The truth about Janeane Garofalo

Comix headliners are usually listed with the television shows they’re best known for—writers from The Sarah Silverman Program and The Daily Show make frequent stand-up appearances there, but how often do we get a comedian currently seen on Fox’s 24? Janeane Garofalo‘s biting sass made her memorable in ’90s films and cable-TV roles, but first as the co-host of Air America’s dearly departed Majority Report, and now as FBI agent Janis Gold on 24, Garofalo’s been carving out a new role in pop culture—biting and sassy, yes, but more focused on the drama surrounding national security than on cats and dogs. At 8:30 and 10:45, also Saturday, Comix, 353 West 14th Street, $30–$35




A conversation with Hong Kong’s hottest director

It’s no easy feat to make a successful cross-cultural move in the film world—just ask Ang Lee. So when that Oscar-winning director takes time out to introduce your filmography, you might be doing all right for yourself. The Museum of the Moving Image presents An Evening with Wong Kar Wai, a discussion with one of the most influential directors in Hong Kong, best known for his chic urban romances. In addition to clips from his celebrated earlier films, including In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express, the night will also feature selections from his latest work (and first English-speaking film), My Blueberry Nights, a story about a woman who takes the long road to find her true love, starring Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, and Cat Power. At 7, the Times Center, 242 West 41st Street,, 718-784-0077, $17–$25




A party for struggling artists

When a bunch of urban and street artists come together to produce art under one roof for one night, you get The Live Art Showcase Celebration. At this ArtBattles Production, you’ll see hot urban talent painting canvases right before your eyes, and can then take one home later that night, if you just gotta have it. Concep, Pesu, Fly Lady Di, and Sean Bono are among the artists who’ll be there tonight, with music provided by DJ Iron Lion. Hosted by Bowery Poetry Club’s Bob Holeman, the festivities will include giveaways, an open bar, and—did we mention an open bar? At 10:30, the Green Room, 45 Bleecker Street,, $12