9/23: Celeb-Studded Premiere for Ken Burns’ “Parks”

…in (where else?) Central Park. Plus chocolate + martinis at Vosges, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009  |  Updated 4:15 AM EDT
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9/23: Celeb-Studded Premiere for Ken Burns’ “Parks”

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

A long-ago Yosemite visitor takes in the view.

PARKSTOCK: Not content to make era-defining documentaries, scruffy, genial Ken Burns has also convinced a stellar lineup of artists to play a free show in Central Park’s East Meadow tonight, as part of the screening premiere of his latest opus, “The National Parks: America's Best Idea” – and in celebration of National Parks Week. Carole King, Eric Benet, Gavin DeGraw, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss and Burns himself will be on hand at 7PM.  

BEAN THERE: Over at chocolate purveyor Vosges, they decided truffles weren’t decadent enough solo – so tonight, they’ll be set up in five sampling stations, served with specially-concocted red-fire martinis, and paired with small bites and olfactory delights at the Urban Girl Squad Aztec-Themed Vosges Tasting Party. All that, plus 10% off purchases, luxe gift bags, and more. 7PM.

O YEAH: Radio City Music hall gets a case of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as Karen O. brings her glossy bob, Chrissie Hynde vocals, and disaffected skinny-boy bandmates to the big stage. As the trio rocks tunes from their current “It’s Blitz” album – which O. has described as feeling “like a John Hughes ’80s movie” -- sloppy, infectious mayhem will reign. 8PM.


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