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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n51 (12/19/2013) » Section: Last Minute Gift Guide

On Your Marks

Many of us who work on tight deadlines thrive on the desperation produced by rapidly closing windows of of opportunity. We grow more creative in our problem-solving, and sometimes we do our best work with the clock running down to zero.

A Material World

Let’s say you’re drawing a blank—and we mean a wall of lake-effect whiteout—on what to give a friend or loved one who has everything, or wants nothing, or who is just, every year, an insoluble cipher.

Life is Short, Art is Longing...

The holidays are well upon us. Most of the cultural venues have posted their open houses for annual group shows and season themed exhibitions. Artists holding open studios with wine and cheese advertise their branding for commissions and special discounted pricing for reproductions of their original works. In other words, they follow the business model of every other sort of commercial venture.

Shopping North of the Border

Shopping in Toronto? Check out these things to do…

Guide to Gadgets and Gizmos

A lot of gadget gift guides these days are just a list of screens in various sizes. Boring. This gadget gift guide is for the creatives, the nerds, and those who just like to relax. You won’t find any tablets, smartphones, or laptops here, but you might just find a way to put that boring screen to use in a new way.

Theater Bucks, Theater Books

Every year when it’s time for last-minute gift recommendations, I dutifully recommend the gift of theater tickets. The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo makes the task easier with the continuation of “Theater Bucks.” This is a gift certificate program that allows the recipient to use the “Theater Bucks” certificate as if it were cash at participating theater box offices. In some instances, the certificates can also be used for classes or merchandise.

Driving Miss Kringle

Really? You’re still shopping for that car-driver on your list? Well, I could make it easy here, and satisfy a lot of my friends in the car business, by just telling you to break out the checkbook and buy that special someone a new car. There’s still time, you know. But even I wouldn’t do that. No, there are cheaper—scratch that—less expensive alternatives out there that you can still have under the tree in time.

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