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Brian Lehrer, Will Shortz to Rage at Cipriani

Tonight’s boldfaced parties:

WNYC gala. Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd St., nr. Vanderbilt Ave., 6 p.m. Scheduled attendees include Brian Lehrer, Ira Glass, Liz Smith, Rosanne Cash, and Will Shortz. This is the first time crossword guru Shortz has shown up in our boldfaced column; while he used to be a regular on the circuit, there’s hardly a New York party promoter left who’s willing to deal with the coke dealers, prostitutes, and figures from the cockfighting underworld that he insists on bringing along with him.

Legends of the Village benefit. Strata, 915 Broadway, nr. 21st St., 6 p.m. Scheduled Village legends: Chuck Close, Lynn Redgrave, Judy Collins, Stanley Kunitz. In other news, tomorrow’s “Legends of the Intersection by the Flatiron Building” benefit will be held on West 4th Street. Rim shot!
LAByrinth Theater Company’s Celebrity Charades. Downtown Auditorium, 41 Broad St., nr. Beaver St., 8 p.m. Participants set to include Whoopi Goldberg, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianna Margulies, Erika Christensen, Billy Crudup, Rachel Dratch, Edie Falco, Gina Gershon, and, in a situation we hope does not result in any tragic gesticulation-related deaths, Robin Williams.
Library Lions gala. Public Library Rose Reading Room, Fifth Ave. nr. 42nd St., 7 p.m. On the list: Mayor Bloomberg, Anna Wintour, Barbara Walters, Candice Bergen, Henry Kravis. That’s a lot of people in one room who can make you cry: Wintour (scathing put-down), Walters (probing line of childhood-related questioning), Bergen (discussing details of her date with Henry Kissinger).

Or check out our Agenda listings for tonight, selected by New York’s culture editors.

Brian Lehrer, Will Shortz to Rage at Cipriani