squander the village's resources on Air Jordans. 4 p.m. At the Children's Museum, 1500 Binz, 522-1138. For more information, call Express Theatre, 759-1314. $5.

Ten Percent Revue The Group Theatre Workshop has been producing gay- and lesbian-oriented performances since 1983, and now the group has brought a production of Tom Wilson Weinberg's famous musical review. The 10 percent in the title refers, of course, to the Kinsey Report's statistic of homosexuals in the population. Rebecca Bryars, David M. Dukes, Rob Farmer and J. Leigh Lucas will give their first performance tonight, and continue Sundays through June 16. 7 p.m. Ovations, 2536-B Times, 522-2204. $10.

Rigoletto Houston Opera Theater presents one performance of the popular Verdi opera. Artur Rodriguez, who's won awards in HGO competitions, sings the title role. This is a fully staged version, but with no distracting surtitles. You do, however, get a full libretto complete with plot synopsis. At MECA, 1900 Kane (at Silver). For reservations or information, call 802-9370. $10; $7.50, seniors and students.

april 29
Minister Louis Farrakhan The last time Farrakhan was scheduled to speak at TSU, a mild furor over the "men only" stricture on attendance resulted in his speech being transferred to a Fifth Ward church. This time, according to a press release from Muhammad Mosque No. 45, the "general public" is invited to the Nation of Islam leader's address at TSU's University Auditorium. Presumably, that includes Jews and other white people who've been the target of the minister's tongue. Farrakhan, according to the local mosque's release, will offer an "accurate personal account" of his recent meetings with such noted humanitarians as Saddam Hussein and Moammar Ghadafi, meetings which, of course, were "misrepresented and misconstrued" by the media. See and hear for yourself at 7 p.m. (the doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne. For more information, call 741-2747. Free.

april 30
Art Institute of Houston The "Society of Illustrators 1995-1996 Traveling Exhibition" features 40 works from illustrators such as Al Hirschfeld, Gary Kelley and Dugald Stermer. Al Hirschfeld's line-drawing caricatures are perhaps the best-known illustrations in the show. Hirschfeld drawings and other art from advertising, book jackets, stamps and more will be on view through mid-May. The Gallery at the Art Institute of Houston, 1900 Yorktown, 623-2040. Free.

Deutser Gallery "Survival in Sarajevo" is Edward Serotta's photo-documentary of La Benevolencija, an aide society organized by Jews in the former Yugoslavia. During the siege of Sarajevo, May 1992February 1994, La Benevolencija provided food, medicine and, in some cases, safe passage from the region to thousands of Serbs and Croats, Jews and Muslims. Text panels offer detailed background on the exhibition, and guided tours are available. Daily, through May 5. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, 729-3200, ext. 3269. Free.

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