Friday, October 3

Unstoppable Power Publicist Peggy Siegal screens again! Martin Scorsese and Gay Talese turn up for Gomorrah, the requisite Oscar-season mob movie, directed by Matteo Garrone, who afterward repairs to Osteria del Circo with Mr. Talese and Goodfellas writer Nick Pileggi to discuss why so many Americans enjoy gratuitously violent films set to soundtracks of expletives. (You’ll find us in the theater playing Rachel Getting Married!) And as long as we have our thinking caps on, why not stop fighting the return of The New Yorker Festival, kicking off today with deep intellectual discourse and a voter registration drive (sexy)! The magazine burps forth Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Haruki Murakami, Elizabeth Edwards, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephen Colbert, and Oliver Stone, who will screen his upcoming film, W. Finally, music critic Sasha Frere-Jones hosts a New Yorker dance party at the Hiro Ballroom—if you haven’t seen David Remnick do the white man overbite while Malcolm Gladwell does the robot, you haven’t truly lived. And if you haven’t seen how WASPs party when their white-shoe world is collapsing around them, treat yourself to the Junior League’s ’80s-themed Homecoming Celebration, for which “totally awesome ’80s attire is encouraged.”

[Gomorrah screening, Dolby screening room, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 6:30 p.m., invite only; The New Yorker Festival, www.festival.newyorker.com for schedule; Junior League Homecoming Celebration, 130 East 80th Street, 8 p.m., astorhouseevening@nyjl.org]

mbryan@observer.com

Friday, October 3