Night & Day

June 17 - 23, 1999

June 22
Are you feeling bogged down? Directionless? Confused? Tired? Well, you probably have too much clutter, says Michelle Passoff, author of the book Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter. Passoff's theory is that sorting through piles of paper, throwing away old clothes and cleaning out overstuffed drawers is a form of self-discovery. Her three-hour Leisure Learning seminar is designed to help people "create the space for magic and miracles as they align their environments with their true selves and their hearts' desires!" Cleanliness, it seems, is not only next to godliness, but also akin to happiness. Passoff will teach her course from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., somewhere in the vicinity of Greenway Plaza at Richmond and Kirby. Call (713)529-4414 for registration and exact course location. $32.

June 23
Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say is moving beyond its usual respectable poetry and prose readings: This month it goes Hollywood. Sure, it's introducing two new books -- Latino Heretics, a collection of radical writings edited by NP founder Tony Diaz, and The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music by Houston Chronicle music critic Ramiro Burr -- but the real draw is likely to be the music of "Rock en Espanol" sensation Tribu de Ixchel. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; $5 donation or book purchase. Nuestra Palabra is also hosting a pre-Showcase seminar in which music industry insiders tell local bands how to break into formatted radio and generate newspaper reviews and stories. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; free. The group's Latino Theatre Initiative kicks off Friday, June 25, at 1 p.m. with Pain of the Macho, a one-man show featuring Rick Najera, television producer, comedian and one of Time magazine's "Top Ten Playwrights of the Year." Also, Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 27, 7 p.m. $5-$7. All Nuestra Palabra events are at Talento BilingYe de Houston, 333 South Jensen. For information, call (713)867-8943 or (713)222-1213 or go to

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