"The Great Gatsby" Meets the Park Plaza

Don your flapper-esque best and make for the Park Plaza.

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    Party like you've sprung from the pages of "The Great Gatsby" at the Park Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 1.

    What would this city do without The Park Plaza? And is it wrong to want to high five a building every time you drive by it?

    It's cameoed in approximately five dozen movies, give or take, and videos, too (yeah, we're thinking of Steve Perry's "Oh Sherrie," a production that could not resist the hotel's old grand staircase). And when it needs to instantly enter another era for a party? No problem.

    Especially if that era happens to be the 1920s. The MacArthur Park-facing landmark will do just that on Saturday, Dec. 1 when it transforms into the Long Island of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." drink | eat | play are the hosts behind the flapper-iffic bash, which will assume a speakeasy air mixed with an upper-crust, bored-people-at-play bent. (We're not spoiling the novel for you, we hope.)

    General admission is $25 and costumes are definitely encouraged. They don't have to all be of the sequined-headbands-with-feathers ilk. You might think garden party, which means a seersucker suit and boater hat.

    It's a fine way to stave off your need to see Baz Luhrmann's much-talked-about "The Great Gatsby," which was moved from a holiday release to next spring.

    We're talking about this now because drink | eat | play nights do sell out. But figure that is very much like one of the bashes in the book: exclusive. Everyone wants in.

    We can't imagine what time and place the Park Plaza will assume next. It really is one of our city's great chameleons, as a set and as a party place. Yep, we're high-fiving it, and we don't care who sees us.

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