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GIRL SCOUTS COOKIES

There’s olive oil ice cream, and hibiscus donuts, so it’s really kind of baffling that cookies on the whole haven’t strayed too funky with the flavors. Mindy Segal is remedying that. While we can’t get enough of the classic chocolate chip and peanut butter varieties, now and forever, we wouldn’t turn down one of her brown-butter-and-hickory-smoked-bacon creations or crème-de-violette snickerdoodles. In Cookie Love — An Edgy New Take, Segal mixes things up, and we don’t just mean the batter. The James Beard Award–winning pastry innovator embraces the “localvore” movement to create New American fare at her Chicago dessert bar HotChocolate. But tonight she’ll bring the goods to New York for this cookbook launch, hopefully with tastings to spare.

Tue., April 7, 7 p.m., 2015

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RENAISSANCE MAN

The recently published Selected Letters of Langston Hughes is a career-spanning look at the poet’s inner life: Through his correspondence with fellow artists and authors like Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Ezra Pound, readers can share in Hughes’s triumphs and conflicts, his self-doubt, and his aspirations to create a body of work that spoke authentically to the
African-American experience. Tonight, Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson — two accomplished actors and veterans of the New York theater world — treat 92Y audiences to dramatic readings from this collection. Hughes’s journey from aspiring artist to literary lion, from the publication of now-iconic poetry to his struggles for fair compensation and recognition, will be brought to life by these charismatic performers.

Mon., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., 2015

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WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

Last time we saw Saul Goodman, he was fleeing the Heisenberg-induced madness to a new life in Nebraska. But lucky for us, we’ll get to see him for the first time…again. In the chronology of the Breaking Bad universe — that place where all of New Mexico is a hyper-saturated orange hue — AMC’s upcoming Better Call Saul takes place six years before Walter White cooked up his first batch. Tonight, get a sneak peek at this highly anticipated origin story that creator Vince Gilligan said “started as a joke” but ended up as a spin-off, on the table as early as Breaking Bad’s third season. Bob Odenkirk, the dirty lawyer himself, will discuss the new series with Jonathan Banks (Mike! Alive again!) and Michael McKean, who will play Saul’s brother. Accept the charges, because this is one call you can’t afford not to take.

Thu., Feb. 5, 8 p.m., 2015

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UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS

Last week, Season 5 of Downton Abbey blazed (spoiler!) back on to American television, allowing us to catch up with the Crawleys and, you know, all those people they keep in the basement. Part of a suffocating bourgeois culture or not, it’s hard to keep from getting swept up in their decadent and exceedingly British world, where one nods to the footman, dresses for dinner, and retires to the cigar room. Tonight, you can practice the elaborate etiquette yourself. At Downton Abbey: The Art of Tasting, learn about the dining customs of Edwardian England and traditional dinner entertainment while tasting a variety of bites that Mrs. Patmore would have served. Observe a garnish-making demonstration, pick up a recipe or two, try your mind at a trivia contest guessing at the function of now obsolete kitchenware, and learn why everyone got so mad at Daisy when she came up to the dining room during dinner. Don’t forget to stand up when a lady enters the room!

Thu., Jan. 15, 7 p.m., 2015

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SOUL SURVIVOR

As a nomadic people, the Jewish community relies on strong cultural ties to preserve its history. Food is a big one. Jews all over the world have come to influence cuisine in their respective locales, but in New York especially. Author Janna Gur has made it her mission to collect and document these “Bubbe-approved” dishes in Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh. The cookbook mixes historical background with practical recipes, some of which are on the verge of extinction. Learn how to make Bukharan pilaf or a mean Yiddish salsa with its meticulously researched recipes. Gur sits down with food critic Jayne Cohen to discuss her journey this afternoon.

Sun., Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m., 2014

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Gabrielle Hamilton and Eddie Huang

Celebrating her cookbook debut, Prune head honcho Gabrielle Hamilton will lead a discussion on how to ace some of the restaurant’s best dishes. Hamilton will discuss several of her recipes — there are nearly 250 in the book. Eddie Huang will also make an appearance.

Wed., Nov. 5, 7 p.m., 2014

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MY OWN PRIVATE ITALY

There’s your old-world Italian fare, then the heavier, cream-based Little Italy variety; now a third party has officially entered the mix. Probably due to the influx of residents with sophisticated palates and even more sophisticated wallets, the West Village has emerged as New York’s epicenter of what’s new in Italian cuisine. The new recipe collection Downtown Italian is a collaborative effort between Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson, and Katherine Thompson, the team behind L’Artusi, dell’anima, Anfora, and L’Apicio. Tonight they’ll share some of their creations for the tasting — possibly their ever-popular “Impromptu Tiramisu,” easy to make at home in individual portions, or a souped-up spaghetti with panko and shrimp. The trio will discuss their inspirations and mix up samples of their signature cocktails.

Tue., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., 2014

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COMPLIMENTS OF THE CHEF

This is the man who brought us both the Cronut (emphatic ™) and the chocolate chip cookie milk shot. Necessary? No. Wonderful? Yes. Sift through the media hype and manufactured exclusivity surrounding his pastries, and you’ll see Dominique Ansel’s truly innovative nature. Tonight he’ll share tips and inspiration from his new book, The Secret Recipes, in a Q&A with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons. The cookbook divulges new gourmet takes on fun treats — make your own Peeps! — and waxes philosophical on his magnum opus: “The real secrets lie not in the recipe of the Cronut, but in the infinity that lies ahead of it.” What’s that mean? No idea, but you can find out tonight and score a signed copy. We’ve no doubt the “Willy Wonka of NYC” (New York Post) has more poetry to divulge; we just hope he stops short of hiring Oompa Loompas to do the grunt work.

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m., 2014

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GOOD COMPANY

David Kaplan and Alex Day probably didn’t invent the craft cocktail movement all on their own…but looking back, it sure seems like they did. Ever since Death & Co., the haute-spooky East Village saloon, opened in 2006, it’s been accruing awards and fans for its painstakingly precise cocktails and shareable punch bowls. Call it science, call it alchemy, call it mixology (and then pay an extra $10 for it), but whatever this meticulous and loving brand of bartending is, it’s taken hold of the urban bar scene. Learn their secrets tonight as they talk with food writer Nick Fauchald and demonstrate how to make the bar’s most iconic cocktails — with an opportunity to taste the creations for good measure. If you can’t absorb that much knowledge and alcohol in one sitting, David, Nick, and Alex will be signing copies of their new book, Death & Co, which includes recipes for 500 of the bar’s signature drinks.

Mon., Oct. 13, 7 p.m., 2014

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

The future of dance in New York has names like Shamara, Vladimir, Jamilya, Onie, John, Juan, Kaitlen, and Ivoryona. It blossoms in this program run by Bessie award-winner Alice Teirstein, which offers all-expenses-paid training in modern dance and choreography to 16 gifted students from 15 public high schools on an annual basis. Now in its 19th season, the Young Dancemakers Company convenes for a month-long workshop at the 92nd Street Y and the Fieldston School, then tours the city with newly choreographed dances and an excerpt from Paul Taylor’s sublime Esplanade, taught by guest artist Richard Chen See. Check the website for the dates, times, and sites of performances in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Takes place in various locations.

Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 24. Continues through Aug. 2, 2014