This Week’s NYC Happenings: Open Market, Film Feast, The Big Cheesy

MONDAY: Meat & Greet At The Meatpacking Fundraiser
Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen are among the boldface names coming out tonight for the Meatpacking District Improvement Association’s inaugural fundraiser. Highline Stages will host, with the whole neighborhood on hand for sampling. The Misshapes and Nancy of LCD Soundsystem are on DJ duty. Food and booze will be provided by the likes of Catch, Bagatelle, and Serafina. Joie, Jay Godfrey and, of course, VF highlight the sample sales.

Open Market at Highline Stages (440 W. 15th St., the Meatpacking District) starts 8pm, Monday the 18th. General admission tickets are $150. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: A Reel Cool Time At Nitehawk
Nitehawk Cinema takes dinner and a movie to a new level as part of their Tuesday night series known as “Film Feast.” Chef Sarah Nguyen of Marc Forgione lays out five courses of French cuisine while you enjoy the Parisian flair of Amélie. Absinthe will be paired, d‘accord.

Film Feast’s Améliescreening is at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg) at 7:30pm, Tuesday the 19th. Tickets are $95. To learn more about the cinema, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Say Cheese
Pop-up competition The Big Cheesy returns with seven melt masters squaring off at Openhouse Gallery. Returning champs Melt Shop will defend their grilled cheese crown against the likes of Murray’s Cheese Bar, ’wichcraft, and Sons of Essex.

The Big Cheesy at Openhouse (201 Mulberry St., Nolita) runs from noon–7pm on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the gallery and event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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New York Preview: Jay Godfrey

The Meatpacking District Phase Deux continues apace with a dazzling new boutique from celeb fave and America’s Next Top Model alum Jay Godfrey. His debut standalone shop will carry the designer’s collections of glamorous, shape-hugging styles for women, within a sleek space designed by MR Architecture + Décor.

There will also be on offer a selection of art, travel and photography books chosen by Godfrey himself. With a glorious position along the High Line route, the shop is also just steps from what will be the new home of the Whitney, thus insuring a fascinating customer mix of cultured aesthetes mingling with his usual draw of very famous ladies like Zoe Kravitz, Blake Lively and J-Lo. 

Songs to Strut To: Fashion Week Runway Jams

New York Fashion Week topples over with model pouts, distended egos, and double-kisses. The whole circus is as fabulous as it is absurd. To usher in the Spring 2008 collections, we checked in with young, fun strut peddlers to find out what they’ll be listening to—on and off the runway.

Erin Fetherston ● New Young Pony Club, “Ice Cream” ● The Rolling Stones, “She’s a Rainbow” ● Santogold, “Lights Out” ● She & Him, ” I Was Made For You” “These are some of my favorite songs for the Spring 09 season — each one has a unique tone but they share a common theme of love and happiness.”

Jay Godfrey ● Marianne Faithful, “Sister Morphine” ● Feist, “I Feel It All” ● Hot Chip, “Boy From School” ● Junior Boys, “In The Morning” “The first one is an old rock classic, but we would remix it to speed it up and give it a modern edge. Then the last three are newer songs that are fun, youthful, and have a great beat — tunes that are sexy and modern that a woman would have on her playlist to host a fabulous cocktail party.”

Chris Benz ● JaConfetti, “Step Up” ● George Michael and Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” ● Róisín Murphy, “You Know Me Better” ● Anna Vissi, “Call Me” ● George Harrison, “Got My Mind Set On You”

Frank Tell ● “Like an Animal (Adam Crystal remix),” the Glove. “I love the lyrics to this song: ‘One mile in the air that’s where she lives / Her body looks so thin and pink and small / Dropping eggs from nervous shaking hands / And swallowing her fingers as they fall / … Fight her all you want; you’ll never win … ‘” ● “Being Boiled,” the Human League. ● “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Bauhaus. “I first discovered this song while watching The Hunger. Catherine Deneuve. I really don’t need to say any more.”

Rachel Comey “Anything by Hercules and the Love Affair rocks my runway!”

Charlotte Ronson ● Chester French, “She Loves Everybody” ● The Virgins, “Murder” ● Coldplay, “Death and All His Friends” “This season, my collection was inspired by The Virgin Suicides. Although Air created the music for the film, that choice would be too obvious for my collection. I want to use songs that are romantic with a more current, modern sound to them. These three songs emulate that to me.”

Alexander Wang “All I can do is hint at what we’ll play during Fashion Week … Foxy Brown and Kelis.”