Oh, capitalism, take us now! Twenty-fours hours until you drop everything and show your schweetie how much you looooove him/her/she-male by sending flowers that cost three times more than they cost last week, and dining at a restaurant neither of you can afford, all before exchanging drugstore cards with cheesy bedroom jokes and struggling to rally for the obligatory shag. Best to resign yourself to the inevitable move to northern Canada. Meanwhile do something good for humanity and swill some hooch at a party for the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Glamorous young couples expected to rally for the cause include Reed and Delphine Krakoff, Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr., Candice and Geoffrey Postel and Rebecca and Darren Anikstein, along with singles like Mischa Barton. (Wait, isn’t she in the big house?) Later, Tibet House celebrates the Year of the Earth Rat with a Carnegie Hall concert (Sufjan Stevens + Band of Horses + Ray Davies) featuring chairperson Uma Thurman and her backup band, the Drepung Gomang Monks. Then, from the transcendent to the tawdry: BlackBook magazine packs Socialista with wall-to-wall wankers, brought to you by rock spawn Theodora Richards and K-Y Jelly. (Can someone please remind this lovely young lass that as a daughter of the man who co-wrote “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Ruby Tuesday,” she might find a more dignified pastime than helping promote butt-sex lube?) Finally, it’s the kick-off party for—deep breath!—the East Side House Settlement Gala Preview of the 2008 New York International Auto Show, sponsored by Lamborghini and Esquire. Expected to attend are photographic opportunists Fabian Basabe and Melissa Berkelhammer, not to mention aspiring boldface names Emma Snowden-Jones, Jonathan Farkas, Allison Aston and Tatiana Boncompagni. Still: auto show?
[Partnership for Public Service event, 24 Fifth, 7:30 p.m., 212-938-1032; Tibet House benefit, Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, 7:30 p.m., 212-807-0563; Kick-Off to East Side House Settlement Gala Preview of the Auto Show, Mallet Antiques, 929 Madison Avenue, 6:30 p.m.]