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june 5
Falsettoland In the final installment of William Finn's three-part musical "Marvin Trilogy," Marvin is reunited with Whizzer, the man for whom he left his wife; Marvin also plans for his son's bar mitzvah -- and finds that those plans don't always jibe with the ideas of his ex and her new man, Marvin's onetime psychiatrist. Got that? Don't worry. Newcomers to the trilogy won't be left behind; the production was designed to stand on its own. An official event of Houston's Gay and Lesbian Pride Week. 7:30 p.m. Through July 19 (see Thrills, Theater for additional showtimes). Main Street Theater at Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose, 524-6706. $15; $12.50, seniors & students.

Opera to Go Houston Grand Opera's Education and Outreach Department is boxing up Hansel and Gretel and taking it on the road -- or at least to Houston-area libraries, where it can whet tiny opera appetites. Performers mix with oversize puppets, and the performance clocks in at a mere 50 minutes. Today's shows are 10:30 a.m. at the Scenic Woods Regional Library, 10677 Homestead, and 3:30 p.m. at the Jungman Regional Library, 5830 Westheimer. Other performances through July. For a complete schedule, call 546-0230. Free.

Boxxapalooza 1 Rap phenom Brad Jordan, a.k.a. Scarface, makes a fairly rare appearance in his hometown to headline the Box's latest R&B/hip-hop/rap venture. Though local fans don't often get to see Scarface spew his lyrics on-stage, they know what's coming from this full-on, in-your-face "reality" rapper. The former Geto Boy shares the stage with hip-hoppers Too Short and Lil' Kim and R&B acts 112 and Joe. 8 p.m. AstroArena, Kirby Drive at Loop 610, 629-3700. $20.

june 6
Pete Mayes Day Anahuac native Pete Mayes, purveyor of true blues for more than four decades, is officially the man of the day; a city of Houston proclamation says so. The guitarist, an old-school bluesman, honed his craft in his family's dance hall in Double Bayou and on stages in the U.S. and abroad. The proclamation, as well as SumArts's Blues Artist of the Year award, will be bestowed tonight just prior to Mayes's performance at the 21st Annual Juneteenth Blues Festival. Oscar Perry and Bobby "Blue" Bland bookend Mayes and his Texas House Rockers. On Sunday, Martha Turner, Milton Hopkins with Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, and Calvin Owens and the Big Blue Sound close out the festival. 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday. (The blues fest opens at 7 p.m. Thursday when Mark May takes the stage; see page 66 for the scoop.) Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hermann Park, 100 Concert Drive, 626-8000. Free.

Mike Svoboda: Alphorn Special Mike Svoboda, one of the world's best trombone players, also dabbles in performance art and strange instruments. Tonight's performance includes both elements: Svoboda will perform on an alphorn, a conch shell, a didgeridoo and a garden hose, revealing that all these objects are closely related to his own signature instrument. Presented by the Goethe-Institut Houston German Cultural Center and the Swiss Institute. 8 p.m. University of St. Thomas, Cullen Recital Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, 528-2787. Free.

Kate Clinton Why, wonders the pioneering lesbian comic, are hets so fixated on gay marriage? She answers her own question: "I don't think it's going well for straights, so that's why they concentrate on our lives. Instead of pushing for gay marriages, we should encourage straight people not to do it." Tonight, Clinton's "Mad Vow Tour" stops in Houston. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Laff Stop, 1952 West Gray, 524-2333. $20.

Michael Ray Charles, 1989-1997: An American Artist's Work The African-American artist addresses race and prejudice by painting stereotypical characters such as Buckwheat and Aunt Jemima. Charles has drawn mixed reviews and is no stranger to controversy. But he also has his fans: Spike Lee, for instance, wrote the introduction to this show's catalog. Seventy paintings and works on paper are included in this, Charles's first major museum exhibition. Opening reception, 7-9 p.m. Through August 31. University of Houston, Blaffer Gallery, (entrance no. 16 off Cullen), 743-9530. Free.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement Did a "bunch of religious fanatics" decide to kill themselves, as President Clinton described the deaths of David Koresh and his followers? Or did a vengeful FBI trigger the fire that consumed the compound, then machine-gun those who tried to escape? The makers of this almost three-hour-long movie purport to prove the latter, based on video shot with Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology from FBI surveillance planes. 7:30 p.m. tonight through Sunday. Rice University, Rice Media Center (entrance no. 8 off University Boulevard), 527-4853. $5.

june 7
Revolution Summer: Equal Pay Revolution Summer is the name of Mark Allen's new art space. His first exhibit, "Equal Pay," is in fact based on a revolutionary idea: that patrons pay for their purchase with time -- specifically, the amount of time it took the artist to create the work. Prices run from seven minutes to 60 hours. What the patron will do for the artist during said time is negotiable, which should make for some very interesting bidding wars. "Equal Pay" is the first of only three shows planned for this space (actually the first two rooms in Allen's home). After that, Allen writes, the gallery will "gently evaporate before becoming sullied by infrastructure, a board of directors, or a social agenda." Opening reception, 8-10 p.m. Through June 29. Revolution Summer, 1215 Marconi, 521-7564. Free.

Hoop-It-Up Loose your inner Barkley: The NBA's official three-on-three basketball tour has come to town. Hoop-It-Up is grand-scale street-style hoops -- 22,000 spectators hollering for 4,500 players on 100 courts, with talent ranging from Top Gun to Couch Potato. Ancillary events include Gatorade consumption, slam-dunk competitions, basketball demonstrations and a long shot contest that could net one lucky fan $25,000. Proceeds benefit the local ESCAPE Family Resource Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Rice University, stadium parking lots, 521-4535. Free to watch; $96-$108 per team to play.

