Tonight we're taking the silent reading party outdoors. IT WILL BE SO FUN. We're doing it at Louisa Boren Lookout Park (on 15th Avenue East, across from Lake View Cemetery) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The musician Sam Anderson, from Hey Marseilles, will be playing cello starting at 6 pm.
And even though there won't be the Sorrento waitstaff bringing you drinks, we are selling picnic baskets of yummy things to eat and drink, including sandwiches by Homegrown, bagels by Eltana, fresh fruit by New Roots and Madison Co-op, Fran's chocolates, Trophy cupcakes, and Rachel's Ginger Beer. It's about $90 worth of stuff, and we're selling them for $30, and all the money goes to support the 2012 Genius Awards. (BUMMER/UPDATE: all the picnic baskets have been sold. You will have to make friends with someone who got one!)
What will you read? Well, the new issue of The Stranger has the fall issue of A&P in it, our arts and performance quarterly. We'll bring a stack of 'em. Or you could read The Stranger's new book based on the best of our Back to School issues, full of advice about life and Lindy West jokes, which we'll also have on hand. Or, of course, you could pull that one book that's been staring at you from the shelf for so long and finally read that.
The weather's great. And it's free. And it ends early enough to run home afterward and see Bill Clinton's speech at the DNC. Come!