Thursday, January 8

Don’t believe what they tell you about luxury brands giving up the ghost! Louis Vuitton and its oft-naked artistic director, Marc Jacobs, host a tribute to graffiti artist–designer Stephen Sprouse at the Louis Vuitton studio on Greene Street to coincide with Mr. Sprouse’s opening at Deitch Projects nearby, complete with an after-party (soooo 2007!) at the Bowery Ballroom featuring entertainment by Debbie Harry. Later, silky voiced if decidedly strange singer Cat Power performs for skinny-jeaned editorial assistants at a book party (sooooo 1997!) in Williamsburg for William Van Meter’s new tome, Bluegrass: A True Story of a Murder in Kentucky. (Bonus dirty excerpt! “Luke showered and got ready, admiring himself in the mirror. … Luke was garrulous, often smiling, and spoke in a heavily accented, rapid-fire drawl littered with double negatives and tenses out of whack.”) Finally, the The New York Times’ New Yorker Festival, oops, eighth annual “Arts & Leisure Weekend” kicks off with the shy, demure gals of The View, who will discuss how they handle controversial topics. (That’s easy: They have a screaming match that ends up on YouTube!)

[Louis Vuitton cocktails at Louis Vuitton Studio, 116 Greene Street, 6:30 p.m., after-party at Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 9 p.m., invite only; BluegrassTimes Arts & Leisure Weekend, www.artsandleisureweekend.com for schedule] party, Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, 8 p.m., invite only;

mbryan@observer.com

Thursday, January 8