Guitarist Tim Reynolds and special guest Lauren Shera play at the Canal Room. Reynolds is best known for his collaborations with Dave Matthews and as a master guitarist ranging from progressive rock, jazz and high-powered funk fusion guitar. Nov. 10. 8 p.m. $18 in advance or $20 the day of the show. 285 W. Broadway. (212) 941-8100.
“Durango” opens at The Public Theater on Nov. 7. It’s the story of a single father, native to Korea, who takes his two teenage sons on a road trip to Durango, Colorado. Along the way secrets are revealed that intensify the struggle between the boys and their father. 7 p.m. The Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St. (212) 967-7555.
PJWine.com sponsors Grand Tasting 2006, a wine tasting of hundreds of wines from all over the world that benefits City Harvest. A highlight of the evening will be the Spanish wine room which will showcase fine wines and cheeses from the region. Nov. 15. Puck Building. 295 Lafayette St. $95 or $165 for VIP entry. (212) 567-5500.
Although he can often be seen on television as the host of NBC’s “Deal or No Deal,” 30-year stand-up comedy veteran Howie Mandel takes the stage in New York for the first time in over a decade. Nov. 9. 8 p.m. Town Hall. 123 W. 43rd St. (212) 307-4100.
Rachael Ray will appear at Barnes and Noble on Fifth Avenue to promote her book, “2, 4, 6, 8: 30-Minute meals for Couples or Crowds.” The book offers easy ways for cooks to whip up meals large or small but with lots of ease and flavor. Nov. 9. 6 p.m. 555 Fifth Ave. (212) 697-3048.
Fashionistas can get their fill at Lucky Shops, a giant, private sale of designer goods at Gotham Hall on Nov. 10. A portion of the proceeds will be given to Baby Buggy, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving New York families the essential equipment, clothing and products for raising infants and toddlers. $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Gotham Hall. 1356 Broadway. (866) 458-2598.
The Chocolate Show, the nation’s largest chocolate show, returns to New York for its ninth annual installation. Highlights include a fashion show, professional chocolate demonstrations, a special area for children and decadent chocolate cocktails. Nov. 9 – 12. $25. The Metropolitan Pavilion. 125 W. 18th St. (212) 307-7171.
—Pauline M. Millard