Top 5 for December

Columbus Monthly Staff

Editors' picks for the best of Columbus this month:

1. Over the Rhine: Dec. 8

The Cincinnati-based, folk-pop duo returns to Columbus to perform at the Lincoln Theatre. For the past two decades, the husband-and-wife team of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler have developed a loyal following, released more than 10 albums and received laudatory write-ups inThe Washington PostandThe Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

2. Home for the Holidays: Dec. 2–6

Embrace the holiday season with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra's annual concert. This year's event features guest vocalists Kelly Crum Delaveris, an Ohio native, and Texan Bruce Wermuth, accompanying the sounds of swinging jazz in the Southern Theatre. This is the second offering in the "Swingin' with the CJO" series.

3. Village Lights: Dec. 6

German Village's annual holiday event offers the chance to stroll illuminated streets, pop in shops and restaurants (they're open late for the festivities) and enjoy live entertainment and seasonal fun such as carolers and a horse-drawn carriage.

4. Harlem Globetrotters: Dec. 29

The clown princes of basketball never go out of style. The Harlem Globetrotters, celebrating their 90th anniversary, bring their beloved hoops hijinks to the Schottenstein Center. Expect all the familiar crowd-pleasing stunts, but the victims will be different. The separately owned Washington Generals folded earlier this year after losing more than 16,000 times to the Globetrotters.

5. "The Assassin": Dec. 10–12

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien reenters the film world with this cinematic thriller-a leap into the wuxia genre, a type of Chinese martial arts film. Screening at the Wexner Center for the Arts, "The Assassin" tells the story of the abduction of a young Chinese woman, her life as a trained killer and the inevitable consequences that follow. The film earned Hou the best director prize at this year's Cannes Film