Savvy ladies know that Thursdays are the perfect "screening" date nights. Why blow a precious Friday or Saturday night on a schlub? Guys, take heed: To make your best impression on a Thursday hookup, you gotta get creative. Take her to the Houston Garden Center for a lesson on Cleopatra's Signature Fragrance: Roses and the Story of Perfumes. You'll sample perfumes like the ones worn by the ancient hottie and even Elizabeth I. Later, at dinner, comment on the delicate aroma and how divine she smells. If you're lucky, everything should come up roses. 7:30 p.m. 1500 Hermann Drive. For information, call 713-665-2236. Free.
Friday, September 10
We're not sure exactly what a "Super Pop" artist is, but that's what local artist Paul Horn has dubbed himself. The moniker could be in reference to his funky exhibitions, which have shown everywhere from a Holiday Inn to an elevator carriage. The avid dissector of pop culture has curated a new exhibition, "Camp Lucky: Summer of Carnage." The group showing features lace paintings, Hollywood-esque landscape installations and even a light sculpture by those masters of irony, the Art Guys. The murder, mayhem and opening reception start at 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through September 18. Deborah Colton Gallery, 2500 Summer Street. For information, call 713-864-2364 or visit www.deborahcoltongallery.com. Free.
Saturday, September 11
If you don't care about politics, skip down a few paragraphs and read about sexy belly dancers and Playmates in lingerie. But for those of you in need of a crash course in politics, we've planned a day of activities.
Sure, both Kerry and Bush swear they're the better leader, but how can you be certain? Les T. Csorba is so confident he can spot a good leader, he's penned a book, TRUST: The One Thing That Makes or Breaks a Leader. Seems Csorba spent time recruiting personnel for Bush Sr.'s administration. Any guesses on who he's backing this presidential election? Chat him up as he signs copies at the Borders Bookstore in River Oaks from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3025 Kirby. For information, call 713-524-0200 or visit www.bordersstores.com. Free.
These days, you often hear the term "leftist" being thrown around, but have you ever met one of those old-school types? Look for some at today's screening of Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About... It's a film about communism -- real, red-blooded communism. In it, Bob Avakian, leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, discusses "the seizure of power right within the U.S. itself, and the revolutionary transformation of society as part of the world proletarian revolution." That's some seriously heavy stuff. If there's a delay before the film, we suggest yelling, "Hey, quit Stalin!" 7 p.m. S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3815 Live Oak. For information, call 713-684-4701 or visit www.threeqvideo.com. Free; donations suggested.
Whew. Inspired yet? After all this political talk, you better make sure your voice is heard after all. Get yourself official at one of the League of Women Voters registration drives. Stop by the Half Price Books Montrose location and sign up, or just register at their Web site. Even if you're a man. Noon to 5 p.m. 1011 Westheimer. For information, call 713-520-1084 or visit www.halfpricebooks.com. Free.
Bush talk. Communists everywhere. It's been a taxing Saturday, and you need to blow off some steam. Make like a seedy politician and hang with some belly dancers tonight at the Houston Area Belly Dance Association's 2004 Fall Gala Show at Helios. It's a tribute to firefighters and law enforcement, appropriately dubbed "Dancers So Hot, You'll Wanna Call 911." Check out the live drumming, 20 dance performances and DJ at 7:30 p.m. 411 Westheimer. For information, call 713-822-2850 or visit www.habda.org. $7.50 to $15.
Sunday, September 12
Naturally, you've slept in after carousing with belly dancers, cops and firemen. Time for a quiet Sunday-afternoon museum tour. Today, the Menil Collection concludes the series "Inside the Menil: Anatomy of a Museum." Stroll with director Josef Helfenstein as he discusses the Menil's permanent collections and, duh, the museum. Noon and 3 p.m. 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9414 or visit www.menil.org. Free.
Monday, September 13
It's a little surprising that a band like Godsmack, which has been known to rile against corporate America, would allow its new DVD/ documentary Changes to be screened at a conglomerate theater like the Edwards Houston Marq*E 23. Whatev. Godsmack junkies can get their fill of the band, live performances and the proverbial behind-the-scenes footage on the big screen today at 7:30 p.m. 7620 Katy Freeway. For information, call 800-555-8355 or visit www.regalcm.com. $12.50 to $15.
Tuesday, September 14
Expect to see a plethora of fiestas patrias events this coming week, as September marks Hispanic Heritage Month and the celebration of Mexican Independence. For an artistic take on the festivities, the Alley Theatre is presenting Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, performed by L.A.-based comedy troupe Culture Clash. (Now does the "AmeriCCa" spelling make sense?) Clash's three performers -- Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and founder Herbert Sigüenza -- fuse satire, dance and poetry into what they promise will be "adult" subject matter. Opens 7:30 p.m. today and runs through September 18. 615 Texas. For information, call 713-228-8421 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $15 to $25.