Glorious spring! No more hiding inside. Pick an event and head on over to celebrate warmer weather.

unnamedGold: Transparency, Trends and Techniques

Thurs. 04/09 and Fri. 04/10 | 9 to 8 pm @ The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave.

For my jeweler friends out there, the Initiatives in Art & Culture (IAC) Fifth Annual Gold Conference will explore several issues relating to gold, including responsible sourcing. Of particular interesting might be the panel on technology at 1:30 pm on Friday, educating jewelers and their customers at 2:20 pm, and the panel on responsible sourcing and gaining consumer trust at 3:25 pm. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 12.38.02 PMFourth Annual Food Book Fair

04/10 to  04/12 @ Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Highlights include FOODIEODICALS, the fourth festival of over 25 indie food magazines including Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, Drift and Mouthfeel; panel discussions on Sugar and Sweets, Vegetable-Forward Cooking and Chinese Food in America featuring April Bloomfield, Franklin Becker, Joanne Chang, Glenn Roberts, Amanda Cohen and many more; conversation and tasting with esteemed writer and critic Mimi Sheraton tied to her new book “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”; a pop-up bookstore presented by Kitchen Arts & Letter, cocktail event and interactive reading with Death & Company; Tables of Contents Dinner at Egg Restaurant feasting on “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCuller; Bar Tartine tasting with chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns; and Oyster Hour with chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oysters and chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets $5 to $349. View the full schedule of events here

unnamedManhattan Vintage Fashion Show

Fri. and Sat. 04/10 and 04/11 @ Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street (Between 6th and 7th Aves), Manhattan 

Always eagerly awaited, Manhattan Vintage Show is back this weekend. Started in 1992, it draws designers, stylists and celebrities from across the globe seeking inspiration. Recent attendees include Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Amanda Seyfried, Lynne Yaeger, Hamish Bowles and Alexa Chung. Shoppers can browse a range of price points, from from $60 to $15,000, so there’s something for every vintage lover’s budget. Pieces range from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Tickets are $15

vsu_april_15_webVegan Shop-Up

Sat. 04/11 | 12 to 6 pm @ Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Grab yourself a Bloody Mary from the bar, then avail yourself of the huge spread of vegan food and beauty products available at this monthly pop-up. There will be empanadas, donuts, ice cream sandwiches, chai tea, and lots more.

Free entry. Must be 21+ to enter. 

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static1.squarespaceMorning Gloryville

Wed. 04/18 | 6 to 10 am @ Brooklyn Boulder 

This rave starts bright, early, and healthy for a morning of dancing and vibing out to Deep House music. Come in your craziest workout/rave gear, nosh on organic and vegan breakfast bites, get a massage, try out acro-yoga, or climb the wall. No, there’s no booze. But you won’t need any to have a good time.

$20 – $31

WebTerrarium Class by Taproot Flowers

Wed. April 15, 6:30 to 8 pm @ 893 Bergen Street, #8

Make your own beautiful, tiny green world! Terrariums are miniature gardens in glass containers – a lovely way to bring a bit of greenery indoors. In this hands-on class you will make your own fern and moss terrarium, using Mason jars, pebbles, moss, and a range of low-and medium-light plants. Fern terrariums require regular misting, and like to be kept indoors in medium ambient light. All materials required are included; light snacks and beverages will be provided. Five students max per class.

Reserve your spot for $55

s_declutter1Spring De-Clutter Workshop

Wed. 04/15 | 5 to 7 pm @ Bhoomki Home, 237 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn (between President & Carroll)

Do you ever feel like the harder you try to rid your home and life of clutter the more it piles up? A little expert direction and inspiration might be just the thing to send it away for good this Spring! One of New York City’s leading de-cluttering experts, Rachel Wynne, will tell you how to fix it at the sustainable home store Bhoomki’s first workshop. Enjoy light snacks and refreshments as well as some networking. Come with questions prepared for Rachel, which will be put all in a hat and Rachel will address as many as she has time for. You can also tweet your questions to @RPWynne and @bhoomki.

