If you do quit smoking, you can spend your extra scratch at the Deep Ellum Center for the Arts Holiday Art Market. More than 500 pieces of art by 25 local artists--including Frank Campagna, Broose Dickinson, Matthew Hale, and Elise Ravet--will be for sale. Everything from paintings and computer art to mosaics and photography will available, basically following the something-for-everyone model. If you make off with one of the pieces, it'll be like having a little bit of Deep Ellum at home. Without the puking frat boys and scary bums, of course. The DECA's Holiday Art Market happens through January 2 at 2808 Commerce. Call (214) 744-2787.
With all the holiday shopping happening during December, a good place to stop for some cheap entertainment--aside from watching the construction crews trying to finish Central Expressway--is the Nickel Ranch. This old-fashioned arcade lacks the corporate shininess of Sega Gameworks, but it is every bit as fun. Well, not every bit as fun, but it is impossibly cheap; all the games only cost a nickel, hence the name. You might not be able to play the latest games, but at least at the Nickel Ranch, you can afford to bitch. Admission is $1.75. The arcade is open Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 1904 Abrams Parkway. Call (214) 874-0555.