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KC gears up for holiday lighting tradition

Author Gillian Flynn will flip the switch that lights up Kansas City's Country Club Plaza on Thanksgiving night.

Music Review: Chris Isaak consistent, too casual on 'Night'

Chris Isaak, "First Comes the Night" (Vanguard)

Chris Isaak's latest album, "First Comes the Night," delivers a full flight of songs directly in his Roy Orbison-esque wheelhouse, featuring Isaak's smooth voice, twangy guitar work and surf-rock-tinged melancholy.

Book Review: Rhimes embarks on life-changing journey in 'Year of Yes'

"Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person" (Simon & Schuster), by Shonda Rhimes

When you think about Thursday-night television, the term "Shondaland" probably comes to mind. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," ''Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" dominate the small screen, and Shonda Rhimes is the brain, heart and life of these successful shows.

The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch!

New Rocky story ‘Creed’ aims to show brutality and theatricality

Sylvester Stallone knows most of Rocky Balboa’s famous fights would have been stopped by a real-life referee long before the battered and bloodied fictional heavyweight champion rallies his will to win.

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Blair Oaks freshman publishes fantasy novel

Fifteen-year-old Hannah Hughes said she wanted to publish a book by age 26. She’s beaten that deadline by quite a few years.

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Christmas lighting contest turns 30

Since 1985, Jefferson City's Christmas Home Decorating Contest has been an official way to recognize local residents for their hard work in helping make the season bright.

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With a bit of snow, Eldon kicks off holiday season

Snow and bitter temperatures didn’t stop the community of Eldon from kicking off the holiday season this weekend, holding the first of several holiday events taking place throughout the Christmas season.

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From the Stacks: Life truths illuminated in ‘Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart’

If you are someone who likes to give or receive books for Christmas, then I have a special recommendation for you. Gordon Livingston has written a gem.

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Movie Review: Stellar cast boosts stoner comedy 'Night Before'

Boosted by its stellar cast and playful take on "A Christmas Carol," ''The Night Before" is a coming-of-age stoner-buddy comedy laced with warm holiday cheer.

Music Review: Jeff Lynne shines on 'Alone In the Universe'

Jeff Lynne' ELO, "Alone In the Universe" (Columbia)

If it sounds like ELO, feels like ELO and plays like ELO, then it must be "Alone In the Universe" by Jeff Lynne's ELO, as it is now called.

Book Review: Phillips, who found Elvis, Cash, Perkins and Lewis, gets bio

"Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll" (Little, Brown and Co.), by Peter Guralnick

It was getting late at Sam Phillip's tiny studio in Memphis, Tennessee, maybe time for a break. The local kid Phillips had called into the studio, Elvis Presley, had a good voice, but had yet to show that unique quality that Phillips was searching so hard to find.

Long-lost Faulkner play published for the first time

"'Twixt Cup and Lip," written soon after World War I and being published for the first time, is a one-act comedy in which a modern, free-thinking woman finds herself courted by two men and changes her mind at the last moment.

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Movie Review: Chilean miners film resorts too often to formula

The real-life saga was so visceral — and so visual, unfolding as it did on live TV — that it's tough to beat the memory.

Music Review: Peter Case 'HWY 62' leads to a good place

Peter Case, "HWY 62" (Omnivore)

Peter Case, former frontman for the 1980s alt-rock band The Plimsouls, is an extremely seasoned soul these days. His latest solo album, "HWY 62," is a solid release displaying his heartfelt songwriting and no frills approach to offering up his beautiful musical messages.


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