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Issue 46: How to Survive the Holidays, Part 1: Gift Guide

In this issue we hand-picked around 100 gift ideas with a wide range of prices, all available at locally-owned stores, for everyone on your list.

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Illustration by Ana Benaroya

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In this issue, we present How to Survive the Holidays, Part 1: Gift Guide (look for Part 2: Get Out and Celebrate on Dec. 5). For the Gift Guide we hand-picked around 100 gift ideas with a wide range of prices, all available at locally-owned stores, for everyone on your list, including “The Sometimes Annoying Love of your Life,” “Your Potentially Senile Mom and Dad,” “Your Pretentious Hipster Brother,” “Your Wannabe Fashionista Sister,” “Your Bratty Nieces and Nephews,” “Your Borderline Alcoholic Loudmouth Uncle,” and “Your Nerdy College Cousin.” We also offer a guide to buying the best box sets of reissued music; reflections on edible gifts; season tickets to sports and cultural events; and, most importantly, worthy charities.

In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith offers the rundown on the trials surrounding the multi-million dollar pot conspiracy that has already taken down former Sonar co-owner Dan McIntosh, and Edward Ericson Jr. looks at Jesse Jackson’s protest of the new youth jail supported by Governor O’Malley. Matt Kelley looks at Captain Brackett’s attempts to protect our municipal water sources City Folk.

In the Arts, Baynard Woods talks with the legendary neuroscientist and author Oliver Sacks about hallucinations--and his own drug use. Cara Ober looks at an innovative print-making program at Stevenson University, and Geoffrey Himes reviews Heroes at Everyman Theatre. In Film, Jenn Ladd loves Speilberg’s Lincoln, and in Music Evan Serpick looks at the suburban rock of John LT, while Bret McCabe veers in the opposite direction to tell us what’s up with avant garde music.

Henry Hong goes DIY Kitchen, teaching you how to cook with parchment in our Eats and Drinks section, while Michelle Geinow looks at the meanings of our Thanksgiving traditions, and Baynard Woods talks rye whiskey with an expert.

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