At The Night of 1,000 Drawings, you'll find small, unframed works on paper from scores of New York artists. Works sell from $30-$50, admission is $5. Cash, checks, and Amex. It takes place this Friday, 5-10pm, at Artists Space, 38 Greene [Grand] 3rd flr. 212.226.3970.
Oh My Rockness picks: Friday: Grizzly Bear, Soft Circle, Tyondai Braxton at Tonic: Grizzly Bear gathers an eclectic collection of disjointed, sometimes creepy, sounds and couples them with lush, layered vocals. They play the soundtrack to your wackiest dreams. Saturday: The Fucking Champs at Northsix: Who knew hipsters could head-bang with such authority? There's nothing like metal, without the lame vocals that almost always get in the way, to loosen up your spirit. Just Announced: 1/22: Bell Orchestre (w/ members of Arcade Fire), Clogs at Bowery Ballroom, 1/28: Field Music at Mercury Lounge, 3/8: Nada Surf, Rogue Wave at Webster Hall, 3/10: Metric at Webster Hall.
Not many people on the planet we'd rather spend a couple of hours in a dark movie theater with than Dame Judi Dench (pictured), especially when she's given a little scenery to chew. Her new movie Mrs. Henderson Presents, which opens tomorrow, has Dench playing a widower in wartime London who buys an theatre and decides to produce a topless revue. Also stars Bob Hoskins, and is directed, unexpectedly, by Stephen Frears.
Build-your-own Gingerbread House Party at Silverleaf Tavern, 43 E. 38th [Park] 212.973.2550, this Saturday, 1-3pm (designed for kids 5-12 and their parents). Silverleaf provides the gingerbread pieces, frosting, gumdrop (and other) accessories, plus tiny aprons and toques for the budding pastry chefs. Cost is $50 per child (parents are free), half of which will be donated to P.S. 116.
New York Interiors: Past and Present is a discussion of "New York's innovative interiors, past and present, and the people that fashion them." Tonight at the Museum of the City of NY, 6:30pm, $7.
A reading and discussion of Sodom on the Thames by Morris Kaplan, a book that focuses on several incidents (scandals in their time) that took place in 19th century England involving homosexuality. The event is at Labyrinth Books, 526 W. 112th [Amst] 212.865.1588.
Jewelry, scarves, candles, food, and more will be part of the Fair Trade Holiday Gift Market sponsored by NYU, Oxfam at NYU, and the ACLU at NYU, this Saturday, noon-7pm, at the Bronfman Center, 7 E. 10th [5th/Univ] Look for gifts from Goods that Give, Interrupcion, Alternative Gifts International, Mercado Global, Mad Imports, and Global Exchange.