A tale of two Christmases

Off the Beat

I’m dreaming of a (non)white Christmas — two of them, actually. Being Coptic Christian means that my official Christmas falls on Jan. 7. But my family has adopted a tradition of having a small Dec. 25 Christmas, too, a way of making a Western holiday our own. Our wooden dining
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Microwave closes American Vacation Tour with crashing rock sounds

The guys of Microwave — lead singer Nathan Hardy, drummer Timothy Pittard, guitarist Wesley Swanson and bassist Tyler Hill — have been on the road for the last month in a wave of emo rock glory. The tour began Nov. 15 in Los Angeles and has traveled cross-country, only to return to California for its last date.
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