Kitchen Dog Theater departs from its usual philosophy of forcing audiences to question their moral and social compasses, exciting their creative drives and offering nothing but fresh material on January 29 when it hosts its kinda everyday, somewhat traditional, totally alcohol-lubricated fund-raiser called Hooch & Pooch. The event, which is this liberatingly cool and original theater company's primary annual fund-raiser, will revolve around the selling of Doggy Bags that include items from several Dallas-area stores offered for significantly lower-than-market prices, music provided by DJ Mr. Rid, a silent auction and a raffle that will include works of art, entertainment equipment and unrestricted plane tickets. Tickets are $55 (70 percent of which is tax deductible), and the fund-raiser lasts from 9 p.m. to midnight at the theater's home, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Hip cocktail attire is suggested. Call 214-953-1055 or visit www.kitchendogtheater.org. --Mary Monigold
Hobbes and the City
Of Sex and the City's four women, it was easiest for men to identify with Miranda Hobbes. Partner at her law firm, a fashion sense more Wall Street than Park Avenue, unable to emote--the redhead was a misfit eavesdropping on all the drama queens during cocktail hour, offering a dry joke when appropriate, but mostly feeling uncomfortable around so much estrogen. Or that's how men felt while waiting for The Sopranos. Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, who's also known for advocacy for domestic abuse support, hosts the Texas Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Friday at noon at the Dallas Hilton at Lincoln Centre, 5410 LBJ Freeway. Tickets are $100, which benefits the Family Place, which helps abused women and their children. Call 214-443-7717. --Paul Kix
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In our collective memory, no single monument to war and remembrance engendered so much discussion, confusion, hysteria or hype as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Now that architect/artist Maya Lin's infamous work has been digested--and ultimately revered--we can turn our attention to the Twin Towers' site. More to chew on. Architect and architecture writer/critic Philip Nobel has written a book about the politics, emotion, money, architecture and remembrance of the site. He'll talk about Sixteen Acres: The Outrageous Struggle for the Future of Ground Zero at the next session of the Dallas Architecture Forum. Nobel's presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Dallas Museum of Art's Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St. Tickets are $15, $10 for DMA members, $5 for students and free for DAF members. Call 214-764-2406. --Annabelle Massey Helber