Tuesday, December 14

Looking for a little purification after all the sinning going on at last night's S&M gig? Mercury Baroque's "Christmas Mass and Gloria"might offer some redemption. Charpentier's Mass is a gentle but upbeat soundtrack to the birth of baby you-know-who, while Vivaldi's Gloria is the big booming 12-movement choral piece that's become a Christmas staple. Both holidayclassics will be performed by a four-part chorus, soloists and a baroque orchestra playing on period instruments. Hear the joyous voices sing at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525. $25 to $35.

Wednesday, December 15

You love your friends and family, right? So why are you sending them corny pictures of your dog or cat dressed as an elf or hanging out of a stocking? That's just cruel. Put these images to good use by sending them to ABC's Extreme Makeover - Home Edition. Special Pals Animal Shelter has applied to the reality show to get its facilities updated. To turn up the "awww" factor, the shelter is requesting 100 letters from local pets (with pictures) asking that the producers help homeless animals in Houston. For information, call 281-579-7387.

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