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"Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ" @ R. Pela Contemporary Art Christ almighty, we are already tired of Christmas crap. Between the endless shopping lists, obligatory party overload, and the unavoidable cookie onslaught, there's almost no escaping baby Jesus and what he, Hallmark, and Coca-Cola hath wrought.

But "almost" is the key word there. One holiday-ish event in particular has screwed up our Scrooge-y outlook to the extent that we have no choice but to attend it. In fact, we're so honestly delighted by the prospect of the juried exhibition "Jesus! A December Celebration of the Christ" that we might need to reconsider our holiday-hating ways. Well, almost.

The lord-and-savior-inspired show features works from Vincent Larue, Kathleen Engstrom, Jeff Falk, and New Times art director Peter Storch, among other local and international artists. Works were selected by a panel of artists, critics, and clergy members.

"Jesus!" is in the house at 6 p.m. Friday, December 6, at R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 West McDowell Road, which is owned and operated by longtime New Times contributor Robrt Pela. A second reception starts at 6 p.m. Third Friday, December 20. Private viewings can be scheduled by calling 602-320-8445. -- Becky Bartkowski

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