To Do This Week: Jennifer Garner Emcees Gala, Pop Bottles at Rémy Martin Pop-Up

Thursday October 20

Go where the wild things are. Today La Perla holds a private shopping event to benefit The Wildlife Conservation Society. The hosts include Cody BairdNatasha DasAntonia M. GrumbachAlecta HillLauren Elizabeth Junge and Gillian Hearst SimondsLa Perla, 803 Madison Avenue, noon to 2 p.m., invitation only

Top Chef alum Chef Anita Lo will provide plates by Annisa Restaurant for the Plate By Plate benefit.

Top Chef alum Chef Anita Lo will provide plates by Annisa Restaurant for the Plate By Plate benefit. Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for City Harvest

Friday October 21

Repeat after me, Ofa atu. That Tongan phrase for “cheers” should come in handy at Plate by Plate, an annual black-tie silent auction that this year benefits the National Queer Asia Pacific Islander Alliance. Annisa Restaurant, owned by Top Chef master Anita Lo, provides the treats. Metropolitan Pavilion, The Level (fifth floor), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., email events.ny@projectbyproject.org for tickets, $250

Saturday October 22

How much do you know about cognac? Probably just that you like to drink it. Or rather, you would like it if you liked to drink it, in the same way you’d like it if you read Proust and listened to classical music in your spare time. Fortunately, Rémy Martin has set up an interactive pop-up exhibit devoted to fine champagne cognac this weekend. The event will feature four interactive rooms, and the makers promise that “consumers can discover the cognac making process and reveal their talents.” My talent is going to be drinking the product, I imagine, but maybe yours is different. You’ll have a chance to blend your own cognac, or participate in master classes as well as meet with thinkers from a variety of fields. And you definitely also get to drink cognac, so that is fun! Even if you hate learning, that part is for sure fun. Industria, 356 West 12th Street, 12-9 p.m., open to the public but registration in advance through the website is required

Would you tinker with this toy?

After Saturday’s Cognac-tasting, tinkering with these toys may be best left to the professionals. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Sunday October 23

Hey, what time is it? Time for you to get a new watch! Oh, God, I’m so sorry. I promise that the Worn&Wound Wind Up Watch Fair will be better than that joke; though, to be fair, I did not set the bar especially high. Still, it’s a great chance to buy an unusual watch, whether you’re a collector or someone who really just uses your iPhone to tell time (the opposite of a collector). There will be watchmaking demonstrations, visits from CEOs and giveaways from companies, including Brew, LÜM-TEC, Martenero, Oak & Oscar, Schmutz, Sablier. There will even be a live exhibition demonstrating how dials are hand-painted. And, perhaps mostly importantly, visitors will have a chance to shop from 30 different brands. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., open to public

Monday October 24

Hanging out on rooftops doesn’t have to end just because summer is over. The Roof is opening an all-year-round rooftop (with a new terrace awning) and hosting a party tonight to celebrate. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the view of central park while sipping frozen hot chocolate. The Roof, 124 West 57th Street, 6:30-8:30 p.m., invitation only

Jennifer Garner speaks onstage at the 3rd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala on November 17, 2015 in New York City.

Jennifer Garner speaks onstage at the 3rd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala on November 17, 2015 in New York City. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Save the Children

Tuesday October 25

The Fourth Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala takes place tonight, and the star power promises to be blinding. Jennifer Garner will be emcee and pay tribute to Iman. Other honorees include the gamer and philanthropist Bachir Boumaaza, a.k.a. “Athene,” and the writer and “red-nose day” founder Richard CurtisThe Plaza, 768 Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m., $1,250  

Wednesday October 26

Hey, what time is it? Time for you to get another watch! Ah, see, that joke is better the second time. Piaget Boutique is hosting a cocktail reception to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation. Diana DiMenna, Lise Evans, Mary Kathryn Navab and Thomas Bouillonnec will host the event. Piaget, 730 Fifth Avenue, 6-8 p.m., invitation only

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