2005_11_artssxip.jpgToday Gothamist has quite the conundrum on its hands…with so many good shows happening this week all over our fair city, how do we narrow it all down? There’s a bit of a hodge-podge of things happening tonight, so rather than file them all under comedy, it’s probably safer to refer to them as a canon of miscellany.

The first option we are mulling over is the eclectic variety show Sxip’s Hour of Charm, happening tonight at Mo Pitkin’s [34 Ave. A]. Sxip Shirey is a composer, performer and storyteller with his roots firmly planted in the intensely absurd. He hosts a mélange of clowns, jugglers, comedians, and contortionists in what will probably be the most bizarre show of the night. Tonight at 9:30pm, $12.

If a frenzy of circus-style and alternative performances isn’t your thing, that’s cool. There’s also the chance to spend a night perfecting your uptown intellectual stereotype (not judging here, Gothamist loves perpetuating this stereotype ourselves, it’s the only reason we subscribe to Atlantic Monthly) with An Evening with McSweeney’s tonight at 8pm at Symphony Space [2537 Broadway]. Based on the NPR program Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, the evening will include stories by Miranda Mellis, Pia Erhardt, and Brian Evenson, read by David Rakoff, Hope Davis, and Aasif Mandvi. Tickets $21-25.

Tomorrow, Ars Nova presents Creation Nation, a unique comedy event with performers Billy Eichner and Robin Taylor and Musical Director Eli Bolin. An evening with Creation Nation means a pop culture infused, socio-political variety show that combines topical comedy sketches, original musical numbers, video segments, stand-up comedy, and live guest interviews with semi-famous people from Broadway and Hollywood. Or if you watch OnStage, really famous people. 10pm. $15.

Finally (we told you - hodge-podge) filmmakers with a conscience take heed, Media That Matters is holding a call for entries in its Sixth Annual Film Festival. The fest seeks short (under 8 minutes) films with a social or environmental theme, all guidelines can be found here.