Wednesday, November 19

Smell yams in the air? We smell a big fat Tofurkeyand three days of watching the Kirsten Dunst classic Bring It On in the suburbs, scratching our head at the thought of the U.S. automakers who refused to make fuel-efficient, cool cars, and thus were the architects of their own demise, now expecting a government handouthello? Is this the Soviet Union circa 1973? Meanwhile, three glam geezers—Liz Smith, Gay Talese and Pete Hamill—conjure a pleasant palliative of nostalgia as they tell stories about Olde New Yorke at the 92nd Street Y, moderated by New York 1’s Budd Mishkin. Or gussy yourself up as Gucci continues to wave the ever-dimming torch of consumption, hosting an event at its Fifth Avenue flagship in honor of something called the Tattoo Heart Collection and wrangling the impossibly catchy singer Rihanna to co-host with Gucci designer Frida Giannini, followed by dinner at the Oak Room—burp!

[New York Stories at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, 7:30 p.m., www.92y.org; Gucci launches Tattoo Heart Collection to benefit UNICEF, 725 Fifth Avenue, 7 p.m., invite only]

mbryan@observer.com

Wednesday, November 19