IN oRBit: CHAMPAGNE DREAMS

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BenjaminWallaceSMALLThe summer reading list continues on our satellite site Red Bank oRBit,
where today’s edition uncorks an exclusive interview with best-selling
nonfiction writer Benjamin Wallace (right).

The author of The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine is making the first of two area appearances this Thursday at River Road Books in Fair Haven. But first, he tells us how he turned the story of the highest price ever paid for a bottle
of wine — and a subsequent controversy over what may be a scam of rare
vintage — into a page-turner with a heady bouquet and strong finish. And
you’ll never guess who just optioned the movie rights.

But if champagne’s your potion, then take it down to Asbury Park, where the
annual New Jersey LGBTI Pride Celebration Weekend 2009 is in full swing this
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Evelyn “Champagne” King headlines the live
entertainment on Sunday, and we’ve got the rundown on all the major events,
with particular emphasis on an offering that simply cannot be refused: an
interactive screening of the Joan Crawford bile-pic Mommie Dearest at Asbury Lanes — with open bar,free wire hangers, plus pre-show and running
commentary by iceberg queen Hedda Lettuce.

It’s the bonus feature you WON’T find on the DVD, and it’s here today in oRBit.

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