To Do Thursday: Paris, Natch

You’re a registered Democrat and have a special place in your heart for the masses—God bless them!—but you’ve always felt slightly out of place in today’s society. The grime of the subway wears on your aspirational soul, and every so often you find yourself wishing that you could escape to a time when Art (with a capital “A”!) was the subject of cocktail hour—not welfare, abortion, Steve Jobs or the Middle East. Occupy picture-us-over-it. Fortunately there are like-minded city-dwellers of Old World persuasion who have arranged an evening where you can feel free to express your fin-de-siècle inclinations. Tonight, the Macklowe Gallery will be transformed to a Parisian salon circa 1900, where, naturally, you will critically discuss Art Nouveau over Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. After sufficient intellectual stimulation (appropriately accentuated by the effects of bubbly), you will be serenaded by the voices of operatic luminaries performing period strains. Returning home after the revelry, your sentimental education summarily shelved by the taxi’s pleather seats, you’ll wax nostalgic until the sun rises once more on your thoroughly post-modern existence on the morrow.

Macklowe Gallery, 667 Madison Avenue, 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to public.

To Do Thursday: Paris, Natch