Wednesday. April 20
Stroke of Genius
New York’s “foodies” are ravenous–not for food (they eat often, and they eat well), but for a new joint to obsess over. They’re in luck! David Bouley has finally emerged from community board headaches and other location mishegoss to open Brushstroke, the Japanese restaurant of our drool-inducing fever dreams. The prix-fixe menu includes “hirousu tofu croquette floating in a ginger ankake sauce” (mmm, curd-y!). The space is designed by the folks who dressed down hip houseware store Muji, so expect a minimalist vibe–all the better to focus on the subtle flavor of your julienned squid! … After dinner in Tribeca, drop by the Union Square Barnes & Noble, where Spike Lee will be signing DVD copies of If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, his HBO doc on Hurricane Katrina. If the Knicks win the night before, Mr. Lee will be distracted, and if they don’t, he’ll be cranky–so go easy on him!
Brushstroke, 30 Hudson Street, reservations taken from 5:30 to 10 p.m., call (212) 791-3771 or visit opentable.com; Spike Lee at Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 5:30 p.m., call 212-253-0810 for details
Thursday, April 21
While we’re on the subject of Katrina, we know–we should be watching Treme on HBO. (We just learned how to pronounce it!) That endearing Oscar-winning spitfire Melissa Leo is one of the stars, which bodes well. While we can’t commit to another hour-long drama just at the moment, at least we can meet Ms. Leo at the premiere of the series’ new season and ask her who taught her to swear and rock faux-fur coats. The drug-slinging boys from The Wire will be there, too–another show we’re meaning to catch up on! The guilt never ends. … If we can attend a premiere for a show we don’t watch, we can certainly pop over to the New York International Auto Show, despite having forgotten how to drive! Tonight’s opening gala, benefiting the East Side House Settlement, will feature a live auction of a British sports car, conducted by none other than socialite Lydia Fenet (recently spotted on the Times wedding pages).
Treme premiere, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, arrivals at 6:15 p.m., screening at 7 p.m., private event, after-party to follow; Auto Show gala, 655 West 34th Street, Jacob Javits Center, cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 8:30 p.m., auction at 9:30 p.m., go to galapreview.org for tickets
Friday, April 22
Lady of The Ring
Don’t bypass Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde (that name, so lusciously Germanic! “Brünnhilde” is a good name too). Just because Ms. Voigt’s slimmed down after that bariatric surgery doesn’t mean she won’t be imposing in the Met’s Die Walküre. Either way, she’s in good hands–Robert Lepage’s direction of his whole new Ring cycle is drawing raves, and the music direction is said to be simply Levine. It’s been a strong season for divas, too, with Renée Fleming closing out a Met run in Capriccio tomorrow. But Ms. Voigt may be more ambitious, and less afraid of the unknown, than even the capricious operatic pop-star Ms. Fleming. Showing some Brünnhilde-like valor, the singer is planning to leave behind the chilly worlds of Norse mythology this summer to find her manifest destiny out west in a Glimmerglass Opera production of Annie Get Your Gun. The lady just loves toting weapons onstage!
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, 6:30 p.m., performances of Die Walküre continue through May 14, go to metoperafamily.org for tickets
Saturday, April 23
The Wizard Merwin
It’s spring–the time of year when we wish our eight-day week could stretch out to nine days, or 10! This year, why not celebrate the season’s arrival in the city by getting out of town? Pulitzer-bedecked U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin takes a break from his important governmental duties (we envision him in cabinet meetings, scribbling quick sestinas about Libya) to read at the Storm King Art Center. Wander around the grounds after the reading and think about how perfect the natural setting would be, if only there were a few Starbuckses and a good gym. … If the good weather can’t deter you from loftier goals, drop in on a Tribeca Film Festival-sponsored screening and discussion on the future of electric cars, featuring the CEOs of Nissan and Tesla and moderated by noted automotive expert David Duchovny.
W. S. Merwin, Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Road (Mountainville, N.Y.), 2 p.m., event free with admission to Storm King; “Revenge of the Electric Car,” SVA Theater 2, 333 West 23rd Street, 5 p.m., visit tribecafilm.com for tickets
Sunday, April 24
Have you got your eggs dyed? No, we don’t mean some crazy new fertility treatment ripped from the pages of The Times Magazine–we’re talking about Easter, silly! Join the frolic at the annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival along Fifth Avenue. The Easter Parade, much like the underrated Richard Yates novel The Easter Parade, has always gotten a bit less ink than it deserves, probably because it’s not “organized” in the traditional manner of city parades–no floats, no dignitaries, no controversies over banning gay people. Bonnet-wearing civilians simply stroll down Fifth Avenue as though it were the Champs-Élysées, bearing giant headgear and the occasional parasol. Remember, Jesus died for this, so let’s go all out, people.
Parade route along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets, begins 10am
Monday, April 25
Still Waters Run Deep
Thank God for celebrities on Broadway! Just when going to the theater was beginning to seem old-fashioned (they don’t let you tweet?), along came movie stars. So even if the show is dull, we can still gawk and wait by the stage door for the likes of Ben Stiller! (We have so many unanswered questions about Little Fockers. …) Mr. Stiller’s not just taking the easy way out by playing Billy Flynn in Chicago or something–he’s subjecting himself to John Guare’s House of Blue Leaves, which opens tonight, alongside fellow certified-famous people Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh. … Meanwhile, those with a literary bent will be flocking to the opening-night party for PEN’s World Voices Festival, featuring ubiquitous party-boy Salman Rushdie and trend-spotter Malcolm Gladwell. Highlight: a joint reading by literary power couple Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn …
House of Blue Leaves opening, Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street, 8 p.m., go to box office, call 212-239-6200, or visit visit telecharge.com for tickets; PEN Opening Night, Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, 7:30 p.m., call 866-811-4111 or visit ovationtix.com for tickets
Tuesday, April 26
Seems like just yesterday that the director Todd Haynes was tormenting poor Julianne Moore–giving her weird diseases in Safe, crushing her spirit in Far From Heaven. Apparently, all is forgiven! Moore sits on the benefit committee for the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame gala, and the director is this year’s honoree. Go favor him with your best Dylan impression.
Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner and honors at 7 p.m., visit nyfa.org for tickets
Wednesday, April 27
Grit meets glitz as that scrappily populist Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 10th year, gets feted by society doyenne Graydon Carter at a private party at the State Supreme Courthouse. Robert De Niro will be there, no doubt reliving memories from his recent appearance in the same venue as a witness in that art gallery trial. … Has perpetual downtown girl Sarah Jessica Parker forsaken Manhattan? First, she’s spotted checking out apartments in Park Slope, and now she’s skipping Mr. Carter’s bash to hang out in Prospect Heights. (We won’t even mention her recent trip to the sixth borough, Abu Dhabi.) Ms. Parker is honorary chair of the Brooklyn Artists Ball, to benefit the Brooklyn Museum. She’ll hold court at a dinner party–not to be confused with The Dinner Party, the famous art installation by Judy Chicago upstairs, though we think Carrie deserves a place at the table with all those other feminist icons. (Hyapatia? Really?)
Tribeca Film Festival party, State Supreme Courthouse, 60 Centre Street, 7 p.m., private event; Brooklyn Artists Ball, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway (Brooklyn), VIP cocktail reception in Great Hall at 6:30 p.m., dinner in Beaux-Arts Court at 8 p.m., after-party to follow at 9 p.m., go to brooklynmuseum.org or call 718-501-6334
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