A BOX OPERA
NYPress' Jonathan Ames takes on stunt artist David Leslie during tonight's "performance art boxing" event. Other participants incl. Sarah East Johnson, drag king Shelly Mars, artist Zero Boy & Michael "Soy Bomb" Portnoy; Orensanz Center, 172 Norfolk St. (betw. Houston & Stanton Sts.), 477-5288; 8, $20.
SPEAK TO ME
Series at The Art Directors Club feat. Jon Kamen, President of @radical.media, inc.?open bar; 250 Park Ave. S. (20th St.), 674-0500; 6, $20, $8 st.
ANDY WARHOL STITCHED PHOTOGRAPHS
B&W photography exhibit circa 1976-1986 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 10th Ave. (betw. 27th & 28th Sts.), 563-4474; call for times, free [through 12/30].
MODERNISM: A CENTURY OF ART & DESIGN
Bid on items from exhibit, today through Sunday at Park Ave. Armory, Park Ave. (67th St.), 777-5218 or www.icon20.com; 10 a.m.
DAIDO MORIYAMA: THE BIG PICTURE
photography curator for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sandra Phillips discusses Moriyama's work at Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 832-1155; 6:30, $10.
Vanderbilt YMCA sells autographed items & sports memorabilia to raise money for their youth programs; Thady Con's Restaurant, 915 2nd Ave. (betw. 48th & 49th Sts.), 756-9696; 6-9, $75, $60 adv.
Architectural & engineering firms compete to design & build enormous objects made from canned foods. The result, "Canned Art" exhibit which opens today. Teams are judged on "best use of labels," "best meal," "structural ingenuity" & "jurors' favorite," cans will be donated to NYC Food Bank; NY Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave. (betw. 32nd & 33rd Sts.), 679-9500; 9-5, adm. is a can of food [repeats Sat.-Tues. 9-5, through 11/23].
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH GROUP
Weekly meetings held near NYU; 397-0949 for info; 6.
MUSIC IN THE HISTORY OF STRUGGLE
Public forum & birthday celebration with folk singer Pete Seeger & MC Vinie Burrows, sponsored by NY Committees of Correspondence; Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 310 W. 43rd St. (betw. 8th & 9th Aves.), 229-2388, $12, $10 adv.
NATIONAL COMIC BOOK, ART & TOY SHOW
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 718-326-2713; 1-8, $12/day, $25/3-day pass [repeats Sat. 10-7, & Sun. 10-6].
TODD OLDHAM SAMPLE SALE
Items priced $5-$150, benefits DIFFA; Parsons School of Design, 560 7th Ave. (40th St.), 255-9877; 8:30-8, $5 contrib.
Dance/twist to classic 50s & 60s tunes at West Side Y, 5 W. 63rd St. (Central Pk. W.), 875-4400; 7-10, $15, $5 teens, free for child. under 10.
Expo of exhibitors, seminars, panels & job opportunities; Marriott Marquis Hotel, B'way (betw. 44th & 45th Sts.), 382-6000; Sat. 9-5; 8, $10-$40.
CONTRA and SQUARE DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes; P.S. 199, 270 W. 70th St. (West End & Amsterdam Aves.), 459-4080; 8, $15.
Parties for big, beautiful women & men, & the men & women who love them; China Cafe, 205 Pearl St. (Maiden Lane), 718-456-9119; 9-3, $20.
SINGLES UPBEAT SOIREE
Introductions, buffet, conversation & drinks; Penthouse at Sutton Pl. Suites, 300 E. 58th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 718-875-3878 res. req.; 9:30, $38.
CNN media analyst Jeff Greenfield speaks with political correspondent Jack Germond about upcoming presidential election; 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (92nd St.), 996-1100; 7:30, $20.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING
Rikuday Dor Rishon hosts traditional dancing at Bridge for Dance, 2726 B'way (104th St.), 620-0535; 8, $5.
JACKIE ROGERS FASHION BRUNCH
Showing of Miss Roger's designs during brunch at Marion's; 354 Bowery, (4th St.), 475-7621; 12:30 & 2, $13.95 prix fixe.
Think ya got what it takes to be the next Ricky Martin or Jennifer Lopez? Call 265-2177 to schedule audition.
COUNTRY LINE DANCE
Lessons & music by Pure Country & Tennessee Mountain; 121 W. 45th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B'way), 869-4545; 6:30-11, $10.
FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Moderate & advanced French speakers gather to read & chat; 54 Carmine St. (betw. Bedford & Bleecker Sts.), 914-776-7723; 7, free.
SECONDING THE FIRST
Event celebrates First Amendment with some of the nation's top entertainers?music & bannded readings by Chuck D, William Baldwin, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Reeve, Ben Stiller & authors Judy Bloom & Arthur Golden; Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 307-4100 or 840-2824 for price; 7.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Offered by Cabrini Medical Center physicians, by appt. only; Cabrini Medical Center, 227 E. 19th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 995-7017; 2-4, free.
Instruction for senior citizens at the National Council of Jewish Women's Senior Center, 241 W. 72nd St. (betw. B'way & West End Ave.), 799-7205; 10-12 p.m., call for price.
ENGLISH SQUARE DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled, nonstreet shoes; P.S. 199, 270 W. 70th St. (West End & Amsterdam Aves.), 459-4080; 7, $10.