Wednesday, November 2
Well, that was fast. It seemed like only a couple of weeks ago we were sunning ourselves on Main Beach, and now were shivering our way around the West Village. (Seriously?! Snow in October?) One upside, however, is that there’s no need to worry about our bikini bod (or wax, for that matter). As a whole season of layering awaits you, feel free to indulge tonight as Mario Batali joins forces with the James Beard Foundation for an Italian food grub-in! The chow-down will be held at the stately Gustavino’s, where you can sip Brunello under the vaulted arches and make knowing comments about Bolognese with fellow aficionados. (With décor suggestive of an Italian piazza, you can pretend you’re frolicking in Florence.) A sneak peek at the menu reveals a bounty of bourgeoise delectables. Quail eggs! Truffles! Artichoke pizza! (“Let them eat artichoke pizza!”) It will all be there, expertly prepared by some of New York’s finest pony-tailed, rotund, orange-Croc-wearing Italian chefs. O.K., maybe there’s only one of those. In any case, you’ll practically be able to taste the Medici pedigree in the five-star meal.
Now That’s Italian! Annual Gala Dinner, Gustavino’s, 409 East 59th Street, 6:30 p.m. Tickets available
at http://www.jbfauction.com, starting at $625.
Thursday, November 3
The Artist’s Artists
“I don’t mess around with my subconscious,” midcentury master Robert Rauschenberg once said of his process. Well, he may not have, but now you can—or at least you can peer into his subconscious, dissecting his desires and concerns. As much as you can glean from his personal art collection, anyway. Tonight, Gagosian Gallery is holding an event to celebrate the opening of the exhibition of the mixed-media artist’s eclectic holdings. Having shown a group of Rauschenberg’s work this time last year, the gallery now wants you to understand the psyche of the artist himself. Over the years, Rauschenberg acquired an impressive array of works. Aside from collecting early-20th-century heavies like Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte, he also supported the careers of younger artists (younger than himself, at least) like Brice Marden and Ed Ruscha. Some he purchased, others he exchanged with his colleagues over the decades. (You know how artists are, always swapping works … and needles. East Village in the ’80s? Too soon?). If you’re looking to really trade on the commodification of artistic ability, good news: the collection will be sold through the gallery, so you can own a work from a famous artist, owned by another famous artist. And who knows, bronzed art baron Larry Gagosian may drop by and sign your program.
The Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg, Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 4
Like we said, it’s frigid, and no doubt allergy season is in full swing. So call in sick and head to the Times Center, where the Mashable Media Summit will be held. You’re hip and know what’s happening, so you’ll doubtless enjoy the day-long discussion of technology and the future of media. Sound rather dry? Well, in case you missed it, social networking is the new cocktail hour (Lord help us), and you should know how to handle the internets so they don’t manhandle you. Mashable is bringing out the big guns for this one, with execs from Facebook, Google (the Orwellian-ly titled “company director of Internet Identity” will speak—please, yes, Google, tell us who we are) Reuters, Esquire and Sports Illustrated explaining the ins and outs of the daunting virtual world. And this isn’t novice stuff: from online commerce to content curation, the panels will interest even the savviest techies (nerd alert!).
Mashable Media Summit, The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street. Register and buy a conference pass at http://mashable.com/media-summit/tickets/. Passes are $599.
Saturday, November 5
He Haiti Me
Having sat and listened to young upstarts discuss the Internet yesterday, you’ll be needing your weekly glamour (and we do spell it with a u, mind) fix. But being a socially conscious New Yorker, you can’t attend a lavish gala for no reason: somebody must benefit from your Champagne sipping and filet mignon gnawing! Fortunately for you, expert swimmer and do-gooder model Petra Nemcova has solved the problem, organizing a grand affair this evening to benefit her charity organization, the Happy Hearts Foundation. The blond stunner will play hostess at the gala dinner. You will be able to taste the food of Haiti, hear Caribbean sounds and taste the salty sweat of island living as you dance the evening away—all without leaving your beloved city! You can even wax political with the president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, who will attend the benefit with his wife. Hopefully Mr. Martelly and his one-time opponent Wycleff Jean have buried the hatchet, as the hip-hopper is slated to serenade guests at the event. But wait! The best is yet to come! Ms. Nemcova’s foundation will be giving an award to activist-y actor (and recent divorcé) Sean Penn. So let your hair down, bat those smoky eyelashes and mingle with the esteemed honoree, ladies! Remember, it’s all for a good cause.
Happy Hearts Fund’s Land of Dreams: Haiti, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. Tickets available at http://landofdreams.happyheartsfund.org/pages/buy-tickets, starting at $2,000.
