To Do This Week: Billion Oyster Party, Louis XIII Cognac

This week, hit up the rooftop garden at the Westin for a cocktail party, stop by the third annual Billion Oyster Party, and more.

Barman Erik Lorincz is seen making a cocktail as he attends the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL drinks reception at the Westin.
Barman Erik Lorincz is seen making a cocktail as he attends the JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL drinks reception at the Westin.

WEDNESDAY May 18

Maybe you want to enjoy this beautiful weather in a sufficiently secluded spot, like, say, a rooftop garden, but also in the middle of New York, like, right smack dab in the middle of everything. In that very specific case, you’ll want to get over to the rooftop garden at the Westin. Today, they’ll be hosting a cocktail party where guests will have a chance to munch and enjoy cocktails and organic, biodynamic wines. The Westin, 212 East 42nd Street, 6-8 p.m., invite only

Judges for the annual British Oyster Opening Championship deliberate over a competitor's tray. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Judges for the annual British Oyster Opening Championship deliberate over a competitor’s tray. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

THURSDAY May 19

Nothing says, “Summer is coming,” like eating so many oysters you feel slightly unwell. Today you can have approximately a billion, at the third annual Billion Oyster Party. Forty oyster farms will come together to allow guests to sample their catch, and proceeds go toward helping to clean up the New York harbor. Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, 6-10 p.m., $150

Untitled by Judy Glantzman, who will be participating in 'In Living Pink.'
Untitled by Judy Glantzman, who will be participating in ‘In Living Pink.’

FRIDAY May 20

Get ready to paint the town pink at In Living Pink: The Art of Survival. The evening will feature artwork for auction, as well as live performances from numerous contemporary, fine and performing artists. Proceeds will go toward the Young Survival Coalition. Three Sixty, 10 Debrosses Street, 7-11 p.m., $200

LOUIS XIII.
LOUIS XIII.

SATURDAY May 21

You’re probably familiar with Louis XIV (good years to be an aristocrat) and Louis XVI (very bad years to be an aristocrat). The non-modern-day aristocrats might be less familiar with LOUIS XIII. That’s because it is a cognac. But not just any cognac. LOUIS XIII takes over a hundred years to create, and it was served on the Normandy, the Orient Express and the Concorde. You’d also have found it at Imperial courts from Austria to China. Today, Louis XIII has teamed up with Hermès, Saint Louis and Puiforcat to create an interactive exhibition that tells their story called “L’Odyssee d’un Roi—An Ode to Adventure.” You’ll be able to check out travel trunks designed to hold a decanter hand-stitched by Hermès, see the hand-forged white gold Puiforcat pipettes and check out the 19th century map engraved on the Saint Louis glasses and decanter. If you want one of the trunks for your very own, you’ll be pleased to know that they’ll be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in September. The benefits from the auction will ultimately go towards The Film Foundation, which helps restore classic films to their former glory. 3 West 57th Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., open to public

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02:  Z100-sponsored Rosie's Theater Kids pose at their final assembly at PS18 on February 2, 2012 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 02: Z100-sponsored Rosie’s Theater Kids pose at their final assembly at PS18 on February 2, 2012 in New York City.

SUNDAY May 22

W.C. Fields once quipped that you should “never work with animals or children” as both are little show stealers. Clearly, no one has told the Broadway stars who’ve mentored Rosie’s Theater Kids for this year’s Passing it On: An Evening of Mentorship gala. The organization offers kids a chance to perform a show in tandem with stars like Robin de Jesus (In the Heights, Wicked), Robert LaFosse (Alex in Wonder, The Nutcracker) and Brad Oscar (The Producers, Something Rotten!). Rosie O’Donnell will host, and the evening will honor Terrence Meck. You can expect to find famous faces like Christine Ebersole, Javier Muñoz and Michael Mayer in attendance. Though, you know, they might be overshadowed by the kids, just as W.C. Fields predicted. Proceeds from the gala will go toward creating a “safe haven” for LGBT youth. Alvin Ailey Citygroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, $150

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 01:  George Stephanopoulos waves to the crowd on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 1, 2014 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 01: George Stephanopoulos waves to the crowd on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 1, 2014 in New York City.

MONDAY May 23

The educational organization GLSEN is honoring George Stephanopoulos (Good Morning America), Ali Wentworth and Ilene Chaiken (executive producer of the hit television series Empire) today at the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards. The ceremony is intended to honor those who are “exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.” Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street, 6 p.m., $1,250

Times Square.
Times Square.

TUESDAY May 24

City Journal is hosting a dinner for their contributor John Tierney, who recently wrote about “Reimagining Times Square.” They’ll be hosting it at the Time’s Square Olive Garden, an attraction to all those who come to New York to see the world’ finest restaurants. (Joking. They will not be doing that because Times Square is a nightmare place.) Benoit Bistro, 60 West 55th Street, 7 p.m., invite only

Chef Ricky Estrellado leads the Nobu Classics class at The 8th Annual New York Culinary Experience Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center
Chef Ricky Estrellado leads the Nobu Classics class at The 8th Annual New York Culinary Experience Presented By New York Magazine And The International Culinary Center

WEDNESDAY May 25

The American Cancer Society is hosting its 11th annual Taste of Hope gala tonight. You might wonder, “What does hope taste like?” We’re not precisely sure, but participants like Nobu New York, BLT Prime, Telepan and Todd English probably have some idea. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 7 p.m., $200

To Do This Week: Billion Oyster Party, Louis XIII Cognac