Night & Day

June 3 - 9, 1999

June 8
Not even a cheesy Brendan Fraser movie could spoil our excitement over ancient Egyptian burial rituals. The Houston Museum of Natural Science's new exhibit, "Searching for Eternity: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt," has all your favorite Egyptian artifacts -- mummies, coffins, photographs of pyramids -- and a few you may not have heard of. The ushebtis, for instance, were statuettes designed to "work" in place of the dead in the next world. As many as 400 statuettes could be buried with a single person -- one worker for each day of the year, plus a supervisor for every ten workers. (Those Egyptians had the right idea.) Showing in conjunction with the exhibit is the museum's newest IMAX movie, Mysteries of Egypt. Legendary screen actor Omar Sharif stars in the first large-format film from National Geographic. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $4; $3, children. The film shows from June 4 through October 14. Call (713)639-IMAX for showtimes and to purchase tickets. $6; $3.50, kids and seniors. 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Hermann Park, (713)639-4629,

June 9
What could possibly compete with a natural history museum exhibit about mummies? Well, a natural history museum exhibit about lesbians, of course. Performance artist Sharon Hayes is your tour guide through the conspicuously invisible exhibit of personal interviews, road stories and -- ta-da! -- the Hall of the Lesbian. Hayes gathered all of her anthropological data when she visited "lesbians in their natural habitat" on her 41-city Lesbian Love Tour. But if you're looking for a concise, scientific explanation of lesbianism as a cultural phenomenon, you're out of luck. Hayes, whose work has been seen all over New York from the Joseph Papp Public Theater to Performance Space 122, is too smart for that. Instead, the tour guide "denounces the assumption of an essential lesbian culture by revealing the essence of any culture -- the individual." Tonight's performance of The Lesbian at DiverseWorks is accompanied by a special dinner. 7 p.m.; $75. Call Lisa Haymes at (713)223-8346 for reservations. The run of the show continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 10, 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. $15; $10, students and seniors. 1117 East Freeway, (713)228-0914.

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