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Disco Mania! Hey, way back when Musique's seventies smash hit "In the Bush" was annoying you on the radio, you probably never dreamed that one day that song and all that the disco ethic entails would be part of a huge Toys for Tots event. "Disco Mania" is one of many events benefiting the 1996 Toys for Tots Christmas gift program, and organizers claim it's one of the biggest. Musique will perform live; regular eggs, decked out in bell bottoms, platform shoes and polyester will compete in a seventies couture contest; and there will be a laser light show. Attire: full disco. 9 p.m. First City Main Bank, 1021 Main Street, 629-3700. $10, advance; $15, at the door. Bring a toy for a tot and register to win round trip tickets to Las Vegas.

july 14
The 1996 Lowrider Magazine 20th Anniversary Tour Straight-from-the-streets artistry in airbrush, chrome and velvet and a "Latinpalooza" show headline this day made for high spirits and high-hopping cars. Low-rider craftsmen will go bass-to-bass in a "sound-off challenge" pitting car stereo system against car stereo system; and low-riding car and truck owners will compete to see whose vehicle can hydraulically hop the highest. At noon, the car lovers will quiet down for a somber event: the presentation of a plaque honoring Joel Carmona, a former president of Houston's Los Magnificos Car Club, who died after saving his wife and three daughters from a fire. 11 a.m.5 p.m. AstroArena, Astrodomain, 8400 Kirby. For more information, call (909) 595-2782. $18; free, kids under ten.

july 15
Jus' Jokin' The comedy club -- a black-owned, black-run business -- has just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and the club owners are proud and happy about that, but they want more. One thing they want is a rainbow audience -- comedy is universal and all that. Thursdays are Apollo Night with cash prizes; Wednesday nights are "Something for the Honeys," a ladies night with male exotic dancers; and this Monday night is Latino Night. Luke Torres headlines. 8:30 p.m. 9344 Richmond (between Fondren and Gessner), 975-7262. No one under 18 admitted. $5.

july 16
Archetypes of Feminine Power Nontraditional psychotherapist Nan Hall Linke offers a workshop on images older women might aspire to and how these stereotypes can be beneficial. Warrior, queen, wizardess and wise woman are on Nan's list of positive images; battle ax, mysteriously, is not. 7:309:30 p.m. Spectrum Center, 4100 Westheimer, Suite 235. To register, call 520-1551. Seating is limited. $15. (Gift certificates are available.)

july 17
Early shows Landmark Theatres in Houston, both the tucked-away-underground Greenway 3 and the out-in-the-open River Oaks 3, offer "Finally, a reason to get up on Wednesday." Assuming that the entire populace is made up of slugabeds, Landmark advertises its new afternoon times with the suggestion that you "get out of bed, brush your teeth and treat yourself to the finest films in town. We'll make popcorn. It'll be like a party." With shows starting around noon, you'll have extra chances to see fine cinema like Wallace and Gromit and that Lone Star movie you've been hearing so much about. (Lone Star: See it! See it now!!) Heck, commuters can skip out of work early, catch a flick and still catch the Park and Ride home. (If you want to see movies really early, AMC Meyer Park 16 has 10 a.m. shows on Wednesday, all 16 movies. Call 721-0140 for more information.) Call for more information about early shows at Greenway 3, 626-0402, or River Oaks 3, 524-2175, or visit

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Some people have mixed feelings about the circus; Lord knows I do. Even as a kid, while I was into the animal aspects of the show, the circusiness of the whole thing, the spangles and hyperbole, left me cold. This year, Houston is visited by the Red unit of the circus, and we can thrill to, or be left cold by, "The World's Most Lovable Clown," David Larible; animal trainer Mark Oliver Gebel (who was born here, when his dad Gunther was on tour); and the Espanas "as they fearlessly confront the whirling Wheel of Death and the ominous Globe of Death." There doesn't seem to be a fake Fiji mermaid with the show. The circus opens tonight, 7:30 p.m., and continues through July 28. (Complete show listing in Thrills, Kids.) Come early for the Ringling Adventure, where kids can get their faces painted and bungee jump. The Summit, Greenway Plaza, 629-3700. Tickets are $10.50$16.50; special ringside seats are available, and you can get some good deals on regular seats by shopping at Fiesta.

Rebirth and Dreams of the Soul The Jung Center will hold its 29th annual conference of the Institute of Analytical Psychology and the School of Expressive Arts this week. A variety of arts, psychology and movement workshops will be offered July 1820. Wynette Barton, Carolyn Grant Fay and Roger Woolger are among the workshop leaders. To request a brochure, or register, call the Jung Center, 524-8253. $250.

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