BALLS OF FURY: Are you a ping pong badass? Do you call it table tennis and have special gloves? Then bring your A game down to Brooklyn's Bell House for a shot at winning their Ping Pong Championship -- and then jetting off to Las Vegas to take on the big leagues at the nationals (grand prize: $100,000). 8PM.
HIGH ALT: Nashville is about as Robert Altman as a Robert Altman film gets: More central characters than most other directors would know what to do with (24 of them, actually), vignettes of messy everyday life woven together in seemingly (but not at all) random ways, meditations on the nature and nurture of celebrity, and the unsparing portrait of an era (the 1970s) sketched in just a few strokes. Brilliant stuff. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 9PM
ALTERNATE REALITIES: Ursula Le Guin reads and discusses her take on fantastical dystopias alongside Alan Lightman, who wrote Ghost. Should be an evening of science, fiction, and science-fiction. 92nd Street Y, 8PM.