With Valentine's Day approaching, love is in the air! New York is slowly awakening from its winter slumber, as events are popping up on the social calendar. Check out our list of things to do this week.
Art for Water to Benefit Waterkeeper Alliance
Monday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.
Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York
Head to Sotheby’s for a silent auction and live auction to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest-growing global movement for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Co-chairs are Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Jeff Koons and Ed Ruscha.
For tickets, visit waterkeeper.org.
First Kiss with YSL Beauty and Samantha Daniels
Wednesday, February 8, 6–8 p.m.
Saks Fifth Avenue Downtown, 225 Liberty Street, New York
Ever wonder how to get kissable lips? Perfect your “first kiss” with celebrity matchmaker and author of Matchbook: The Diary of a Modern-Day Matchmaker, Samantha Daniels. YSL Beauty will provide you expert advice on how to get that oh-so-kissable look that complements every outfit.
For more information, visit saksfifthavenue.com. RSVP required at SaksDowntown@s5a.com
The Orchid Dinner
Wednesday, February 8, 7 p.m.
The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
The annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner will be the stage for a magnificent showcase of orchid centerpieces created by the world’s leading designers from the worlds of fashion, interior design, landscape design, floral design and architecture. During the cocktail hour, guests will partake in a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators and bid on exclusive Silent Auction items. All proceeds from the dinner underwrite the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection.
For tickets and additional information, visit nybg.org.
New York Fashion Week
Thursday, February 9 – Thursday, February 16
Skylight Clarkson Square and Industria Studios
Fashion week begins on Thursday, with designers showcasing their Fall/Winter 2017 collections. As always, check out the front-row celebs; and get some ideas to update your wardrobe.
For additional information, visit nyfw.com.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Family Benefit
Thursday, February 9, 5:30–8 p.m.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Met Family Benefit! The Met Fifth Avenue will be transformed into an artist's studio. Hear directly from expert curators about how artists of the past conceived their creations, and explore how digital tools will aide future artists in their work. Open to the entire family, the event will also feature dinner and dancing in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.
For tickets and additional information, visit metmuseum.org.
Winter Bites with Chefanie at Bloomingdale’s
Thursday, February 9, 6–9 p.m.
1000 Third Avenue, New York
Chef Stephanie Nass, aka Chefanie of Victory Club, will head to Bloomingdale’s for a cooking demonstration—with samples!—on how to spice up a winter meal.
For additional information, visit the event's Facebook page.
Viennese Opera Ball
Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz at the 62nd Viennese Opera Ball. The Viennese Opera Ball celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America. The event benefits Leonard Bernstein – A New Yorker in Vienna, a project of the Jewish Museum in cooperation withthe U.S. Friends of the Jewish Museum of Vienna.
Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, February 7. For tickets and additional information, visit vienneseoperaball.us.
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court at The Frick Collection
Through February 19
The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York
This is your last chance to see one of the greatest French artists of the 18th century. A master chaser-gilder, Gouthière created opulent objets d’art that were coveted by the wealthiest and most important figures of pre-revolutionary France, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XV’s mistress Madame Du Barry, and the Duke of Aumont.
For additional information, visit frick.org.
Francis Picabia: Out Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction at MoMA
Through March 19
The Museum of Modern Art, 1 West 53rd Street, New York
Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction is a comprehensive survey of Picabia’s audacious, irreverent, and profoundly influential work across mediums. This will be the first exhibition in the United States to chart his entire career.
For additional information, visit moma.org.
Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at The Whitney
Through May 14
The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York
Travel back in time with the recently opened Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. The exhibit presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the museum’s collection.
For additional information, visit whitney.org.
Photo courtesy Patrick McMullan