by Roberto Friedman
As we head ever deeper into the thickets of the holiday season, "Shop-a-Round" guy Franz is busy spreading cheer around town on roller-skates, goading on holiday shoppers. Here are a few last-minute ideas for holiday gifties.
1. In Christmas in Tinseltown (HCI, $14.95), the follow-up to his Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCarlo offers the recipes for Peggy Lee's Holiday Halibut Casserole, Burl Ives' Stuffed Leg of Goat Hawaiian, Lucille Ball's Brazil Nut Stuffing, Nat King Cole 's Baked Ham Loaf, Guy Lombardo 's Lobster Lombardo, Dick Clark 's Spicy Turkey Meatloaf, Rosemary Clooney 's Viennese Goulash, Bing Crosby 's Sugar Cookies, Shirley Booth 's Pumpkin Bread, Dinah Shore 's Fruitcake, and Spike Jones ' Molasses Jumbles. Urp, after all that, we have William Conrad's Indigestion.
2. You probably missed it, but if you were at Premiere Props' Holiday Hollywood Live Auction Extravaganza last weekend, you could have bid on such items as James Bond's (Daniel Craig) knife from Casino Royale; Jerry Maguire's (Tom Cruise) baseball cap from his famous "Show me the money!" scene; Yentl 's (Barbra Streisand) waist-jacket; Rollergirl's (Heather Graham) Lolita heart-shaped glasses from Boogie Nights; Sulu's (George Takei) swishy tunic from Star Trek (1966); Regan MacNeil's (Linda Blair) "devil's tongue" from The Exorcist; Batman's (George Clooney) "ice cowl" from Batman and Robin; Austin Powers' (Mike Myers) license plates from his "Shaguar"; a "human shrunken head" from Alfred Hitchcock 's Under Capricorn; Mini-Me's (Verne Troyer) hairless cat from Austin Powers (signed by Troyer); the handgun used by Charlize Theron (as Aileen Wuornos ) to kill her victims in Monster; Ed Norton's handcuffs from American History X; and Ducard's (Liam Neeson) sword from Batman Begins. Because nothing says the holidays like movie mayhem memorabilia.
3. OK, seriously now, on Sun., Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m., internationally renowned pianist Fred Hersch will give a solo recital in the intimate Montalvo Carriage House Theatre in Saratoga, CA. Five-time Grammy nominee Hersch is considered one of the most original jazz pianists performing today, and he has a remarkable personal story. One of the few openly gay major musicians in the jazz scene, he's been living with AIDS since 1993. In 2008, he spent two months in a medically-induced coma that left him with no motor control. He's not only fully recovered from this, but he's now doing some of the finest performance and compositional work of his career. Tickets ($55-$60) are available through the Montalvo Box Office at (408) 961-5858, or at www.tickemaster.com.
4. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony 's live concert recording of works by Bay Area composer and longtime collaborator John Adams, Harmonielehre and Short Ride in a Fast Machine (SFS Media), was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award last week in the category of Best Orchestral Performance . Go team!