WHEN HILLARY IS PRESIDENT, one perk for us all is going to be the cast of old familiar and much-missed names from Clinton 1.0 who will be back for cookies and tea and shenanigans in the White House. Such as Denise Rich, the very wealthy songstress, Clinton contributor and ex-wife of Marc Rich, that amusing fellow who hid out as a fugitive in Switzerland after being indicted—by Rudy Giuliani no less!—for tax evasion and illegal trading with Iran, and who Bill pardoned later on his way out of the White House. (We miss Obama already.) Tonight Ms. Rich co-hosts the Angel Ball, which benefits the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. There will be music from Chaka Khan (!), John Legend (whom we always get confused with both John Mayer and James Blunt) and Joss Stone. Being honored is Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar, Kevin Liles of Warner Brothers Music and Thomas Krens, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Celebrity presenters include tsunami survivor beauty Petra Nemcova, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Kelly Ripa, Liz Smith, Star Jones and Sarah Duchess of York (keep her away from the crumpets!). Meanwhile, further south there’s some major media hubbub, bub, as Mrs. Rupert Murdoch hosts a screening of Nanking. The film, which stars Woody Harrelson (whom we’re always glad to see back on the big screen), Mariel Hemingway, and Stephen Dorff, is about the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of WWII, and the movie was all the rage at Sundance last year. And, just to throw a little crazy into your Monday, poet Yvonne Murphy reads at the Bowery Poetry Club from her work “The Cyclone,” an ode to the rickety old coaster out in Coney Island. What rhymes with “death trap”?
[Denise Rich’s Angel Ball, Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway, www.gandp.org; Nanking screening, Tribeca Grand Hotel screening room, 2 Avenue of the Americas, 7 p.m., reception to follow, by invitation only; Yvonne Murphy reads, Bowery Poetry Club, 85 East Fourth Street, 2nd Floor, 212-505-3360]