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It's possible that after the kids wake you up at 6 o'clock Christmas morning and tear open the goodies, they'll be bored and restless by the time early afternoon saunters around. Fortunately, the Cinemark IMAX theater has an alternative activity with Disney's first made-for-IMAX feature premiering on the much-larger-than-life screen. The film's called Young Black Stallion. We know it's a prequel to 1979's The Black Stallion and...that's about it. It's Christmas, it's Disney and it's IMAX. That's all cool, but we found it just as cool that the press material for the event came addressed to our intrepid Night & Day editor as such: "Shannon Sutlief, Young Black Stallion." The nickname's close to sticking, so if you see her, help us out. You know she's gotta love it. The Cinemark IMAX theater is at 11819 Webb Chapel Road. Call 972-888-2629. --Matt Hursh

Roll Into the New Year
When we first heard about this event, we leapt at the chance to write about it. Our mind flooded with strobe-light visions of roller rinks and disco balls and boys with shaggy hair and tight Wrangler jeans. Then we checked out the Web site, What's this? Some punk in a hoodie? With skulls and crossbones? Ohh, that kind of skating. The kind that requires a board and, uh, skill. Anyway, this New Year's Eve lock-in from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. sounds like a good way to keep those scalawags off the street. (Just kidding, scalawags: We're on your side.) Price is $27 in advance, $37 at the door and includes dinner, breakfast and, of course, all the skin-scraping, bone-bruising, wall-crashing fun you can take. Eisenberg's Skate Park is in Plano at 930 E. 15th St. Call 972-509-7725. --Sarah Hepola

Melting Pot
A dash of history, culture
There are many reasons to feel cynical this holiday season. The commercialization of Christmas, that neighbor who showed us up by making cookies from scratch instead of buying a bag of Keebler's finest, how Bravo has been completely bastardized by its new parent channel NBC. With our last ounce of holiday spirit, we'll stop feeling cynical about Kwanzaa, a uniquely American holiday thought up in 1967 to intertwine African traditions with American customs. Borrowing from African gratitude rituals, Jewish traditions such as the lighting of the menorah, plus dancing and merry-making common to Christmas, Kwanzaa lasts almost as long as Hanukkah, from December 26 to January 1. Find out more about its symbols and history in a free Dallas Public Library program called "Kwanzaa: What's It All About?" presented at the Highland Hills Branch, 3624 Simpson Stuart Road, on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Call 214-670-0987. --Annabelle Massey Helber


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