MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Party: ICI Benefit
The Independent Curators International benefit this year honors Dasha Zhukova, and auctions artworks by Olaf Breuning, Ian Davis, Shannon Finley, Brendan Fowler, Zipora Fried, Nick Goss, Ellen Gronemeyer, Shamsia Hassani, KAWS, Ellsworth Kelly, Adam Marnie, Sam Moyer, Laurel Nakadate, Lisa Oppenheim, Ellen Phelan, Joel Shapiro, Jack Shear, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Kunié Sugiura, Miller Updegraff, Jonas Wood, and more. Swank, no? Come! —Dan Duray
The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, New York, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., tickets prices vary
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Opening: “Problem Play” at Leo Koenig Inc.
Koenig returns after Sandy repairs in high style—this nine-artist group show includes work by Ed Ruscha, Jonathan Monk (his contribution is titled This Painting Should Ideally Be Hung To The Left Of An Ed Ruscha), John Armleder and Lara Favaretto. Andrea Fraser’s piece alone makes the show worth a visit: in her 2001 video Kunst muß hängen (Art Must Hang), she reenacts one of Martin Kippenberger’s notorious, booze-fueled speeches. —Andrew Russeth
Leo Koenig Inc., 545 West 23rd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Salvatore Sciarrino at the Guggenheim
Salvatore Sciarrino’s composition Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni, arranged for four solo flutes and “100 migrating flutes,” will make its U.S. premiere at the Guggenheim with four soloists and 100 professionals, amateurs and students helping out. –Michael H. Miller
Guggenheim Museum, 1971 Fifth Avenue, New York, 8:00 p.m., tickets range from $25-$50 and are available at the museum’s web site.
Opening: Sebastian Black at Karma
The artist Sebastian Black has put out a book of his period pieces with Karma Books, and to celebrate they’re hosting a show of some new ones, shown alongside his Chase deposit slip statues. I’ve probably lost you if you’re not familiar with Sebastian’s work already, but you should go all the same. — D.D.
Karma, 21 Downing Street, New York, 6 to 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Screening: The T.A.M.I. Show at MoMA
Steve Binder’s 1964 documentary about the Teenage Awards Music International, a live showcase that had a line-up including the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and the Rolling Stones, who are currently enjoying a film retrospective at MoMA. The Stones closed the concert, but the real star is James Brown, who famously said that he opens for nobody and basically burned the whole house down and made America look the coolest.–M.H.M.
MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 7:30 p.m., tickets available here.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Screening: Laurel and Hardy at Anthology Film Archives
Anthology will screen four films by the classic duo, each 20 to 30 minutes long and from the first half of the ’30s: County Hospital (1932), The Music Box (1932), Them Thar Hills (1934) and Tit for Tat (1935). See you there! —A.R.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, 4:15 p.m., $10