Thursday, September 18

Mon Dieu! Bernard Henri-Levy, who has done almost as much for male cleavage as he has for philosophy, brings his lusty, overheated Frenchness to the 92nd Street Y to give the gals a whiff, while downtown at Skylight Studios, Kevin Bacon—officially the skinniest man in New York—entertains the crowd with his rock band at benefit for City Harvest hosted by va-va-va-v-Uma Thurman, Harrison Ford, Rachael Ray and Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert. Next up gossipuese Liz Smith hosts her annual Fete de Swifty, a fund-raiser for the Family Justice Initiative of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Honorary chairs include underwear innovator Calvin Klein, whose global mega-brand is now designed by someone else. While Bono and Tina Turner will not be in attendance, some lucky guest will be able to purchase Madame Tussaud’s wax figurines of them during the auction. (Bono would look smashing in the living room, don’t you think?) Since celebrities are always being asked to design hats, why not something we actually need, like trash cans? Food Bank of New York City wrangles Francisco Costa (designer for the aforementioned Mr. Klein’s global mega-brand), frustratingly beautiful Christy Turlington, Bono (the real one, not the wax one—we think), designer Michael Bastian, swivel-hipped crooner Michael Stipe, Q-Tip—strange—and Helena Christensen, all of whom will be designing trash cans for a charity auction. Socialite Celerie Kemble e-mailed us a description of her trash bin, which actually meows and shakes, as if a cat were trapped inside! “When I got married, my lucky husband not only inherited a bride, but also a senile, and now savage, cat—every bachelor’s dream.” Woohoo! Ms. Christensen, meanwhile, e-mailed us what she thought of people mentally connecting her name with garbage: “The average person throws something in the trash bin 10 times a day and maybe takes out the trash twice, so it’s only cool if somebody thinks about me that often.”

[Bernard Henri-Levy at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, 8 p.m., http://www.92y.org; Focus: An Evening of Photography to Benefit City Harvest, Skylight Studios, 275 Hudson Street, 7 p.m., 917-351-8719; Fete de Swifty’s, 73rd Street at Lexington Avenue, 6 p.m., 212-573-6933; VIPP Auction, Winston Wachter Fine Art Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, 6:30 p.m., 212-909-2732]

mbryan@observer.com

Thursday, September 18