Somebody get us a Red Bull and a moisturized gay date, it’s officially the holiday season! First up, Chevy Chase—he of our favorite holiday movie ever—hosts the Collaborating for a Cure Benefit, a bigwig cancer fund-raiser at the Lexington Avenue Armory featuring entertainment from two old guys from the Eagles whom we’ve never heard of. And then, two theatrical happenings: Is He Dead? is a long-lost Mark Twain comedy about a young painter who fakes his own death to make his paintings more expensive (frankly, a strategy we’re surprised more artists today haven’t caught onto). And then, because even in the midst of a capitalist orgy here we should remind ourselves that not everyone’s biggest problem is what to buy for our rich, picky, married sister who has everything, see West Bank, UK, a musical about a Palestinian and an Israeli sharing a rent-controlled apartment in London. And if you want to kick this highbrow bender up a notch to full-on crazy, attend the poet Philip Levine’s 80th Birthday Tribute, featuring readings by people of letters such as E.L. Doctorow, Yusef Komunyakaa, Edward Hirsch and Kate Daniels. Yes, Auden may have said that “poetry makes nothing happen,” but we bet he scored his quota of tail when he lived on Astor Place!
[Collaborating for a Cure, 68 Lexington Avenue, 6:30 p.m.; Is He Dead?, Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, 8 p.m., www.telecharge.com; West Bank, UK, La MaMa E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street, 8 p.m., www.lamama.org; Philip Levine Tribute, Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh Street, 7 p.m.]