• Garden of Hope Gala. Strang Cancer Prevention Center, 428 E. 72nd St., nr. First Ave., 6:30 p.m. Rufus Wainwright will perform to an audience that will likely include Mario Cuomo and Lauren Bush. Afterward they can all conference-call the Kennedys and talk about living in dynastic families.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Waldorf=Astoria, 301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St., 8:30 p.m. Grandmaster Flash, R.E.M., Van Halen, and the Ronnettes will be inducted. It’s a little-known fact, but every time an event “honoring” rock is held in a fancy-pants hotel ballroom that’s closed to the public, the ghost of John Bonham gets kicked in the face by Satan. We blame you, Jann Wenner.
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