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april 23
St. George's Day The Mucky Duck pays tribute to St. George, the patron saint of England and dragonslayer extraordinaire. The special menu includes Dragon Pot Pie. (The proprietor promises it tastes just like chicken.) Plus a mumming play and music, too. 5-7 p.m. McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 528-5999. Free.

Houston Fringe Theater Festival Fringe festivals, they say, are showcases for theater that is daring, exciting and adventurous. If you're up to the challenge, come tonight to see Liza Vann's The Top of the Bottom Half, the first of five plays scheduled through May 31. Her one-woman show is subtitled "An Evening with the Keeper of All Knowledge," and some of what she shares is funny. 7:30 p.m. Theater LaB, 1706 Alamo, 868-7516. $15.

Emo's Seventh Anniversary Party Emo's turns seven today, but that fact is sure to be overshadowed by the return of L7 to the club's stage. This all-girl thrash band played the lounge before they were the shit; now frontwoman Donita Sparks has her picture in Rolling Stone. Fame, though, hasn't softened the group. According to the aforementioned Stone piece, Sparks recently pitched a tampon into a crowd -- a used tampon, no less. Get there early for a place close to the stage and catch opening bands Crawdaddy and HOSS. Doors open at 7 p.m. Emo's Alternative Lounge, 2700 Albany, 523-8503. $4, 21 and up; $7, under 21.

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