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Holiday Guide 2003 

It may seem too early, but we at City know the truth: The holidays are coming. Before diving into the rush, take a moment and plan your attack with this handy guide. You'll find plenty of useful information to help you keep your cheer.

            Want to take your holiday celebrations gourmet? Michael Warren Thomas and Adam Wilcox give you a tour of the city's best international delicacies. But before serving those international treats to international guests, read Jennifer Weiss's article on holiday culture shock. Josh Mailman will help you escape the canned, department-store carols with his preview of all that is worth hearing in the classical holiday scene. Before venturing out to the movie theater, read movie critic Jon Popick's calendar-guide to the releases. And finally, to keep the season from coming between you and your loved ones, Jennifer Loviglio shares her textile way to connect with friends and family.

            The calendars in this guide provide information on holiday events, and City's weekly calendars will be updated with happenings throughout the season. Partake, and be merry.

In This Guide...

    Crafting friendship

    In the dimming days of winter, many of us turn to the screen for warmth and comfort, much the way our ancestors turned to the hearth. Movie rentals increase, video game sales spike, and computers --- with their instant access to e-mail and the Internet --- take on new significance.

    Holiday treats about town

    The malls might provide one-stop convenience around the holidays, but for some of us, they have little appeal. Malls smell, sound, and look essentially the same, and have similar mixes of stores selling the same old mall stuff.

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    A world full of cheese

    The six o'clock news was showing footage of the military campaign in Iraq. My three-year-old daughter saw something that looked familiar.

    Classical holiday concerts

    Brighton Symphony Orchestra Holiday songs, Sun and Wed, Dec 7 and 10, John Marcellus, conductor, Sun: 3156 East Ave, 2:30 p.m.; Wed: 1500 Portland Ave, 7:15 p.m. 248-0680, www.brightonsymphony.org. Brockport-Community Chorus Christmas Fantasy, Sun, Dec 7, First Presbyterian Church, 35 State St, Brockport, 7:30 p.m.

    Guide to overcoming sloth

    So many movies, so little time. In anticipation of our readers becoming hopelessly addicted to SSX3, we've prepared this handy film calendar which will tell you when to put the controller down, wipe the Doodle dust from your trousers, and head for the theater.

    You know what to do

    Theater A Christmas Carol Nov 28-Dec 28, Dickens' holiday tradition, Geva Theatre Center,75 Woodbury Blvd. Tix: $13-$47.50.

    It’s an international life

    Calling certain aspects of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" inconvenient sounds blasphemous, but Santa and his elves don't shower their pointy-toed pep on everyone. Internationals --- students and non-students alike --- often find themselves in Rochester during the winter season, feeling a twinge of homesickness and craving home-cooked holiday celebration.

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