NYCB Spring Gala
May 7, 7 p.m.
David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
$29-$94 (performance only)
The New York City Ballet kicks off its 2015 season tonight with two dance pieces: the return of “Bournonville Divertissements,” followed by the premiere of “La Sylphide,” a traditional romantic ballet about a good fairy and an evil witch. The gala is invite-only, but you can get a slice of the action (and star-spotting) at the performances.
Global Beat Festival
May 7-9, 8-10 p.m.
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 200 Vesey St.
Talented but little-known artists from around the world, including Israel, Brazil and Ethiopia, come together to share their native sounds. As music fills the acoustical Winter Garden, dancing is encouraged.
‘Molly Pope Likes Your Status’
May 8, 9:30 p.m.
The Duplex 191 Christopher St.
Molly Pope is often belting her heart out around NYC, but this is a totally new cabaret show at the Duplex one night a month through September. Don’t worry, reliable gigs won’t entirely undermine the “fragile ego” that leads her to “define her self-worth entirely through social media notifications” and produce such entertaining work. Future dates are June 12, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11.
May 9, 12:30-3 p.m.
Studio Arte, 265 W. 37th St.
This is a ridiculous deal for bottomless eats and drinks, with proceeds going to KEEN New York to help disabled youth in the arts and sports. We’re not talking watery mimosas and runny eggs, either: Partners for this event include Swine, Primo 135, Big Daddy’s and Allagash Brewing Company.
May 9, noon-5 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.
Free with admission
It’s not “Antiques Roadshow,” but Identification Day is a fun way to spend an afternoon getting your hopes up about hidden treasures nonetheless. This Saturday, bring your questionable artifacts to the American Museum of Natural History, where expert scientists will identify your sample and give you information about its history. Sadly, they won’t be offering appraisals or verifying gems, but you can finally learn something cool about those shells, fossils and stones in grandpa’s cabinet.
A Night with Ol' Blue Eyes
May 9, 7 p.m.
Puncheon Room and Gallery, ‘21’ Club, 21 W. 52nd St.
In his heyday, the legendary Frank Sinatra was a regular diner at 21 Club — to the tune of visiting several times per week, with guests like Jackie Onassis. To honor the infamous crooner, the restaurant is hosting a Sinatra night of dinner and dancing, with a three-course menu of Ol' Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes. Nick Drakides will be performing Sinatra’s biggest hits.
Queens Beer Week
It’s no surprise, with its booming food and drink culture, that Queens is also cultivating a serious beer scene, with great-tasting brews and cool places to knock ‘em back. Take it all in during Queens Beer Week, which kicks off tomorrow. You can even taste something totally new at new brewery LIC Beer Project, which will be offering tastings at Crescent & Vine (2503 Ditmars Blvd.) on May 8 at 6 p.m. It will also participate in a Queens-wide brewery open-house day on May 16.
‘Five Boroughs / One City’
Through May 10
Abingdon Theatre Complex, 312 W. 36th St.
$15 (one show), $35 (all five)
You can live in NYC without ever visiting some of its boroughs. But it’s likely that you’re at least a little curious about all five, and that’s why the Working Theater commissioned playwrights to capture the essence of each community.
Known for his photorealistic pieces, Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri, best known for painting beautiful women against sprawling landscapes, is getting a special exhibition spanning two galleries. Both highlight contemporary realism in art and will together offer a complete look at Ozeri’s recent, mid-career works.
On sale soon
New York Comic-Con
Tickets on sale May 13
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St.
In case you haven’t noticed, nerds have taken over and they’ve got all the cool events. You’ll have to plan ahead if you want to get into the East Coast’s largest Comic-Con. Tickets will sell out, so check your Wi-Fi speeds and set every alarm in your house if you want ‘em.