To Do This Week: What’s Chia Again? Vera Wang Bridal Sample Sale and ‘Word for Word’

The Observer's picks of events to do this week in New York City: July 16-July 23.

There’s a Summer Friday Poolside Sponsored By Chia at McCarren.

Wednesday, July 16 

Chef David Burke is providing a very special menu for the International Rescue Committee Summer Party, whose proceeds will benefit refugees and people displaced by conflict, political oppression, religious persecution or natural disasters. David Burke Garden at The James Hotel, 23 Grand Street, 6:30 p.m., $150

Thursday, July 17

It’s like someone unearthed the last Noel Coward play: Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s new movie, is set in the 1920s on the French Riviera and involves psychic, ghostly phenomena, plus Colin Firth, Emma Stone and surely a delightful assortment of hats. Tonight is the New York premiere. The Paris Theater, 4 W. 58th St, 7 p.m., Invitation Only 

Friday, July 18

Chia. No one really knows what it is, but there are those posters all over town reminding you to eat it. It reminds me of an enterprising socialite recently arrived from Kansas who has hired a killer publicist and is probably going to get her shoe closet featured in the pages of this very paper in a matter of months. And now there’s a Summer Friday Poolside Sponsored By Chia at McCarren, and Timo and Alan are DJing. Plucky little parvenu. McCarren Hotel and Pool, 160 N. 12th Street, 3-7 p.m., Invite Only 

Saturday, July 19

I do not have a fine summer home in the Hamptons (you would like to invite me to yours? I accept!), so I spend most weekends fashioning jewelry out of gum wrappers and uncooked macaroni. If I did have a house in the Hamptons, I’d stop by the Launch of LJ Cross Fine Jewelry Collection hosted by Lisa Jackson. But my way is fun, too. JANGEORGe Boutique, 55 Main Street, East Hampton, 4-7 p.m., RSVP to

Vera Wang Opens First Australian Boutique
Vera Wang Bridal Sample Sale.

Sunday, July 20

Today’s Vera Wang Bridal Sample Sale is an excellent opportunity to go full Havisham, buy a wedding dress and wear it everywhere. It would give you an excuse to eat so much cake. Or, if you’ve got a wedding coming up soon (not saying it has to be yours), this would be a really good place to grab an excellent dress. Vera Wang, 15 E. 26th St, 10 a.m., Open to the public 

Vanderbilt v Florida
David Nelson.

Monday, July 21

Personally, I do not care for sports, but someone gave me a Jets sweater once and it was comfortable, so I tell people they’re my favorite team. Tonight’s launch of i’m ME featuring Jets wide receiver David Nelson is designed to shine a powerful spotlight on the plight of orphaned children in Haiti. Hotel Chantelle Rooftop, 92 Ludlow Street, 7-10 p.m., $95

Tuesday, July 22

The Blindfold Sensory Gallery promises “unexpected flavors, a sensory experience, a trip down memory lane, an emotional journey and something to talk about for days.” The blindfold is included, and, impressively, despite the fact that no one will be seeing anyone, it’s still cocktail attire. Studio Arte, 265 W. 37th St, 8-11 p.m., $80 

Wednesday, July 23

We would never assume you like reading anything but The Observer, but perhaps you like watching television. If you’re into Orange is the New Black, you may enjoy Word for Word: Piper Kerman, featuring the author of the book. Fair warning, she will probably not look exactly like Taylor Schilling, who plays her on television. Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd and Fifth, 12:30 p.m., Open to the public 

To Do This Week: What’s Chia Again? Vera Wang Bridal Sample Sale and ‘Word for Word’