- The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
Location has been determined! Sala Thai on 307 Amsterdam. They wont seat us unless everyone is there so please arrive a little early or if you cant make it, change your rsvp! Hope you all are enjoying the book!
Super excited for the first book club! Location TBD but it will NOT be an online event- I just haven't decided on a restaurant!
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK
"Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page."—Reese Witherspoon
Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.
Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…
Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.
“Eloquent and moving…Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”—Publishers Weekly
- Afternoon Tea/ Brunch at Alice's Tea Cup
I've always wanted to do afternoon tea and this seems like such a fun place to start!
You can take a look at the menu [here](https://www.alicesteacup.com/chapter-2-menus/#afternoon-chapter-2). Afternoon Tea for one is $36 but they also have a ton of brunch options!
I'll leave the RSVP for 5 people for now. Reservations for 6+ people, I'll need to call in and request, so if there are people on the waiting list we'll open it up!
- Grit Bxng + Cocktails!
Grit Bxng is a boxing studio with a full bar and themed nights!
FROM THEIR [WEBSITE](https://www.gritbxng.com):
"GRIT trainers will take it from here to teach you the 6 GRIT BXNG punches and fighting stances. You’ll first warm up the body with dynamic and compound movements. You’ll be amped and prepared for 9 rounds of intervals as the music ramps up and the light show begins. And then you’re off, digging deep and working out."
They are currently running a special for a buy one class get one free but you need to use the classes within 30 days. The studio is very large and holds about 50- something people per class, but to stick with the goal of this group in creating meaningful friendships I'm going to keep the RSVP to 8 people.
For $45 you get:
-One class + a credit on your account for a second class
-Wraps (that you keep!)
-One free drink from their full bar
\*\*\*Just RSVP-ing **does not** guarantee you a spot! You must pay the $45 before you are guaranteed a spot. I'll work with my contact there to create an account for you (so I might message you for your email address). If you pay for a spot and no show- you wont be refunded. If there is someone on the waiting list who wants to buy your ticket thats a deal between you two!
\*\*\* To make sure we can get into the class we want (I was told they can fill up pretty quick even two weeks out) I'm going to close the RSVP two weeks before the actual class.
\*\*\*You must arrive 10 min early. If you've never done boxing before the wraps can be tricky!
If there is anything else I will let everyone know!
- Totah Gallery + Drinks at Black Crescent
Lets check out Mel Bochner's exhibit at Totah and then grab drinks (and maybe some oysters!) at Black Crescent down the street!
\*\*Totah closes at 6pm and Black Crescent opens at 5pm\*\*
You can check out Totah [here! ](https://www.davidtotah.com/exhibitions)
Menu for Black Crescent is [here](http://www.blackcrescentnyc.com) under the QR code tab.
- Orchid Evenings @ NYBG
Super excited about this one! I picked a later date just to make sure we could all get tickets since it says that they do sell out. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased [here](https://www.nybg.org/visit/admission/?keyword=tickets). Make sure to click the right date and time before you buy one! If we want to grab dinner or drinks after this I can look into that too!
\*\*Just RSVP-ing here does not guarantee you a ticket! You must purchase your own ticket to attend. If you don't purchase one in advance, you risk them being sold out at the door\*\*
From the website:
### Step Into a World of Color and Style
Lose yourself in twists and turns of color at New York City’s most spectacular evening outings. Discover famed designer Jeff Leatham’s colorful and bold vision for *The Orchid Show*—a kaleidoscopic display of dazzling orchids. The singular style and high energy of the evening performers set the stage for signature cocktails and local flavors from the Bronx Night Market.
*Orchid Evenings are for adults 21 and over. Advanced purchase recommended to guarantee admission; events do sell out. When purchasing a ticket, select an entry time to enter the Conservatory to view* The Orchid Show. *You may arrive anytime between 7–10 p.m. to enjoy the evening, although entry into the Conservatory is at the time indicated on your ticket.*