Have A Socialite’s Night: Spend Saturday Afternoon With Victoria Gotti

New York:

Friday: Stop by Bob Dylan’s 1970s hangout, The Bitter End, and celebrate recent reports that Cate Blanchett will be playing the enigmatic songwriter in the upcoming biopic, “I’m Not There”. (It’s what Dylan’s been working toward his whole career, I’m sure.) Sit tight, though. Jersey-based “honest rock and roll” band, Days Awake, will be performing as well. [Link]

Saturday: Victoria Gotti will be signing copies of her recently released cookbook, “Hot Italian Dish” at Barnes & Noble Staten Island this afternoon. Ever the classy one, Gotti begins a chapter on preparing pasta with an anecdote about laxatives and shopping at Barney’s. One can only imagine what her behavior at a book signing might be like. [Link]

Sunday: Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton and Lance Armstrong are among the many celebrities on display this week during the Martin Schoeller exhibit at the Hasted Hunt Gallery. As a photographer for “The New Yorker”, Schoeller has become well-known for his large-scale and close-up portraits – you’ll recognize Brad and Angelina’s for sure. [Link]

The Los Angeles and Chicago To Do’s are after the jump.

Los Angeles:

Friday: Much more than just a frequent flyer on “The O.C.” Soundtrack, the L.A. based band, The Eels, will perform tonight at The Roxy Theatre — one of Paris Hilton’s many stomping grounds. Singer Mark Oliver Everett’s dog, Bobby Jr., lent his voice on the group’s latest album, “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations”, so it should be interesting to see if Bobby Jr. takes to the stage tonight, too. [Link]

Saturday: The artwork of legendary actor-director Dennis Hopper currently on display at the Ace Gallery is the largest of its kind ever to be displayed in the U.S. Inspired to become a photographer by friend James Dean, Hopper’s work is both well respected and historically significant. (Portraits of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and other important subjects are included in this exhibit). [Link]

Sunday: Just in case you haven’t tired of this whole “DaVinci Code” thing yet, a highly decorated panel of experts (neuroscientist included) will speak at The Getty Center this afternoon in hopes of re-examining some of the issues resurrected by Ron Howard’s adaptation of the text. Although it’s not likely that any truly groundbreaking conclusions will be drawn, it should be an intellectually stimulating event regardless. You know, just in case you haven’t been to one of those in a while. [Link]


Friday: “Sticky”, a groundbreaking new exhibit featuring the work of Robin Assner, opens tonight at the Aron Packer Gallery. Assner, known for smearing marshmallow fluff and peanut butter all over her models before photographing them, will be present for the opening, so mingle away. But be warned: her work is said to represent her own relationship to food. (Something that should definitely make the hors d’oeuvres table an interesting sight.) [Link]

Saturday: “Play: A Video Game Symphony” makes its international debut tonight at the Rosemont Theatre. The symphony, performed by the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, incorporates musical selections from several popular video games, including Sonic the Hedgehog. Tickets are still available. (If you’re not too embarrassed to go.) [Link]

Sunday: The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation’s fifth annual Bike The Drive event begins today at sunrise. It has traditionally been one the nation’s biggest bicycle rides and over 20,000 riders are expected to invade Lake Shore Drive for the event. If you’re not involved, be sure and plan a different route this morning – it’ll be at least four hours before the roads open up again. [Link]

If you don’t live in either of those cities, here are some things for you to do this weekend.

Written By E.K. Jones