Thanks to The McKinney Avenue Contemporary's seventh annual Blue Yule Artist's Party and Ornament Sale, your Christmas tree will be as hip as you are. And since it's also the season for giving and receiving, The MAC gives equal time to both holiday pleasures. Create your own ornament to donate to the sale, and you will receive the opportunity to purchase an equally cool one by another artist and a one-year artist-level membership to The MAC. Those with crafty tendencies are encouraged to create one-of-a-kind ornaments to sell at Blue Yule, one of the gallery's most successful fund-raisers. Proceeds benefit art center programs and the members' annual art exhibition. Armchair artists and professionals alike are encouraged to drop off their original Christmas creations at The MAC on December 11 and December 12 from noon to 9 p.m. The ornaments will be sold at the event, which, like any good party, also has food, drinks and live entertainment. Get blue on December 13 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 3120 McKinney Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 214-953-1212 or visit www.the-mac.org. --Stephanie Durham
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It may not be Christmas yet, but things are already starting to look a lot like it. If charity gets you through this gimme-more-stuff-I-don't-need time of year, take some time to sprinkle a little silver and blue with your green and red this season. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys Football Club host a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on December 17 benefiting the Salvation Army Irving Community Center. The event features a live auction, and Jones will also act as speaker--look, it's gotta be better than ringing a bell outside the mall in the cold. The Salvation Army Super Lunch XI will be held at Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Freeway. Tickets are $50. Sponsor tables are also available. Call 972-438-6553. --Jenice JohnsonCityscapes Fegan imports "The City"
If the thought of trading another holiday season of picture-perfect white for gray concrete tidings is too much to bear, brace yourself: Bing Crosby's dead, and Dallas is hot. Still, all's not lost within the proper frame of mind. William Fegan's San Francisco art exhibit at Debris Gallery isn't likely to offer winter wonderlands, but at least it brings the trolley town to interpretive life in a way that might make appreciating the little things in your own "am here, doingthat" neighborhood a bit more realistic. Fegan crosses styles to vitalize seemingly mundane urban atmospheres (D-FW last year, now SF), and the work's a good place to start for some mental vacationing. A reception opens the show Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the exhibit runs through January 3. Debris Gallery is at 1205 Slocum St. in the Dallas Design District. Call 214-752-8855. --Matt Hursh