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It's a Family Affair

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.

Wynton Marsalis Can Play With His Eyes Closed

An Evening With Wynton Marsalis. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., nr. 76th St., 6:30 p.m. Glenn Close, Angela Bassett, and others are expected to be on hand as Mr. Marsalis performs four songs from his album after a Q&A. We went to a similar event in college, and it ended with him playing a solo and accompanying himself on piano with his left hand. It was pretty awesome. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

The Countess, in the W, With a Bottle of Hennessy

Hennessy presents short films by Matthew Modine. W Union Square, 201 Park Ave. S., nr. 17th St., 6:30 p.m. BIG turnout for this one: Expected guests include Richard Belzer, Glenn Close, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Aida Turturro, Lauren Bush, Johnny Ventimiglia (a.k.a. Artie Bucco), and more. Also, the Countess LuAnn Nadeau de Lesseps. Stay away from her, though: Given her name, it’s almost certain that she’ll at some point become involved in a murder related to the daring theft of a priceless heirloom.

Russell Simmons Enters Mogul Wormhole

Def Jam: Icon party. Ultra, 37 W. 26th St., nr. Broadway, 8 p.m. Funkmaster Flex, Russell Simmons, Paul Wall, Method Man, and Redman are scheduled to be among those celebrating the third iteration of the be-a-hip-hop-mogul video game. Which is interesting because Simmons is a hip-hop mogul who's making money off this video game. So one presumes that a good move in the game is making your own video game, and on and on into infinity.

Will Moby and Mariska Order In?

Jackie Robinson Foundation awards dinner. Waldorf=Astoria, 301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St., 6:30 p.m. Stan O’Neal and Spike Lee will be honored; Katie Couric and John Leguizamo expected to attend; Bill Cosby to host. Otherwise, it’s a pretty slow night out in partyland. We’re picturing a four-way split-screen shot of Moby, Kenneth Cole, Damon Dash, and Mariska Hargitay sitting at home, filing their nails, flipping through channels, and tapping their fingers idly on a countertop. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

It's ‘Club MTV’ All Over Again

Reebok "Freestyle" 25th anniversary celebration. Culture Club, 179 Varick St., nr. King St., 8 p.m. The Freestyle is a women's shoe, and the press release notes that expected guests such as Cybill Shepherd, Salt-N-Pepa (!), and Downtown Julie Brown (!!) "helped make the Freestyle what it is today." Whatever. No word on whether there will also be a party for the underpaid Asian factory employees that literally "make the Freestyle what it is today."

Grand Old Time for ‘Zodiac’

Cinema Society Zodiac screening and party. Screening at Tribeca Grand, 2 Sixth Ave., nr. White St., 7:30 p.m.; party at Soho Grand, 310 W. Broadway, nr. Canal St., 10 p.m. One presumes there won't be an after-party, simply because they've run out of Manhattan hotels named the "[location] Grand." Although there's always the one in Flushing! Expected guests include Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, and Bill Hader.

The Deep End of the Cool Pool

"We Are the Pool" video premiere. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave., nr. Meeker Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. How do you wrestle control of public space from the clutches of an evil, expensive promoter? Simple: Gather your Brooklyn pals and do an ironic reenactment of "We Are the World." The city will be very sympathetic.

Everything — Even Paul Verhoeven Movies — Is Better in the Netherlands

Black Book screening after-party. Osteria del Circo, 120 W. 55th St., nr Sixth Ave., following 7 p.m. screening. Black Book, a World War II thriller, is the most expensive Dutch film ever made. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven, whose Hollywood films include Robocop, Total Recall, and, of course, Showgirls. Verhoeven will be on hand tonight; his movie's non-translated title is Zwartboek, proving once again that everything except hallucinogen-induced anxiety attacks is better in the Netherlands. • Party for The Black Door. The World Bar at the Trump World Tower, 845 United Nations Plaza, nr. 47th St., 6 p.m. There won't be any boldfaced names at this party, according to the press release, but there will be waiters carrying around trays of sex toys (The Black Door is a frankly awesome-sounding pulp novel about a high-powered New York lawyer who becomes obsessed with an underground sex club). Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

At Least 100 Black Men at Hilton Tonight

One Hundred Black Men gala. New York Hilton, 1335 Sixth Ave., nr. 54th St., 6 p.m. Expected guests include Kanye West, Charlie Rangel, Cory Booker, Curtis Martin, Calvin Butts, and, presumably, 95 other black men.

