Movies, Movies, and Statesmen

Tonight's boldfaced parties:

Casting Society of America Awards. Caroline's, 1626 Broadway, nr. 50th St., 4:45 p.m. Presenters include John Krasinski, Swoosie Kurtz, Bob Martin, Annabella Sciorra, and Joe Pantoliano; the lifetime-achievement prize is going to casting director Juliet Taylor for her work on Annie Hall, Taxi Driver, and many other films. We're skeptical: Wouldn't those movies have been better if De Niro and Allen switched roles?

Avenue magazine screening of A Good Year. Paris Theatre, 4 W. 58th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 7 p.m.; dinner at Le Cirque, 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., 9 p.m. On the prospective guest list: Ashleigh Banfield, Dennis Basso, Regis Philbin, Mike Wallace, Lesley Stahl, Barbara Walters. We cannot get over the fact that when Mike Wallace appeared on the first 60 Minutes broadcast in 1968, he was already 50 years old.
Aspen Institute Awards. Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, nr. Sixth Ave., 7 p.m. Madeleine Albright, Hank Paulson, Queen Noor of Jordan, Henry Louis Gates Jr., many other rich and important people scheduled to attend. Václav Havel will be honored — and once again his shameful failure to resolve the dispute over the name "Budweiser" (which pits Anheuser-Busch against the makers of what is known in America as "Czechvar Lager") will be swept under the carpet by the powers that be. For shame.

Looking for something lower-key and more accessible? Check out all our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.