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It's that time of year again and everyone has started looking high and low for the perfect gift—be it for that beloved relative or the strange "friend" your son is bringing home from school this year and insisting they share his old room for the duration. No matter the situation, the solution may be as simple this year as a trip to your local book or music store (alas, Tower..we knew ye well) and picking up one of the latest in book, DVD or CD offerings to place under the tree.
This year was a year for great releases in all three areas making the gift ideas near limitless, guaranteeing something for everyone. Included in the best of the best in entertainment-related gifts are the following:
Dolly Parton: 'The Acoustic Collection 1999-2002'
The folks at Sugar Hill Records must be feeling a bit jolly this year. "The Acoustic Collection 1999-2002" is a three-disc box set comprised of Dolly Parton’s monumentally influential records “The Grass is Blue,” “Little Sparrow” and “Halos and Horns.” These albums, released after Dolly had signed onto the small indie music label in 1999, almost immediately sold millions. When the world of country music was getting bigger and more about image, Dolly—as usual—forged her own path and released three very basic bluegrass albums over the course of four years that were hailed by critics and fans alike. Parton had reinvented herself better than Madge ever dreamed. Now you can complete your collection or introduce a novice to this beloved music icon in her most ambitious series of recordings ever. So give yourself something a little sweeter than a hard candy Christmas this year and have a little Dolly.
Sarah Brightman — 'Diva: The Singles Collection CD/DVD'
Twenty years ago a young ingénue stepped out onto the stage of the "Phantom of the Opera," and Sarah Brightman has been a household name ever since. “Diva: The Singles Collection” takes a career-spanning look back at the biggest selling soprano of all time with songs like “Phantom of the Opera,” her moving cover of “Whiter Shade of Pale” and the inspiring duet with Andrea Bocelli “Time to Say Goodbye.” The songs sound as great today as they did when first released, and while you’re at it, pick up the DVD companion piece, with the Divine Miss B’s biggest music videos. The collection is woven together with the singer’s personal narratives recalling each video, and the DVD includes an exclusive Internet component, which allows the user access to Brightman’s Web site, with downloadable bonus materials such as exclusive songs and digital greetings. Whether you’re an old fan, or don’t know the difference between “Phantom” and “Harem,” the CD and DVD offer a great addition to any collection.
DVD Titles from Wolfe Video and First Run Features
Two of the best known distribution companies specializing in gay-specific DVD offerings, Wolfe Video and First Run Features, offer a wide variety of gift choices for the queer cinema buff on your list.
From Wolfe Video you can get the thrillingly fun “Open Cam,” which tells the story of a serial killer stalking gay men over the Internet in a well acted and smart script that will keep you guessing until the end. Also available is “Loving Annabelle,” the single biggest lesbian cinema event of the year. “Loving Annabelle” tells the controversial and award-winning story of a rebellious teenage girl sent to a Catholic boarding school where she begins a forbidden affair with her English teacher.
This holiday season, First Run features brings the discriminating queer moviegoer two unique offerings from two of the hottest and most noted German directors of the past two decades. “Female Misbehaviour” is a collection of five of controversial director Monica Treut’s featuring women who have dared to explore the outer limits of female sexuality and behavior by challenging the status quo. The DVD also features a one-of-a-kind interview with Treut and stills from the various features.
Also from First Run, is “Agnes & His Brothers” from uncompromising dramatist Oskar Roehler depicting the soulful and darkly humorous tale of three brothers—a sex addict, an up-and-coming politician and a transgendered woman—searching for love and acceptance. A fascinating snapshot of Germany’s current state of affairs, “Agnes and Her Brothers” features some of Germany’s top talent in the lead roles and is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discriminating cinema geek.
'I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence' by Amy Sedaris
‘Tis the season for dinner parties. Do you know where your salad fork is located? The proper way request more wine? A comprehensive list of inappropriate introductions? Then you’ll need a copy of Amy Sedaris’ new book on the age old art of entertaining, “I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence,” this holiday season. Packed cover to cover with useful tips, appealing recipes and the former Comedy Central star’s side-splitting trademark humor, readers get a full-on invitation into the comic’s eclectic life. The book is a visual extravaganza with kitschy illustrations, photos of Sedaris both old and new and authentic food-stained recipe cards. This would make a great gift for fans of “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “Strangers with Candy.” And at a hefty 300+ pages, your friends may think you’ve bought them something much more expensive…or at least a really heavy book.
'Country Music: The People, Places, and Moments That Shaped the Country Sound' by Richard Carlin and Raeanne Rubenstein
Do you know what famous country legend was born Muriel Deason? What year was the Grand Ole Opry was founded? Which Country legend wrote one of Janis Joplin’s most famous songs? Well, if you find yourself stumped by any of these questions, you need a copy of “Country Music: The People, Places, and Moments That Shaped the Country Sound.” The oversized coffee-table-style book is a voluminous encyclopedic collection of references to every possible person, place, event or thing associated at any time with Country Music. The text is well thought out and revealing without being exhaustive—or exhausting. The beautiful—and at times breathtaking—photography by Nashville photographer Raeanne Rubenstein graces every page and is the perfect accompaniment to such a grand endeavour as this volume. A bargain at any cost, this treasury of country music history is an affordable but impressive gift for any country music fan.
'Ten' by Lewis Payton
Available exclusively through http://www.lewispayton.com/, “Ten” is a handsome limited edition collection (3,000 copies) of ten ready-to-frame photographic prints of tasteful iconic male nudes. Payton has a great eye for the male physique and uses light and shadow in his work to masterfully highlight the male form in such a way that showcases the complexity and sensuality evoked by the subject revealing an inner strength and soul that resonates strongly with the viewer. The collection comes in a handy plastic pouch that allows you to take each print out for individual viewing, or it can be mounted on a desk, switching the visible print in the front out every few days for variety. “Ten” is the perfect stocking stuffer for fans of the male form or students of photography. I wish Santa would leave me ten hot guys in my stocking—or even just one, I’m not picky.
'Conversations and Cosmopolitans: How to Give Your Mother a Hangover' by Robert & Jane Rave
If you enjoy the works of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs, you’ll love “Conversations and Cosmopolitans: How to Give Your Mother a Hangover,” a laugh-out-loud funny book written by a gay man and his mother. Jane Rave tried to be open-minded and supportive when her son Robert came out to her in a novel-esque email. But the surprises keep coming as both mother and son learn what being “gay” is—and in the process, realize what being a mother and son really means. Honest and refreshing, both Robert and Jane Rave let you inside their personal demons and insecurities while making you laugh till your sides hurt. The book develops its own language with terms like “point-if-ication” (Weight Watchers brainwashing), the ultimate idea of a mate for gay men “me-but-Latin” and “M’Lynn moments” (see Steel Magnolias…repeatedly). A great gift idea for your own mother—just give it to her over drinks.
Chippendales 2007 Calendar
It's bound to happen. Every year like clockwork you do all the shopping early beating the holiday rush. Everyone is covered—or so you thought. Suddenly, three of your closest friends have boyfriends who they are bringing to the holiday soirée, and you’re caught short-handed in the gift department. It's okay, Becky! Take a pill! We got you covered. Just run out and grab up a half-dozen of these babies and keep them handy for that gift-emergency that's waiting to happen. What homosexual doesn't like a whole year's worth of hunky half-naked men all to themselves? And if there are no gift-snags, then you can give them out at random throughout the year. It's the perfect back-up gift that keeps on giving.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.