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Bobby Bland Enjoy the Memphis blues stylings of blues legend Bobby "Blue" Bland, who isn't called Bobby "Blue" Bland so much anymore, and who doesn't sport the swooping pompadour of days gone by. But he still croons blues like "I Pity the Fool," "That's the Way Love Is" and "Who Will Be the Next Fool." Two shows, 8 and 11 p.m. Rockefeller's, 3620 Washington. $17.50, $25 and $30.

Fogerty-free Creedence Original CCR members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook are touring the country for Creedence Clearwater Revisited concerts. Former Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and frontman John Tristao, advertised as "Fogerty-sounding," are also with the show. 8 p.m. Westpark Entertainment Center, Highway 59 at Loop 610, 629-3700. $22.50 and $32.50.

saturday
august 10
Back-to-school health fair The Houston Department of Health and Human Services offers Fifth Ward children a day of lead screening, baby shots, health screenings, eye checks and free school supplies. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Swiney Park, 2812 Cline. For more information, call 798-0824.

Bookstore opens The whole family, and maybe some neighborhood kids who you let tag along, can enjoy book signings, giveaways and costumed storybook characters at the grand opening of the Lantern Lane Super Crown Bookstore. Begins at 9 a.m.today;10a.m.Sunday.12520 Memorial Drive, 973-1115.

Christian rock festival Whiteheart headlines SplashTown's "Rock on the Waters" fest, and Rhythm Circus and Wayne Kerr will also play at the Wild Wave concert stage. Plus, this Christian rock concert is opened by Christian comedian Chuck Montgomery. SplashTown gates open at 10 a.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Getting to SplashTown is easy: take the Louetta Road or FM 2920 exit off I-45 North. For more information, call 355-3300. $16.95; $10.95, children 48 inches and under; free for children three and under; after 4:30 p.m., $8.95 plus tax for everyone. Concert included in waterpark admission.

Ty Herndon Woo-hoo, country fans, it's Ty Herndon, although not with the backup talents from his recent recording What Mattered Most. Without Joe Diffe, Vince Gill and Blue Miller, Herndon will croon country tunes such as "Summer Was a Bummer." 7:30 p.m. Six Flags AstroWorld, Southern Star Amphitheatre, Kirby at Loop 610. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 629-3700. Concert tickets are $3 with park admission.

The Back Doors Elvis impersonators are a dime a dozen, but fully leather-clad productions reliving the glory that was the Lizard King and his band don't come around every day. The Back Doors are here, for one show only, and they've earned rave reviews all over the country. Danny Kresky, of Danny Kresky Enterprises, says, "I thought they were damned good!" 9:30 p.m. The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington, 869-COOL. $7.

sunday
august 11
Rita Mae Brown Novelist, mild-mannered humorist and well-known lesbian Rita Mae Brown will speak at a brunch benefiting An Uncommon Legacy. The foundation provides support (including financial) to organizations that address lesbian issues. Comedian Vickie Shaw will entertain prior to Rita's talk. Doors open at 11; brunch at 11:30 a.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar. For more information on the few remaining tickets, call 520-1142. $50 and $100. Brunch and bottomless mimosas or bloody marys included.

Oldies in the park The Godfather of Motor City Rock and Roll, Mitch Ryder, and the Mamas and the Papas will perform hits from the sixties. The songs remain the same, but only one of the Papas is a vintage original. 7:30 p.m. Six Flags AstroWorld, Southern Star Amphitheatre, Kirby at Loop 610. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 629-3700. Concert tickets $3 with park admission.

Cleo Laine Because she'd rather stay in her native England than perform here, the Queen of Jazz is not as well-known as she ought to be -- which is all the more reason to catch this show. Lane has performed with everyone, really: Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Toot Theilemans ... the list goes on and on. And she's been honored with Grammy nominations in several categories, and honored by the Queen. Two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Rockefeller's, 3620 Washington, 869-5483. $20, $45 and $60.

monday
august 12
All new morning TV In times past, it was housewives who stayed home and watched morning TV. Nowadays, married women go off to work, but computer wonks of various stripes, highly paid consultants and graduate students are at home watching morning TV. To address this changing audience, morning TV is changing. This morning brings two debuts. The Spirit of Texas This Morning is a two-hour show with local news, CBS network news and talk with community leaders, artists and whatever other local folk they can coax into the studio at dawn. Rolanda Watts' new, less trashy show appears to be much like her old, more trashy show, but she's hoping to have serious, responsible discussions that won't show up on Talk Soup -- especially not in the "clip of the week" segment. Morning show, 7 a.m.; respectable Rolanda, 9 a.m. KHOU/Channel 11. (Rolanda will discuss family issues at the Women's Expo in the Astrohall, 3 p.m. Sunday.)

tuesday
august 13
Lives Remembered "Lives Remembered: Photographs of a Small Town in Poland" are photographer Zalman Kaplan's chronicle of Szczuczyn, Poland, from 1897 to 1939, and are rich with images of daily life. The collection is especially poignant because in two days in 1939, more than 300 of Szczuczyn's Jews were murdered. Within two years, 3,000 more had been killed, victims of the Holocaust. The photographs will be on display through the fall, and the exhibition opens today with a reception, 68 p.m. Holocaust Museum, 5401 Caroline, 942-8000. Free.

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