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

June 30th, 2006 // 3 Comments


  • 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

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. ravenswing

    the Didion reading would have been very cool

  2. didionfan

    thanks to your suggestion, i went to the didion reading. it was incredible, and she persevered despite the rain (like you thought she would). keep up the good work and ideas flowing

  3. Shondalyn

    I think LeToya Luckett’s support of the black community is awesome. I don’t see it as a start..too many people blow up and forget where they come from… then as many musicians and artist do…they try to hide and come back down town in disguise..Norah Jones…or pretending to be someone else

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