Get your (4-legged) kid photographed with Santa

Any childless gay person knows: Our dogs are not just our pets; they are our family. And the holidays is when family members go to the mall to get their picture taken with Santa. But try bringing your little Huckleberry to NorthPark and getting past the elves. Mean S.O.B.s, they are.

But on Nov. 13 and 14, and again Nov. 20 and 21, you can find a pet-friendly lap in a bright red suit (pictured, as played by Linden Bransom). From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Santa and photographer John Hudson will be on hand for Hounds for the Holidays, a fundraiser for the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT). Located at Town Hall Square n Belt Line Road in Addison, personalized pictures start at $10. And you don’t need to have a greyhound, either — all breeds are welcome.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Concert notice: Marvin Matthews' Christmas show at The Modern tonight

I’m not sure how this snuck past me but I found out minutes ago, Marvin Matthews is giving a holiday show tonight at the Modern Museum in Fort Worth. The flyer pretty much says it all.

Matthews is a fairly amazing performer as I mentioned before. He’s high-energy, emotional and inspirational. And his voice is un-freakin’-believable. Add to that, Buddy Shanahan and the European String Quartet and you should have a sweet deal of a show. Tickets are $15 and the concert benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

If you make it out, let me know. And if you snag photos or video, even better.

—  Rich Lopez