To Do This Week: Blessing of the Pets and High-Heeled Shoe exhibition

Reese Witherspoon in Wild.

WEDNESDAY December 3

The highly anticipated film Wild starring Reese Witherspoon opens in New York and LA today and no place else. This is one of those opportunities to irritate your friends in the flyover states at Christmas when they suggest seeing Wild and you say, “Oh, saw it weeks ago.” That’s what the holidays are all about. Movie theaters throughout the city, approximately $15

THURSDAY December 4

There’s something about the girls in pearls ethos of the Junior League that I love, and I love it even more when it’s girls in pearls and cable knit sweaters presiding over breakfast with Santa, a Winter Wreath Celebration and premier shopping. It’s a golden day indeed. The New York Junior League’s Golden Tree Shopping Fair at The Astor House, 130 East 80th Street, 6-10 p.m., $50 

FRIDAY December 5

It’s amazing how Ebola went bowling in New York and we all decided it wasn’t cool anymore and just stopped thinking about it. They haven’t had a chance to do that in Africa just yet. To that end, Matt Dillon, Bonnie Young, MacDella Cooper and Hans Humes will be hosting United Against Ebola, a benefit for the worthy Doctors Without Borders Landmark On the Park, 160 Central Park West 7-10 p.m.,, tickets start at $75

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The Brooklyn Museum celebrates high-heeled shoes.

SATURDAY December 6

I don’t normally associate Target with exquisite high heels, but today I do. They’re sponsoring a series of events at the Brooklyn Museum that celebrates their “Killer Heels: The Art of The High-Heeled Shoe” exhibition. That means that starting at 5 p.m. you can hear foot-stomping jazz from The Hot Sardines, and then gather at 6 for a curator talk with Lisa Small about some of the most unusual shoes in the collection. Or, at 6:30, you could check out the screening of God Save My Shoes, a documentary that explores how heels have become a totem object for women. Afterwards, you can check out a fashion show presenting new frontiers in style: menswear for women and trans-identified individuals. There will also be photo opportunities, and a chance to craft a shoe inspired by killer heels, and mini pop-up shops. There’s even a kids table. Seriously. If you’ve ever clacked your imitation Manolos down the cobblestones of the Meatpacking District, foolishly inspired by too many viewings of Sex and the City, this is the event for you. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 5-11 p.m.,, free 

SUNDAY December 7 

It seems like almost a certainty that all dogs and cats go to heaven. Well, except for those tiny, yappy Terriers that my neighbor owns, because they are the spawn of Satan. But all other dogs, and cats, and iguanas, and that pot bellied pig that George Clooney owns are headed straight for paradise. This Saturday, Christ Church offers its annual Blessing of the Animals. Senior Minister Stephen Bauman of Christ Church and Central Synagogue’s Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein perform the rites and Cindy Adams hosts the event. Guests are also encouraged to bring (new, we hope) animal toys as donations. Admittedly, it seems a bit like the kind of eccentric event you’ll only find in New York, but then, dogs in other places don’t have to battle their way through Times Square. Come and meet other pet owners and kick off the holidays with a nice ceremony. And just in case you were wondering—they’re not blessing cursing yappy dogs, even if you ask politely. Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue, 2 p.m.,, free

MONDAY December 8

Dick Cavett (Getty Images)
Dick Cavett (Getty Images)

The Louis Armstrong House is honoring professional gabber Dick Cavett and Andrew P. Jackson, executive director of the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center. Meanwhile, Catherine Russell will be performing. Capitale, 130 Bowery, 6 p.m.,,$300-$1000

TUESDAY December 9

When we think about Venice sinking into the sea, we doubtless think about the frescos and architecture and mask shops that will be lost. But what of the cheese? You’ll take it into more consideration after attending Save Venice Inc.’s Italian Wine And Cheese Tasting. Murray’s Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street, 6:30-8:30 p.m.,, $115

WEDNESDAY December 10

Have you wanted to hear the Observer’s restaurant critic Joshua David Stein talk to baking sensation Dominique Ansel? Are you just hoping that if you showed up to an event with Dominique Ansel he might just bring cronuts, or those little cookie glass things he makes? Good news! At least on the first one. Mr. Stein will be talking to Mr. Ansel, co-founder Ben Leventhal, Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation and Steven Kydd, co-founder of Tastemade. And yes, they’re serving nibbles after the panel. Dom Interiors, 66 Crosby Street, 6-8:30 p.m., invite only. To Do This Week: Blessing of the Pets and High-Heeled Shoe exhibition