Big Peel Little Wheel The Budweiser plant is featuring micro varieties ... of cars, that is. Thirty-five miniature, remote-controlled speedsters will roam the brewery grounds during Anheuser-Busch's sixth annual classic car show. Nearly 200 full-size vintage, muscle and late-model autos will compete for honors, and the Bud top-fuel dragster will be on display. Today, the brewery even caters to kids: There's also face painting, games and a dunking booth. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Anheuser-Busch Houston brewery, 775 Gellhorn Drive (at I-10 East), 675-2311, extension 5220. Free.

Discovery Pyramid grand opening A new pyramid has sprouted alongside Moody Gardens's Rainforest Pyramid: the Discovery Pyramid, a salute to space and the scientists who explore it. Forty-one adventures await within the pink glass walls: For starters, there's an X-38 Space Station lifeboat, a futuristic space habitat and an alien encounter exhibit. For today's grand opening, the latest class of astronauts and a team of professional skydivers will drop in (the latter group literally). 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard, (800) 582-4673. Grand opening festivities, free; attractions, $6 each.

Starlight Opera The outcry following KQUE-FM's demise has been heard loud and clear over at K-Arts. The classical station decided that yeah, Broadway scores from the likes of Cole Porter and George Gershwin did indeed fit under its programming umbrella. The new show, dubbed "Starlight Opera," returns such classics to the air tonight. All through June, Tom Richards will highlight Lerner and Loewe's Gigi, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Sound of Music and a salute to Leonard Bernstein on Broadway. 8-9 p.m. Saturday nights on KRTS/92.1 FM. Free.

Montgomery Old West Festival Trail Ride and Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive See real cowboys at work, driving a herd of 50 or so longhorns the seven miles from Dobbin to downtown Montgomery; see a hundred trailriders dressed like cowboys following behind; see city officials riding in cars -- it is a parade, after all. The procession concludes at the intersection of Highway 105 and FM 149 in the heart of Montgomery, where townsfolk will host a full day of wholesome Old West fun, including a performance by the U.S. Cavalry Horse Detachment. Saturday's entertainment is capped by Texas songwriter Johnny Bush, who's hitting the comeback trail with a vengeance. Sunday, the festival continues with cowboy poets, musicians and balladeers and live country music by Doug Supernaw. Parade, 8 a.m.; Johnny Bush concert, 9:30-11:30 p.m. For info, call (409) 597-4632. $5; $2, seniors and children ages six to 12; free, children under six.

june 8
Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival "Family Viewing" is the theme of DiverseWorks's afternoon matinees. The movies start at 1 p.m. with Claim-ing America's Promise, about the Houston chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays' journey to Washington. At 2 and 5 p.m., you can see It's Elementary, a documentary that asks how gay issues should be discussed in schools. At 3:30 p.m., there's Family Values: An American Tragedy, in which lesbian videomaker Pam Walton examines religious extremism and her own family history. At 4:15 and 6:30 p.m., All God's Children examines the black church's embrace of lesbians and gays. (Special celebrity bonus: The documentary was made in part by Dr. Dee Mosbacher, the lesbian sister of mayoral candidate Rob Mosbacher.) 1-8 p.m. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 228-0914. Claiming America's Promise is free. The rest of the festival is $7; $5, students.

Best of Texas Music Festival The best? That's arguable. But at least the radio stations that organized this shindig understand the state's diversity. The stars include folk-rocker Delbert McClinton; blues-rock guitarist Chris Duarte; and King's X, a hard-rocking act with spiritual consciousness. Podunk, the Zealots and Atticus Finch open. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia Society. 210 p.m. Spring Creek Ranch (actually, it's a lovely field adjacent to Splashtown), 21300 1-45 North, 629-3700. $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

june 9
Stephen J. Cannell Cannell's name might not ring a bell, but he helped create some of the best shows made since TVs went color: The Rockford Files, Baretta, The Greatest American Hero and Wiseguy. Now he's a mystery writer, and his latest, King Con, concerns a confidence game. Word is that Cannell's already sold the rights to this book, and he's developing it as a star vehicle for John Travolta. Cannell signs copies of his book at noon. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet, 524-8597. The book is $24.

june 10
Texas Juvenile Stakes Quarter-Finals The Gulf Greyhound rookies are racing tonight in this buildup to the Juvenile Stakes Final on June 21. But while these pups have only a few races behind them, they know how to chase that rabbit. Take Satin Prince, for example: This svelte upstart has logged eight wins in just 11 starts and has worked up to AA status. The Juvenile Stakes will be mingled in with a slate of regular races; post time is 6:30 p.m. Gulf Greyhound Park, I-45 at exit 15, La Marque, (800) ASK-2WIN. $1-$4, plus all you can bet.

june 11
Oklahoma! Oh, what a beautiful way to start off Lone Star Performing Arts's 21st season. Oklahoma! follows the sweet story of a cowboy and a farm girl who fall in love, and the no-good who tries to muck up their good time. You already know the songs: Besides the title tune, there's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" and "People Will Say We're in Love." Opens at 8 p.m. tonight. Performances continue every night but Sunday through June 28. Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals, FM 3005 at 13 Mile Road, Galveston, (800) 54-SHOWS. $17-$29; $7.50$14.50, children.


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