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Christmas Events 2008

CL's Christmas and Holiday Event Calendar for 2008

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Below is our coverage and events for the 2008 Christmas.

List of Christmas Events:

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 07:33 pm EST
In Dec. '05, garage punk and power pop luminary Gentleman Jesse and Die Slaughterhaus scrambled missed the deadline to get a Christmas 7-inch out in time for the holidays. That record is now the only piece of Gentleman Jesse vinyl that hasn't demanded a repress, and it is good. | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 06:07 pm EST

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Loaf

Not a creature was stirring – they'd all been laid off

Well, it almost rhymes. For the handful of you not already been bored to tears with the ongoing saga of CL's turbulent excursion through the wondrous world of bankruptcy, I offer more holiday reading. The Chicago Reader reports that several employees at that paper got...

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Thursday December 25, 2008 10:32 am EST
CL's Christmas and Holiday Event Calendar for 2008 | more...

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Friday December 26, 2008 03:07 pm EST

image-1We took Wayne's mom to Christmas dinner at Chateau de Saigon (4300 Buford Hwy., 404-929-0034) last night. I reviewed the restaurant a few months back and it was positively reviewed by Meridith Ford Goldman of the AJC recently.

The restaurant was doing a brisk business, with a large number of people apparently deciding against turkey in favor of banh trang cuon, the work-intensive...

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Monday December 8, 2008 11:10 pm EST

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Today’s Air Loaf features Max Arbes and CL's Curt Holman chatting about Dad's Garage's Invasion: Christmas Carol. (Through Dec. 23)

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 05:04 am EST
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Monday December 1, 2008 09:24 pm EST











During the Christmases of my childhood, I always enjoyed advent calendars and the daily ritual of opening a little door to reveal a new surprise for each day of December until the 25th. Taking the advent calendar as inspiration, this month I'll offer some tongue-in-cheek holiday blog entries, with the idea that clicking on, say, embedded video or "For the rest of this entry"...

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Tuesday December 2, 2008 03:26 pm EST
Since  A Christmas Story celebrated its 25th anniversary in Cleveland yesterday, it probably doesn't count as a "new" holiday classic movie. Released Dec. 1 in 1983, it proved a modest success, but really crossed over from cult flick to mainstream favorite when TNT began airing 24-hour marathons in 1997. Now it seems as much a part of the season as It's a Wonderful Life and that commercial with... | more...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:45 pm EST
The Muppets have always been all over Christmas. Some of the Jim Henson holiday specials include  the "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" from 1977; "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together" from 1979 (hey, we had that album), The Muppet Christmas Carol theatrical film (with Michael Caine as Scrooge) from 1992; and one of my favorites, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (with... | more...

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Tuesday December 23, 2008 07:06 pm EST
Eskimo Bliss posts free TT$T Christmas album on Last.FM. | more...

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Sunday December 7, 2008 01:00 pm EST
I thought I was going to have an experience out of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas yesterday. I was taking my daughter to "Breakfast With Santa" at her kindergarten, and the first thing I saw when we pulled into the parking lot was a hearse, because the church part of the building was having a funeral that morning. It made me flash on Jack Skellington and his coffin-shaped... | more...

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Friday November 14, 2008 06:34 pm EST

And they even got her to take off her classic "uniform."

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
Beloved Atlanta performer Libby Whittemore brings her cabaret act – and loyal fan base – back to Actor's Express for Ho Ho Home for the Holidays and A Connie Sue Day Christmas from Dec. 6-21. For years Whittemore honed the show with longtime music director Robert Strickland at the now closed club Libby's, A Cabaret. A self-described "Christmas idiot," Whittemore sings secular holiday standards... | more...

