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Rosemary Clooney People, and frequently people on MTV, talk about how long the Stones have been touring and offer huzzahs to Mick and Keith. Those people forget (or maybe never knew about) serious performers such as Rosemary Clooney, who was a radio star in 1945. The Society for the Performing Arts, with proper reverence for historic careers, has chosen the "girl singer" to entertain at the SPA 30th Anniversary Gala. Black tie. Reception, 7; dinner, 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-3389. $250-$1,000.

Skyline Screamers Bring a blanket to sit on, and prepare to be scared: the Houston Storytellers Guild will tell spooky stories for the season. The evening opens with stories suitable for younger kids, then builds to tales that will scare the bejeezus out of strong men. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Marmion Park, at 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, 523-3289. Free.

Latino Laugh Festival Showtime's touring comedy act, starring John Mendoza, has its first live show in Houston this week. Comedy fans may remember the broadcast version, with Cheech Marin and Daisy Fuentes, from TV last summer. This live show is banking on the success of the TV show and, besides Mendoza, features Jeff Valdez, Kim Tavares, Pablo Francisco and Rudy Moreno. 8 p.m. Houston Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway (at Fondren), 988-1020. $21-$23.

Dead Alive One reason for celebrating Western civilization is the number of terrific Halloween movies it's produced -- Halloween and its sequels, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, various brain-in-a-jar flicks and Dead Alive. Being shown this weekend as part of Landmark's Horror Movie Month, Dead Alive is a zombie feature with more slinging gore than any other, a vicious Sumatran rat-monkey and writer/director Peter Jackson's particular sense of humor. Midnight (or thereabouts). River Oaks 3 Theatre, 2009 West Gray, 524-2175. $6.75.

Moonlight Ramble Hundreds of bikers will suffer collective moon madness and ride a 20-mile circle around the city tonight. Sponsored by the Two Wheel Transit Authority and the Houston Bicycle Alliance, the ramble raises money for Houston's Child Helmet program, HPD's Bicycle Police Officers and other cycle causes. Registration, 11 p.m.; ramble, 1:59 a.m. Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 729-9333. $15.

sunday
october 27
Zoo Boo Today only, the Houston Zoo has a haunted house and trick-or-treat candy for the kids. Put the little ones in costumes and bring them out to see the vampire bats, Mexican wolves and the ghostly white Bengal tiger. Halloween party, 10 a.m.6 p.m. Houston Zoo, Hermann Park, 1513 North MacGregor, 523-5888. $2.50; $2, seniors; 50 cents, children three12; free, children under three. Any paying adult who presents a Warner Cable bill can get free admission for one child, age three to 12.

India Bazaar Visitors won't be able to ride an elephant through the jungle in hopes of seeing a tiger, but all the other sights and sounds of India are promised at the 13th Annual India Bazaar. Presented by the India Culture Center, the bazaar celebrates the people, culture, arts, music, dance, fashions and, of course, foods of India. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For more information, call 343-0287. $2.

Johnny 100 Pesos A Chilean cops-and-robbers drama based on a real-life misadventure in which a botched robbery and the subsequent Dog Day Afternoon negotiations were broadcast live on TV. The star, Armando Araiza, is a threat to Antonio Banderas. 7 p.m. MFA: 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7515. $5; $4, seniors and students.

monday
october 28
Make-A-Wish Foundation Get Ready for Golf After golfing for a good cause, get your Joe Boxer shorts. The Houston Chapter of the Texas Society for Public Accountants is having a tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and everybody who hits the links for this good cause receives a pair of underpants. Registration, 10:30 a.m. Sweetwater Country Club in First Colony. For more information about participating or contributing, call 952-9474.

FUUSA Families Under Urban and Social Attack, a community empowerment group working in the Third Ward, is having a "Motown and Oldies Monday Nite" fundraiser. Richard Alderman, the People's Lawyer, is the emcee, and everyone is urged to don their vintage best for the Motown Best Dressed Contest. This lively, worthwhile event also features live music and a silent auction. 7 p.m. Cody's in the Village, 2540 University. For more information, call 747-8872. $30.

tuesday
october 29
Candidates' Forum 1996 Klein High School students, aided by the League of Women Voters, present four contenders for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Representative Jack Fields. Republicans Kevin Brady and Gene Fontenot and Democrats Robert Musemeche and C.J. Newman will air their views and woo voters. 7-9 p.m. Klein High School, at Louetta Road and Stuebner-Airline, 370-5092. Free.

wednesday
october 30
Another You Okay, we're talking here about the award-winning novelist Ann Beattie, not the award-winning comedy writer Anne Beatts. Both have similar names, both write about topical subjects and both are quietly successful women in male-dominated professions, but Beattie writes books. Dreamy sort of books, where people talk a lot and think a lot. Her fifth novel, Another You, also has a supernatural element. Reading and book signing, 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 523-0701.

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