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Red White & Waves Weekend Radio station 104 KRBE begins its annual Fourth of July beach party a day late this year. Today and Sunday, the activities include the usual: sand sculpture, beach games, cultivation of sunburns and ogling of firm young flesh. Partying begins 10 a.m. today, noon Sunday. Stewart Beach, Galveston. For information, call 266-1000. Free.

sunday
july 6
Family Day at the MFA Want little Whatshisname to appreciate the finer things in life? So does the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which this afternoon will introduce your offspring to Pre-Columbian art via an interactive tour of its holdings, and allow him to make his very own Pre-Columbian-style clay animal. 12:154 p.m. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet (off Main) 639-7300. Museum admission: $3 adults, $1.50 seniors and students; kids under 18 free.

monday
july 7
K's Choice Yeah, the radio slaves are ready to mosh to Tonic's halfhearted attempt at rock, and they're primed to flip their Bics at Verve Pipe's melodramatic "The Freshmen." But though those acts are the big names on tonight's triple-header, K's Choice is a better reason to pull on the baggy pants and hit town. This foursome from Belgium has gained limited access to U.S. audiences with its chilling "Not an Addict." The group's latest album, Paradise in Me, juxtaposes heavy metal-style guitars and rhythms with striking vocals more akin to the Indigo Girls. Lead singer Sarah Bettens makes no apologies for her voice's intensity. Her screams purr. Her whispers haunt. She renews your faith in new bands. Doors open at 8 p.m. Numbers, 300 Westheimer, 526-6551. Both shows sold out, but tickets may be available at the door: $17.50.

tuesday
july 8
Show Boat The traveling revival officially docks in Houston tonight (though previews began on Sunday). The large-scale musical doesn't travel light: Along for the ride are 63 actors, 21 musicians, 500 costumes and 500 props, including a 1927 roadster. Pat Harrington stars as Capt'n Andy -- yes, that Pat Harrington, the guy who played Schneider on One Day at a Time. 8 p.m. tonight (see Thrills, Theater, for other times). Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For tickets, call 629-3700. $35$65.

How to Succeed with Women Neill Scott -- LMSW-ACP, LPC, whatever that means -- reveals everything you losers need to know. Topics for this men-only Leisure Learning class include how to stop being boring, how to stop trying too hard and how to recognize a troublesome babe. (Hint: You're supposed to avoid the troublesome ones. Emotional maturity is a good thing.) 7:309:45 p.m. at a secret location in the Greenway Plaza area. To register and get directions, call Leisure Learning at 877-1981 and ask for Class 5003. $15. An extra $13 buys "optional materials." Spring for them. If you've read this far, you obviously need all the help you can get.

wednesday
july 9
Defining Moments and Legacies This "dialogue" aims to examine the last 30 years of Houston art. For that purpose, DiverseWorks has rounded up four people who've defined many of those moments and legacies. There's wild Walter Hopps, the founding director of the Menil Collection, now a curator; William Camfield, longtime Rice University professor of art and art history; Ann Holmes, the Houston Chronicle's critic-at-large; and artist Richard Stout. 5:307 p.m. At DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. Call for directions: 223-8346. Free.

Bizarre Historical Trivia Betcha didn't know this one: A horrified observer reported that Alexander the Great played hideous practical jokes, once ordering that a salad-hating acquaintance's nose and mouth be stuffed with lettuce and vinegar "until the blood flowing from his nose succeeded his violent coughing." Even more disgusting: William the Conqueror died a very fat man. When a group of bishops tried to squeeze him into a coffin, his bloated corpse exploded, and the stench sent mourners running for the church doors. Read about these and other lurid moments in history by pointing your trusty web browser to www.owlnet.rice.edu/~four/trivia/. Rice student Sebastian Good designed the page, proving the dangers of a good education, access to computers and too much free time. Once more: God bless the U.S.A. Free, save for the connect charges of your Internet provider.

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