MADE IT WORK: The design arbiters from the Parsons School of Design faculty deconstruct how style informed substance at the presidential inauguration -- from J.Crew to Jason Wu -- in a closer for the exhibition "Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding." New School University, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 6:30PM.
SOHO CALLING: Maybe you've seen those subway ads for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex and wondered, wha? Here's one unmissable offering currently on exhibit at the Mercer Street space: "Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash" explores just that, with artifacts you'll coo over like handwritten song lyrics. 10AM to 10PM.
NICE BRIEFS: In case you've ever wondered what a multibillionaire author looks like in person, swing by the Union Square Barnes & Noble tonight to hear John Grisham read from The Associate, his latest legal-themed entry into the airport fiction genre. 7PM.