Wednesday, December 5th

Stretching out languidly before us like a plump, cauliflower-buttocked rococo nude, the fruitcake-filled, unseasonably-balmy month of December, during which we inhale boxes of festive truffles (sent over by various evil business associates) with increasing frequency as the afternoon progresses from actual work to dailyhoroscopes.com to staring blankly at the wall wishing for the new video iPod. Luckily, the stupor that blankets Manhattan this festive time of year is broken up by the head-splitting hangovers occasioned by that annual rite of self-abasement and unfortunate carnal congress, the office holiday party! And right off the bat we have proof that the world has come to an end: The Young Republicans are going skating! Shoosh! Your chance to see people named Mitten wearing mittens. Meanwhile, last night while you were snoozing, the tweedy elves at Knopf had their party at Telephone Bar in the East Village. (Hard times in book publishing, folks?) While office parties gobble up much of December, good old-fashioned benefits keep caterers in cashmere, too: the Glaucoma Foundation holds its Black & White Ball at the Pierre, honoring Christopher Gardner, author and subject of The Pursuit of Happyness, which you may recognize as a movie starring Will Smith in which a hapless and homeless father pulls himself up by his bootstraps and becomes a trader (hey, we can all hope!). And—how did we miss this?—British “guerrilla” graffiti artist Banksy, he of the Brangelina patronage, is showing at Vanina Holasek Gallery in Chelsea. How he managed to do this without ever appearing in person or telling anyone his real name is anyone’s guess. (Does this mean he’s a middle-aged crazy woman from Brooklyn, too?)

[Brooklyn and New York Young Republicans Skating Social, Wollman Rink, Central Park, 7 p.m., brooklynnyr@gmail.com; Glaucoma Foundation’s Black and White Ball, the Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, 6:30 p.m., 212-651-2508; Banksy at Vanina Holasek Gallery, 502 West 27th Street, 212-347-9093]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Wednesday, December 5th