The Advocate Gift Guide for 1999
It's never too early to start planning who gets what for the holidays, and we're here to help. Whether you're buying for someone naughty or someone nice, The Advocate has found the right stuff. With this guide and your home computer (to check out our Web site), your list will be history before you can say "Turkey day."
* Music-minded gills, from CDs to concert tickets to aerobics tapes page 48 * Beautiful books every taste page 50 * Christopher Radko's elegant ornaments page 51 8 Great gay and lesbian independent movies on DVD page 52 * Collectible dolls, both sublime and ridiculous page 54 * "Gaymes," gadgest, and other gifties from the gorgeous to the goofy page 54 * Activism in rainbow-bright packages: the best of the gifts that give back to the community page 56 * Romantic notions for that every special someone page 58 * What lesbian and gay celebrities most want for their holidays page 59 * Where to get it: For places and Web sites to buy all these gifts, go to www.advocate.com
Joan Crawford, Dinah Shore, Diana Ross, Ani DiFranco, Queen Latifah, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Tod Amos, Patti Smith, Judy Garland, and more teach music herstory on Rhino's five-CD collection, R-E-S-P-E-C-T; A Century of Women In Music, Prefer Broadway to babes? Check out the six-CD The Best of Broadway series in the Wireless catalog.
CLASSICS FOR CHRISTMAS
Philips has raided the world's most beloved symphonies, concertos, and allegros for a new series, Set Your Life to Music, perfect for the guys or gals who want to add a little sophistication to their next dinner party, workout, or date, with such hands-on rifles as "Bach at Bedtime," "Puccini and Pasta," "Liszt for Lovers," "Debussy for Daydreaming," and "Mozart for Your Morning Workout." There are even a few holiday-themed titles like "Handel for the Holidays."
And for all the self-helpers on your list, pick up a CD in the Deutsche Grammophon Tune Your Brain series. This music claims to help listeners manage their mind, body, and mood. Choose from the likes of "Cleanse With Hoist," "Energize With Wagner," and "Heal With Schubert."
JOLLY JUKEBOX Be sure everyone on your shopping list has the best new tunes to toast in the year 2000, starting with fresh albums from the Pet Shop Boys [see page 85], Yaz (a "best of"), Boyzone, Indigo Girls, David Bowie, Paula Cole, and Melissa Etheridge (her Breakdown comes in CD, cassette, vinyl, and a limited-edition CD with three bonus tracks). Also scheduled this fall are new releases by Savage Garden and Ani DiFranco.
SILENT NIGHT, VIDEO NIGHT St. Nick, Drew, Jeff, and Justin of 98 Degrees want to warm up a white Christmas with their chart-topping behind-the-scenes home video Heat It Up--the perfect companion gift to their new holiday CD, This Christmas. Also guaranteed to make hunk lovers sweat is the new Grind Workout: Tai Funk Aerobics, with C Note punching, kicking, and singing their new single, "Spanish Fly." If your loved one prefers wigs and lip-licking to tank tops and sweat, there's always Cher: Live in Concert; the over-the-top-but-not-the-hill diva's HBO concert comes to VHS and DVD on November 16.
Music-minded gifts, from New Year's Eve with Bette to a wild women's boxed set
DIVA INTO THE NEW YEAR A trip to Las Vegas is a gift bound to get mistletoes
tapping, especially with Strip-lining New Year's Eve extravaganzas planned by the likes of Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. As it's her first live performance in more than three years, Babs intends to fill the MGM Grand Garden with surprise guest stars--and tickets will run you $1,000 to $2,500.
Party favors come with the $95, $300, or $500 admission price to Bette Midler's Divine Miss Millennium Tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. As if that weren't enough reason to endure some fear and loathing, Elton John and Tina Turner will play the University of Nevada's Thomas and Mack Center on December 30. …