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Monday December 8, 2008 01:00 pm EST
One of the most beloved — and refreshingly soft-spoken — animated TV specials ever made, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on ABC tonight at 8 p.m. The first cartoon version of Charles M. Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip was broadcast in 1965 and featured many unusual touches, such as the casting of children (many of them inexperienced) as voice actors, the Vince Guaraldi jazz-piano... | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 01:08 pm EST
Just Announced: Don't miss a secret" show from GZA at the Drunken Unicorn TONIGHT." | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 07:52 pm EST
The folks over at RecordStoreDay.com are giving away a free download of a super secret Christmas collaboration that will only be free on Christmas Eve. and Christmas Day. | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
If you didn't get your fill of chocolate at Halloween, several adventurous brewers are making it easy to get your chocolate fix at the same time you get your beer fix. Germans have long enjoyed chocolate with their beer, but since the appearance of the Reinheitsgebot in 1516, they haven't been permitted to put chocolate in their beer. Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione's disdain for the... | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 01:44 pm EST
With Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa still in theaters, I thought I'd devote today's calendar entry to "A Christmas Caper," DreamWorks' 10-minute spin-off film that appeared as an extra on the DVD release of the original film in 2005. (Apparently it was also attached to Curse of the Were-Rabbit.) It showcases by far the funniest characters in the Madagascar films and, frankly, is one my favorite... | more...

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Thursday December 4, 2008 01:08 pm EST
I freely admit that the Clickable Advent Calendar idea did not come from a Secret Santa. I did a similar, smaller-scale project, the Xmas Gag Gift, last year on the PopSmart blog, and kinda got the idea from other sites, particularly Mr. Sardonic's Advent Calendar by critic/blogger Alonso Duralde on The Advocate.com in 2007. This year Duralde's doing a different project on his Livejournal blog,... | more...

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Thursday December 4, 2008 03:00 pm EST

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In Christmas movies, the spirit of the season inevitably trumps the personal conflicts that bedevil the characters. Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale feels like a yuletide miracle in reverse: Christmas remains in the background, no match for the wrenching problems yet stubborn togetherness of the Vuillard family.

Matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve, the de facto first...

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Friday December 12, 2008 06:55 pm EST

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The holidays can be a tough nut to crack. The same traditions that give the season its cozy familiarity — Christmas carols, Rudolph, pine trees — sometimes start to feel a bit, well, stale. If I were a Bravo reality TV judge, I might even call it (gasp!) a "one note."

Lucky for Christmas, the innovative holiday pageant Phos Hilaron has saved it from elimination (so...

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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST

Julian Koster isn't a carpenter. But if you invite him to your house, he'll show you how he makes a saw sing.

As one might expect from the man behind the machines that make up the Music Tapes, he believes the tools have minds of their own. Saws aren't made to sing, they're encouraged. Using a child's violin bow, Koster encourages his saws to burst into song by patting them gently.

Koster will...

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Thursday December 18, 2008 12:53 pm EST
image-1Tonight, Dec. 18, ABC Family broadcasts the live-action Jim Carrey film How The Grinch Stole Christmas from 2000. Let us not speak of it again lest it sully our memories of the classic 1966 cartoon "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" which isn’t just one of the best Christmas specials, but is one of the best pieces of animation made for television of any kind. Chuck Jones, who... | more...

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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST

It takes courage to put on a show that pays homage to Vincent Guaraldi's much beloved score to "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and do it justice. Since 1965, the San Francisco jazz pianist's accompaniment to Charles Schulz's cartoon special has become a seasonal classic.

The songs are anything but easy to play. But when Jeffrey Bützer explains that he has always wanted to put on a Christmas show,...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Sunday December 14, 2008 01:00 pm EST
No fair — England's going to have a merrier Christmas than the United States this year! Why? Because Aardman Animation's new Wallace & Gromit short film, "A Matter of Loaf and Death," is scheduled to debut on Christmas Day on BBC One. Briefly titled "Trouble at Mill," the new 30-minute short finds silly inventor Wallace and his sensible dog Gromit working at a bakery and encountering... | more...

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Tuesday December 16, 2008 01:00 pm EST
English funnyman Rowan Atkinson is one of the last, best practitioners of old-school physical comedy and sight gags, which have won him international fame through his bumbling man-child alter ego, Mr. Bean. Mr. Bean: The Ultimate Collection, which goes on sale today, is one of those unbelievably exhaustive DVD sets that gathers seemingly every Bean appearance and piece of pop ephemera in... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
The budget bailout | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST

Of all the versions of the Scrooge stories on stage this season, Dad's Garage's Invasion: Christmas Carol is the only one where you'll hear words like "bacne" or "turduckephant."

Created by the theater's improv ensemble and directed by Dan Triandiflou, the Christmas Carol satire rejiggers the "invasion" concept the theater used in last year's Invasion: Our Town. Both shows turn a theatrical...

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