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Art in the yard, dogs doing Dickens, and a two-film Sellers market

Art in the yard, dogs doing Dickens, and a two-film Sellers market

A neighborhood art show and a holiday craft fair rolled into one, the annual Halcyart sale gives residents of the 12South area near Halcyon Avenue an impromptu gallery and exhibition space for their work. The brainchild of Kim Green, an NPR commentator and Halcyon resident, Halcyart offers mall-weary shoppers their choice of offbeat items such as stained glass, Ecuadorian apparel, paintings, jewelry and handmade tapestries, all provided by the neighborhood's artists. Come for the ceramics, stay for the hors d'oeuvres. The sale runs 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 1100 Halcyon Avenue, at the corner of Halcyon and 11th.

♦ Once upon a time, Jody Spence formed a Nashville band called Jody's Power Bill with some guys named Ben Folds, Will Owsley and Millard Powers. Lineups change, but Jody's Power Bill is forever, as Spence and Powers have hit the clubs again with Chris Tench and Percy Person as, um, utility players. See 'em Saturday night at The Basement, sponsored by Grimey's.

♦ Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like the voices of Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly. And nothing could improve Charles Dickens' timeless classic A Christmas Carol except a cast of animated dogs. Santa delivers both gifts early in All Dogs Christmas Carol, a dose of canine Dickens featuring the gang from the animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven.

The film shows 10 a.m. Saturday as part of the Belcourt's weekly "Kids Court" programming for the family, which has been drawing upwards of 200 people every week. A $3 donation is suggested. Upcoming selections include the short films "Chanaka at Bubbe's" and "The Christmas Orange" (Dec. 11) and the theater's yearly kids' screening of It's a Wonderful Life (Dec. 18 and 23). For more information, call 846-3150.

♦ Speaking of the Belcourt, the theater opens a pristine new 35mm print of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 satire Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb tonight, with film historian David Hinton providing an intro before the 7 p.m. screening. The timing couldn't be better: At 8 p.m. Sunday, HBO premieres its biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, based on the controversial unauthorized biography that detailed the late actor's maniacal offscreen habits. Geoffrey Rush plays Sellers opposite Charlize Theron as his ex-wife Britt Ekland; of more interest to movie nuts may be Stanley Tucci as Kubrick and John Lithgow as Sellers' Pink Panther collaborator Blake Edwards.

♦ Opening this week at Green Hills: Lightning in the Bottle, an offshoot of Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" project, with director Antoine Fuqua shooting a Radio City Music Hall concert that stars some of the greats of blues and R&B. B.B. King and Ruth Brown are among the legends performing. Opening at the Hollywood 27, a more contemporary take on the blues: Fade to Black, the concert film and documentary about Jay-Z's The Black Album and his "farewell" performance. Watch for Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy and more—even R. Kelly.

—Jim Ridley

♦ Opening this week at Green Hills: Lightning in the Bottle, an offshoot of Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" project, with director Antoine Fuqua shooting a Radio City Music Hall concert that stars some of the greats of blues and R&B. B.B. King and Ruth Brown are among the legends performing. Opening at the Hollywood 27, a more contemporary take on the blues: Fade to Black, the concert film and documentary about Jay-Z's The Black Album and his "farewell" performance. Watch for Mary J. Blige, P. Diddy and more—even R. Kelly.

—Jim Ridley

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