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Anni Clark Drug-free folkies convene regularly in The Woodlands, and tonight the musical entertainment comes from folk/ jazz artist Anni Clark. Michael Rex, a local, opens with patter and music. No liquor is served, but a "wide selection of gourmet coffees, herbal teas and desserts" are available.7:30 p.m. Millbend Coffeehouse, 1370 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, 350-3052. $7; $2, children.

Houston Symphony Viennese conductor Manfred Honeck, a frequent guest at The Woodlands summer concerts, will lead the Houston Symphony and a quartet of guest vocalists in a program of death music. The second half of the concert offers Mozart's unfinished Requiem with several other compositions with the same grave theme. Soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, tenor Richard Clement and bass John Cheek are the singers. 8 p.m. today and Monday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-ARTS. $13$59.

sunday
november 10
Galveston Architecture Guidebook Home tours are great, although a little hard on the feet, but now armchair travelers can enjoy the architecture of the island's golden age. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Galveston Historical Foundation has published a book with photos and descriptions of more than 700 Galveston buildings. The new, comprehensive guide to the island's architecture will be presented at a reception for the authors, Stephen Fox and Ellen Beasley. 2-4 p.m. Galveston County Historical Museum, 2219 Market, Galveston, (409) 765-7834.

Channing Concerts The Mosaic ensemble, with soprano Patti Spain and pianist Timothy Hestor, presents a program including Frank Bridge's Phantasie Trio, Mozart's L'amero, saro constante and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Ten Blake Songs. A reception with the artists follows. 4 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin, 526-5200. Free.

Moods and Movement The Anjali Center for Indian Performing Arts presents an evening of music and dance. One of the vocalists is Babu Parameswaran, who has worked with Ravi Shankar, and the performance mixes modern dance with three classical styles: bharatanatyam, kuchipudi and odissi. The very talented Rathna Kumar and her Anjali dancers are the performers. 46 p.m. Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Avenue. For more information, call 772-ARTS. $5-$25.

Grace Paley Author, activist and essayist Grace Paley, who has been writing for 30 years without becoming a parody of herself, will talk about the personal essay, and maybe a wee bit about fiction. The writer is currently at work on a collection of nonfiction pieces called Just as I Thought, and is taking a little break to come to Houston and explain that "personal," in this context, does not include the kind of self-importance and self-indulgence that spoil many wannabe essayists. The first in a three-part series from Inprint. 7 p.m. The Children's Museum, 1500 Binz. For more information, call 521-2026. $10; $5, seniors and students.

Philippe Bianconi Sexy French pianist Philippe Bianconi, a Van Cliburn gold medalist, shows his raw power and virtuosity in a program of Schubert, Faure and Debussy. The Dallas Morning News said, "The sheer brilliance of his playing, both technically and otherwise, nearly upstaged the whole evening. For the first time in memory, the opening measure of Saint-Saens' strangely wonderful Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, op. 22 didn't sound as if it had strayed, absentmindedly, out of some half-remembered Bach tocatta." 8 p.m. Emerson Unitarian Church, 1900 Bering, 782-8250. Free.

monday
november 11
Jewish Women: A World of Tradition and Change A show of 60 black-and-white photographs by Joan Roth, who traveled the world for a decade, capturing Jewish women "in a way never seen before." The show is up through December 27, and today Roth will give a gallery talk about her travels and photographs, 10 a.m. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, 729-3200. $6.

tuesday
november 12
Get Stoned The good people of Zadok Jewelers will celebrate the store's 20th anniversary with a "meet the designers" trunk show, and with a special cake. Anyone who shows up and asks for a slice of the chocolate-orange torte has a chance to break a tooth on one of 20 semiprecious gemstones hidden beneath the decorative rosebuds. If your slice contains a rock, it's yours. The party isn't over when the cake's finished, but it'll be a lot less exciting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Zadok Jewelers, 1749 Post Oak Boulevard, 960-8950.

2nd Time Around James Earl Hardy, author of B-Boy Blues, has written another frisky romance in the same vein. 2nd Time Around touches on issues such as racism, internalized racism and macho posturing, and yet is still a fun and sexy book. The author signs copies today. (Next week, T. Lee Wiggins signs New Negro Nihilism.) 6-8 p.m. Nia Gallery and Bookshop, 7725 West Bellfort, 729-8400.

wednesday
november 13
A Tuna Christmas Reheated Tuna for a holiday? Oh, yes: Joe Sears and Jaston Williams serve the crowd pleaser yet again. The two-actor, 22-character parody of small-town celebrating has been touring since its 1989 premiere, and shows no signs of stopping. This stint continues through Sunday, November 17. Tonight's show is at 8 p.m. (Other showtimes listed in Thrills, Theater.) Wortham Center, Brown Theater, Texas at Smith, 629-3700. $29-$36.

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