Has it really been five years since we all got our collective panties in a bunch over the misplacement of a few lousy zeroes? If you've already forgotten the experience of crouching in your shelter with a shotgun in one hand and a flute of Brut in the other, the 85-minute documentary A Day in the Hype of America, screening on Saturday, January 8, at the Paper Heart, 750 Grand Avenue, will refresh your buggy memory of both the fervor and the fun surrounding Y2K. Filmed on New Year's Eve, 1999, the flick focuses on four disparate individuals representing both ends of the spectrum. The cast includes Jacque Zaleski, a wiccan conservationist from Douglas, Arizona, who stocked up on supplies for a global catastrophe that never came, and Albert White Hat Sr., a South Dakota Native American who remained level-headed and celebrated the year 2000 dancing at his reservation's annual powwow. We do wish more folks were like the Reverend Billy (née Bill Talen), the benevolent head of the Church of Stop Shopping, who declared in the middle of Manhattan that Y2K would help overthrow the corporate overlords and make good on the "promise that Times Square will be destroyed." Bad call on that prophecy, Rev. The hip Hype starts at 8 p.m., and admission is $6. Call 602-262-2020 or see www.adayinthehypeofamerica.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman
Viva la Slam
Great Az Puppet Theater strings us along
Poetry slams are out, puppetry slams are in. So if you want to be one of the cool kids, check out the Great Arizona Puppet Theater's Puppetry Slam on Friday, January 7, and Saturday, January 8, at 302 West Latham. Several puppetry troupes will perform various short pieces featuring such colorful personalities as David Bowie, Trailer Park Zombies, and strangely articulate inanimate objects. Be advised that this is an "adults only" show. There probably won't be any hard-core puppet-on-puppet action (à la King Friday boning Queen Sara), but the content can be political or otherwise mature. The shows start at 8 both nights, and tickets are $8 to $10. For more information, call 602-262-2050 or visit www.azpuppets.org.-- C. Murphy Hebert
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