Zoological Gardens Visitors can beat the heat by checking out the indoor exhibits -- the Brown Education Center, Kipp Aquarium, Small Mammal World, Texas Wildlife Bldg. and Tropical Birdhouse. Open daily, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Hermann Park, 1513 N. MacGregor, 523-5888. $2.50; $2, seniors; 50 cents, children three12; free, children under three.
Pass and Play Picnic Houston Oiler Ray Childress is the brains behind this fundraiser for the Childress Foundation, an organization trying to put kids on the right path. Jerry Jeff Walker and the Gonzo Compadres will provide live music; the food will be high-class picnic fare. 7 p.m.midnight, The Houstonian, 111 N. Post Oak Ln., 627-7900. $100, individuals; $1,500$5,000, tables.
Pride Week The theme for the 1996 Houston Lesbian and Gay Pride Week is "Pride Knows No Borders." The big finale for Pride Week is, of course, the parade on June 23. But that's only one thing; a variety of events and celebrations are planned. To be a part of all, or to find out what's happening, contact the Houston Pride Committee, 529-6979.
Antiques and Collectible Crafts Market Through June 15, a vast array of antiques, art, crafts, pincushions, silk floral arrangements, woodcrafts and other home decoration and gift items will be on display. The craft fair opens at 10 a.m. each day. Astrohall, Astrodomain, Kirby at Loop 610, 799-9632. $2; $1, seniors and children under 12.
Ole! Fiesta Bash Dos The Houston Challenge Foundation doesn't spend all its time providing food bank goods and other help to HIV-affected families in Houston and Harris county. Sometimes, the group's organizers raise money and kick up their heels. This party features a bountiful Mexican food buffet and live music from Angelucho's Copacabana. The hottest event of the summer, 811 p.m. Sonora Del Norte, 1515 Dallas, 523-8900. $35, and bring a bag of groceries for the food bank and your checkbook for the silent auction.
1996 Houston Summer Boat Show Everything anyone could ever need for marine fun, from yachts to wiggly worms soaked in blood chloride, will be on display through July 14. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For more information, call 526-6361. $5; $2, children under 12.
The Greatest Show on Earth The 125th anniversary edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to you live. We don't know if this is the blue or the red unit, but we do know it features Mark Oliver Gebel and his wild beasts, the Espanas in the Whirling Wheel of Death (and the Globe of Death) and Chinese acrobats. Through July 28. The Summit, Greenway Plaza, 629-3700. Tickets go on sale June 17. $10.50$16.50.
Justin World Bull Riding Championship The top cowboys, and cowgirls, will compete for more than $100,000 in prize money. After the fast action in the ring, bull riding fans get a live music concert. The three-day event opens tonight with a winner-take-all grudge match. Through August 18. 8 p.m. The Summit, Greenway Plaza, 629-3700. Tickets go on sale June 8. $12.50$20.50. Series ticket packages and Super Chute Seats also available.
May 30-August 29
Party on the Plaza. Thursday remains the day for happy hour on Jones Plaza downtown, at the intersection of Texas and Smith. Rik Emmett (formerly of Triumph) starts the summer on May 30. The remaining shows are: Carolyn Wonderland, June 6; Foghat, June 13; Head East, June 20; Badfinger, June 27; Joe "King" Carrasco, July 11; Iron Butterfly, July 18; Firefall, July 25; Rob Hanna, August 1; Bobby Kimball (formerly of Toto), August 22; and Dread Zeppelin, August 29. Free.
The Moody Blues The original melders of high kitsch and high art are back doing their thing with the Houston Symphony. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands. 629-3700.
Texas Music Festival. This summer program serves a dual purpose, allowing young musicians the opportunity to hone their solo, orchestra and chamber skills during a four-week residency, and giving the Houston public a chance to settle in for inspired performances by newcomers and masters alike. Festival concerts held Tuesday, June 4, to Thursday, June 27, at the University of Houston. For information, call 743-3009 or 743-3167.
Jerry Jeff Walker Terlingua's favorite son, and Texas Monthly cover boy, reacquaints us with his outlaw shtick two nights running. Rockefeller's, 1620 Washington Ave. 869-8427.
Road Kings Be reminded of what Jesse Dayton used to sound like when he reunites with his old band. One of them, anyway. Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington Ave. 869-COOL.
Broken Note Showcase Two nights of local bands featuring 30footFALL, Hoss, Heckle, Bickley, Pervis, Peterbilt, the Hates, Sillies, Sad Pygmy, Dinosaur Salad, Taste of Garlic, Aftershock, I-45, Tha Rebel Crew, Fragile Porcelain Mice, Cornerpiece, Ghost and DethKultur BBQ. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 862-3838.
Gospel Celebration Featuring Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee and Houston's own vocal wonder, Yolanda Adams. Six Flags AstroWorld, Kirby at Loop 610, 799-1234. Park entrance $29.95; $18.95, children under 48 inches tall; $14.98, seniors and handicapped.
Tori Amos Thoughtful '90s diva visits the University of Houston campus. Cullen Performance Hall (entrance no. 1 off Calhoun), 629-3700.
Waylon Jennings Jennings recently signed with Justice Records. The local label did proud by Jennings' buddy, Willie Nelson; maybe the signing suggests Jennings still has something good to give as well. Rockefeller's, 1620 Washington Ave, 869-8427.