• Spider-Man 3 premiere. United Artists Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14, 35-30 38th St., Astoria, 6 p.m. In attendance: spider-franchise stalwarts Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, J.K. Simmons, and Rosemary Harris, as well as newcomers including Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard. This will mark the first and last time any of these people go to Queens for a social event.
• Parsons Benefit & Fashion Show. Grand Hyatt at Grand Central, 109 E. 42nd St., nr. Lexington Ave., 6 p.m. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, Bob Kerrey, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, and Tim Gunn. If we went to a gala at the Grand Hyatt, a free-booze-fueled run to the nearby McDonald's on Lex would be a distinct possibility; since we weren't invited, we'll have to make do with just the McDonald's.
• WNET Thirteen Gala Salute. Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, nr. 36th St., 6 p.m. Clearly the mogul's party of choice tonight; expected guests include Barry Diller, Harvey Weinstein, Steve Rattner, Martha Stewart, Henry Kravis, and Mort Zuckerman. Hang around the bar long enough and you just might take home a controlling stake in an offshore holding company.
• Cookie magazine Smart Cookie Awards. Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave., nr. 36th St., 6 p.m. Expected guests include Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Marcia Gay Harden, and Mariska Hargitay. Extra security is on hand lest the evening end in a Source Awards–esque Nixon-Stone-Harden-Hargitay smackdown over the question of who is the smartest cookie.
Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.
Note: In Thursday's Party Town, we misidentified an event honoring Lou Reed. Reed received the George Arents Pioneer Medal, Syracuse University's highest alumni award.