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In this issue, we present

(look for Part 2: Get Out and Celebrate on Dec. 5). For the Gift Guide we hand-picked around 100 gift ideas with a wide range of prices, all available at locally-owned stores, for everyone on your list, including "

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" We also offer a guide to buying the best box sets of

; reflections on

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to sports and cultural events; and, most importantly,

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In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith offers the rundown on the trials surrounding the

that has already taken down former Sonar co-owner Dan McIntosh, and Edward Ericson Jr. looks at

of the new youth jail supported by Governor O'Malley. Matt Kelley looks at Captain Brackett's attempts to protect our municipal water sources

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In the Arts, Baynard Woods talks with the legendary neuroscientist and author

about hallucinations--and his own drug use. Cara Ober looks at an innovative

, and Geoffrey Himes reviews

at Everyman Theatre. In Film, Jenn Ladd loves Speilberg's

, and in Music Evan Serpick looks at the suburban rock of

, while Bret McCabe veers in the opposite direction to tell us

.

Henry Hong goes

, teaching you how to cook with parchment in our Eats and Drinks section, while Michelle Geinow looks at the meanings of our

, and Baynard Woods talks

with an expert.

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