Sunday, November 6
While you may have a difficult relationship with physical exertion, today is the ideal occasion to support your fellow New Yorkers in their own marathon efforts. That’s right, this morning traffic will come to a screeching halt across Manhattan as thousands of runners (read: crazies) test the very limits of their flesh and bone in the New York City Marathon. Inevitably, you will have a fanatical college buddy running the race, so why not go out and show your support? You can post up along the route, wave to your friends as they pass, go grab a meal (and probably a drink or two) and reconvene at the finish line. Sufficiently tipsy from your midday tipple, you can enjoy the cacophony of 130 bands slated to perform as you wait for your frat brother (or sorority sister) to finish. Sound like fun? Meh. More fun than running the thing, if you ask us.
Find spectator and participant information at http://www.nycmarathon.org/index.htm.
Monday, November 7
Books Do Furnish a Party
If you’re anything like us, you won’t pass up an opportunity to support the public library (though our chosen method of giving is via overdue fines). As a cultured New Yorker, the sweet smell of shelves upon shelves of written wisdom surely inspires you. What’s that? You have a kindle? You haven’t visited Patience and Fortitude in years? No matter! Tonight’s Young Lion’s Benefit Party will be a grand affair, attracting both lit-lovers and social scenesters alike. Dust off your flapper dresses and zoot suits, as the cabaret-themed gala intends to transport you to the “seductive glamour and mystery of the 1930s.” (Ooh, Depression-chic! How au courant. Is there a bread-line appetizer bar?) Nothing like a little bankruptcy revelry to brighten up your Monday evening! The evening will have you recalling a time when deep fissures divided New York—the haves sipped Champagne irreverently while the have-nots struggled to survive amid economic collapse. Thank god things have changed! With co-chairs including Justin Bartha, Emma Stone, Sloane Crosley and Jessica Tisch, you’ll rub elbows with both celebs and the crustiest upper crusters New York has to offer, as you reprise your great-granddaddy’s flute of bubbly. Dance, nibble hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the festive interwar atmosphere with the future leaders of our great country. But who will you channel? Eleanor Roosevelt? Joe DiMaggio? Amelia Earhart, perhaps?
The Young Lions Benefit Party, Celeste Bartos Forum, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, 9:00 p.m.-midnight. Tickets available at http://www.nypl.org/support/benefit-events/young-lions, starting at $300.
Tuesday, November 8
The First Position
In the frenzy of fall events, one staple is oft forgotten: the ballet. While New Yorkers have historically flocked to see the world’s premiere pirouettes and arabesques, it seems that charity galas and fund-raiser balls have outshined the ballet-filled evenings long adored by the society set. But never fear! The American Ballet Theatre is celebrating its triumphant return to New York City Center with an opening-night gala! With several fan favorites and the premiere of an entirely new number, the evening is sure to satisfy your weekly cultural quotient. And you needn’t be a ballet expert to enjoy the show—fashionistas will delight to hear that Oscar de la Renta has designed the costumes for Nine Sinatra Songs, a suite of dances set to Uncle Frank’s greatest hits. Rat packers, couture lovers and dancing queens rejoice! The performance will be followed by a black-tie benefit dinner at the Plaza, where you will be wined, dined and distracted from the chilly weather by your well-heeled peers.
American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Gala, New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at http://www.abt.org/, starting at $25 for the performance.
Wednesday, November 9
The Original Kings of Charity
The vague prewinter months can drag on and be dreary and depressive. It’s the time of year when third-quarter earnings are released, furrowing brows from Wall Street to Main Street. We all need a good laugh once in a while, and there comes a point when Seinfeld reruns simply don’t work like they used to. Tonight, head down to the Beacon Theatre to have your wildest comedic desires satisfied by world-renowned funnymen. It’s the fifth annual “Stand up for Heroes” event, where you’ll sit back, relax and allow your funny bone to be tickled by the likes of Ricky Gervais and Jon Stewart. And don’t worry about the ticket price—it’s all for a good cause! (So many good causes this week! Exhausting.) Money raised from the performance will support injured soldiers and their families. That’s right, a Brit and the consummate liberal comedian are joining forces to raise money for American soldiers. Something seems to be missing. A rock star headliner, perhaps? You asked for it: Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to appear, giving what is sure to be a patriotic performance. We’d pay good money to see Mr. Gervais sing along to “Born in the USA.”
Fifth Annual Stand up for Heroes, the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway at 74th Street, 8:00 p.m. For tickets, visit http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/stand-up-for-heroes-1111.html.