Events Roundup: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

5:30 p.m. Robert Kahn will sign copies of his new book, Movies: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide at Rizzoli Bookstore, 31 West 57th Street.

6 p.m. The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School will host a discussion with Professor Robert Shiller to discuss his upcoming book, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why it Matters for Global CapitalismIn Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.

6:30 p.m.
Savoy Restaurant kicks off "celebration of cassoulet," 70 Prince Street.

6:30 p.m. Jimmy Breslin shares passages from his work during dinner at BAMcafe. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

7:15 p.m. MoMa celebrates "Documentary Fortnight" with The Moth: Stories from Behind the Scenes of Nonfiction Film. The Moth presents five story tellers who are either documentary subjects or filmmakers themselves. At 11 West 53rd Street.

7:30 p.m. Theater Resources Unlimited and Back Stage host the panel, "Pitch Perfect: How to Present Your Projects and What a Producer Should Be Looking For." At The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street.

7:30 p.m. Opening night for Gotham Chamber Opera’s presentation of Joseph Haydn’s "L’isola Disabitata." At 899 Tenth Avenue. 

8 p.m. 3rd Ward hosts Drink N’ Draw, an art party. B.Y.O.  drawing implements for evening featuring "alcohol and beautiful models." At 195 Morgan Avenue, between Meadow and Stagg Streets, in Brooklyn.   

10 p.m. The second-annual installment of Dr. Dre Day–his 44th Birthday: Featuring Nick Hook, Egg Foo Young, Cosmo Baker, Project Matt, and Dances With White Girls. Also promises of a live re-enactment of "The $20 Sack Pyramid." At Santos Party House, 100 Lafayette Street.