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gmch://taking.center.stage/~ The Gay Men's Chorus of Houston are all over this Internet thing like a duck on a junebug, but the eagerly cyber name for their Pride Week concert is something of a misnomer -- the star is not the chorus, but their special guest Marsha Carlton. The cabaret signer was seen recently in TUTS' 42nd Street, and, in an early career phase, she appeared on B.L. Striker and Miami Vice. Carlton is not alone on-stage. In this benefit for AIDS Foundation Houston's Stone Soup food pantry, she's joined by her longtime cabaret partner Clay Howell (eat your hearts out, Liza and Stritch!), comic Randall Jobe, the Bayou City Chorale, the Turtle Creek Chorale Ensemble and, of course, the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston. 8 p.m. Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 500 Texas, 227-ARTS. $10$20.

sunday
june 16
Father's Day at the Zoo Creative people whose salaries are paid with your tax dollars encourage all Houston families to come take a gander at sexual dimorphism. In case you were wondering, sexual dimorphism is not something perverts put up on the World Wide Web; it's a legitimate scientific term for differences between sexes. In hoofed species, it's the males who have antlers; in bird species, it's the males who have fabulous color patterns. This goes to show that all males are in league and overly concerned with image. Learn other fascinating facts at the zoo's Father's Day programs, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Regular zoo hours: 10 a.m.6 p.m. Hermann Park, 1513 North MacGregor, 523-5888. $2.50; $2, seniors; 50 cents, children three12; free, children under three.

Willie Nelson's barbecue picnic at the beach Taking a break from sitting around in his underwear, Shotgun Willie will sing old favorites and new stuff from his latest recording, Spirit, for the sunscreen-smeared crowds at the Backyard at the Beach. Doors open at 5; the Red-Headed Stranger warbles classic county at 7 p.m. Backyard at the Beach, at Blisters, next to StewartBeach,Galveston,(800) 966-SHOW. $15$25.

Father's Day and the New Moon The Daily Review is known for chicken pot pie (and for running out of chicken pot pie), but during June it won't be all cream sauce and fennel at this low-key eatery. The Houston Symphony Brass Quintet and the cafe's Carl Eaves have put together a series of dinner concerts. The kickoff celebrates both Father's Day and the new moon with British Renaissance and baroque music plus tunes from "Bernstein and Beyond." The food at this champagne picnic -- and let's not overlook the fact that this is a champagne picnic -- includes bacon-wrapped barbecue quail, and blackberry and sloe gin pancakes. 7 p.m. Daily Review Cafe, 3412 West Lamar, 520-9217. $45, dinner and beverages. Reservations suggested.

monday
june 17
A Year of Business and Sacrifice The Holman Street Baptist Church, in association with the National Baptist Convention of America, invites everyone who is interested in African-American business to this congress/youth convention/business expo. The congress runs through June 21, and opens tonight with a gospel show, 7:30 p.m. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For more information, call 741-8451. $10.

In Your Face Any time now, we are expecting a self-consciously outrageous daredevil show called "Lesbian Dope-heads on Mopeds" because this year is shaping up to be a good year for lesbian comics. The star of tonight's show, Lea Delaria, doesn't need gimmicks, or even her sexual orientation, to stand out in a crowd. She has talent, talent many Americans who don't seek out lesbian comedy, or even club comedy, enjoyed on The John Larroquette Show. And remember her "Super Dyke" standup routine on The Arsenio Hall Show? (Remember The Arsenio Hall Show?) This is an official Pride Week event. 7:30 p.m. Laff Stop, 1952 West Gray, 524-2333. $15, advance; $18, at the door.

tuesday
june 18
Wolf N the Hood The Big Bad Wolf is on trial for stealing Little Bo Peep's sheep. Judge Pickle Pepper presides, Red Riding Hood leads the defense and Humpty Dumpty makes a surprise appearance. Through June 30. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Electric Theatre, 3424 FM 1092, Suite 250, Missouri City, 491-2281. $5; $4 each for children in groups of ten or more.

wednesday
june 19
Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach After watching all the drought coverage on CNN, we swamp-dwellers can get a hankering for the dry beauty of desert landscapes. And -- lucky us! -- we can find the dry beauty of desert landscapes at the Museum of Fine Arts. Throughout the summer, the MFA shows the first comprehensive retrospective of Richard Misrach's photos. His vistas are equally concerned with natural beauty (clouds) and human destruction (bomb craters). Twenty years of work, including staged photos.10 a.m.5 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet, 526-1361. $3; $1.50, students, children six-18 and seniors; free, children under five.

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