Be Older and Hotter on Your Birthday

"All Grown Up & Sexy" birthday party for Mona Scott Young. The Grand, 41 E. 58th St., nr. Madison Ave., 9:30 p.m. Ms. SexyGrown is an exec for the hip-hop management outfit Violator. Expected guests include Missy Elliot, Wyclef Jean, Lyor Cohen, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah, Q-Tip, Ice-T, and The Wire's Jamie Hector, a.k.a. Marlo Stanfield. We're not going, because Marlo offed a favorite character of ours last season and things could get heated if we saw him. Also, we weren't invited.

Cheers to MoMA

Jeff Wall exhibit opening. MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., 7 p.m. Scheduled attendees: Michael Ovitz, Henry Kravis, William Wegman. Floral arrangements will be provided by Ron Wendt Design. Change “Ron” to “George” in that previous sentences and you’ve got yourself a real party. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

Few People Truly Celebrate Presidents' Day

It being a federal holiday, many people are taking the day off from working and partying.Black Snake Moan premiere. Chelsea West Cinemas, 333 W. 23rd St., nr. Eighth Ave., 5 p.m. Expected to show are stars Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and S. Epatha Merkerson. Considering Jackson chains Ricci to a radiator and quotes Scripture at her so they can both learn to love again, expect some heavy drinking here. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

Movie Screenings Keep Nightlife Off Life Support

Gray Matters screening. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., nr W. 3rd St. Stars Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Cumming, Molly Shannon, and Sissy Spacek are expected along with Parker Posey, Jane Krakowski, and Rachel Dratch. Gray Matters is a drama about solving perplexing brainteasers while bowling. (Note: Plot synopsis derived entirely from speculation based on this photo. It's actually about siblings trying to find love.)

How Sweet the Guest List

Amazing Grace premiere. Cinema One, 1011 Third Ave., nr. 60th St., 7 p.m.; after-party at Le Cirque, 151 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., 9 p.m. Amazing Grace is about the guy who wrote "Amazing Grace." Included in the epically strange list of expected guests: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Susan Sarandon, Floyd Abrams, Al Sharpton, Stanley Crouch, Damon Dash, Al Roker, Moby, George C. Wolfe, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, and director Michael Apted. It's the black-intellectual/old-white-actor/Today show–weatherman event of the season!

Television, Radio, and Chamber Music

Museum of Television and Radio gala. Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave., nr. 49th St., 6 p.m. Hosted by Tom Brokaw in honor of Sir Howard Stringer; guests include Helen Gurley Brown, Dominick Dunne, Angela Lansbury, Morley Safer, and Andy Rooney. Wow. That's a lot of people who are really, really … uh … experienced in the breadth and totality of television and radio history. • "Lovestruck" party presented by Lincoln Center Chamber Music patrons' society. Marlborough Gallery, 40 W. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 7 p.m. Hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, this event is allegedly a celebration of sensuality and indulgence. We're not saying it isn't, but all the people who got their pictures taken at the event last year must be really good at keeping a poker face on their sensual indulgence. Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

‘The Sopranos’ vs. ‘Entourage’?

WATER benefit for Riverkeeper. SF Gallery, 663 Fifth Ave., nr. 52nd St., 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo; expected guests include Lorraine Bracco, Ivanka Trump, Lauren Bush, Amanda Hearst, Vanessa Q. Rockefeller, Ana Lucia Vanderbilt, Chupacabra Winthrop-Gugelman, and Mo’nique Astor. • VH1 party for The Agency. Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 9 p.m. No hugely celebtastic guests are confirmed, but “The Agency” is the Wilhelmina modeling agency, so you can probably count on Piven to be there. Or, check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

Rolling and Reading

Rolling With Style gala. Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., nr. Vanderbilt Ave., 6:30 p.m. Fashion Week continues to suck the biggest names away from the gala circuit, but Carol Alt and Nick Cannon are expected. Nothing against Nick Cannon, but it's amusing that the most highly approved sample usage of his name in the Urban Dictionary is "One time Nick Cannon made a joke that was almost funny … just kidding, it was terrible." • Because She Can book party. At a private residence on Greene Street. (If you really want to try and crash it, head to Soho and follow the smell of catered appetizers.) Because She Can is the roman à clef by former ReganBooks employee Bridie Clark. Now that Judith Regan, Anna Wintour, and Harvey Weinstein have all gotten the thinly-veiled-fictional-tyrant treatment, it's clear there's only one notoriously psychotic boss left to be exposed: this guy. Or check out all our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York's culture editors.

Fascist Movie, Moving Fashion, and New Yorkers

The Lives of Others screening. Sony Screening Room, 550 Madison Ave., nr. 55th St., 6 p.m. Elie Wiesel and Frank McCourt are expected to see the film, which portrays East Germans spying on each other under Communism. Holocaust memoirist, child-abuse memoirist, harrowing oppressive-regime drama: Sounds like the post-screening dinner will be a real laugh party.