Thursday, May 17th

Pudding Pops! Sweater-loving cranky-pants Bill Cosby hosts the Jazz Foundation of America’s “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit concert at the Apollo Theater, including appearances by Danny (“I’m too old for this sh#@”) Glover, Letterman piano man Paul Shaffer, Congressman Charlie Rangel, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and Troy Andrews (you know and love him as “Trombone Shorty”). The real question is: Can Bubba Clinton possibly stay away? And will he bring his delightful new gouma? (For those who can’t make it, but still want to hear some jazz, you got your Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks over at Grand Harmony Palace in Chinatown.) For those who like to live dangerously, the Central Park Zoo is having a safari! Kaboommummy I’ve bagged a rhino! The event is a “Safari! Madagascar” fund-raising party (we’re too scared to investigate the meaning of that exclamation point) for the good people at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Vague “Hollywood stars” (hmmmCybill Shepherd? Ben Affleck?) are due to attend for cocktails by the sea-lion pool and then dinner and dancing among the penguins (they’re dressed for it!) and polar bears. Would we?! And finally, a book reading and party which had us by the title alone, Little Stalker (which is what we sometimes call our wee kitty!) by Jennifer Bell …. By the way, anyone else notice that whenever a gal likes a guy in this town these days, the guy can’t wait to tell all his friends he has a “stalker”? Get over yourselves, fellas. Sigh.

[“A Great Night In Harlem” benefit Concert, the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, 8 p.m., www.apollotheater.com; Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Grand Harmony Palace, 98 Mott Street, 7 p.m.; “Safari! Madagascar” fund-raiser for the Wildlife Conservations Society, Central Park Zoo, www.wcs.org; Little Stalker book reading, Chelsea Barnes & Noble, www.barnesandnoble.com, party to follow at El Quijote, 226 West 23rd street, by invitation only.]

Thursday, May 17th