Atlantic Monthly Plans "Cocktail Party as Performance Art"

October 29, 2007, 4:39 PM EDT

The Atlantic Monthly is planning an unusual approach to its 150th anniversary party. According to WWD, “The V.I.P. guests—who so far include the likes of Tom Wolfe, Arianna Huffington and Moby—at the magazine's party will be on a stage. The audience will be the general public, invited to register for free to watch them imbibe, network, and maybe offer some wisdom. 'It's the cocktail party as performance art,' said Atlantic Media consumer media president Justin Smith.”

The planned logistics include having several microphones and P.J. O'Rourke on hand to help direct the conversation. A musical performance is in the works, along with a potential mingling of the V.I.P.s and the paying public, perhaps at a book signing.

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