This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, June 5
Seven has turned one. The Midtown bar has had its ups and downs during the past year. "The first nine months were perfect," says Chuck Russell, one of the bar's owners, "and the last three have been weird." The Fickle 500 -- folks who go from new bar to new bar to new bar -- have gone elsewhere. But, says Russell, they haven't gone far, straying over to M Bar and Red Door. "As long as they stay in the Midtown area," he says, "I don't really care where they go." It's Russell's hope that Midtown will blossom into an area where "you can park and go from place to place and not be bothered with the shit going on downtown." Tonight, he's throwing a bash to celebrate Seven's birthday. Guests can guzzle free beer and wine and appetizers from Farrago. Then, if they want, they can wander over to M Bar. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Seven Lounge, 2000 Bagby. For information, call 713-523-9088. Donations requested; party benefits Child Advocates.

Friday, June 6
The SuperCroc is just a bit older than Seven. One of the largest crocodile species to ever wander earth, the 110-million-year-old SuperCroc was discovered in the Sahara Desert in 2000 by paleontologist Paul Serano. Back in the day, SuperCroc was 40 feet long and weighed ten tons; when he was hungry, he feasted on dinosaurs. Visitors paying their respects to the SuperCroc at the Museum of Natural Science also will get to view a life-sized "flesh-on" head and neck model of his skull and jaws. To coincide with today's opening of the exhibit, Brady Barr, who collaborates with Serano and hosts his own show on the National Geographic Channel, Reptile Wild with Dr. Brady Barr, will give a talk. SuperCroc will be on view through August 10; Barr speaks today at 7 p.m. One Hermann Circle Drive. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit The lecture is $10; $8 for members.

Saturday, June 7
The Lawd above ain't the only fella who can make it rain. At "3…2…1…ACTION! The Secrets of Live Action Special Effects," a summer workshop held by Houston's Southwest Alternate Media Project, you can learn to create rain, smoke, fire, haze and snow, not to mention minor explosions, bullet hits, air cannons and other special effects. The class's instructor, Steve Wolf, has worked on movies including The Firm, A Time to Kill and Cast Away. That workshop is the second in the SWAMP series. At today's class, "Film Festival Survival," you can learn how to get your film screened on the festival circuit. Workshops will be held weekly throughout the summer at various locations. For information, call 713-522-8592 or visit $20 to $75 per class; students, SWAMP members and folks who take several classes will receive discounts.

Sunday, June 8
If you're disgusted by the direction things are taking in the good ole U.S. of A., show some solidarity with your peers. Today, Anne Feeney teams up with Chris Chandler for an afternoon of folk music and poetry at the Harris Country AFL-CIO. Feeney, a self-proclaimed "union-maid, hell-raiser and labor singer" performed at the WTO protests in Seattle, singing "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" She also was featured in the documentary This Is What Democracy Looks Like, narrated by Susan Sarandon. And Chandler has worked with Ani DiFranco and Allen Ginsberg. Feeney and Chandler hope to "rouse the slumbering subconscious of the Starbucks culture." Even if you indulge in the occasional Frappuccino, today get your coffee elsewhere and head to the show. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 2506 Sutherland. For information, call 713-923-9473. $10; $4 for children under 12.

Monday, June 9
When you do something as ill-advised as going out drinking on a Monday, it's best to be around lots of people. Surrounded by other fools boozing it up, you forget that you're a fool. Monday nights at Cecil's there's a pretty big crowd. The reason: $1.75 domestics and well drinks. If you're gonna ruin your liver on a Monday, you might as well do it cheaply at a place with a good juke. And while we're on the subject of Cecil's, here's a tip the pool sharks wouldn't want you to know. While most of the bar's pool tables demand $1 per game, there's a secret one that requires only 50 cents. You didn't hear it here. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. 600 West Gray. For information, call 713-527-9101.

Tuesday, June 9
Well, folks, we're about halfway through 2003, and overall, it's been a pretty crappy year. If you're disheartened by the war, the economy or Friends going off the air, perhaps you would benefit from an hour and a half of spiritual guidance at today's Mid-Year Astrological Update by Nan Hall Linke. She promises to teach you how to plan for the rest of 2003 and help you develop strategies for improving your life. To boot, she'll straighten out your confusion about moons, suns and signs in a "no-nonsense, entertaining and enlightening lecture." At last, a no-nonsense guide to nonsense. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4100 Westheimer, suite 235. For information, call 713-520-1551. $25.

Wednesday, June 10
For some reason, lots of gay men love ABBA. Not all of them, of course. We wouldn't want to stereotype. Still, you're very likely to hear "Dancing Queen" on any night of the week at a gay bar. It was only a matter of time before the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston decided to perform an "extrABBAganza." The group will be singing all of the '70s band's greatest hits today; they'll also be performing "Exile," songs of renewal and hope by Robert Seeley. 8 p.m. today; Saturday, June 7; and Tuesday, June 10. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street. For information and tickets, call 713-521-7464 or visit $15 to $20.

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