It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... at least if you're looking at the upcoming club events happening over the next few weeks. On Sunday at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, for instance, you can get in the holiday mood by checking out Pat Kelly and his PyschoAcoustic Orchestra.
I don't know what they do during the rest of the year, but every November hordes of old men descend on American malls dressed like Santa Claus. I don't know if they're retired or bored (maybe there's a lot of money wrapped up in this whole Saint Nick racket) but something drives these people to sit in costume by food courts and wait for the long lines of children to form.
We adults need to grow up, take a look at our credit card statements and relax the spending. We're all on our own now. Times are tough, and socially obligated gifting won't get any of us out of our financial difficulties. Anyone who buys presents or sings carols this year is a total jerk. Christmas is canceled.
I don't know about you, but I think what's happening to the economy is great. With gas ridiculously cheap, I can actually buy more of everything I don't need. Luckily, deals are popping up all over the place, and it would just be silly to pass up any of them. Let's celebrate the "season of savings."
You know the scene: A jangled Parker family makes their way to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, still mourning their turkey's fate as a plaything for 785 "Notafinga!" bloodhounds. Create your own Christmas story with one of these seven recommendations for dinner out on Dec. 25.
The average Hollywood movie now costs more than $100 million to make and market. Some would characterize that as an abomination given our current economic climate, but Hollywood has never been known for its frugality.
Despite the hard times upon us, you can still enjoy the holidays at a local theater. In fact, Charles Dickens (whose Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge helps many theaters in America balance their budgets) has become kind of a patron saint for the holidays.
I'm not much for holiday shopping, but with the wheezing economy dimming our holiday spirits, I have some suggestions for gifts that will keep you (or those you love) theatrically entertained in the New Year without breaking the bank. A great option offered by many mid-sized theaters is a "flex pass."
The cost of an airline ticket isn't going down any time soon, and unless you're into cozying up with strangers for a long train ride at about the same price, the best way to get out of Cincinnati for the remainder of 2008 is a vehicle of the four-wheel variety.