Ira Glass to Have an ‘Intimate Conversation’ With Actress Amber Tamblyn

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Radio host Ira Glass will speak with poet and actress Amber Tamblyn at the Strand on Thursday evening. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)


All I’ve ever wanted is to live inside a Slim Aarons photo. I probably can’t pull it off, but his daughter Mary Aarons is hosting a private viewing of her father’s never-before-seen photos today. Bring a turban and a swimsuit. Leica Store, 460 West Broadway, 7 p.m., invite only


It’s a truth pretty much universally acknowledged that everyone in New York is just waiting for the day when Ira Glass decides to be your friend, and it could be today! He’ll be having an Intimate Conversation with actress and poet Amber Tamblyn at The Strand, so I guess it’s actually much more likely that they’ll become friends, but, hey, you never know. At least you’ll get to hear some interesting people talk. The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7-8 p.m., $15


The Wraith is coming. Which sounds like something you’d find in the Avengers movie, but no, it’s actually the new, super-stylish Rolls-Royce Motor Car, which is “inspired by fashion.” It’s being unveiled today and will be followed by a panel discussion by women in the style industry, including Maria Cornejo, Tracy Reese and Melisa Goldie. IAC Building, 555 West 18th Street, 6 p.m., open to the public


Listening to Indigo Girls as a kid, I felt like I was listening to some pretty intense stuff. They were one of the first bands that I, as a 10-year-old, thought told it like it was, and I was pretty afraid I was going to be caught listening to cool old-person lyrics. Then I found out my mom liked them. And, indeed, everybody really liked them—they’re pretty inoffensive. So, that was another failed attempt at childhood rebellion. I still like the Indigo Girls, though! “Closer to Fine” is a good song! And I’m pretty happy that they’ll be performing at a benefit for the Survivor Mitzvah Project, which supports Holocaust survivors. The event will be hosted by Charles Grodin, and in addition to the concert, letters from survivors will be presented by David Eigenberg, Frances Fisher, Valerie Harper and Zane Buzby. I feel like they’re probably going to tell it like it is in a slightly more sophisticated way than I understood when I was 10. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m., $60


Does your mom have special family recipes that she’s passed down to you? Like a magical meatloaf thing? Or some kind of cookie recipe? Brownies? Anything? No? Oh, thank God. My mom’s special family recipes were pretty limited to, “call this number for my Chinese food,” and scrambled eggs, and there is nothing wrong with that. The most important thing to be able to make in the kitchen is reservations. But, if you felt like it, you could spend this Mother’s Day taking your mom to the Tastebuds Mother’s Day Cooking Class. If you don’t have family recipes at the beginning of the day, you will by the end. They’ll be focusing on Italian classics, like eggplant parmigiana, truffle risotto and fantastic cannoli. I would make a “leave the gun, take the cannoli” joke here, but that’s more of a Father’s Day thing. Tastebuds Kitchen, 109 West 27th Street, 8-10 p.m., $75


Chef Philippe Chow is opening an East Hampton location this summer, and to celebrate, he’s hosting a private dinner at his … not East Hampton location. Just the regular location. But what do locations matter when there’s Peking duck and chicken satay on the menu? Philippe, 33 East 60th Street, 7:30 p.m., invite only


Like moths to a flame, New York’s wittiest flock to the Moth Ball. That sentence may not be enough to get me in there, but I’m working on it. This year the storytelling group’s gala will honor Louis C.K. and feature other super-cool people like Lili Taylor, Simon Doonan, Jonathan Adler and Molly Ringwald. Capitale, 130 Bowery, 6:30 p.m., $195


Join Dietlinde Maazel, Daisy Soros and other luminaries for an Evening of Music to Benefit the 2015 Castleton Festival. There’s music, there’s Lang Lang, there’s a buffet, there’s Alec Baldwin—what more could you possibly want, really? Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, 6:30 p.m., $500

Ira Glass to Have an ‘Intimate Conversation’ With Actress Amber Tamblyn