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In barking for beer (12.9)

Dogs. Beer. Sounds like two-thirds of a country song (just add trucks), but for lovers of the sweet barley nectar who want to indulge in a good cause, the domestic and the domesticated come together at Hops for Hounds, a beer tasting event to be held this weekend at AniMall in Morrisville. Working in partnership with local shelters, AniMall is a new breed of animal adoption facility, with the mission of bringing the pets to the people, which they accomplish in their indoor location in Morrisville's Prime Outlets shopping center. Although there will be no adoptable animals at this event, Microbrews like Magic Hat and Black Dog will be on tap, and there will also be a raffle. Attendees will have a chance to win a personal pet portrait painted by south Floridian artist Megan Slocum. Other raffle prizes include original jewelry by the local artists of Broads & Beads. $10 buys you unlimited beer and appetizers. Drain a mug and help a pug (or Persian) find a permanent home this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6-9 p.m. AniMall is located at 1001 Airport Blvd, just west of RDU. Visit —Marc Maximov

  • Photo courtesy of Megan Slocum
  • Hops for Hounds
In Latin film loving (12.8 ~ 12.14)

It's anyone's guess when Battle in Heaven, the year's most acclaimed—or perhaps reviled—Latin American film will arrive in Triangle theaters. In the meantime, we can slake our thirst for south of the border cinema at the always multicultural Galaxy Cinema in Cary. Beginning this Friday, Dec. 8 and running through Thursday, Dec. 14, the LatinBeat Film Festival culls nine films from a larger program that was curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center earlier this year. Although the festival continues all week long, the featured film, Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens), will play every day. This Argentine film was a top-notch thriller in its own right, and was the high-water mark for director Fabian Bielinsky, who died suddenly and prematurely earlier this year. Elsewhere, the programming includes films from Mexico, Chile and Venezuela, and covers topics as diverse as Cuban photography, Venezuelan political violence and the sublime rhythms of mambo and tropicalia. A pass to see all films will cost $25 ($30 after Dec. 7), while a pass for four films costs $16 ($21 after Dec. 7). The theater is located at Village Square Shopping Center, 770 Cary Towne Blvd. Go to for more information. See story on page 69 of this issue. —David Fellerath

LatinBeat Film Festival
  • LatinBeat Film Festival
In holiday chestnuts (12.9 ~ 12.23)

Christmas is bustin' out all over the Triangle. We have almost as many Nutcrackers as we do acorns: In Raleigh, the justly acclaimed Carolina Ballet (pictured) will present morning, matinee and/or evening performances of The Nutcracker Dec. 15-23 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium; 719-0800 x222;; tickets $15-$100. In Durham, the Triangle Youth Ballet will dance the same work on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.; 560-3030;; tickets $15-$20. In Chapel Hill, the UNC Consort of Viols will be joined by singers in an Elizabethan manor-house concert on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library; 962-1039;; admission free. And if that's just too much holiday spirit, celebrate a pair of birthdays back in Durham with the Duke Symphony Orchestra in their concert of the Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich (b. 1906) and two smaller gems of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1756); Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University, East Campus; 660-3333;; admission free. —Barbara Norton

The Nutcracker
  • The Nutcracker
In dancing donkeys (12.9)

Festivus, the nondenominational holiday "for the rest of us" invented in a 1997 Seinfeld episode, will be given a liberal spin by Traction, a social network for politically engaged 20- and 30-somethings. Co-sponsored by the Independent (which recently gave the group and its founder a Citizen Award), the party will feature music, art and an auction to benefit the group. While the powers that be in the White House continue to supply ample grounds for one festivus "tradition," the Airing of Grievances, the recent midterm elections may signal the start of some long-awaited Feats of Strength by the Left. A late-night dance party may break out: With all those freed minds, it's natural that their asses will follow. This "Festivus for the Left of Us" happens Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Broad Street Café in Durham, starting at 5 p.m. (auction runs from 5:30-7). —Marc Maximov

  • Festivus
In beneficial blasts (12.7 ~ 12.9)

Kings' annual three-night Great Cover-Up has been around nearly as long as the club itself, and its triple functionality has made it one of the most popular events in Raleigh. First, there are the local bands, turning into their (sometimes slightly ironic) idols and, more often than not, nailing it. Last year featured perfect takes on The Zombies, The Damned and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Over five years, Kings has donated thousands of dollars in Cover-Up cover charges to loads of local charities, allowing a club that doesn't rake in cash regularly to help its neighbors. The Cover-Up also allows Kings to end each year on a high note, with a mix of club regulars and new faces packing every bar stool and corner. All that said, get there early. Eager lines will form all three nights not long after doors open. Admission for each night remains $5, but Kings is asking each attendee to donate a non-perishable item at the door. And, though we're embargoed from saying which heroes may show up, just know it'll still have you smiling next December. —Grayson Currin


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