GRAPE MINDS: Next time some party pooper suggests you’ve had enough wine, you can tell him that you just attended a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History on the anti-aging effects of wine, thankyouverymuch. Dr. Joseph Maroon, author of The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, comes to the Linder Theater to explain the connection between what’s in your glass (literally, because you’ll be drinking while you listen) and the science of staying young. 6:30PM. DUE TO SNOW, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 16.
SEASONED: As Mario Batali’s ninth cookbook, Molto Gusto, makes its way onto kitchen shelves everywhere, the be-Croc’d eminence grise of neo-Italian cuisine sits down with the NYT’s Amanda Hesser (The Essential New York Times Cookbook) to talk about food and life between the pages. Hesser will be on hand after the event to sign copies of her book. Spicing it up with Hesser and Batali! is at the JCC, 7:30PM.
KEYS TO THE CITY: We called out 2010’s Play Me, I’m Yours project (a.k.a. Street Pianos, which outfitted five boroughs with public pianos free for the playing) as one of the best things to happen in NYC music last year, so we’re thrilled to see a fundraiser at Southpaw tonight to support its return in 2011 with even more uprights (88 to last year’s 60!) citywide. Slated to perform: Emily Wells, Anni Rossi and others. 8PM.