TEMPO STORIES FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2003
Contenders vie for comics page
Zits is at the top, family favorites reign and we're not changing much - yet

Tune up for the holidays with seasonal CDs
The high-anxiety shopping season is in full sweat, and that includes deciding which holiday albums to buy for friends and family.
Celebrity favorites
Christmas best-sellers

Get to it!
A guide to help make your day.

YOU TELL US
Get real advice from a regular guy
Answers to your burning questions about relationships, getting ahead, life's little mysteries and the world in general - introducing "Dear Doug."
REVIEWS
Playhouse true to Dickens
There's never been any question that Playhouse in the Park's rendition of A Christmas Carol is a great holiday show. What doesn't get said enough is that it's also a great production, always one of the Top 10 pieces of theater produced here every year.
Dead man walking is predictably 'Stiff'
Imagine a musical Weekend at Bernie's in Monte Carlo.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Levee club hooks big names
Starting with a Grand Opening New Year's Eve show featuring standup comic Robert Schimmel, the new Funny Bone Comedy Club at Newport on the Levee is delivering the big names.
Spoleto lands Baryshnikov
Performances by legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and a production of the 18-hour Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion highlight the schedule for next year's Spoleto Festival USA.
Documentary explores award shows
The Award Show Awards Show, which isn't an awards show but a documentary, wants you to know there are 565 show-biz awards competitions each year, of which 100 are televised. That's more than one broadcast every four days for the entire year.
SEEN: BENEFITS AND BASHES
Greater Cincinnati's Benefits and Bashes

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SUNDAY COLUMNISTS
Kendrick: Alive and well
Since my column last month regarding caregivers, I have been inundated with (often heart-wrenching) stories of family members who are so consumed by providing round-the-clock care and supervision for aging or disabled loved ones that they find no time for themselves.
SUNDAY TASTE
Get party started with sips of the season
Here's an old Irish toast, from Toasts for Every Occasion (New American Library; $12) by Jennifer Rahel Conover, to get your holiday gathering off to a great start.
Helpings
My Brussels sprouts usually look dull and dingy, no matter how long I cook them. How do I get the sprouts to stay bright green?
Love that nutty taste
In most families, holidays bring out the nuts - the edible ones.
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of last Sunday's Tempo stories)
The musical glue in Hairspray
Based on John Waters' cult classic movie of the same title, Hairspray doesn't veer far from the traditional Broadway musical in spirit. This year's biggest Broadway hit opens for a two-week run at the Aronoff Center on Tuesday..
Also opening this week
Cincinnati producer busy on Broadway
Do you wanna dance? Here's how
Meet the 'Hairspray' team

Variety resounds in area 'Messiahs'
Handel's Messiah is a holiday tradition that never grows old.
'Messiah' recordings span a wide spectrum

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SPECIAL
Holiday Craft Shows & Bazaars
Our guide to holiday craft shows and bazaars in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Kenton, Campbell, Boone and Dearborn counties, from schools, churches, neighborhoods and charitable organizations throughout the Tristate.
Craft shows in the spotlight

Jewel of art, architecture repolished
The Taft Museum of Art is at the height of a $19 million makeover which will double the size of the museum, clean up centuries of grime and fix a few decorating disasters.
How the house changed

Fall festival guide
It's time to celebrate apples, pumpkins, all things German and much, much more. Here's out list through November.

Roller coaster craze never-ending cycle
Nowhere in the country is the roller coaster craze bigger than in the Tristate, with 72 coasters within a four-hour drive. Columnist Jim Knippenberg reports on his tour of 46 coasters at six amusement parks in six days.
ONLINE EXTRA: Rate and review the 46 coasters, and see what others think
Tour diary: 46 coasters, 3 states, 6 days
Map & information about the coaster parks

Readers share memories of flight
In honor of the 100th anniversary of flight, we asked readers to share their own memories of flying. Hundreds of folks did. Here are some of our favorites.
ONLINE EXTRA: More responses not included in print edition

Fit City: Get up off the couch
Tristaters are overweight and out of shape, a survey shows. To change Fat City to Fit City, the Enquirer is beginning a year-long project to get you going on your own fitness program.

Technology news
Our weekly guide to computers, the Web and the latest gadgets.

Music lovers toast Cammy winners
A sold-out crowd of more than 1,110 local music lovers packed Jillian's for the seventh annual Enquirer Pop Music Awards (the Cammys). See who won.

Women of the Year
The Enquirer honors 10 Tristaters for their service to their community. The newspaper has recognized women of distinction annually since 1968.

On the Same Page
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