Thursday, April 26th

Today is the Prospect Park Alliance Hat Party. As far as we can figure (and we’re sort of scared to dig too much), this shebang takes place in the wee hours of the morning at the grand River Café in Brooklyn, where ladies (and some brave men) “don their best bonnets, jaunty toppers and whimsical headdresses,” and a suitcase of cash somehow ends up in the Prospect Park Alliance’s Landscape Management Office. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will say a few words, and man oh man— do we hope that she shows up wearing one of Bella Abzug’s old chapeaus! Ai-ai-ai! Next! There’s a gala preview tonight in the Seventh Regiment Armory on the Upper East Side, courtesy of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, entitled The Time of Your Life (underwritten by Rolex, bien sur). This sucker is about the Arts & Antiques Show, with over 50 dealers—each one smelling of expensive soap and last night’s gin fizzes!—from around the world exhibiting a wide range of stuff: Oriental rugs, rare books, autographs(!), antique boxes (whaaat?), clocks …. Expect fancy-pants peeps with fun names (Bunny Williams is chair). And, fresh from their appearance on our would-be-husband Dave Letterman’s program, hot Scot rockers the Fratellis (whose ridiculously catchy single was the one iPod used for all their many, many commercials) will perform at Irving Plaza. You can’t hate anyone with a single called “Flathead.”

[Fourth Annual Prospect Park Alliance Hat Party, River Café, 1 Water Street, Brooklyn, 8:30 a.m., www.prospectpark.org; Time of Your Life gala preview, Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, www.lenoxhill.org, 6 p.m.; the Fratellis, 17 Irving Plaza, www.irvingplaza.com.]

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 26th