Wednesday, October 24th

Spooky town? We got one! Our local Duane Reade may have all their turkey fixin’s and cornucopias on glorious display, but first we need to get through Halloween, or “Samhain” as the mysterious Druids called it. Which in New York means women thinking they’re “slutting it up” by dressing as “sexy cats” and dudes dressed as matadors. Central Park at night—shhhhh!—is just a little bit scarier than usual this evening, as masked men and ladies in black tie drink, dine and dance at Rumsey Playfield to benefit the Central Park Conservancy—that’s the group that keeps the park beautiful because the city can’t afford to. Make sure that masked man behind the bush is a partygoer, ladies! Moving on, The View, the chatty catty gabfest, sends one of its stars, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, to be honored by Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, at an annual “event to raise awareness about one of the most common conditions you’ve never heard of”—at the Metropolitan Club. Guests can look forward to a gluten-free meal (yum!). Further north, playwrights Tony Kushner and Alfred Fox Uhry join author Letty Pogrebin and Rabbi Rachel Cowan for a discussion with filmmaker David Grubin, to try and answer the question, “Are You Jewish? Does it Matter?” (sigh) at the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Grubin will be screening highlights from his documentary “The Jewish Americans.” And lastly, if you love the Police but have had enough of hearing from Sting, (he tried to be Bono before Bono became Bono—which is why we’d like Bono more if he were less Sting-like) check out the I’ll Be Watching You: Inside the Police 1980-1983 photography exhibition by Police guitarist Andy Summers. The pictures capture behind-the-scenes and candid shots of the lads at the height of their stardom. Who else is ready to give up?

[Central Park Conservancy benefit party, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7 p.m.,; Elisabeth Hasselbeck and the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Gala, Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street,; What It Means to Be Jewish Today, 92 Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue,; I’ll Be Watching You: Inside the Police 1980-1983, Milk Gallery, 450 West 15th Street,]