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December 2013 Edition

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The Rascals abandon 2nd Broadway concert series

NEW YORK (AP) - Two concert series in a year on Broadway is apparently too much for The Rascals: The '60s-era blue-eyed soul quartet has abandoned plans to play the Marquis Theatre this month.

5 new things about President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is more than just another celebrity, or the famous face behind the government's troubled health care website. Here are five new things about President Barack Obama:

For inaugural poet, a journey home to America

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.

Elvis items featured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND (AP) - Elvis Presley items including his ID bracelet, some of his rings and his wallet-size Army induction portrait are going on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Out & About: Black Friday eating

Heading out on Black Friday to snag a shopping deal or two? You're going to have to eat to keep up your strength. Here are a few of our favorite places to grab a bite at area malls (plus a few Black Friday dining deals perfect for avoiding shopping chaos, too).

'Mandela' marks Elba's cinematic maturity

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - When portraying South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela in the biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Idris Elba embraced the harsh realities of Mandela's life and was determined to stay in character even when the cameras stopped rolling.

From kitchen star to Salvation Army chef

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, where the meals are free.

CBS: Lara Logan, producer ordered to take leave

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS ordered "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence Tuesday following a critical internal review of their handling of the show's October story on the Benghazi raid, based on a report on a supposed witness whose story can't be verified.

Judge rejects O.J. Simpson's bid for new trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star's bid for freedom based on the claim that his original lawyer botched his armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas more than five years ago.

New building expands Kimbell's gallery space

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is expanding its gallery space with a new building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano that is a nod to the museum's original Louis Kahn-designed building.

Beats Electronics backing Muscle Shoals upgrades

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood were so moved by the "Muscle Shoals" documentary, they're putting up money to make sure the unique spirit of the Alabama music haven lives on.

No need to wrap: Some 'gifts' headed straight home

NEW YORK (AP) - Getting up early on Black Friday for a little shopping? Doing your part on Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday, too? It's all in the name of gift-giving - or at least the guise of it.

AP PHOTOS: The dolly wears Prada

Prada, Chanel and Christian Dior are among dozens of fashion houses taking a momentary pause from the red-carpet elite to design a series of dolls for charity.

Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo's video news coverage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company's video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans make the transition into online programming.

Weinberg's 'The Passenger' at Park Avenue Armory

NEW YORK (AP) - "The Passenger," Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera about the Holocaust, will be given its New York premiere at the Park Avenue Armory next summer as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Weinberg's 'The Passenger' at Park Avenue Armory

NEW YORK (AP) - "The Passenger," Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera about the Holocaust, will be given its New York premiere at the Park Avenue Armory next summer as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

Gifts for movie lovers: Collectible DVD box sets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.

Q&A: Jeffrey Wright considers his career choices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Even though Jeffrey Wright has won a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe, and appeared in more than 35 films as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, he's far from a household name.

Fashion, Food, Fun

As the guests were coming into the Lawrence County Museum Saturday afternoon for the annual Christmas tea, Pat Arrington and Sue Jenkins were busy in the kitchen slicing fresh jumbo strawberries to go with the strawberry-spinach salad on the menu.

International Emmys to honor J.J. Abrams

NEW YORK (AP) - J.J. Abrams may be immersed in a galaxy far, far away these days, but he's taking a break from work on the new "Star Wars" film to accept a special honor at the 41st International Emmy Awards Gala.

'Catching Fire' ablaze at box office with $135M

Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has grossed $70.5 million domestically and $64 million internationally, bringing its total to $135 million, the studio reported on Saturday.

Rick Santorum steps out in new role as movie mogul

NEW YORK (AP) - Rick Santorum was glad-handing a friendly crowd at a cocktail reception the other night, seeking support just as he did for many grueling months on the 2012 campaign trail for the Republican presidential nomination.

Burnett, Downey take 'The Bible' music on the road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's "The Bible" franchise continues to grow in unexpected ways. Up next? A 16-city music tour featuring some of today's most popular Christian acts.

Stacy London at The Limited

The What Not to Wear host and fashion stylist came to The Limited at Easton this week to promote the store's new the Style Stage

To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft's portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company's fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to...

Latin Grammys go on after green carpet rainout

Undeterred by a torrential rainstorm that shut down the green carpet, the stars of Latin music gathered to award Carlos Vives three Latin Grammys including song of the year for "Volvi a Nacer" in Las Vegas.

Brandi Glanville finds success after scorn

NEW YORK (AP) - Brandi Glanville caught the public eye when her divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian became tabloid fodder, but she's held people's interest with her role on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Clarification: Music Review-The Hunger Games story

In a review Nov. 18 of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the album was released by Republic Records and Mercury Records. It was released solely by Republic Records.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade awash in float flaps

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.

'60s indie girl band The Shaggs sounding off again

EPPING, N.H. (AP) - Not many rock groups get discovered years after they disband. Even fewer stage comebacks spread over more than three decades. Yet that's the story of The Shaggs, which started as an obscure girl band in New Hampshire in the 1960s, broke up in the '70s, became a cult favorite in the '80s and inspired a musical that enjoyed an off-Broadway run last year.

Suzanne Vega samples 50 Cent

NEW YORK (AP) - Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has seen her work sampled by rap artists many times. Now she's showing the inspiration runs both ways.

