To Do This Week: Harper’s Bazaar Evening of Fantasy

A weekly round-up of the city's best cultural offerings.

Jean-Paul Goude. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jean-Paul Goude. (Photo: Getty Images)

WEDNESDAY September 16

Is there any dress code more thrilling than “fantasy black tie”? It basically just means you can finally show up in a swimsuit paired with a crinoline while wearing a pair of bunny ears. I can’t guarantee you’ll see that precise outfit at the Harper’s Bazaar Evening of Fantasy Celebrating Icons by Carine Roitfeld and Jean-Paul Goude, but there’s definitely a chance. They’ll be honoring luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Jessica Chastain, Dakota Johnson, Willow Smith and many more, and there will be a performance by Katy Perry, who will absolutely out-do whatever fantastical ensemble you’ve assembled. The Plaza Hotel, 1 West 58th Street, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., invite only

THURSDAY September 17

Culture is for everyone, not just people who feel an inexplicable need to swirl their $7 white wine in a glass. So the Seaport Culture District is presenting over 100 installations and events curated by cultural institutions from the Guggenheim to HarperCollins Publishers. Their open house is taking place today, so you can get a taste of it. It’ll go with any kind of drink you want to have. 11 Fulton Street, 6:30-9 p.m., free

FRIDAY September 18

It’s National Cheeseburger Day, a holiday we would all do well to recognize. Celebrate properly at the Refinery Rooftop, where they’re offering a Cheeseburger Day-only burger made with a pretzel bun, jalapeño jack cheese and pickled onions. Refinery Rooftop, 63 West 38th Street, all day, $19 for burger

SATURDAY September 19

Dinner jackets will be brought out for the first White Cross Ball of New York. The charity event is pretty well-known in London, though this will be the first year it will be in New York. It’s hosted by the Knights of Malta and—fun history fact!—this year is the 450th anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner, as well as chocolates by Prestat and specialty cocktails by the Macallan distillery. Natalie Dodge will be DJing, and the dress code is “black tie with miniatures and decorations.” The proceeds raised go toward the group’s mission to “serve the sick and the poor, both locally and internationally.” This year, that means offering aid to Nepal and Syria, supporting the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, which works to save newborn babies, and supporting the International Summer Camp for Disabled Youth. Dust off those miniatures. Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th, 7:30 p.m., $435

SUNDAY September 20

Remember the tremendous amount of controversy over whether or not Mayor de Blasio was going to get rid of horse-drawn carriages? Of course you do! It was pretty much all anyone talked about whenever they came even peripherally close to Central Park for a while last year. Despite the controversy, they’re still around, and today is a great chance to learn more about the industry. Atlas Obscura Society is presenting The Insider’s Guide to NYC’s Horse-Drawn Carriage Industry. It will be led by Bruce Northam, the Manhattan horse-drawn carriage driver, and will focus on the industry’s relationship to the city. The tour will stretch about two miles—so wear your running shoes—from the remnants of a stable on Eleventh Avenue to Central Park. You’ll have a chance to hear some insider info about the lives of the drivers and the horses. And whatever side you’re on, it will give you some talking points the next time the subject comes up. Meeting place at the southeast corner of 37th Street and Eleventh Avenue, 2-4 p.m., $25

MONDAY September 21

You want to see The Intern, your mom wants to see The Intern and all of the negative comments about Anne Hathaway are undeserved. These are just facts. Accordingly, just about everyone should enjoy the Tribeca Film Institute’s Annual Gala Benefit, which will feature the premiere of the upcoming Anne Hathaway/Robert De Niro work comedy The Intern. Ziegfeld Theatre, 141 West 54th Street, 6 p.m., tickets start at $1,500

TUESDAY September 22

Get ready to lean in this morning. Dress for Success is hosting its Women in Business: Making Change breakfast to raise funds for its financial literacy program. The keynote speaker at the event will be Dottie Mattison, the CEO of Gracious Home, LLC. Nasdaq Marketsite, 4 Times Square, 8-10 a.m., for tickets contact Evie Cutshaw at

WEDNESDAY September 23

Can you even imagine how much money you’d save on delivery if you could make even passable sushi yourself? Oh, imagine it, then do it, because Brooklyn Kitchen is hosting a sushi- making class where they promise to teach you “the ins and outs of preparing and seasoning rice, how to roll the perfect maki and everything in between.” Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m., $95

To Do This Week: Harper’s Bazaar Evening of Fantasy