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Soular Cafe III Dj Sun, acid-jazz pioneer and host of KPFT's Soular Grooves, presents another night of acid jazz, mixed with entirely danceable Latin and house music. Guitarist Cory "Funkafingaz" Stoot will lead featured performers the Live Shop Players. Stoot has played with George Clinton, and that information alone ought togetyououtofthehouse.8 p.m. Rockefeller's, 3620 Washington Avenue, 869-5483. $10; $15, minors.

july 28
PC Cowboys Hamshire Fannet and Toomey Starks, who proclaim themselves to be the world's only politically correct cowboys, headline a benefit for local actor and CASA volunteer Jim Keany. Keany is in end-stage liver disease, and as you've no doubt noticed, new livers don't come cheap. Come out for music, comedy and a live auction of wares including everything from dinners for two to rounds of golf. 58 p.m. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 528-5999. (For more information about Jim Keany and the Organ Transplant Fund, call Pat Greene, 785-7985.) $20.

july 29
American Festival for the Arts After offering half a summer of music and theater, American Festival for the Arts leaves town for a South American tour.The group's farewell performance, a chamber concert, features the award-winning Meliora Winds and world-famous cellist Robert deMaine, along with violist Susan Dubois and pianist Craig Ketter. 8 p.m. Ovations, 2536 Times Boulevard (at Kirby), 522-9801. Seating is limited; tickets are first come, first serve. For more information, call the AFA concert line, 520-8776. $9.

july 30
All Arts for All Houston rally All Arts for All Houston, an ad hoc ensemble of artists and concerned non-artists, is holding a rally to oppose the Theater District Association's grab for city and county arts funding. The Theater District has proposed that its heavy-hitting members -- among them, HGO, the Houston Ballet and the Alley Theatre -- escape peer review and claim guaranteed hunks of cash, leaving the little guys to fight over the scraps. Rally attendees are asked to wear red, white and blue. 1:30 p.m. In front of City Hall Annex, Bagby. For more information, call Jeff Salzberg, 523-4046, or your local theater or performance group.

National Night Out "Fire and crime don't belong in the home or neighborhood," declare Ron Stone and the local chapter of the Community Associations Institute -- and who could possibly disagree? Tonight, Stone and CAI take their noncontroversial stance one step further, telling ordinary eggs what they can do to prevent fire and crime. The evening's theme is as earnest and dull as the fire-and-crime line: "Neighbors Helping Neighbors -- Making Houston an Even Better Place to Live." While this live program may not be as exciting as an evening in front of the tube, it should impart more urban-life education than Cops and Rescue 911 rolled together. 6:30-9:15 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, fellowship hall, Westheimer at Ella Lee, just off the West Sam Houston Tollway. For more information or to register, call 784-5462. Free.

july 31
Baptism by Fire Engine Fans of the spoken word are invited out to hear original poetry and fiction from Diane K. Hinkle, Catharina Lindstrom, Robin Mina and Cynthia Saxon. Spoken-word events have grown rare, now that the fad has passed, so you know these readers must be presenting quality stuff. 9 p.m. Zimm's Wine and Coffee Bar, 4321 Montrose. For more information, call 529-0198 or visit Free.

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