An Evening with “Orphan Black”
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Kaufman Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave.
Join the bafflingly talented Tatiana Maslany, who leads the ensemble cast of clones on “Orphan Black,” and co-star Jordan Gavaris, along with co-creator Graeme Manson, for a talk about the series so far – and am extended sneak peek at clips from Season 4, premiering April 14 on BBC America.
New York Weddings Event
March 31, 5-8 p.m.
Capitale, 130 Bowery
Whether you’re getting married or just love to ogle the white gowns filling the pages of New York magazine’s wedding edition, immerse yourself in all of the fanfare that comes with the big day at the annual New York Weddings Event. Vendors include top names in the business like Kleinfeld Bridal (of “Say Yes to the Dress”) and Magnolia Bakery to help with tasks from building a wedding website to planning your perfect honeymoon.
Dining and Social Positioning
March 31, 6:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Hotel, 421 E. 61st St.
What does the food we eat say about our place in society? Yale history professor Paul Freeman in partnership with the Culinary Historians of New York will not only discuss how class dictated what we used to eat when dining out, but offer tastes of the dishes that defined upscale restaurants.
Riverpark Beefsteak Dinner
April 1, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Riverpark, 450 E. 29th St.
Restaurants pretty much evolved to stop us from eating with our hands, but a beefsteak dinner is all about digging in without forks and knives. Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark is providing aprons (though dress to impress underneath) for its three-course meat lover’s feast of peel&eat prawns, leg of lamb and, of course, prime rib, among many other dishes. And because this is meant to be a loosen-your-tie kind of evening, there will be free-flowing Four Roses bourbon and beer, as well as live music.
MCNY Winter Thaw
April 1, 8-11 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.$75-$140
Party like the cultured adult you are at the sixth annual Winter Thaw, the Young Members Circle (ages 21-39) gala to raise money for the museum — which you’ll have free rein of during this party. You’ll also enjoy cocktails featuring Brooklyn Gin, music by DJ GWiz and bites from Dos Toros, Bareburger and Insomnia Cookies. Entry is $75 for non-members; but to save on future events, you can attend and join the Young Members Circle for $140.
Chantal Akerman: Images Between the Images
April 1-May 1
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman took her own life last October, but her films would be powerfully sad were she still here. One of the most rigorous of minimalists, she made austere films about isolation. Her best known work — the 3 ½-hour housemom study “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles,” from 1975 — isn’t playing in “Images Between the Images,” BAM’s month-long survey of her work (though it does start a run at Film Forum on the same day). But that means more room for the likes of “Je Tu Il Elle” (pictured), “News from Home,” “Toute une Nuit” and her swan song, “No Home Movie” — all melancholic yet playful works where you both forget about time and note every passing moment.
Pillow Fight NYC
April 2, 3 p.m.
Washington Square Park
In honor of International Pillow Fight Day (seriously), you can bring spare bedding to Washington Square Park on Saturday and join a thousands-strong friendly free-for-all hosted by the Urban Playground Movement. Once you’re high on the endorphins that come from whacking strangers (just pretend they’re all that guy manspreading during your commute), you can chase the rush with the thrill of doing good by donating your pillow to Dare2B, which shelters homeless kids.
NYC Craft Distillers Festival
April 2, 1-4 p.m. & 7-10 p.m.
The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery
Find out what’s brewing in the city at the NYC Craft Distillers Festival, with samples of 60 craft spirits from flavored gins and new whiskeys to Manhattan Moonshine and spiced honey liqueur. While you imbibe, you’ll also enjoy live jazz music, and Gatsby-era attire is highly encouraged. VIP entry gives you an extra hour ahead of the crowds.
The Property Brothers: “Dream Home”
April 4, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St.
If your siblings bond through competition and bickering, you probably feel right at home watching “The Property Brothers” on HGTV. Drew and Jonathan Scott are now releasing their first book, which is actually intended to make that right-at-home feeling a little more fabulous, titled “Dream Homes: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding and Fixing Your Perfect House.” They’ll be selling copies, answering questions, posing for photos and signing books at Barnes & Noble Union Square on Monday.
April 4-6, 8 p.m.
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway
The soundtrack of your teen angst is coming back around just in time for your quarter-life crisis. Hot off James Iha’s reunion with the band last Sunday, the Smashing Pumpkins are making their way to New York for a three-night gig at the Beacon Theatre. The “In Plainsong” tour highlights tracks from Iha-era’s “Siamese Dream.” The reunion was probably a one-off (it was Iha’s birthday), but the nostalgia will be just as real next week, starting with an opening act from another ’90s idol, Liz Phair.
Last Musik: Songs for Eternity
April 6, 7 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St.
Thirty years ago, Italian pianist Francesco Lotoro set out to collect music composed in concentration camps during World War II. He wound up preserving more than 17,000 scores, including some of the world’s most historically significant masterpieces. Next week, Lotoro and German singer Ute Lemper perform a selection of these works in “Last Musik: Songs for Eternity.” The concert benefits the Center for Jewish History and includes a cocktail reception and dinner.