Why you buggin' on X-mas?
Christmas is about so much more than presents, decorations, and religious observations. It's also about partying, dancing, and kick-ass turntablists, which is why we're gonna be sippin' our eggnog at DRP Events' "Mary X-mas" party on Saturday, December 25. Some of the Valley's best DJs -- including Cik & Kore, C.L. McSpadden, Sonique Des Fleur, John Stettler, Nappe, and Ariel -- will be spinning and scratching, with three "surprise guest headliners." And what's a dance party without trippy lights? Boring, that's what, so expect some "laser wizardry" to spin your senses. The Grinch, Santa Claus, and Santa Jack (huh?) will also be on hand, and you can get your hands on some free CDs and wrapped presents. Get directions to the "Mary X-mas" party by e-mailing: email@example.com, or calling 480-375-5498 (on event night only). Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. -- Niki D'Andrea
Livestock strut their stuff at annual show
The less-urban among us know full well there's nothing like quality time spent with cattle, horses and swine to get in touch with one's Western roots. Cowboys and girls of all shapes and sizes are invited to do just that at the Arizona National Livestock Show, Wednesday, December 29, through January 1, at the State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. The Southwest's largest livestock show and a Valley fixture since 1948, this year's event features a livestock competition, Cowboy Classics Western and Gear Show, and an interactive farm experience. Admission, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is $3; kids 10 and under get in free. For details call 602-258-8568. And for $1-off coupons, visit www.anls.org. -- Craig Wallach