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Zocalo Rockfest Rare Seed, Pure Rubbish, Mary Tyler Moron, City Kings, Hr, Under the Sun, Big Holiday, god dog and Coochie Rat make up the lineup for Zocalo's first ever Rockfest. The first band's up at noon, with a new one taking the stage every hour on the hour until they've all played. If it rains, the bands will just move inside. Organizers suggest bringing a flag to wave; it's Flag Day, after all. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:30 a.m. Zocalo Theater, 5223 Feagan, 523-FUNK. $5.

june 15
Father's Day Olympics KRBE is looking for macho dads, men who can tackle a simulated downhill ski run with grace and style, who can in-line slalom, climb a rock wall and speedily change the tire on a mountain bike. The ultimate test is whether they can compete in all four events and exhibit humor, win or lose, as family, friends and complete strangers watch. Prizes include a $1,000 gift certificate from Sun & Ski. Refreshments available. 1-3 p.m. Sun & Ski Sports Expo, 5503 West FM 1960, 266-1000. Free.

june 16
Kip Winger in-store Kip Winger was the glam-rock poster boy of the '80s whose namesake band dominated MTV, sold four million records and earned scads of airplay with "Headed for a Heartbreak." He sat out the grunge era, but now he's back with This Conversation Seems Like a Dream, a solo effort he describes as 75 percent gut instinct and 5 percent each of Bowie, Dolby, Beatles, Gabriel and Sting. How does it feel to be a has-been? "I don't give a shit," he says. "The public already perceived me. Now I perceive myself." Today he'll sing a set, sign CDs and give away an Alvarez Regent guitar. 8 p.m. Borders Books, Music & Cafe, 12788 Fountain Lake Circle, Stafford, (281) 240-6666. Free.

Texas Bound: A Literary Celebration Since 1992, this Dallas-organized reading series has matched Texas actors with the works of Texas writers. Tonight Austinite TV star Julie White, who plays Nadine the neighbor on Grace Under Fire, will read from "The Old Folks Wish Them Well," a short story by Rice grad Lisa Sandlin. Alley Theatre resident actor James Black also interprets Houstonian James Lee Burke's "The Convict," and Dallas actor Randy Moore reads from Tom Doyal's "Sick Day." 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, Neuhaus Arena Stage, 615 Texas Avenue, 228-8421. $10; $8, seniors and students.

june 17
Stomp By now, you probably know all about Stomp: The dance/percussion outfit has swept through Houston a couple of times; they've been all over TV, from Letterman to General Hospital; and they make commercials. But in no way should you assume fame has taken the edge off their hard-muscled, hard-pounding act. They'll make you want to snap and whap along, but when they give you the chance, you'll see that it's not as easy as it looks. This troupe is wildly popular; if you haven't called for tickets, do so ASAP. 8 p.m. Through June 22 (see Thrills, Dance for additional showtimes). Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-ARTS. $25-$35.

Exxon Tiger Challenge unveiling The Houston Zoo adds to its menagerie a new interactive computer kiosk -- a bilingual information source with tips for exploring the world of tigers, understanding them and acting on their behalf. Learn about their plight (severely endangered), and pick up fun facts about the tigers at the Houston Zoo (the one they call Rambo loves to swim). Unveiling, 11 a.m.; zoo hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Houston Zoological Gardens, 1513 N. MacGregor, 529-2632. $2.50; $2, seniors; 50 cents, children ages three-12; free, kids under three.

june 18
The Rink Theater LaB Houston -- still giddy over the success of Houston's first ever Fringe Theater Festival, co-hosted by Theater LaB and DiverseWorks -- starts the second half of its Fascinating Women series with the Southwest premiere of The Rink. TUTS regular Susan Shofner stars as Anna, a woman who fights with her estranged daughter (played by Jentry Brown) for control of the family's old skating rink. This being a Kander and Ebb work, the show is jam-packed with Broadway-style showstoppers; two heavyweights, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli, were cast in the Broadway version. The Rink is the first show for which the duo teamed up with Terrence McNally; their second effort was Kiss of the Spider Woman. Opens at 8 p.m. Through July 26 (see Thrills, Theater for additional showtimes). Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo (off the 2100 block of Houston Ave.), 868-7516. $18.

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