Originally created 12/26/96

For any interest, there's a calendar



There are 365 days in the year and 1997's bountiful new crop of wall calendars offers at least 365 subjects to choose from.

From baseball to bats (the kind that hang out in caves), from TV's Friends to women friends, from teacups to coffee blends, there's a calendar for every taste.

Here are some of the new calendars that may catch your fancy.

THE ESPN ALL SPORTS CALENDAR (ESPN, $10.95): Sports nuts can practically set their VCRs a year in advance with this baby. Easyto-read lists show dates of major football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, tennis, skiing and auto racing events throughout 1997. Sports are even color-coded: Basketball games are highlighted in red, men's golf in green, hockey in blue, etc.

SHAKESPEARE'S WORLD: (Pomegranate, $10.95): The Bard is the hottest screenwriter in Hollywood this fall. But you won't find Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes lip-locking in this tasteful collection of engravings, posters and handbills from the Library of Congress' Shakespeare collection.

SISTERS (Universe, $12.95) and GAL PALS (Pomegranate, $11.95): Spend your year doing some serious female bonding. Replace your old Thelma and Louise calendar with either Sisters, based on the book about siblings by Carol Saline and Sharon J. WohlmuthTeacher, or Gal Pals, a collection of vintage photos celebrating female friendship.

ELVIS: THE WERTHEIMER COLLECTION (Graphique de France, $11.95): Alfred Wertheimer's evocative black-and-white photographs of a slim Elvis Presley, all taken in 1956, capture the future King on the cusp of superstardom.

SUMMER DREAMS (Art & Image, $8.95): Come February and March, these inviting beach scenes will whisk you away to your own private fantasy island.

40S PINUP GIRLS (Cedco, $12.95): An amusing alternative to the swimsuit calendar from Sports Illustrated. The va-va-va-voom Varga Girls were painted by Alberto Vargas for Esquire magazine between 1940 and 1946 and became pinup favorites during World War II.

ABSOLUT CALENDAR 1997 (te Neues, $12.95): Absolut Vodka's clever print ads are toasted in this calendar. Cheers!

THE REAL WORLD (Pocket Books, $12): Can't get enough of those MTV Real World kids? Spend months with whiney Beth, weepy Cory, goofy Glen, crazy Puck, naive Julie, ditsy Dan. ... They might drive us crazy, but we've never missed an episode.

LARGELY LITERARY (Ronnie Sellers Productions, $11.95) and MYSTERY LOVERS (Universe, $12.95): Literature lovers with a taste for the irreverent will be amused by Steven Cragg's black-and-white caricatures of everyone from Jane Austen to Ernest Hemingway in Largely Literary. Detective fans should track down the Mystery Lovers calendar, which highlights movie posters and book jackets from Hammett, Chandler, Spillane, Grafton and other literary sleuths.

AN ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA (Ronnie Sellers Productions, $12.95)

and INTERIORS (te Neues, $10.95): Attention all Anglophiles. The lovely paintings by Mariapia Angelini and the English artist Galley will make you long for a cozy cup in Afternoon Tea. The British theme continues in Interiors, photographs of lavish rooms from historic grand houses overseen by the English Heritage.

ANCIENT AND CLASSIC MONUMENTS (te Neues, $10.95): Why think small? Have a monumental year gazing at photographs of the Greek Acropolis, the Sphinx and the Great Wall of China.

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: THE LAST WORD ON A CONSUMING PASSION (Universe, $11.95): You won't die looking at this calendar, but you will drool. Luscious photographs (and recipes) of such over-the-top chocolate confections as Chocolate Transportation and Ebony and Ivory Chocolate Truffles are brought to you by Marcel Desaulniers of Trellis Restaurant.

CLASSICAL MUSIC (Pomegranate, $11.95) and THE OPERA HOUSES OF EUROPE (Ronnie Sellers Productions, $12.95): These calendars will be music to the ears of the serious-music lover on your gift list. Andras Kaldor's handsome architectural paintings capture Europe's grand opera houses, while Classical Music is a tribute to the Library of Congress' collection of rare instruments and musical manuscripts.

CHARLES KURALT'S AMERICA (Price Stern Sloan, $9.95) You'll go on the road with the newsman as he takes you to his favorite haunts, from Key West to New Orleans, from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, to New York City at Christmas.

GOSPEL (Pomegranate, $11.95): Hallelujah! Gospel greats get their due.

WHY CATS PAINT (Ten Speed Press, $9.95): Perhaps your cat has never picked up a brush. But these feline artists display their claw talents in photos taken from the funny book of the same name.

GARGOYLES OF NOTRE DAME (Pleasant Garden, $11.95): The gargoyles of Notre Dame - humanlike monsters, strange birds and animals - peer down at Paris from their perches on the famous cathedral. Taken from antique French postcards.

SMITH & HAWKEN: THE SECRET GARDEN (Workman, $9.95): Prove your gardening pedigree with this attractive calendar of secluded garden spaces, brought to you by the trendy catalog company.

THE TENTH INSIGHT (Landmark, $11.99): Inspired by the bestseller from{ by guru} James Redfield, this New Age calendar soothes with gauzy nature photos and Redfield's words of warmed-over wisdom. Oommm.