Jingle Bell Schlock

As another holiday season approaches, all is merry and trite -- and a cranky crew of local performers has had its fill of the fa la la la blah. Suffer the winter of their discontent this Saturday, December 6, at the 18th annual Bad X-Mas Pageant. The yearly "trashing and thrashing of the holiday season, with all of its greed, gluttony and glitter" spreads the bah humbug through skits, poetry, music and film. Screenings include Red Highways, a driver ed safety classic; a health class film about the dangers of ingesting strange substances; and Valley artist Steve Gompf's charming Rudolph the Tourette Syndrome Reindeer.The "tasteless entertainment" begins at 8 p.m. at the Paper Heart, 222 North Fifth Avenue. Admission is $5; proceeds benefit the Andre House for the homeless.- Jill Koch

Peachy Queen

This desert becomes Priscilla's home

Wed 12/10
This week's installment of the Out Far! Quarterly Film series promises to be anything but a drag. Dress like a character from the evening's feature presentation -- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert -- for a chance to win a Vegas "Desert Adventure," including two tickets to Zumanity, Another Side of Cirque du Soleil and accommodations at the New York, New York Hotel. It all gets rolling at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, at Harkins Valley Art, 505 South Mill in Tempe. Advance tickets are $7 at Movies on Central, 4700 North Central, and at www.OutFar.org; admission is $8 at the door. - Jill Koch

'Til Death Do Us Art

New exhibit at Paper Heart

Fri 12/5
When Shari Boulanger planned her bachelorette party, she went a slightly different route. Instead of strippers and bar night, Boulanger is throwing an art show to celebrate her nuptials to Erma Bombeck's son, Andy.

Like any wedding present, the bride hasn't seen most of the exhibit yet. "I like the idea of being surprised," she says. One artist, Ruth Davis, spearheaded a collaborative project, asking people to submit six-foot cloth vows. "It was whatever a vow means to them," says Davis, who says there are about 25 vows to hang on the huppah-like canopy.

About 20 artists participated in the exhibit, says Boulanger, including herself. "Sometimes you have these ideas and you think they're great and no one else thinks so," Boulanger says. "But people really got into it."

"White Lace, Promises and Big Black Dogs" opens at 7 p.m. Friday, December 5, at the Paper Heart, 222 North Fifth Avenue. The display is on view from 4 p.m. to close, Tuesdays through Saturdays, through the end of December. For info, call 602-262-2020 or visit www.thepaperheart.com. - Quetta Carpenter

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