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The Rocky Horror Picture Show It's back and it's still pretty darned funny. This cult classic -- featuring Susan Sarandon as Janet and Tim Curry as the "transsexual Transylvanian" -- is a great cap to an All Hallows Eve. And Landmark's River Oaks 3 has its own live-show cast, who, er, enhance the film as it runs. Wear your costume. Bring your rice and squirt gun. Midnight, Landmark River Oaks 3, 2009 West Gray, 524-2175. $6.75.

Les Enfants Terribles Philip Glass and Jean Cocteau: That's an artistic marriage inspired by the most irascible of muses, and in this production, it's explored through dance, music and theater. Les Enfants Terribles is a strange and haunting tale of two individuals so dependent on one another that they cannot exist apart; the splintered personalities struggle to maintain their precarious balance until they are ultimately destroyed. Four singers, seven dancers and three keyboardists, including Glass himself, will perform; it's bound to be one of the most amazing (and perhaps confounding) performances you'll see all year. 8 p.m Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas, 227-ARTS, $25-$37.

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Food for Thought: Two Private Universes Today, Rice University offers doughnuts and discussion of two artists' works (samples of which are both now on view in Houston). Obsessive box maker Joseph Cornell spoke with obsessive dot painter Yayoi Kusama almost daily. Cornell made sketches of Kusama, and following Cornell's death, Kusama made a series of collages as a tribute to him. Though their works are very different, the artists shared an interest in mystery, repetition and childhood visions. Meet with other arty types at Rice University for coffee, followed by an introduction to Kusama's intense installation Dots Obsession. Then take a bus to The Menil Collection, where Walter Hopps, founding director and curator of 20th-century art, will guide you through Cornell's enigmatic world. Finally, return to Rice and eat a box lunch while shop-talking about the art with a curator, writer, artist or art historian; there'll be at least one per table. Begins 10:15 a.m. at the Rice Art Gallery in Sewall Hall. Registration required by October 30; call 737-5740. $35.

Round Top Arts Festival The weather's been more good than bad lately, so if the sky stays blue and breezy, you might want to wind your way out to Round Top today to see the juried art show. Of course, there will also be music and food and demonstrations of traditional pioneer arts, not to mention the children's activity tent for all those who have utterly no interest in art or who don't trust the idea of an art show so far from the center of a major city. Round Top is gorgeous in the fall. Drive out and see how much beauty Texas has to offer -- on a canvas or simply framed by your car window. Nov. 1 and 2, Henkel Square, Round Top, (409) 249-3308. $5.

Clean Cities Been sitting around obsessing about the ozone, or trying to figure out how to get from here to there without putting any more pollution in the air? Today, all day, hear just about everything you've been hankering to know about air pollution, its causes and its cures. Speakers will discuss clean-burning fuels, cars that don't use gas and other such hopeful solutions. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main, Physics Auditorium (Building 6), 528-3779 to RSVP. Seminar is free; $8-$10 lunch catered by eatZi's.

New Morning for the World Martin Luther King III joins the Houston Symphony to present this piece based on his father's writings. The music, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Schwantner, is intended to reflect Martin Luther King Jr.'s troubled struggle in his quest for civil rights. Hear excerpts from seven speeches and letters, including "Letter from Birmingham Jail," "Behind the Selma March" and (of course) "I Have a Dream." 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 3, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana, 227-ARTS. $13-$59.

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Eye on the Third Ward This Sunday, see an exhibit of 40 black-and-white photographs by students from Jack Yates High School. All last year, as part of a joint project with the Museum of Fine Arts, students in teacher Ray Carrington III's photography class were encouraged to capture on film the images and meaning of life in their neighborhood -- Houston's Third Ward. 12:15-6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, 639-7300. $3; $1.50, seniors and students.

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Duchesne Golf and Tennis Classic Even though those pesky working-class athletes are scrambling hard for their place on the green and the court, golf and tennis are still mostly sports of the comfortably moneyed. Moneyed folk are also the ones who get those good private school educations, such as the kind you'd get if you attended Duchesne. Thus it makes perfect sense that Duchesne would have no ordinary fall fundraiser, such as a homely little Halloween carnival or gooey spaghetti dinner; instead, it goes straight for the big bucks with its very own Golf and Tennis Classic. Enjoy the game of your choice today, and know you're helping a fine (if not desperately needy) institution. 11 a.m. golf, 2 p.m. tennis, Westwood Country Club, 8888 Country Creek Drive, 468-8211, ext. 135. $50, tennis, includes dinner and cooler drinks and a goody bag while playing; $140, golf, includes lunch, dinner, greens fees, cart, balls, home video and a goody bag. Please reserve your space by October 31.

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