If Al Gore has a counterpart in some opposite universe, he's probably not unlike Dick Morris, the Democratic strategist who's as scuzzy as Gore is geeky. Morris, now a Fox TV commentator, will be at the Barnes & Noble in Cary to discuss his new book, Power Plays: How History's Great Political Leaders Play the Game. 780 SE Maynard Road, Cary. 467-3866.
"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen/Comet and Cupid and Dahmer and Blitzen"--or do you? Tabloid journalism belatedly hits the North Pole in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, a not-for-children comedy that reveals a certain oh-so-innocent aerial reindeer troupe is actually a sex-crazed, drug-mad, homocidal posse! Oh, the humanity. Open Door Theater rips the lid off, tonight through Sunday. Skylight Exchange, 405 1/2 Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 933-4650.
In this month's edition of altReader, Allan Gurganus leads a discussion about Anton Chekhov's short story, "The Lady with the Dog." Expect a rousing conversation about sexuality, ethics--and problem pets of both the two- and four-legged variety--tonight at 7 at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 286-2700.
One special day each year, Hillsborough turns the clock back two and a half centuries and then invites us all to come visit. The Historic Hillsborough Christmas Candlelight Tour leads visitors through the ages on what they term "A Walk Through Orange County's First 250 Years" today from noon to 6 p.m. They'll light the Christmas tree downtown at 5:30. www.candlelighttour.com. 732-8156.
OK, you buckaroos and buckarettes, the Cowboy Christmas Rodeo ambles into Raleigh this weekend. The event's website (www.arealcowboystore.com) says it's the real deal, a competition sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Professional Rodeo Association with a $1,500 purse. The site didn't have much info on the contestants. But there was a lengthy profile on one of the bulls: "Crusher," an allegedly feisty 12-year-old described as "a western Eliminator" who & "jerks on a cowboy bad!" North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. 828-9478.
If only it were George W. and Laura Bush visiting Quail Ridge Books, hawking their new work, Weapons of Mass Production: Making the Right Decisions to Bring the Solution to an End. Of course, that's impossible, because it would entail writing a book. No, it's Al Gore, the only presidential candidate to be defeated by the U.S. Supreme Court, and his rock 'n' [deleted] wife, Tipper, appearing to hawk and autograph their books on family and the environment. 6 p.m. 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 828-1588. Arrive early to get a good spot in line.
How often do you get a chance to drink good beer for a good cause? The Chapel Hill Jaycees and Top of the Hill Restaurant (a microbrewery) will donate $1 for every beer purchased to benefit the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals. Franklin and Columbia streets, Chapel Hill. 881-2214.