What You're Doing Tonight: Dec. 14

A pooch party, a Cubs anthology and a new twist on "The Nutcracker"

HAPPY HOWLIDAYS: Bring your pooch to the Anti-Cruelty Society today for a holiday party featuring carols played by violinists from the Suzuki-Orff School of Music, refreshments for both humans and canines and a gift bazaar offering pet toys, treats and accessories. An animal intuitive will also be on hand (paw?) to give you some insight into your best friend. 12-3PM, free.

LOVABLE LOSERS: Get your copy of "Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting 'Til Next Year" signed by some of the authors of this new anthology of Chicago Cubs-themed essays. Two signings take place today: at 10AM-12PM at the Billy Goat Tavern with Judy Royko (widow of legendary columnist Mike Royko) and journalist Rich Kogan, and from 7-10PM at Sheffield's featuring writers Sara Paretsky, Jonathan Eig and more. Free.

TAP THAT: Local tap dancers Reggio "The Hoofer" McLaughlin and Andrea Cordts (along with members of several Chicago dance troupes) perform in an update of "The Nutcracker Suite" set on Chicago's South Side. At the Athenaeum Theatre. 4PM, $15-$25.

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