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Urban Cowboy reunion Bud and Sissy, Uncle Bob and Jesse live ... in the hearts of locals who 17 years ago helped make Urban Cowboy. The party-throwers have already collected RSVPs from musicians from Gilley's house band (Robert Herridge, Johnny Williams and Kenny Fulton, to name a few); Gator Connelly, the man who taught John Travolta how to two-step; and Steve Stronge, who ran the bull at Gilley's and who played his brother Sam Stronge in the movie. Mingle with them, and enjoy music, dancing, Lone Star beer and rides on the very bull that broke Bud's arm. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. G's Ice House, 6961 Highway 225, (281) 479-9213. $7.

Rocky trailers When Rocky Horror Picture Show fans yelled for the River Oaks Theatre to "start the fucking movie," they weren't just following tradition: They really didn't want trailers for other features mucking up their experience. The theater has surrendered to public demand, and the promos will now trail the feature. Stick around after tonight's midnight screening and see blips of Kiss, a movie about necrophilia; Crash, about open marriage and car wrecks; and the director's cut of Das Boot. Around midnight. Landmark River Oaks 3, 2009 West Gray, 524-2175. $6.75.

march 30
Easter Celebrate this holiest day of the year with folks who have much to be thankful for: a bowling alley, among other church amenities. First Baptist Church has several services today, alternating between a traditional choir service and one that's more contemporary. Choir service at 8:15 and 11 a.m.; "The Gathering (Worship Contemporary)," 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway (at Loop 610), 957-6754, Childcare provided. Free, until the collection plate passes your pew.

Easter Orange Hunt After listening raptly to the songs of Don Sanders, the Sourdough Cowboy, well-mannered children in patent-leather shoes will proceed in an orderly manner to collect the oranges and sugar-free candies the Orange Show Bunny has hidden around the folk-art environs. That, or all the eager little rugrats will strip the place of its holiday goodies in 30 seconds flat. 12:30 p.m. The Orange Show, 2401 Munger, 926-6368. $1, children 12 and under; free, everyone older than 12.

march 31
A.D. Players' 30th anniversary Three decades back, Jeannette Clift George started a theater company with the help of a few volunteers; today, that company boasts 35 staffers and a million-dollar budget. Tonight, the A.D. Players celebrate with a black-tie dinner and auction, followed by a retrospective of the theater's lengthy career. 6 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, 439-0181. $100-$1,000.

april 1
No Foolin' kite auction If you've got a hero other than Willie Nelson, chances are that person has decorated a kite for tonight's UH Art Friends auction. Elizabeth Taylor, Evander Holyfield, Van Cliburn, A.J. Foyt and Kimba, our own pachyderm personality, are just a few of the names in the all-star cast. And even better, each kite is attached to a themed prize. Snag Ann Richards's kite and drive out on a 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle; Rob Mosbacher's contribution comes attached to a press conference lunch with the bureau chiefs of the New York Times, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Like I said: There's something for all tastes. Racehorse Haynes is the auctioneer; proceeds benefit the University of Houston art department's scholarship and fellowship fund. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bistro Vino, 819 West Alabama, 850-0208. Find your checkbook, and call ASAP to save your place on the guest list.

Hail Hale-Bopp The comet is visible through the end of April, but it's closest to the sun today, which means that it's as bright as it's going to get. You can see it lurking near the northwest horizon just after sunset, but if you want to catch this particular ball of celestial ice free from the bright lights of the city, hie yourself to Brazos Bend State Park. (Alas, the park observatory's 36-inch telescope, available to the public at only $1 a pop, is open only on Saturday nights; still, the naked eye will do.) Dusk-10 p.m. Brazos Bend State Park (55 miles from downtown on Hwy. 59; exit Crabb River Road and follow the brown signs). 639-4777. $5 per carload.

april 2
Dr. John Deutch The recent director of Central Intelligence is here tonight, and his speech, sponsored by the Holocaust Museum Houston, will ask whether we've learned the lessons of the Holocaust, and why intelligence -- in every meaning of the word -- is needed to prevent similar genocide. For Deutch, this message isn't just a job, it's his heritage: His family escaped the Nazis and immigrated to the U.S. 55 years ago. 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 942-8000, extension 126. $50.

Dog Opera No fat lady sings, though our play's heroine is overweight. Single, she commiserates with her gay friend Peter about the paltry few good men out there. Together they come to terms with their feelings for their parents, lovers and each other. Stages's production is the Houston premiere of Constance Congdon's play. The first preview begins tonight at 8 p.m.; the show's regular run is April 4-27. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, 527-0220. $10, preview price.

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