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thursday
september 26
Breakfast with mummy The MFA Corporate Partners breakfast for September features a talk by senior docent Merrianne Timko; she'll talk about "Preparation for the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt," then lead a special tour of "Splendors of Ancient Egypt." During the tour, Timko, who has long studied ancient Near Eastern antiquities, can perhaps explain about the Book of the Dead. The text has drawings along with the hieroglyphics, and the figures in these drawings -- people, baboons and at least one ox -- seem lively and cheerful, even whimsical, some of them. Why? The Learning Channel won't tell, but maybe Timko can. Or, perhaps, being a scholar, she can tell you what ideas scholarly people have about this and why, and then ask you to consider the question on your own. 7 a.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. For reservations, call 639-7571. $15, yes, $15, and one need not be a part of a corporate partnership to attend.

A bigger, better bulb market This year, the Garden Club of Houston's bulb market has extended hours and more bulbs than ever before. Head out early and stock up on amaryllis, ranunculas and antique daffodils. Anyone who visits the 54th annual Bulb and Plant Mart gets a Garden Club book, a how-to horticulture guide for Houston. 9:30 a.m.6 p.m. today and Friday; 9:30 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday. At the Westheimer United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe at Bering. For information, call 867-3953.

Diamond Dig Here's a reason to go to an Astros game: a treasure hunt. After the Astros play the Mets, a group of adult (as in 18 and over) Houstonians will hit the field to dig up the field with spoons. Three one-carat diamonds will be buried along the baseline, and diggers can qualify by a) registering at Stop N Go and Diamond Shamrock stores, b) winning a call-in contest on KRBE's morning show or c) being selected from the fans at the game. Game starts at 1:35 p.m., and diamond digging is after. Astrodome, Kirby at Loop 610, 629-3700. $4$19.

friday
september 27
Dee Mosbacher talks about homophobia The Montrose Counseling Center is holding a one-day workshop aimed at health and social service professionals but open to the public. Besides 16 frank and serious seminars -- among them "Chemical Dependency and HIV" and "Clinical and Legal Aspects of Assisted Suicide" -- there will be a luncheon speech by Dee Mosbacher, founder and president of Women Vision. Mosbacher will talk about homophobia, and possibly mention that her dad, former secretary of commerce Robert Mosbacher, has never been homophobic with her or her friends because, you know, coming at people with preconceived notions never helps. 8 a.m.6 p.m. Renaissance Houston Hotel, 6 Greenway Plaza East, 529-0037. $95. Continuing education credits available.

Fort Bend County Fair "Long before MTV," the fairground people write, "when only bulls had nose rings and only sailors got tattoos, there were county fairs." The 60th Fort Bend County Fair kicks off its blast from the past today, and continues through next weekend with rides, shows and attractions such as hogs and preserves. Today's excitement, a parade with former TV newsman Ron Stone, begins coursing through the streets of Richmond and Rosenberg at 9 a.m. There will be a dance with Santa Fe and the 93Q Country band at 11 p.m. Today, the fairgrounds are open noon1 a.m.; Saturday, 10-1 a.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-midnight; and Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.midnight. Through October 6. Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, one mile south of Highway 59 on Highway 36, 342-6171. $4; $1, children ages six to ten; free, children under six. $6, Friday night concerts.

Pobre Pablo's Wondrous Wishes Express Theatre presents a children's play based on Argentine folk tales. Kids who are tired of cowboy stories will delight in this theatrical presentation of gaucho adventures in the pampas grass. Opening tonight, 7 p.m. Reception follows. (Further shows listed in Thrills, Kids, On-Stage.) Presented by Express Theatre at the Children's Museum, 1500 Binz, 522-1138. $5; free, kids under two.

Stars n Stripes -- Texas Style The Southwest Jazz Ballet presents an evening of sequins and show tunes in this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Special guest stars include the New Flying Lindy Hoppers, a jitterbug dance troupe; Chelsi Smith, Miss Universe 1995; and Michael Lerner. Yes, Michael Lerner of Barton Fink, Eight Men Out and the ABC series Clueless. 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Drive, Hermann Park, 520-3290. Free.

Lisa Loeb No, the one with the adorable trailer-trash gap-tooth smile is Jewel; Lisa Loeb is the one with the affected funky glasses. She's also the pop chanteuse appearing in tonight's 104 KRBE Private Session concert. You can get one of the 100 tickets only by listening to the station. The intimate concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Art Institute of Houston, 1900 Yorktown. For more information, call 266-1000. Free -- if you're one of the lucky callers.

Giorgee Awards Gina Gaston of Channel 13 hosts this year's gala, and all the stars of the Ensemble Theatre are sure to be on hand, either picking up awards or sharing in the glory. Join Houston's oldest black professional theater company as it celebrates anotheryear.10:30p.m.(following Ceremonies in Dark Old Men), Midtown Art Center Gallery, 3414 La Branch (at Holman), 520-0055. $15.

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