This issue, we’ve decided to provide a helping hand—it can be nigh-on impossible at times to select just that right holiday gift, especially for the person who, technically, has everything. So, with that giftee in mind, here are two knock-em-out-of-the-park, guaranteed to be pleasing, thoughtful-yet-stylish, choices.
Fair enough, Jerusalem was actually published at the beginning of November, but author Simon Sebag-Montefiore’s soaring, gripping dissection of one of the most important locales of many of history’s crossroads is not only seasonally interesting, but also a thumping-good page turner. The perfect gift for the history buff in your life.
Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous(-ly adorable), The French Cat is a coffee table book extraordinaire. The pictures, by well-known animal photographer Rachael Hale, elevate this title from fun idea to true beauty, and are a love letter to France and its adopted mascot—the picky, prickly, so, so pretty feline. —KA
Why go into Chicago when you can experience top-rated Broadway classics, favorite musicals, hilarious comedies, and unforgettable concert events in the Drury Lane’s spacious and plush proscenium style theatre right next door in Oak Brook? Drury Lane has
a reputation for high quality productions and award-winning theatre.
Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune calls Drury Lane’s The Sound of Music, “A fresh, spontaneous, and thoroughly wonderful production in which the hills could not be more alive!”
Theatergoers can purchase tickets for the performance only, or make it a family holiday event by taking in their pre-show dinner with specially priced dinner and theatre packages.
Also, don’t miss the favorite family classic, A Christmas Carol, playing through December 20. For more information and tickets, visit drurylaneoakbrook.com, or call 630-530-0111. —EDS
Back by popular demand, the Joliet-based band Walnuts for Later will be rockin’ in New Year’s Eve at Zak’s Place on December 31 starting at 9 p.m.
“Last year’s show was so much fun,” says owner Yamandu Perez, “people started asking me months ago if we’d bring them back again this year.”
The Walnuts for Later is influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Kingston Trio, Warren Zevon, Marvin Gaye, and Sly and the Family Stone, to name a few. For the New Year’s performance, they’ll focus on recognizable cover songs that get people singing and dancing well into the wee hours. Hear them at myspace.com/walnutsforlater.
One of the band’s missions is to write songs that make the world a better place with the power of Rock and Roll.
Best of all, admission is free. Zak’s Place, serving contemporary American cuisine, was established in 2007, by two friends who wanted to create a neighborhood restaurant with an urban feel. For more information, visit zaksplace.com. —EDS
Occasionally, a blog about…nothing, really, apart from beauty, life, and family, gets a bit of traction behind it. A bit of buzz, if you will. That’s exactly the case with our latest featured blog, brooksidebuzz.com. Brainchild of former-local-girl-gone-Californian Hollye Harrington Jacobs, brooksidebuzz documents and—yes, in a way—celebrates Jacobs’ journey through breast cancer. But it’s so much more than that—it’s about understanding what’s really important in life, about holding on to all the little things that make up a person’s journey on this spinning blue planet. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan (and, while we’re at it, check out her own site, goop.com), and so are we. Get on board! —KA