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Pups Tent A great personality only goes so far at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, the Miss California pageant of the dog world, where carefully coiffed, painstakingly pedicured beauties must demonstrate poise and grace under pressure if they expect to take home any kind of prize. Between the walking and posing segments of the show, contestants will be tested for good citizenship twice daily, at 1 and 3 p.m.; the nail-biting final judging portion begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. Over 2,200 pedigreed contestants representing 135 breeds have entered, from the Labs- and Rottweilers-next-door to slightly more exotic breeds like wirehaired pointing griffons and Irish water spaniels. The show begins at 8:30 a.m. (also Sunday) at the Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, Daly City. Admission is $5-10; call 469-6000.

February 1
Deep in the Heart of Texas America's uneasy relationship with Mexico has had plenty to do with people living in close proximity fighting over land. Among the incidents in the countries' shared history was the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which brought an end to the U.S. war with Mexico, but started an ongoing debate about human rights and territorial borders. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the treaty signing, the National Chicano Human Rights Council is instituting Chicanan Human Rights Day, where the group's representatives, along with members of the Irish-Mexican Association, the Association of Descendants of Joaquin Murrieta, and other organizations, will discuss the human rights they say the treaty grants to Chicanos -- the first Americans of Mexican descent -- and the violation of those rights. The event, which begins with a ceremonial prayer and dance, and concludes with musical performances, begins at 2 p.m. on the Esplanade of Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission & Third Street, S.F. Admission is free; call (510) 893-3181. The observance is sandwiched in between two related art exhibits: "When Borders Migrate: Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo," a group show in which "Mickey Mouse meets Quetzacoatl" in work by Enrique Chagoya, Guillermo Gómez Pena, and others, running through March 7 at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), S.F. Free; call 252-2568. And "Imaging Aztlan: Posters of the Chicano Movement," a group show featuring old and new work opening Feb. 3 and running through March 14 at Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), S.F. Free; call 826-8009. A "Border Cabaret" with Victor Martinez, Rebecca Solnit, and others will also be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Modern Times, 888 Valencia (at 20th Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 282-9246.

February 2
Permanent Fixtures See how the other half lives, and where they find lifestyle accessories, at "Idea House at San Francisco Design Center," an interior-design showcase styled by designer Joe Ruggiero, whose work has been noted in House and Garden. There are three different "residences" in the showcase, each created with painstaking attention to detail, from the plush couches all the way down to the bathroom sink fixtures, but don't expect to see your kind represented unless Berkeley Hills Road, Napa Valley Lane, or Silicon Valley Drive are streets you frequent. For a really surreal afternoon, visit as many of the Design Center's 150 showrooms as you can after strolling through these mock homes, and muse on how many dwellings you could design, or destroy, by mixing all the different decorative fabrics and accessories, lighting supplies, flooring, and furniture. The show opens at 10 a.m. (and is up through September) at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams (at Townsend), S.F. Admission is free; call 490-5800.

February 3
Woo Hah! With a shake of his dreadlocked head, Busta Rhymes can transform himself from an R&B smoothie backing up Mary J. Blige to the sly, high-stepping hip-hopper who grabbed our attention with the manic "Woo-Hah! (Got You All in Check)." The latter came from his 1996 debut solo album The Coming, which came out after Rhymes' first group, Long Island's Leaders of the New School, went bust. Rhymes has bounced back with a second record, When Disaster Strikes, which shows off the effects of his raspy delivery on a fluid hip-hop groove. Mystik Journeymen open for Busta Rhymes at 9 p.m. at the Maritime Hall, 450 Harrison (at First Street), S.F. Admission is $20-22; call 974-0634.

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