Thursday, September 25

At least there’s one thing you and dear ole Republican, war-vet dad can agree on: Willie Nelson! Tonight the world’s greatest living argument for marijuana plays Radio City Music Hall, a place that could frankly use him. Later, if you can’t save your 401(k), at least save some puppies! “As far as I’m concerned some of the best pet owners in the world are New York City pet owners,” said Joel Silverman, Hollywood dog trainer and Animal Planet star, who trained the dogs for “every Iams commercial that you’ve seen in the last 10 years,” he told us. “Then there’s a movie called A Good Year with Russell Crowe. I trained the dog in that.” (Was that the one where Crowe threw his phone at the concierge?) Those familiar with Mr. Silverman’s work may want to attend tonight’s Animal Care Affair Gala to ogle abandoned, adoptable critters. Expected attendees include Nicole Fiscella of Gossip Girl (um, hellooo, does Blake Lively not like puppies or something?), and Michael Phelps—attention, financial crisis widows!—who will donate a private swim lesson (splash, splash, splash) to the auction. Can we put that on our credit card?

[Willie Nelson, Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue, 8 p.m., http://www.ticketmaster.com; AC&C benefit gala, Pressure, 110 University Place, 7:30 p.m., 212-442-2075]

mbryan@observer.com

Thursday, September 25