Top books, movies, music and shows for Christmas gifting.

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Top arts and entertainment gifts for the 2018 holiday season:


Teatro ZinZanni “Hollywood & Vine”

Experience Teatro ZinZanni as never before, with a new cabaret show in a new home at the old Redhook Brewery site in Woodinville. The three-hour whirlwind of razzle-dazzle includes a multicourse dinner. $99–$169 at


“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama

The former First Lady’s long-awaited memoir shares the deeply personal stories that have shaped her in an ongoing process of becoming a woman, student, attorney, mother, wife, executive, leader, role model and icon for our time. Her voice and story will inspire readers to find the power in their own lives. $32.50 at booksellers

“Seattleness: A Cultural Atlas,” by Tera Hatfield, Jenny Kempson and Natalie Ross

Visually rich with infographics, deep-dive data and more than 50 narratives about what makes Seattleites tick, this beautifully illustrated hardcover will delight and educate newcomers and mossbacks alike. $25 at booksellers

“52 lists for Togetherness,” by Moorea Seal

Local boutique owner Moorea Seal’s latest keepsake journal follows her bestselling “The 52 Lists Project.” Writing prompts and fun, interactive activities encourage self-discovery and connection between loved ones. Signed copies available. $17 at Moorea Seal (downtown) and booksellers

“52 lists for Togetherness,” by Moorea Seal
“52 lists for Togetherness,” by Moorea Seal

“Cooking Scrappy” by Joel Gamoran

Joel Gamoran — Seattle author, Sur La Table’s National Chef and star of the A&E series “Scraps” — has written an unusual cookbook that teaches home cooks how to turn kitchen scraps into delicious recipes, reducing waste and saving money along the way. $30 at booksellers


Pearl Jam Home Show Bootleg CD

Relive the epic Home Shows at Safeco Field with this (band-approved) bootleg CD of the Aug. 10 performance, professionally recorded by Available as an mp3 or on CD. $10–$18 at

Chris Cornell Retrospective Box Set

Revel in the electric voice of the late local superstar with this first-ever retrospective of Cornell’s work, including 53 tracks from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and solo work, plus 11 unreleased recordings on four CDs with a 54-page booklet, liner notes by bandmates and an ultra-cool tree-line slipcase. Single CDs, vinyl and a more extensive box set are also available. $60 at

Aretha Franklin “Atlantic Records 1960s Collection”

This new six-LP boxed set features the Queen of Soul’s first five studio albums with Atlantic, plus the vinyl debut of 11 demos and outtakes. It’s the perfect tribute to the late, great vocalist. The set is a limited-edition of 5,000 copies; pre-ordering is recommended. Available Dec. 7 for $90 at


“Incredibles 2” Ultimate Collectors Edition

The long-awaited sequel starring everyone’s favorite superhero family was a summer blockbuster, and now you can add the 4K Ultra HD home release to your Pixar collection. It includes loads of bonus material, such as deleted scenes and the short film “Bao.” $30 at Target

“Die Hard” Blu-ray + Digital 30th Anniversary

The Bruce Willis Christmas classic — it is set on Christmas Eve, after all — gets even more festive on its 30th anniversary with a special cover that looks like an ugly Christmas sweater, as well as a high-rise full of extras, including commentaries, featurettes and more. $6 at Best Buy

“Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema” from The Criterion Collection

Released in honor of Bergman’s 100th birthday, this set of 30 Blu-ray discs is the most comprehensive collection of his films ever created. It includes 40 movies made over 60 years, including favorites and previously unavailable films, as well as a book of essays on each work. $240 at