Free Booze + Cheap Books = Good Times

If you miss your New Year's Eve buzz, fear not dear readers. Tomorrow night, just in time for Hump Day, we're giving you the skinny on a RSVP-only event that's got culture and cocktails—our favorite combination! Phaidon, the ultra-trendy press and bookstore, is having a New Year's Party with Artcards at their SoHo shop: Picture strong drinks, books at up to 75% off, and a mind-bending performance by electro-experimentalist RJ Valeo. You might remember we featured this bibliophile's wet dream in our post-Christmas sales roundup, and we're still hearting the goods—thousands of discounted Phaidon titles, and an additional selection of sample and "non-mint" copies on subjects covering art, architecture, photography, design, performing arts, decorative arts, contemporary culture, travel, fashion, film, children's books and cookbooks. Now that's "book smart."

Artcards Presents: New Years Party at PHAIDON | STORE.
Wednesday January 5, 2011; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 83 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome streets); 212-925-1900.