Monday, April 21st

able was I ere I saw elgort: While New Yorkers gawp at cherry blossoms blooming in Central Park, the African Rainforest Conservancy is busy trying to save, like, entire rainforests in Africa! At their 17th Annual Artists for Africa Benefit at the Bowery Hotel, cranky, pudgy actor James Gandolfini is presenting environmentalist Gloria Flora (no really, Gloria Flora) with the 2008 New Species Award, while Sotheby’s auctions off work by shmancy photographers like Arthur Elgort and Wayne Maser. Vogue editors chug some fair-trade organic coffee and don their finest tribal prints and clanking wooden bangles. …

[African Rainforest Conservancy 17th Annual Artists for Africa Benefit, Bowery Hotel, 7 p.m., 212-431-5508]

Monday, April 21st