Warehouse Art Crawl Once again, it's time for all the funky warehouse artists to open their studios, and sometimes their homes, to the gawkers of the art-buying public for fun, frolic and maybe Christmas shopping. Seven warehouse studios will be open, and some feature the works (and works in progress) of more than a dozen artists. Hey, and you can park at any gallery and ride an art-car shuttle to the others. The H.B.S. Warehouse, Erie City IronWorks and Mother Dog Studios are participating. Good parking is probably available on Commerce Street, and the 2300-2400 blocks are home to Brenner Studios, Calaway Studios and the venerable Commerce Street Arts Warehouse. 29 p.m. For more information, call 228-0635. Free, and free prize giveaways.
Franklin the Turtle There are shelled friends beyond Yertle, and Franklin is at the head of the pack. The reptilian charmer himself will visit story time today, and the stories will all be about his adventures. 2 p.m. Munchkins Books for Children, 2530 Times Boulevard, 522-3911. Free.
Tibetan Tantric Fire Puja The monks of the Gaden-Shartse Monastery will present a ritual to "purify the environment and attract auspicious conditions." 6 p.m. The Yoga Center of Houston, 2438-A South Boulevard, 524-4572. $15 donation.
Pilgrimage to America Trust Ima Hogg when it comes to pilgrims; Bayou Bend is having a Thanksgiving-themed family day with pilgrim stuff and "performances that celebrate some of the many cultures that influenced America." Also, home tours and craft workshops for the kids. 15 p.m. Bayou Bend, 1 Westcott (at Memorial), 639-7759. Free.
Muza Rubackyte Houston's small and enthusiastic Lithuanian-American community is very excited about this concert. Lithuanian pianist Muza Rubackyte, who's been performing and recording in Europe for several years, will stop here during an American tour. Along with her concert work, Rubackyte is a professor at the Lithuanian National Academy of Music. 4 p.m. University of Houston, Cullen Performance Hall, 4800 Calhoun (entrance no. 1). For more information, call 629-3700 or 808-1982. $15; $7, seniors; $3, children under 12.
Jonathan Richman Perennial weirdo and Kingpins cameo singer Jonathan Richman brings his special brand of goof-folk to the Satellite, and we have no idea what he'll play. He's recently released his 20th recording, you know, but is not opposed to playing music from his happy youth. You've seen him on Conan O'Brien -- oh, wait, you haven't. We don't get Conan in these parts. Throw your TV out the window, and see live music every night -- especially tonight. Nineish. The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington, 869-COOL. $7.
Unruly robots You know, if your kids are so clotted by the misinformation on the Learning Channel that they prefer bloodthirsty live-action dinosaurs to the fossils, careful representations and information in the Museum of Natural Science's paleo hall, then here's a deal: Dinamation, a popular touring show of moving and grooving creatures, is now set up at the museum. There are 13 robots in the hall, including the new and exciting Utahraptor, a.k.a. "Super Slasher," and a full-size, 45-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex robot controlled by joysticks. Cower at the roaring Pachycephalosaurus, or control the T. rex. The exhibit is scientifically responsible, to the extent that a show putting Mesozoic, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous critters on the same stage can be. The museum is open 9 a.m.6 p.m. today. Houston Museum of Natural Science, Hermann Park, 639-IMAX, www.hmns.mus.tx.us. Dinamation, $6; $4.50, children. At the Museum through March 30.
Autumn Feast with Herbs Whoo-hoo, just in time for funky veggie soup time, Lucia Bettler of Lucia's Garden will teach a class on cooking a full five-course meal with harvest vegetables, harvest grains and game hens. And herbs galore, of course. For more information or to register, call the Leisure Learning Unlimited people, 877-1981, and ask about class no. 3180. There are ways to register without getting on their mailing list.
Meat market The Roxy needs men. Twelve knockout babes have been found for its female calendar, and now 12 hunk-a-monk men are needed to grace the glossy pages of the male version. You need not be a model to enter; you just have to look like one. Four lucky studs will be chosen tonight; they and the other chosen studs will return next Tuesday for the finals. What time? After dark, when grownups go out to play. The Roxy, 5351 West Alabama, 850-ROXY.
Moscow State Ballet Forty Russian dancers will leap and twirl in handmade costumes for one night only. This international Nutcracker will be danced in the classic Russian style, and with the Slavic interpretation, which involves more dancing by the little girl, here called Misha instead of Clara, and less mincing about looking starry-eyed. 7:30 p.m. Julie Rogers Theatre, Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main, Beaumont, (409) 838-3435, www.nutcracker.com. $17$32.50.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shakespeare (abridged) A play-within-a-play parody romp thing, The Compleat Works began as a simple performance piece fooling with the idea of a half-hour Hamlet. The Reduced Shakespeare Company playlet was later expanded to include a ten-minute Romeo and Juliet, and now the thing covers 16 comedies, some morphed into other forms (including a cooking show). Only three actors are on the stage, but the three men, in Stooges fashion, play herds of characters. The show opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues through January 11. (Other shows listed in Thrills, Theater.) New Heights Theatre, 339 West 19th Street, 869-8927. $15.