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A Black History salute Black History Month's not quite over, certainly not before the Houston Community College System gets its shot at honoring a select few in Houston's African-American community. The main honoree is HPD Chief Clarence Bradford, who doubles this morning as the keynote speaker. Other honorees are FBI special agent Don Clark; KJOJ general manager Kathie Watson; city attorney Gene Locke; and two of HCCS's own -- former chancellor James Harding and Dr. Roger Wood of the central campus English department. Stick around for lunch, the chance to nab a door prize and, most especially, to thank these fine folks for their many fine deeds. 11:30 a.m. Houston Community College Central, third floor, 1300 Holman, 718-6305. $25.

The ADDY Awards Distinguished admen (and no, that is not an oxymoron) from across the nation have weeded through nearly 1,400 entries to pick the best in Houston advertising -- whether print, broadcast, out-of-home, public service advertising or Internet. Find out who our top creative advertising talents are, and do so in the comfort of your own home -- the ceremony will be broadcast live on the Internet. Point your net browser to www. from 6 to 10 p.m. (Viewing the ceremony on-line will require VDO software, which users may download for free at the site.) Or, of course, you may actually attend the event -- if you're willing to shed your jammies for a tux. Black tie reception, 5:30; awards presentation, 610 p.m. Edwin Hornberger Conference Center, 2151 West Holcombe, 237-9999 or visit $75-$120.

Mummenschanz After 25 years of morphing in and out of characters in ways that fairly defy human limitations -- not to mention 25 years of defying economics by making a successful career out of mime -- the dazzling trio prove that they are indeed of this world by announcing their farewell tour. After "Parade, 25 Years: A Retrospective," there'll be no more giant hands, wiggling tubes, fantastical lighting and magical trickery. Sponsored by the Society for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-ARTS. $10-$40.

A little Las Vegas Thunder Glitz from two of the cities that do it best: Fourteen Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are going to help excite a readily excitable hockey crowd tonight as the Thunder challenges our Houston Aeros. The cheerleaders will sign autographs starting at 6 p.m., then shake their boogie things during both intermissions. Promoters call this "sports the way it ought to be." That's what they say, and, really, that's fine as long as they keep those girlie girls off the baseball diamond. 7 p.m. The Summit, 10 Greenway Plaza, 629-AERO. $7-$40.

february 23
Fabulously French: Haute Couture 1897-1997 A fashion show of made-to-order one-of-a-kinds by the best Parisian designers, shown not at Saks, but at the Museum of Fine Arts. You can view the exhibit as the MFA's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous imitation, or you can view designers such as Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Emanuel Ungaro as artists. Or you can consider the show as a retrospective of a dying art -- sewing. The exhibit shows through April 20. 12:15-6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-3700. $3, adults; $1.50, children and seniors.

february 24
Rimshot Ridings passes the crown The time has come for Rimshot Ridings to step down as the Houston Humane Society's spokesdog, and for wannabe spokesdogs (and wannabe spokescats) to send in their applications. In this competition beauty and behavior count, but something else matters as well: money. Specifically, a pet owner's ability to raise pledges for the 16th Annual Houston Humane Society IAMS K-9 Fun Run March 9. Face it, cash talks: The dogs and cats of the top five pledge winners in each pet category are automatically the finalists. After that, the dogs must go through an interview process, while the winning cat will be selected based solely on photos and applications. Entry forms must be submitted no later than March 1. For more information, call 433-6421.

february 25
Tino Wallenda The Columbia Bellaire Medical Center has just completed a $5 million renovation of its hospital, and now, in what might look like a blatant attempt to drum up business, they've invited a tightrope walker to help them celebrate the unveiling. Don't worry, though -- the tightrope walker is Tino Wallenda of the world-famous Flying Wallendas, and he's so good he performs without a net. At 7:30 a.m., he'll walk on a rope stretched 55 feet above the ground during a private ribbon-cutting ceremony; at 10:30 a.m., he'll repeat his feat for the public and talk a bit about circus life. The St. Thomas High School Jazz Band performs during both walks. (If it rains, the event will be rescheduled for Wednesday.) Columbia Bellaire Medical Center, 5314 Dashwood, 512-1200. $1, which benefits Gordon Elementary School.

Frank talk The Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts is hosting a discussion of the art of Frank Stella, the man who has designed the $1.5 million, 5,000-square-foot installation of "pictoral architecture" for UH's new Moores School of Music, and the man who has an exhibition right now at UH's Blaffler Gallery. The forum is the first in a series, dubbed Insight/Onsite, for arty intellectual types to chew over arty intellectual topics with other arty intellectual types. 7-8:30 p.m. University of Houston, Blaffer Gallery (entrance no. 16 off Cullen Boulevard), 522-5013. Free.

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