Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dorothy Parker News

The Third Annual Dorothy Parker Day is Saturday, August 16th, in Long Branch, New Jersey, Mrs. Parker's birthplace. The schedule of events:

10:00 to 11:30 AM -- Dorothy Parker Dog Walk and Blessing of the Dogs. FREE & Open to the Public. Back Parking Lot of Saint Michael's Catholic Church, Ocean Avenue, Long Branch

12 to 1:30 PM -- Algonquin Round Table Luncheon. Open Mic Readings of Dorothy Parker's Works. Jesse's Café, 139 Brighton Ave., West End. Reservations Required: 732-229-6999

2 to 4:00 PM -- Readings and Dramatic Interpretations of Dorothy Parker's Works. FREE & Open to the Public. Long Branch Free Public Library, 328 Broadway, Long Branch

4 PM -- A Toast to Dorothy Parker. The MIX Martini Lounge, 71 Brighton Avenue, West End.

4:30 PM -- Algonquin Round Table Dinner. Open Mic Readings of Dorothy Parker's Works
Jesse's Café, 139 Brighton Ave, West End. Reservations Required: 732-229-6999

Saturday August 16th at 3 & 8 PM & Sunday, August 17th at 2 & 7 PM. The Little Hours, a New Musical by David Bucknam. Based on the Works of Dorothy Parker. New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch. For Information & Reservations: 732-229-3166

Sponsored by: The Long Branch Arts Council, The Long Branch Free Public Library, Long Branch Historical Association, and the Dorothy Parker Society

To see video and photos of previous Dorothy Parker Day events, look here:


In New York, a special Dorothy Parker birthday party planned for Wednesday, Aug. 20. It will have live music, singing, and a lot of fun. The event is "1930s Idol" and will be held at Broadway Baby Bistro, 318 West 53rd Street, at 10 p.m. in the Chicago City Limits Room. The evening will feature an Open Mic contest showcasing 20 talented contestants performing songs from the 1920 and 1930's and competing for prizes. There is NO COVER and the cocktails will flow. The event is 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, click here. http://www.jenniferwren.info/Jennifer_Wren/1930s_Idol__.html


In Los Angeles, the red-hot chapter of the DPS also has a party planned. Hoist a few in honor of Dorothy Parker's birthday.
Date: August 22, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Culver City Hotel bar
Address: 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 838-7963
We'll gather in the bar of the Culver City Hotel -- A landmark drinking establishment near the MGM studio where Dorothy Parker worked as a screenwriter during the '30s. Come for ribaldry, epigrams, aphorisms... and those few people who use words like that in sentences. The rest of us will be at the bar. Join us!
More info:

And September 26-27, the DPS LA Chapter is hosting its first Parkerfest West! It will be at the fabulous, the fantastic, and the super special Chateau Marmont. All info is here: http://sites.google.com/a/adriennecrew.com/dorothyparkerwest/

Dorothy Parker Society News
Our June party on Governors Island was fantastic. Hundreds showed up for the 1920s Lawn Party, with live jazz performed by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. We will be repeating this party in September and it will be our annual Parkerfest! Save the date for the 2-day party, Sept. 13 & 14. If you want to see photos and video of the June party, look here:http://www.dorothyparker.com/special/

In addition, on Thursday, Sept. 11, Potable Productions will present a reading of Parker works. It will be at the Salmagundi Club, 8-10pm. More information will be on the site soon.

More Dorothy Parker Society News

Dorothy Parker Society officer William Zeffiro has announced the venue and schedule for his musical THE ROAD TO RUIN. (He wrote the book, music and lyrics). We will have a special DPS Night on Friday, Sept. 19, 8 pm, with a post-show cast party, details TBD. If you are interested in attending, email Kevin@dorothyparker.com to get on the VIP List.

Synopsis: It's 1928 Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? The Road To Ruin (The 1928 Exploitation Musical), where sex delinquency, neglectful parents, bottled water and Christians bring down Little Sally Canfield, "The Nicest Girl at Central High." But Never Fear: by the final curtain, justice is served and redemption achieved through good works, cookies and dogs.
Venue: 45th Street Theater, 354 West 45th Street, New York, NY
Schedule: Sept 18, 8pm; Sept 19, 8pm; Sept 21, 8pm; Sept 25, 8pm; Sept 28, 8pm; Oct 1, 4:30pm
Youtube clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8M31KfIH6g


Eleanor Cox, a member of the Dorothy Parker Society, has a treat for you. She has organized the Great Gatsby Boat Tour. Mrs. Parker and her pals spent a lot of time on Long Island's fabled "Gold Coast" -- where Fitzgerald set The Great Gatsby. Now, see the locations via a boat tour of beautiful Manhasset Bay, led by Eleanor. The schedule is
August 31 at 1 pm (Labor Day weekend)
September 7 at 1 pm
September 21 at 1 pm
Cost is $25 per person. Departs Port Washington Town Dock on Main Street. Check with her on schedule.
More information here. http://greatgatsbyboattour.org

Special Dorothy Parker News
There are still some copies left of The Ladies of the Corridor for Dorothy Parker Society members: a limited edition numbered first edition of 40 copies. Each is signed by Marion Meade, the book's editor and Parker biographer, who wrote What Fresh Hell is This? These are on sale for $10 each, plus $3 shipping. (Outside the USA, shipping is $6). Once these are gone, that is it. To order, click here. http://www.dorothyparker.com/books01.html

Do you live in Los Angeles? A chapter of the DPS is up and running. The LA Chapter is hitting the monthly burlesque night at El Cid in Hollywood. Shoot an email to labrainterrain25@gmail.com

Are you a member of Facebook? Look for the new group called Dorothy Parker Society.

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