Sake it to me! Plus, a party in the sky, secret science and more.
Monday, June 18: Though sake’s ingredients — rice and water — are simple, the flavors can be greatly complex. Sake expert John Gaunter discusses how the alcoholic drink comes together and offers tastings of 30 premium varieties at Rice & Water: The Building Blocks of Premium Sake. 6:30pm; $35/$30 Japan Society members, seniors & students
At Finding History in Sewers: The Lost Streams and 19th-Century Sewer Tunnels Beneath Brooklyn, photographer and historian Steve Duncan discusses our subterranean network of tunnels and their profound importance on society beyond a home for Ninja Turtles. 7:30pm; $10
Wednesday, June 20: Anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg has dissected whales and giant squid. Now she’ll dissect their mysteries (How does the mammalian body work? What’s in store for the future of medicine?) for anyone who cares to listen (and drink whale-inspired cocktails) at The Bell House’s Secret Science Club. 8PM; FREE
If you’ve only experienced trying to find a seat amongst hundreds of people on the rush hour 4, then Bryant Park wants to change your perception of musical chairs in the city. On Wednesday, the park hosts a 400-person version of the game for adults (with deejay Stewey Decimal starting and stopping the music). Last man/woman sitting gets to bring home a chair! Signup at http://bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/musical_chairs_contact.html, then be sure to check out our event recap later in the week.
Thursday, June 21: A touring collection of Harry Potter-themed bands bring their wand-erful wizard rock to The Sidewalk Bar for Riddikulus 2012. 7pm; FREE
Friday, June 22: George Washington’s annotated copy of The Constitution goes up for auction at Christie’s in Rockefeller Plaza. You’ll probably need money without his picture on it.
Saturday, June 23: Celebrate Army heritage and 200 years of Castle Williams history on Governor’s Island with family programming, music and demonstrations of historic weapons. 10am-4pm; FREE
Sunday, June 24: The city’s changed quite a bit since Henry Hudson and his crew discovered the island of Mannahattan over 400 years ago. Dr. Eric Sanderson comes to The South Street Seaport Museum to discuss what things were like back then. 1pm; FREE
Check out more things to do on our event page.