To Do This Week In New York City: A Psychedelics Panel and Paula Vogel’s New Play

Elvis Costello photographed by Jill Krementz on January 24th, 2014 en route from Los Angeles to NYC.

Elvis Costello photographed by Jill Krementz on January 24th, 2014 en route from Los Angeles to NYC.

Wednesday November 19 

The Whitney is going down. Not in a scary, threatening way, just in an “inevitable move downtown” way. This will be the last party in the Marcel Breuer Building before the Whitney relocates near the High Line, and, fittingly, it will feature a very special performance by Elvis Costello. The Whitney Museum, 75th Street and Madison Avenue, 7 p.m., $250, whitney.org

Thursday November 20

Do you frequently find yourself at restaurants thinking, “I would enjoy this more if I were having this meal, say, 100 years ago in a speakeasy?” Who doesn’t? Event planner Adam Aleksander can help you with his seated dinner meant to evoke the spirit of Storyville, La., circa 1914.  In addition to a five-course menu prepared by chef Chris Mitchell featuring Shrimp ‘n’ Grits, Po Boy, Etouffe and Bananas Foster, guests will be able to listen to hot jazz and sip Sazeracs. Sons of Essex, 133 Essex Street, 7 p.m., $90, (212) 674-7100

Friday November 21

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is honoring Bulgari and Maserati at its annual gala. Do I care about jewels and cars? Vaguely. Do I care about the Altaneve Prosecco and the Arvero limoncello that will be available at the event? Intensely. They make my lack of jewels and cars halfway bearable. Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, 7 p.m., $500, italchamber.org

Saturday November 22

Psychadelics seem kind of dated, right? Like something that Roger Sterling does on Mad Men to prove that he’s really “with it” in the 1960s. In an age where most New Yorkers have a veritable valley of the dolls (Ambien, Xanax, Klonopin) of prescribed medications rattling around in their backpacks, the notion of a “psychedelics panel” seems almost quaint. But, quaint or not, Red Bull Studios is bringing you one! It will be moderated by Hamilton Morris and Nese Devenot and will feature speakers Deborah Kass, Chris Martin, Ken Johnson, Bruce Pearson and Fred Tomaselli. The exhibition will showcase works from a variety of artists, born between the 1920s and 1980s, who have common interests in psychedelic experience in a space that curator Phong Bui says, “could have been a film set for Austin Powers.” Drop in and drop out, or listen attentively to some interesting speakers. Red Bull Studios, 220 West 18th Street, 4 p.m., free, redbullstudios.com

Sunday November 23 

Call me crazy, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a wreath. Why? Too many Edith Wharton novels, probably. Though I am pretty sure that no one in Edith Wharton novels makes wreaths. They are all too busy destroying their reputations by looking furtively at a member of the opposite sex for six scandalous seconds. Surrounded by wreaths that the servants made, probably? Probably. I don’t know. I don’t question my impulses. Wreaths: I want to make one, and thank goodness, now someone will teach me! Specifically, experts from Michael Gaffney’s New York School of Flower Design will be assembling wreaths out of cedar, pine, balsam, pine cones and berries, and then we will be buying hostess dresses and hopping the next train to Stepford. And you know what? It will be fun. They are going to look great. People are going to admire them, and next year we will make some decorative Santa Clauses/Hanukah Harrys out of pinecones, and then, that third year, Martha Stewart will call us on the phone to initiate a spontaneous and freewheeling friendship. Union Square Hyatt, 134 Fourth Avenue, 2-3 p.m., $40, unionsquare.hyatt.com

Monday November 24 

I wouldn’t recommend a reading by anyone who wasn’t a Pulitzer Prize winner. Fortunately, Paula Vogel is. Her new play, Indecent, is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1922 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – which was either a seminal work of Jewish culture, or a traitorous piece of libel, depending upon who you asked. BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, 7 p.m., $10, BRICartsmedia.org

Tuesday November 25

If looking at art makes you hungry, good news. Gagosian Gallery just opened Kappo Masa restaurant beneath its flagship. It’s supposed to be less pricey than the regular Masa, but you can still expect a $240 “Masa toro with caviar” roll. Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue. For further info. 

Wednesday November 26

The premiere Gen Y event, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s Third Annual Millennial Ball, is hosted by scions, including Peter Brant Jr. and Tiffany Trump. The proceeds go to fund scientific investigators conducting research in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. Tao Downtown, 92 Ninth Avenue, 8-11 p.m., $150, 

http://millennialball.brandcast.com/tickets

To Do This Week In New York City: A Psychedelics Panel and Paula Vogel’s New Play