Thursday, December 18

Our jaded bosom is heaving with unabashed glee! Legendary ’60s girl-group the Shirelles—“Mama said there’d be days like this”—celebrate their 50th Anniversary at Symphony Space, where they will perform “our signature songs,” declared original group member Beverly Lee, speaking from her home in New Jersey. These days, she said, the gals sing “whenever the phone rings. Pennsylvania the night before last, we’ve been jumping all over, San Fran, Texas, you name it! We do cruises, symphonies, concerts, birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, you name it. We’ve done inaugural balls. … God is good, we’re very blessed.” The group hadn’t performed in New York since 2004. “Let’s come and have a lovefest,” Ms. Lee said. “There’s so many bad memories, we like to create the good memories.” Meanwhile, horny yet perpetually flaccid hipsters flock to a True Sex Confessions Night on the Lower East Side, where, explained buxom brunette host Rachel Kramer Bussel, “people can give their own true confessions on index cards and I read them out loud.” Ms. Bussel, an editor at Penthouse, started writing erotica when in law school at N.Y.U. Also: “I have a blog about cupcakes.” Of course you do! Moving on! You already know about highbrow Harper’s Christmas party—themed, recession-chicly, “Black Tie & Pizza.”

[The Shirelles 50th Anniversary Concert, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 8 p.m., 212-864-5400; In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series True Sex Confessions Night, Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome Street, 8 p.m., 212-334-9676; Harper’s Christmas Party, Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 6:30 p.m.]

mbryan@observer.com

Thursday, December 18