Have A Socialite’s Night: Joan Didion Reads In Central Park


  • The 2006 Taste of Chicago festival kicks off Friday in Grant Park. The event will be a fixture downtown for the next ten days, but try not to wait until July 9 to go. [Link]
  • “And Now for Something Different”: The film that introduced the Monty Python gang to the United States screens this Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It’s probably the only opportunity (outside of time travel) to see where the Pythons got their start – so don’t miss it. [Link]
  • If a Taste of Chicago doesn’t sound that exciting to you, sample some more international cuisine at The African Caribbean Festival of Life on Sunday. Headlining the festival? Former Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett. (It’s where her “solo career” has taken her, I guess…) [Link]

The New York City and Los Angeles events are after the jump.

New York:

  • Legendary author Joan Didion will read from her latest book, “The Year of Magical Thinking” Friday in Central Park. Don’t worry about the weather, though – she’s much more than a “very cool customer,” and this one’s rain or shine. [Link]
  • Clear your schedule Saturday and leave plenty of time for every man’s favorite movie marathon: Featuring “Scarface,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino” back-to-back at Symphony Space. It’s just $10 for the entire afternoon. [Link]
  • Seu Jorge (the Brazilian who played all those Bowie songs in “The Life Aquatic”) takes the stage Sunday afternoon in Central Park. Much like Didion’s reading, this one’s free as well. [Link]

Los Angeles:

  • Friday’s your last chance to see Radiohead at the Greek Theatre in LA this weekend. It’s completely sold out (no surprise there), but if you park close enough, you might be able to Thom Yorke belt out a thing or two. [Link]
  • Tim Delaney, author of “Seinology,” a book that takes a sociological approach to the “Seinfeld” series, will be discussing his theories Sunday morning at CFI West. His toupee looks like material for a theory in itself, so it should be an interesting show. [Link]

Written by E.K. Jones

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