DYNAMIC DUO: Our only complaint about David Fincher - mastermind behind the likes of Fight Club and the current Curious Case of Benjamin Button - is that he isn't more prolific. Lincoln Center rocks a retrospective of the director's work (and movies that influenced him) in a series called Under the Sign of Fincher, until Jan. 4. Today: Mary Poppins and Se7en. (Times vary)
WORDSMITHS: The Bowery Poetry Club welcomes the 15th Annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word, with more than 150 beginners and luminaries greeting 2009 with rhyme and freestyle goodies. 2PM-midnight.
WORDSMITHS, PART DEUX: We wouldn't mention two bookish events on the same day if they weren't notable: Here, the annual The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery invites a host (that's about 140) of boldface names from Justin Bond to Patti Smith to bring a little literary gravitas to your hangover, with the 35th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon. 2PM.