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AS we get deeper into the holiday season, each of us wants to get that perfect gift for the special people in our lives who love to be entertained. The following is a gift guide with various items that are likely to satisfy those who always are looking for some form of entertainment––sometimes with a bit of libation as part of the picture.
Holiday Gift Guide 2015
Here's a wide selection of items that will help you satisfy everyone on your list
Bond 50: The Complete 23-Film Collection, Including Skyfall (Blu-ray)
From the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels, James Bond movies have created a lasting following and prompted fans to argue about who is the best and most memorable Bond––Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore or Daniel Craig. In this collection (above), get another look at all of the action, gadgets, glamor and the cool of one of the movies’ most beloved––and intriguing––characters. At amazon.com, $198.99. (Spectre is not included.)
Broadway in Chicago Subscriptions
Broadway in Chicago subscriptions can be the perfect gift for the theatergoer who’s looking for some of the best stage productions in town. The 2016 spring season includes shows such as The Sponge Bob Musical, Fun Home, 42nd Street, Bullets Over Broadway The Musical, The Sound of Music and Finding Neverland. You can get five shows for as low as $84. To purchase subscriptions go to subscription@BroadwayInChicago.com or call 312/977-1717.
The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise
It’s an annual must, which has developed into one of the most popular and most anticipated activities of the year, with a collection of entertainers that’s unmatched. This year’s headliner will be the incomparable Diana Ross, who will be joined by a lineup that includes Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Patti LaBelle, Johnny Gill, Angie Stone, Faith Evans, The Bar-Kays, Con Funk Shun, Steve Arrington, Angie Stone, Jazmine Sullivan, Big Daddy Kane, Jon B, Whodini, Blue Magic, Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics, Hezekiah Walker, AJ Jamal and more. The eight-day cruise on Carnival sets sail in Miami on April 24, and ports of call include St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk before returning to Miami on May 1. Contact a cruise specialist for information and cabin availability at 972/980-SAIL (7245).
Special Wine Trios and Gift Memberships from City Winery
City Winery offers a variety of holiday gifts, beginning with an annual, $75 membership that includes no service fees on all ticket purchases, 48-hour advance notice before tickets go on sale, half price valet parking and members-only events. Plus, get a free pair of house tickets for every $500 spent at the restaurant. (The membership fee includes a $25 coupon for use at the City Winery online wine store.) If you choose to make a wine selection for a gift, consider the “Rachel Recommends” $70 gift bundle, which includes a trio of City Winery’s house-made wines that are hand-selected by sommelier Rachel Driver Speckan, City Winery’s beverage director. For $80, you can get the City Winery’s 90-point trio, which includes City Winery’s house-made wines that are rated 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast. The three-pack includes the Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve pinot noir, the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruth on Mars, a Roussanne-Marsanne California blend. The trio comes with a keepsake City Winery wine key. If you go to www.citywinery.com, you can find other attractive membership and wine selections for the wine and entertainment connoisseur.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)
For several generations, Alfred Hitchcock has been considered to be “the master of suspense,’ one who primarily has pioneered many of the elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. This collection contains much of his best work. At amazon.com $135.93.
Harry Potter Wizard's Collection (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
This is a treasure chest for the Harry Potter enthusiast. The amazing collection chronicles the life of the young wizard and his activities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are 31 discs in the collection, which even includes a Horcrux Locket! At amazon.com, $1,393.94.
The Beatles Stereo
Vinyl Box Set
Beatlemania, considered by many to be the greatest phenomenon in music history, is still very much alive after its frenzied beginning in 1963. The Fab Four turned the industry upside down and their influence is still evident in the form of tribute bands, Broadway productions and other testimonials to the band’s greatness. This collection is a must-have for any true fan of John, Paul, George and Ringo. At amazon.com, $268 vinyl ($178.94 CD).
Michael Jackson’s 'Bad', 25th Anniversary Edition
Bad, the seventh studio album by the “King of Pop,” was re-released in September 2012 and, in addition to the title tune, contains songs such as “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Liberian Girl,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror.” This collection features three CDs and a concert DVD from the Bad tour. At amazon.com, $21.15.