STAR-STUDDED: Colum McCann, the National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin has curated an evening of short stories by himself and others. Even better? They’ll be read and performed by actors Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, the Office), Mary Louise Parker (Weeds) and Michael Cerveris (Fringe). Selected Shorts is at Symphony Space, 7PM.
EAT, SHOP, LOVE: The Williamsburg clothing-and-accessories-and-all-things-covetable boutique Charlie and Sam holds a Holiday Shopping Party tonight, enticing you to pick up items for everyone on your list with an evening of cupcakes, cocktails, music and cameos from some of the designers (Alexandra Grecco, Painted Lady Dresses, Magnes Sisters Handbags) whose merch makes the store such a wonderful mix. Oh, and did we mention discounts? Take 20 percent off selected goods. 7-10PM; RSVP to email@example.com.
BIGGER APPLE: Author and NYC-o-phile Kenneth Jackson will be at the Tenement Museum Shop discussing his second edition to The Encyclopedia of New York City: This update reflects the huge changes the city’s undergone in the 10 or so years since the addictive reference was first published, to the tune of 1000 new entries (including MetroCard, DUMBO and Chelsea Piers). 6:30PM.
See our music picks on the Nonstop Sound blog.