Tonight’s boldfaced parties:
• WNYC gala. Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd St., nr. Vanderbilt Ave., 6 p.m. Scheduled attendees include Brian Lehrer, Ira Glass, Liz Smith, Rosanne Cash, and Will Shortz. This is the first time crossword guru Shortz has shown up in our boldfaced column; while he used to be a regular on the circuit, there’s hardly a New York party promoter left who’s willing to deal with the coke dealers, prostitutes, and figures from the cockfighting underworld that he insists on bringing along with him.
• Legends of the Village benefit. Strata, 915 Broadway, nr. 21st St., 6 p.m. Scheduled Village legends: Chuck Close, Lynn Redgrave, Judy Collins, Stanley Kunitz. In other news, tomorrow’s “Legends of the Intersection by the Flatiron Building” benefit will be held on West 4th Street. Rim shot!
• LAByrinth Theater Company’s Celebrity Charades. Downtown Auditorium, 41 Broad St., nr. Beaver St., 8 p.m. Participants set to include Whoopi Goldberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianna Margulies, Erika Christensen, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Edie Falco, Gina Gershon, and, in a situation we hope does not result in any tragic gesticulation-related deaths, Robin Williams.
• Library Lions gala. Public Library Rose Reading Room, Fifth Ave. nr. 42nd St., 7 p.m. On the list: Mayor Bloomberg, Anna Wintour, Barbara Walters, Candice Bergen, Henry Kravis. That’s a lot of people in one room who can make you cry: Wintour (scathing put-down), Walters (probing line of childhood-related questioning), Bergen (discussing details of her date with Henry Kissinger).
Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York’s culture editors.