Cross-pollination between the arts in Dallas and Houston is rare, and internecine strife frequent, so it's nice to see a little cooperation in the form of "Texas Bound: A Literary Celebration"; the traveling literary show, a co-presentation of the Dallas Museum of Arts series Arts & Letters Live and our own Alley Theatre, features Texas actors interpreting short pieces by Texas-based authors. Tonight's edition, which starts at 7:30, includes excerpts from Rick DeMarinis's Novias, Jim Sanderson's Ladies Man and Judy Troy's Ramone by Alley actors James Black and John Feltch and Katherine Owens of Big D's Undermain Theatre, respectively. Raphael Parry directed the staged readings. The Large Stage at the Alley, 615 Texas, 228-9341. $12; $10 for students and seniors.
After an auspicious beginning and a rocky, controversy-filled midseason, the fledgling Women's National Basketball Association became just another blip on the cluttered cultural radar in most of the markets where it landed in its inaugural year. But not in front-running Houston, where our "We Got Gamers" brought home the first WNBA title, thanks mostly to 1997 league MVP Cynthia Cooper, her fellow guard Sheryl Swoopes and Coach of the Year Van Chancellor. Houston Comets begin the process of defending their crown with tonight's preseason home opener against the Cleveland Rockers. 7:30 p.m. Compaq Center, 10 Greenway Plaza. Info: 627-WNBA. $8 to $38 (Ticketmaster: 629-3700).
Poet Edward Hirsch is the John and Rebecca Moores Scholar at the University of Houston and the much-decorated author of For the Sleepwalkers, Wild Gratitude and The Night Parade. He reads from and signs his latest collection, On Love, at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, 523-0701. Free.