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april 26
The Business of Writing You've labored behind your keyboard for a few months and think you're a writer, just because you've funneled your creativity into a tangible product. Find out what it really takes to get that book onto a press and into the stores or to get that script into the hands of a filmmaker at this Inprint workshop. Speakers include Mary Gaitskill of the UH Creative Writing Program; Larry Karaszewski, who won a Golden Globe for his work on the screenplay for The People vs. Larry Flynt; and editors and agents whose client lists include the names of people actually earning money and fame for their writings. Plus, lawyers and CPAs will be on hand to go over the niggling details you must know and would have to pay dearly for in a private consultation. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. University of St. Thomas, 3900 Yoakum, 521-2026. $40; $20, seniors and students.

Oldies 94.5 Funfest More than a chance for aging hippies to commiserate on hair loss and blown-out Birkenstocks, promoters tout Funfest as the putty that will fuse the generation gap. "Imagine children of the '50s and '60s hand in hand with their children of the '80s and '90s, groovin' to the hits of Tommy James ..." they say, and it could work: Joan Jett (Crimson and Clover) and Tiffany (I Think We're Alone Now) proved that James's hits were palatable to kids of the '80s. Others on the bill are the Turtles, the Grass Roots, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and the Crystals. 3-9:30 p.m. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, 629-3700. $19.45, reserved seats; $30, Family Four-Pack lawn seats.

Houston International Festival, part two Houston's largest festival chugs into its second weekend, and though "international" is the theme, it's regional music that's the real attraction here. Today, the Derailers, Wayne Hancock and Don Walser set the stage for the back-to-back whammy of flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely, both on the Texas Stage. If Texas-style rocking country doesn't suit you, there are three stages without a trace of the stuff, showcasing instead the world scene, from Papa Wemba to the Peking Opera. Since it spans 20 blocks of downtown Houston, you can't miss it. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today and Sunday (see Thrills, Music for concert times). $6; $2, optional donation for children ages three-11; free, kids two and under.

Equinox Nia Love deals in spiritual intrigue, and as a choreographer has set an otherworldly dance on local performers (a.k.a. "initiates") for the International Festival. She didn't so much design Equinox as extract the movements from a vision. All the action centers around a cosmogram, the means by which the dancers communicate with spirits; accompanist Antoine Roney has a say about the flow of the dance, too, as he uses his saxophone to "call" each gesture. 1 p.m. today; 11 a.m. Sunday. Houston International Festival at Sam Houston Park, 520-5530. $6; $2, optional donation for children ages three-11; free, kids two and under.

april 27
Head for home Our red-hot Astros wrap up a three-game homestand against Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants this afternoon, but the big draw for youngsters is the opportunity to pour on to the field and run the bases like the big boys do. The gates will open after the last out, and boys and girls from four to 14 are welcome to live the great American Little League dream. 1:35 p.m. Astrodome, Kirby Drive at Loop 610, 6-ASTROS. $4-$21.

Lettuce Gather Like Nia Love, Camille Waters has been talking with spirits. Hers, though, are the Garden Spirits that watch over her heirloom lettuces and have blessed her with a bounty of old-fashioned salad fixings. She sends her crops to such high-toned restaurants as La Reserve and Cafe Annie, but today she opens her gates for folks who'd like to pick their own leaves for a custom-designed salad. Texas wines and beers and iced tea are included in the deal. 4-7 p.m. Camille Waters's garden, 2500 McDuffie, 523-0650. $15. (Rain date: Sunday, May 4.)

april 28
Ulysses out loud Say it now: Yes, you will sit still for this marathon reading to mark the 75th anniversary of James Joyce's epic, the one you're going to get around to reading one of these days. More than 30 -- count 'em, 30 -- erudite locals will declaim, including Ed Hirsch, David Berg, Robert Del Grande, Annalee Jefferies and Sir Frank Kermode. To ease the proceedings along, a "pub" will be set up outside serving Irish coffee. 6 p.m.-midnight. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 521-2026. Free, but voluntary donations will go to support Inprint's creative writing residency at Project Row Houses.

april 29
Sam Reveles Reveles is a Tex-patriate who left his native El Paso six years ago for New York City, and because word of his talent got out up there, he's now back in Texas with his first exhibition in Houston. His abstract paintings are filled with bright colors -- he's especially fond of explosive shades of red. Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. tonight. Through May 24. Texas Gallery, 2012 Peden, 524-1593. Free.

april 30
Lori Carson Carson favors veracity over volume, likening her singing style to whispering a prayer or an intimate thought into a lover's ear. It's a style this New York singer/songwriter picked up playing small venues where her fans sat close enough to hear her. Such closeness is not necessarily the case when she moves to larger venues like the Urban Art Bar, but Jewel demanded silence from an obliging crowd there last year. The onetime Golden Palomino's working with a band tonight, a clubby percussion/bass outfit that'll complement her glorified spoken-word style. Doors open at 8 p.m. Urban Art Bar, 112 Milam (at Franklin), 225-0500. $1.07; $5, ages 1820.

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