When Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO on Oct. 1, we all be glad to see Larry David back on TV for the first time since he played Bernie Sanders. Still, for some, Larry David isn’t the hero of Seinfeld. Nor is Steve Bannon, for that matter. For those who worship at an altogether different altar, Elaine Benes Appreciation Night is coming to the Lower East Side on Thursday.
That’s right, errbody going to be doing the Elaine dance at Spreadhouse Cafe, when Jennifer Keisbin Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, and Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist who has written about Seinfeld‘s greatest soup moments, host what’s essentially a Night of a Thousand Elaines.
The two consider Elaine a “feminist icon,” and who can argue. Remember the time she boycotted Poppie’s because of his sloppy opinions about abortion? In that vein, Elaine Benes Appreciation Night is doubling as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood NYC, with proceeds from tickets ($30-$50) being donated in Elaine’s name.
So what’s planned? The invite promises: “We’ll watch spongeworthy Seinfeld clips, discuss Elaine’s groundbreaking portrayal of female sexuality, have a raffle full Elaine-themed prizes and sexy swag, and hold an Elaine dance contest before the night is through.”
Sounds like a good counterpoint to contemplating Real Housewives. Just don’t get too schnapped or you’ll be told to GET OUT.