Register for $25

SPRING-DINNER-WEB-21Spring Blossom Dinner

Sat. 04/18 | 8 to 10:30 pm @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Join the launch of The Seed : DINNER, a special pop-up dinner event series, featuring the incredibly innovative and rising star Chef Daphne Cheng, who will be presenting a Spring Blossom 5-course experimental fine dining dinner with wine pairing. With her hyper-sensitive palate and creative vision, Chef Cheng focuses the culinary spotlight on fresh, seasonal vegetables. She most enjoys juxtaposing ingredients and flavors in unusual ways, defying her father’s repeated admonishments, “Don’t play with your food.” The resulting dishes can be all at once elegant, provoking and even bizarre, but most importantly delicious. Drinks provided by Happy Tree Water, Orleans Hill and Our Daily Red, Cliffton Dry.Special treats provided by CocoRau, Three Little Birds, Cheezehound, Raw Chocolate Love NYC.

$95. Tickets and more info. 

sidetour_full_foragingForaging Tour

Sat. 04/18 | 11 am to 1 pm @ Prospect Park

Wild edible plants are all around — in our city parks, as the “weeds” in community gardens and backyards, even in abandoned parking lots. You just need to know where to look. Leda, author of several books including Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries, will show you how to safely spot wild edibles such as black raspberries, sassafras, wild “cardoons”, daylily blossoms and many more natural delights. Discover the tastes and aromas of these wild, seasonal ingredients. Learn how to sustainably harvest and then deliciously prepare them.

Reserve a spot for $20

Painting+on+silk+workshop+flier+2Painting on Silk: a Natural Dye Workshop

4/18 | 11 am to 2 pm @ 247 W 29th St between 7th and 8th Aves, Manhattan

Kremer Pigments has been discovering and redeveloping historical pigments since 1977. Their assortment consists of over 1000 different mineral pigments made from precious and semiprecious stones. Using natural dye stuffs and extracts from Kremer Pigments’ vast supply, learn from the dogwood dyer about the direct application of paints made from natural dye plants and extracts. Each participant will leave with two 36″x 36″ painted silk scarves and a handout outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.

Reserve a space for $95

earthday2015bookswap-1Earth Day Book Swap

Sun. 04/19 | 2 to 5 pm @ Union Square in the alcove along Union Square West, just north of E. 15th Street.

This spring’s Earth Day New York events will include a sharing/collaborative economy exhibition. As part of that exhibition, Earth Day New York, BK Swappers, and other organizations are putting together a book swap, giving people an opportunity to share with others books that were important to them and talk to other people who are passionate about the sharing/collaborative economy. For each book you bring, you’ll get a ticket to take one book from the swap area. Come early to drop off your books, hang out to see what shows up, and stay to chat with fellow swappers. Books must be in good condition and must be used, and you’re encouraged to bring books that made an impact on you. Each person can bring up to five books to swap. Books left at the end of the swap will be donated to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

fashrevTurn Your Clothes Inside Out! Fashion Revolution Day USA Hosted by BF+DA and Zady

Thurs. 04/23 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ BF+DA, 630 Flushing Ave, Suite 704, Brooklyn 

On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While the world stands by, social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. In over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, 2014. Join the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and sustainable lifestyle destinations site Zady, continuing the tradition of turning our garments inside out and showing off where are clothes were made.

In addition to screening the film Traceable, a documentary set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and where and how clothing is made, a post-film panel with industry experts will explore the fashion industry post-Rana Plaza and expose the challenges ahead.

Show your support in the “Who Made My Clothes?” photo booth and be a part of Fashion Revolution Day activism worldwide, and donate to a raffle where tickets get you in the running for a class at the BF+DA valued at $120 and texting glovelets knitted on the BF+DA’s Shima Seiki knitting machines. More prizes to come.

$10 suggested donation. RSVP here.

unnamed-2The True Cost Premiere

Wed. 04/29 @ IFC Center

The True Cost from Director Andrew Morgan is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. On May 29, The True Cost will be released in theaters in New York (IFC Center), Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall) and other markets and simultaneously will be released on VOD platforms and DVD/Blu-ray.

More info.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 10.27.04 AMHappy Heart Yoga Retreat: Let Go & Live Lush in Lake George

Fri. 05/01 thru Sun. 05/03 @ Lake George 

Let go of all worries, all cares, and all that causes you suffering, holds you back or keeps you stuck. Surround yourself in the lush beauty and fresh Spring air of Lake George as yoga teacher Diana cares for you through deeply cleansing and supportive yoga, full moon releasing ceremony, sacred jumps in the lake and so much more. Includes 6 vegetarian, gluten-free gourmet meals cooked by a private in-house chef and a stay at a luxury mansion. It’s life changing. 

$250 to $750. Info and sign up here.

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!