MONDAY, DECEMBER 19
Screening: Smoke at Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM continues its series of films about specific Brooklyn neighborhoods with a look at Park Slope courtesy of this Paul Auster-written film, which features Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Stockard Channing and Giancarlo Esposito. Messrs. Auster and Esposito will answer questions from the audience and Brooklyn Brewery will serve up samples of its beverages. — Andrew Russeth
30 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, 6:50 p.m., $9 adults
Screening: An Evening with Juan Daniel F. Molero
Young Peruvian director Juan Daniel F. Molero—he was born in 1987—will screen his 2010 feature Reminiscencias, which follows an amnesiac as he attempts to understand his past through various bits of film and video. Mr. Molero will discuss the film after. –A.R.
11 West 53rd Street, New York, 7 p.m., $12 adults
Art in a Box at Masters & Pelavin
A benefit auction of affordable art work for the Art in a Box organization. — Michael H. Miller
13 Jay Street, 6-8 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
Reading: Lynn Tillman “Someday This Will Be Funny” at Gladstone Gallery
Arts and fiction writer Lynn Tillman reads from her book by that title. Ms. Tillman is a delight on any topic, and it’s hard to imagine that she won’t weigh in on some art world sacred cows. — Dan Duray
515 West 24th Street, 6:30 p.m.
Benefit: “Flux Factory’s Not-so-silent Art Auction & Gala” at Center 548
Nato Thompson and Paddy Johnson will be honored at this fundraiser. The silent auction includes Bo Bartlett, Dana Sherwood, Dasha Shiskin, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Kristian Kozul, Mark Dion, Pablo Helguera, SWOON and The Yes Men, among others. — D.D.
548 West 22nd Street, New York, $50 and up, 7-10 p.m.
Performance: “The Shining” by Yvonne Meier at New York Live Arts
If you’re fortunate enough to be one of the 11 people in the audience for this revival you will be “yanked, poked and prodded” in the dark, though witness to an “adventure,” according to The Times. The show runs through Friday. — D.D.
219 West 19th Street, New York, $30, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Leo Fitzpatrick, Not Garbage at OH WOW BOOK CLUB
A book launch and signing for Leo Fitzpatrick’s new book Not Garbage. –M.H.M.
227 Waverly Place, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Amirali Ghasemi and Sandra Skurvida” at Independent Curators International
Tehran-based artist and curator Amirali Ghasemi presents two video programs with New York scholar Sandra Skurvida. — M.H.M.
401 Broadway, Suite 1620, New York, 6-8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22
Screening: The Mystery of Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art
French director Henri-Georges Clouzot helmed this 1951 documentary, which follows Picasso as he creates more than a dozen works. Claude Renoir—son of filmmaker Jean Renoir and grandson of Impressionist Pierre-Auguste—handles cinematography. The artist destroyed many of the works after the filming was done, making the resulting movie the only record of their existence. — A.R.
11 West 53rd Street, New York, 4:30 p.m., $12 adults