Well, it's finally here. That day we've all be eagerly anticipating since last year, hoping and praying for its joyous return. Yes, it's....THE DAY AFTER TAX DAY!

Now, if you are anything like Gothamist the only IRA you are intimately acquainted with is your uncle from Wantagh, and at some point in the past year your well-intentioned attempt to file your receipts gave way to the much grander plan of making the World's Largest Ball of Paper in your kitchen. So what better way to celebrate the day in which you proudly relinquish the evidence of your fiscal irresponsibility to the federal government than by preemptively blowing your tax return!

2005_04_artsnewmuseum.jpgLuckily, the artsy people at the New Museum have a way for you to do that while also helping a good cause. This Sunday, April 17th, the museum will be hosting its annual fundraising gala at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will honor photographer Cindy Sherman, who will be introduced by the gleefully perverse filmmaker John Waters. Sir Elton "Rocketman" John will be serving as honorary chairman for the event. All proceeds will help support the museum as it breaks ground this year for its new home on the Bowery.

The evening will begin with a dinner, to be followed by a live auction conducted by Simon de Pury, the Chairman of Phillips, de Pury & Company. The auction will consist of 13 works by contemporary artists Louise Bourgeois, Karin Davie, Verne Dawson, Peter Hujar, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul McCarthy, Donald Moffett, Yasumasa Morimura, Robin Rhode, Yinka Shonibare, Jennifer Steinkamp and Sue Williams.

And luckily for those of us whose refunds still won't quite stretch to the price of admission, all of the works included in the auction will also be on display at the New Museum (556 West 22nd Street) all day today.

[Pictured: Yinka Shonibare Un Ballo in Maschera (I), 2004-2005. Which is valued at $10K]