• The Good Shepherd premiere. Ziegfeld Theater, 141 W. 54th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 7 p.m. Director Robert DeNiro and stars Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Billy Crudup, and John Turturro expected. Based on the movie's title and trailer, we're supposing that a white-haired mentor figure will shoehorn some sort of half-assed allegory about sheep into a conversation with Matt Damon's character.
• Partnership for Public Service gala. Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., nr. Vanderbilt Ave., 6:30 p.m. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will award Senator Joe Lieberman with the Theodore Roosevelt Award for the Advancement of Public Service. Humorously, Dennis Haysbert will be honored for the "portrayal" of public service but sadly will not receive it from Commissioner Tony Scali.
• Gotham Magazine "Home for Christmas" performance. China Club, 268 W. 47th St., nr. Broadway., 7:30 p.m. Hall & Oates will perform some choice cuts from their new Christmas album. But who will play holiday-themed soft rock for the Jews? Who?
• Rush Youth holiday party. Irving Plaza, 167 Irving Pl., nr. 15th St., 4 p.m. Russ Simmons, his brother Reverend Run, and MTV's Sway are scheduled to attend this benefit for one of Simmons's charities. If you think about it, a lot of hip-hop pioneers utilized honorific-based nicknames. Reverend Run, Dr. Dre, Professor Griff, Judge Dredd …
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