To Do This Week: Eat Chocolate Cake at Holden and Astor and Walk a 5k

Olympic Test Event - Race Walking
Participate in Walk4Hearing on Sunday at Riverside Park.

WEDNESDAY, September 24

The new Meatpacking restaurant Holden and Astor may open today, but we’ve already tried it out for you. The menu includes blackened heritage pork tenderloin with corn pudding and clams and broccoli rabe. Our favorite item is the chocolate cake with salted butter popcorn ice cream, so, order that—we’ll meet you there. 409 West 13th street

THURSDAY, September 25

Justin Vivian Bond is performing a series of original songs as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s fall festival. I’m not sure that Mr. Bond is going to save the art of cabaret over the course of the evening—there doesn’t sound like there will be enough Cole Porter—but by God we’re going to find out. FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, 7:30 p.m., $30

FRIDAY, September 26

If you don’t live in a Billy Joel song, you have got to stop decorating your apartment with “deep pile carpet and a couple of paintings from Sears.” At the Affordable Art Fair, more than half of the pieces of art are under $5,000, and all are under $10,000. The deep pile carpet you can keep. The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $15

SATURDAY, September 27

There is going to be a pro shucking tournament at the Oyster Bar’s 12th Annual Oyster Frenzy. You can root for whomever you like while slurping oysters. This all suddenly seems less whimsical when you realize that the prize is $3,000, so, maybe you should brush up on your shucking skills and get into the ring. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Grand Central Terminal, 12-4 p.m., free

SUNDAY, September 28

I’m convinced that no one would run a marathon if they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement beforehand. But walking five kilometers seems like something you’ve probably done on a summer day when you can’t catch a taxi, so it shouldn’t be that hard to do it to benefit those with hearing loss for Walk4Hearing. Riverside Park, registration at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m., open to the public

MONDAY, September 29

Cornelia Guest, Amanda Hearst and Kimberly Rockefeller are hosting an exhibition of fashion and erotic drawings by Charles James, entitled “Beneath the Dress.” The dress code mandates haute couture and bijoux, but if you want to channel the erotic drawing aspect of the evening you can also show up stark naked. The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S., 6-8 p.m., invitation only

TUESDAY, September 30

I once interviewed Martha Stewart and she was really enthusiastic about making sushi, so of course she’s hosting this anniversary celebration for EN Japanese Brasserie. So is Julian Schnabel. And Questlove? I guess everybody really likes sushi. En, 435 Hudson St., 8 p.m., invitation only

WEDNESDAY, October 1

The Headstrong Project’s Words of War Benefit helps treat mental issues that afflict soldiers when they return home. Jake Gyllenhaal is reading poetry at the event, and we’re taking bets on whether it is “Dulce et Decorum Est” or any other poem in the world, seriously, any other poem right now. I’ve got $40 on “Dulce.” Tribeca 360, 10 Desbrosses St., 6-9 p.m., $250 To Do This Week: Eat Chocolate Cake at Holden and Astor and Walk a 5k