7 p.m. The School of American Ballet will celebrate its 75th anniversary at Winter Ball, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street. Individual ticket prices are $2,500; $1,500; $1,000; young patron tickets are $300.
7 p.m. Gay Men’s Health Crisis hosts Savor, an annual four-course “New American dinner” prepared by “all-star, world-famous chefs.” This year’s event will include a special performance by Sutton Foster, hosted by Ted Allen of Food Detectives. At Skylight Studios, 275 Hudson Street.
7 p.m. “Loesser Is More,” will be held at the New-York Historical Society to celebrate the work of Frank Loesser. Writer of the score for Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (among other famous works). The concert will feature “vocal stylings” of Sally Wilfert and Jim Weaver. At 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th streets. Ticket prices range from $30–$45.
7:30 p.m. The Freedom Socialist Party hosts “Economics for Activists,” a panel discussion held to explain “capitalism as a sham.” At Freedom Hall, 113 West 128th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. Admission is free.
7:30 p.m. Christopher Wheeldon shows excerpts from ballet Commedia and discusses his collaboration with design team Isabel and Ruben Toledo. At the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th Street. Tickets are $30.
7:30 p.m. The Mingus Orchestra will perform at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, between Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue. Ticket Price: $25.
8 p.m. Political commentators Bill Maher and Ann Coulter kick off M.S.G. Entertainment’s 2009 “Speaker Series: The Minds That Move The World” in a “lively political faceoff.” At Radio City Music Hall, Sixth Avenue and 50th Street.
8 p.m. The American Ballroom Theater holds a viewing party for the premiere of Dancing With the Stars, 25 West 31st Street, on the fourth floor.
8 p.m. Black Lips, Gentlemen Jesse and His Men, and Georgiana Starlington will perform at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street. Ticket Price: $17.
8 p.m. The Emerging Comics of New York Awards ceremony will be held at Comix, 353 West 14th Street, between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Tickets are $20, $15 in advance, with a two-drink minimum.
8 p.m. The Shushan Channel Purim Party ’09 is performed by writers from The Daily Show, Dennis Miller Live, and The Simpsons, for a spin-off/ spoof, pop-culture take on the Jewish holiday. At 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street. Tickets: $35, advance $25, includes one drink. Also a Traditional Megillah Reading will be held at 5:30 p.m., Contemporary Megillah Reading at 7:00 pm.