Have you ever wondered what "fog-middle life" is? Ever wanted to get the spiritual flavor of Machu Picchu? Well, here's your chance to learn. The U of H Honors College, in conjunction with the C.G. Jung Educational Center, presents "Machu Picchu: The Spirit of Place," a photo exhibit linked to the three-day conference on Jung and spirituality. Poet Stephen Dunn will read during the exhibit as well. Groovy, man. Free. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University Hilton Hotel, entrance no. 1 off 4800 Calhoun. Info: 524-8253.
Come on, sing with me: "Rubber ducky, you're the one...." Come see Howie Waddles (heh heh), the mascot for Houston Delta Gamma Foundation's Tenth Annual Great Duck Race and Festival. The hilarity begins at noon, when spectators are encouraged to participate in a pre-race Duck Walk led by Olympic gold medalist Leroy Burrell, and kids turning ten this month will have a giant birthday party. At 3 p.m., FBI Special Agent Don Clarke will fire the starting gun that will send thousands of rubber duckies racing down Buffalo Bayou. Proceeds from this benefit go to organizations that assist the blind and visually impaired, such as Taping for the Blind and the Lighthouse of Houston. Adopt a duck for $5; if it wins, you have the opportunity to win roundtrip airfare for two, bed & breakfast packages, $1,000 in groceries and much more. You can adopt a single duck or a flock of 23 (or more) at a local Randalls, Chick-Fil-A, Mister Car Wash or TSO store. Race-related festivities begin at noon at the Wortham Center Plaza, 510 Preston. For more information, call Duck Central at 521-DUCK.
J. Anthony Brown, co-host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show on the ABC Radio Network, brings his routine to the Houston Arena Theatre tonight as part of the Def Jam Comedy Tour. Once a tailor, J. landed a job in 1989 as head staff writer for the Arsenio Hall Show. He has also appeared on the sitcoms Living Single, Moesha and Sparks, as well as in the recent film How to Be a Player. The Def Comedy Jam starts at 8 p.m. at the Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway. Call 639-3700 for more information.
Imagine you're a landscape artist whose first show in New York City took place in a gallery downstairs from a Korean whorehouse on 17th Street. Now imagine that you're a little more well-known, people are buying your work while you're still alive, and you're hired to create the backdrop for a Robin Williams movie. Welcome to the world of Stephen Hannock, who provided the images that represent the new What Dreams May Come. Hannock will introduce a special screening of the film tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston -- placing a whole new spin on the phrase "art movie." 7 p.m. at the MFAH's Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet. Tickets are $10. 639-7515.
When Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995, President Clinton uttered the words "Shalom Haver (Goodbye, Dear Friend)" in his farewell to his old friend. Deutser Gallery at the Jewish Community Center used this phrase as the title and theme of their exhibition in honor of the slain leader. Shalom Haver: 30 Artistic Responses to the Life and Tragic Death of Yitzhak Rabin consists of pieces from artists such as Peter Max and Menashe Kadishman; several different media are represented. The exhibit runs through October 18, with regular hours Monday through Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 5601 S. Braeswood. For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 729-3200, ext. 3269.
Listen to me. Put down that macaroni and cheese. Turn off the TV. Set aside that complex about skinny girls and come listen to a lecture about fashion. Svetlana Lloyd, former model for Christian Dior, speaks at the Museum of Fine Arts' "Modeling for a Legend: Christian Dior and His Last Collection." This free lecture is sponsored by the Textiles and Costume Institute. 11 a.m., the MFAH's Brown Auditorium, 1001 Bissonnet. Info: 639-7378.
Once upon a time, the American teenage male's afternoon ritual included cranking Led Zeppelin at tinnitus-inducing volumes. When the critically reviled quartet reigned as album rock's cornerstone band during the '70s, they turned out some of the most significant recordings in rock history. Though Jimmy Page's guitar technique may have been overrated, he created more memorable licks than his contemporaries, influenced legions of budding guitarists and helped define album rock production values. Robert Plant was never close to being rock's greatest singer, but few performers had his dramatic flair. Of course, icon status and history mean little when it comes to watching a couple of guys in their fifties play rock and roll. The Page/Plant tours have been filled with memorable shows that are significantly more than walks down memory lane. 8 p.m., Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tickets: $35/$53. Info: 629-3700. (Paul J. MacArthur)