'Spider-Man' show to close on Broadway; Vegas next

NEW YORK (AP) - Producers are turning the lights off forever on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway early next year, the final chapter in the story of most expensive theatrical show ever that shook off a troubled launch to become a hit and is now limping away to Las Vegas.

Crave 10: The best restaurants in 2013

If every dish tells a story, then Columbus restaurants are full of some of the best storytellers we know. That's why, this year, in addition to sharing what we love about these 10 great restaurants, we asked chefs about the inspiration and innovation behind the dishes they create.

Crave 10: #3 The Refectory

We'd been "Joey'ed," our bread waiter told us as he picked up an empty crock in the center of the table. Talked into dessert by our waiter, Joseph, we were given directions to first sip a glass of sparking rose, take a bite of the crème brulee, then take a sip of Grand Marnier-it was a the perfect palate-cleansing, sweet-tasting, then palate coating endcap to the sort of meal that sets you on a food high for the evening.

Crave 10: #10 L'Antibes

Too often I've had to point seasoned diners in the direction of L'Antibes because they simply didn't know it was there. True, this French-influenced restaurant carries on in Columbus with little fuss, tucked off of High Street with a patio that's probably one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. That's a shame. The classical food with a fresh twist chef Matthew Litzinger crafts is worth a stopover, and for more than just a special occasion.

Crave 10: #1: Veritas Tavern

"Are you going to eat that?" Course after well-paced course at Veritas Tavern ended much in the same way. A few bites of curried Brussels sprouts or bacon risotto remaining on a shared dish in the center of the table; each of us, hand on fork, vying for one more taste.

Crave 10: #6 Kihachi

It was like a magic trick. Over and over again I watched chef Ryuki Kimura (known more commonly as Chef Mike) layer, roll and slice sushi rolls into perfectly equal pieces. For three hours, every time he'd turn them over to place on a carefully-chosen plate from a staggering wall of dishes, I'd think, "This time, one will be bigger than the other."

Tools of the trade at Veritas

You may not see the methods behind each of Veritas' dishes, but you can taste their results. Here are five tools and elements that are staples in their kitchen.

Crave 10: #9 Basi Italia

Four years ago, in a hole-in-the-wall Italian joint in Cleveland, I had a dish that would forever change my mind about Italian food. It was five raviolis with dough rolled so thin you could see the tender shade of brown pork cheek inside. "Five ingredients," the chef told me. "That's all it took."

Crave 10: #8 The Worthington Inn

"Trust me, you're going to want this," says our waiter as he places a spoon next to my entree-a lightly browned roasted halibut surrounded by tender vegetables and a rich oxtail broth. One bite and I ditched my fork, opting instead to eat this Italian-inspired play on a surf-and-turf like stew.

Crave 10: #7 Alana's Food & Wine

Alana Shock drops two glasses of water on the table. In a pink hat and six-point star badge with the words "sheriff" emblazoned on it, there's no smile on the face of the chef and owner of Alana's Food & Wine.

Crave 10: #5 Till Dynamic Fare

Dining at Till Dynamic Fare is always an adventure. You never know what may spring from the biodynamic mind of chef Magdiale Wolmark. He revamped his vegan-centric Dragonfly two years ago into this neighborhood concept that has the no-frills vibe of a local hangout, but the chef-inspired, frequently changing menu expected at a fine dining eatery.

Crave 10: #4 Rigsby's Kitchen

Let's get one thing clear-Rigsby's Kitchen slip from No. 2 to No. 4 on our Top 10 list this year has nothing to do with the quality of Rigsby's cuisine. The 27-year-old Short North restaurant is as wonderful as ever, continuing to evolve with the local dining scene and offering locally sourced, simply prepared and impeccably executed Italian fare.

Crave 10: #2 G. Michael's Bar & Bistro

The act of walking into G. Michael's feels like an occasion-like crossing the threshold into a friend's welcoming home, dim lighting freezing the space in perpetual evening. The act of dining here follows suit as chef David Tetzloff's well-crafted Lowcountry fare is something you must be in the mood for, craving bold flavors, multi-component dishes and sauces. The kind of food that leaves you pleasantly full, craving one more bite of a Vanilla Poached Corn on the Cob smothered in spicy lime...

Tour: Dishcrawling in Olde Worthington

Food-tour company Dishcrawl's gambit is simple: they pick a neighborhood, you sign on for a progressive meal at surprise locations, all within walking distance.

Dining Deal: Restaurants offer $10 off

Starting Thanksgiving weekend, spending $20 could get you $520 worth of discounts at locally-owned restaurants. The deal is part of a new 52-card deck promotion from restaurant group Dine Originals Columbus, in which each card offers a $10-off deal at a member restaurant, says executive director Katharine Moore.

Editor's Note: Time to eat

"What's your favorite restaurant?" It's a question I hear pretty regularly and one I am always happy to answer. And yet, every time it makes me pause. Not because I don't have an answer-but because I have too many.

Drink: Carbonated drinks are on the rise

Locally made carbonated drinks-from cocktails to soda-are popping up on menus and pouring from taps all over the city. Here's a look at the sudden obsession with bubbly beverages

Guide: Where to dine with groups big and small

It's that time of year again-families are coming to town, companies are hosting holiday parties, friends are getting together. You know who's on the guest list, now you just need the place to meet. We've rounded up a few great spots for an intimate gathering to a small party.

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