Culture lovers have their pick of fulfilling, edifying experiences in New York City this week. Head to a charity gala, enjoy an art and design fair, attend a beaujolais wine tasting, or discover what Dracula looks like as a ballet. Or get out of town and see what’s happening in Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene.
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November 10 | Charity gala
Water Collective Gala
For a night out that also supports a good cause, check out the sixth annual Water Collective Gala at the Union Square Ballroom. Founded in 2011, Water Collective aims to bring clean water to Africa and India through long-lasting solutions; it has worked with local communities to make that dream a reality for tens of thousands of individuals in need. The gala includes an open bar, appetizers, a raffle, and live entertainment. Proceeds from ticket sales, of course, go to support Water Collective’s efforts.
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Union Square Ballroom, 27 Union Sq. W., New York | $100 | website
November 10 - 14 | Art show
The Salon Art + Design
One of the few art fairs to combine art and design in one exhibit, The Salon Art + Design features 55 of the world’s best galleries on display throughout the massive Park Avenue Armory. There will be furniture that spans the centuries, decorative arts, and fine art from great masters and contemporary artists around the world. The vetted fair is an eclectic mix of styles, genres, and periods that will appeal to art and design lovers of all stripes.
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., New York | $25 | website
November 12 | Drink
Wine lovers know that November is the month when beaujolais nouveau is released, but it sometimes gets a bad rep for being low in flavor and mass-produced. Join wine experts and beloved Greenwich Village Italian restaurant Anfora for a tasting and class that delve into the highest quality side of beaujolais. Participants will try several varieties and get to experience firsthand what expertly crafted beaujolais can taste like and how to tell a worthwhile bottle from one that should be skipped.
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM | Anfora, 34 8th Ave., New York | $65 | website
November 12 - 13 | Escape the city
Pittsburgh may not be your first thought for a weekend getaway, but this former steel town—located just a short 90-minute flight from NYC—is experiencing a renaissance. There are the classic attractions, like the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art (sense a theme here?), and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. And then there’s the fun and funky, like the Mattress Center (an art installation and education space) or the Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh is a beer-loving place, so check out Penn Brewery for a selection of craft beers and a complete food menu, including some iconic local dishes like the Pittsburgh salad (your normal leafy greens with a not-so-normal topping of French fries).
November 13 | Dance
Halloween may be over, but it might be worth getting in the scary spirit once again to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Dracula at Lehman Center. A faithful rendition of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel, the ballet is set to a dramatic score by Gustav Mahler and features opulent sets and costumes—plus a good deal of fantastical flare (think flying bats and dancing gargoyles). The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America.
6:00 PM | Concert Hall at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., Bronx | From $25 | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.