That’s Dame Julie Andrews to you, pal! Our Big Cheese editor has laid in an extra crate of clotted cream for tonight’s Americans for the Arts awards honoring Dame Julie Andrews, Yoko Ono, painter du jour Kehinde Wiley and someone named J. Barry Griswell, a man who is on Forbes’ list of highest-paid CEOs. Moving on, is there a fuzzy-creature-related cause we won’t shamelessly shill for? Nope! Debbie Harry performs and Moby DJs at the “Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue” benefit at the Highline Ballroom, hosted by sensitive famous people including a Beastie Boy and a beastie girl—Gina Gershon—and benefiting Rational Animal and the ASPCA. Finally, a panel “REVIVAL: Broadway’s Next Act” features Spring Awakening auteur Duncan Sheik, Rent’s Anthony Rapp and In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda discussing how it is that Broadway continues to get away with those outrageous ticket prices, oops, the future of Broadway, with an after-party sponsored by Heavy Water Vodka at the Russian Tea Room. … Thank goodness someone is still serving free vodka around here.
[National Arts Awards, Cipriani 42nd Street, 6:30 p.m., www.americansforthearts.org/events; Gimme Shelter Rock & Rescue benefit, Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, 7 p.m., www.gimmeshelterrockandrescuenyc.org; REVIVAL: Broadways’ Next Act, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 8 p.m., 212-903-9734]