"The Playground" Your Guide For What To Do Tonight...

by MELLISSA SEECHARAN · May 18, 2009

    It may be another manic Monday, but that doesn't mean you can't hit up a party, gala, or benefit tonight. Below are our picks of the night's best events, and as always, you can find the full details as well as more events on our Calendar Page.

    Young Innovative Awards Cocktail Reception for Andrea Tese Where: The National Arts Club Why: This is you chance to step foot into the National Arts Club, a club that has had three presidents as members and pretty much every important American arts patron, admitted women from its inception, and is located at the historic Tilden Mansion. When: 7pm - 9pm

    Opening Night Gala at American Ballet Theatre Where:  Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center Why: As if a performance by legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock isn't enough, First Lady and honorary co-chair, Michelle Obama will be in attendance to help kick the ABT's eight-week season. Gala tickets range from $1,500 to $2,500; Performance only tickets are priced between $30 to $150 When: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

    92nd St. Y Spring Gala Where: 92nd St. Y at Lexington Ave Why: This ain't your parents' Y. The 92nd St. Y is probably one the the best places to catch a discussion with your favorite author, musician, or actor. Past panels have featured Mos Def and Anna Wintour. The black-tie gala will be a throwback, featuring Dominic Chianese from The Sopranos, Lesely Gore from The Supremes, and WNBC's Jane Hanson. Tickets in excess of $125 are tax deductible. When: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Winemaker's Dinner: Robert Foley Vineyards Where: 21Club Why: The first of the 21 Club's Winemaker's Dinner spring showcase, guests will enjoy a complete five-course meal, each paired with a wine from Robert Foley's Vineyard. Eat, drink, and be merry. Reservations are a must, and tickets cost $150 per person. When: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Cocktail Pizza Fundraiser Celebrating Gina DePalma Where: Co. Why: Forget that the event is hosted by chef Mario Batali, partner Joe Bastianich, and Sullivan Street Bakery and Co.'s Jim Lahey, and forget all about the amazing food that will be consumed. The event benefits The Cowgirl Cure Foundation for ovarian cancer research at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Tickets are $250 or just make a donation to the Cowgirl Cure Foundation. When: 6:30pm - 9:30pm