Retro Festive and Middle of Beyond Christmas Spice
Sticking only to tree ornaments, I found Elvii, three different Marilyn Monroes, Paul Stanley (though oddly without any chest hair), a multitude of Grinches, a "Bumble Holding Rudolph" that made my wabi-sabi heart ache with delight, and a "Lederhosen Unicorn" that is one of the singularly most gay thing I have ever seen. And that just covers my own personal obsessions, there are ornaments for every form of fandom (Doctor Who, sports), trash (Sons of Anarchy, man cave) and even flat out commercial and religious. I just had to be careful to pick ones that would not clash with the glitter and flash that are our heirloom and Trixie and Beever ornaments....
Christmas Spice runs until Sat,
Dec 19 at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St W. paulpetro.com
BY DREW ROWSOME - MGT EDITOR
Each year a group of festive artist elves gather under the benevolent supervision of Kris Petro-Kringle and create miraculous artworks priced for gifting. The works are put on display and sold at Christmas Spice held at the Paul Petro Gallery. This year's list of contributing elf-artists includes Keith Cole, Dennis Day, FASTWURMS, Robert Flack, Andrew Harwood, Will Munro and many others. The artworks, the gifts-to-be, range from the whimsical to the macabre to the conceptual. All of them are investments: cheap to purchase, they will only increase in value in an overheated art market. Petro touts, "Cole Swanson's 24 karat gold leaf wishbones," but he appears to also covet Maura Doyle's "unglazed ceramic cum rag hooks." And really, what household is complete without at least one eye-catching and convenient cum rag hook?
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Audiences across Canada have already enjoyed the sights and sounds of spectacular performances ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to World Wrestling Entertainment. Canadians are laughing along with the world's funniest comedians or rockin' with some of the world's greatest musicians right in their own local movie theatre. There's more!! Live speaking engagements, documentaries, family programs and world premieres are just the beginning.
There is a don't-miss event on Thursday, December 10: the BBJ Pop-Up Gift Shop. The talented artisan/designers Trixie and Beaver are bringing their vast array of fabulous gifts to the edge of the Village. "For one evening only, we will take over Eleven salon with glittery, pop-culture-inspired gifts and a few larger art pieces," says Trixie. "Special edition ashtrays, our unique prayer candles, small clocks, serving trays, Xmas décor and more. Prices range from $10 to $100 for gift pieces, $250 for multimedia art pieces."
In the highly unlikely event that you can't find exactly what you want at the pop-up, "There's still time for custom and special orders," says Trixie. "Find out their fave albums or pick photos for a perfectly personalized present. Shop local, shop queer, and come share some holiday cheer!" Ideas, visuals and even online shopping if you miss the party on the 10th, are at bbj.ca.
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Stocking stuffers and Secret Santa (ie: budget) gifts are often the trickiest. Where do you find a trinket that also expresses forethought and sincerity? No-one will be able to resist these cute little 2.5” tokens of good luck that also offer the opportunity for vengeance. And with so many choices, you will have taken the time to match the recipient to the superhero or supervillain. There is undoubtedly a Joker, a super man, or a Wonder Woman fanatic on every gay man’s list.
Revenge is problematic, remember the karmic rule, but anyone, everyone, suffering from the glut of superhero television shows and mediocre movies will be eager to avail themselves of the opportunity to plunge a pin into the cranium of at least one of the members of the Marvel and/or DC universe. Or have a miniature sexiest man alive, even if made of string, dangling from their key chain.