MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
Talk: Michelle Grabner at Hunter College MFA Building
Artist Michelle Grabner, who runs The Suburban in Chicago and The Poor Farm in Little Wolf, Wisc., and who is one of the 2014 Whitney Biennial’s three curators, will discuss her work. —Andrew Russeth
Hunter MFA, 205 Hudson Street, New York, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
Event: Kid Millions at The Kitchen
Just gonna quote the promo language here: “n+1 magazine presents Kid Millions (a k a John Colpitts of Oneida) performing as percussion-based band Man Forever with members of Tigue. Shah Motia from Ex Models will read selections from ‘Heads Ain’t Ready,’ Colpitts’s memoir of his education as a drummer, previously published in n+1.” What, I ask you, is not to like about that? — Dan Duray
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: “Cleopatra’s Needle” at the Met
Perhaps you have seen it while strolling or bicycling through our Central Park, right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Thutmose III’s obeliski—a k a Cleopatra’s Needle—in all it’s glory. It’s a beauty, and, to mark its upcoming conservation, it’s now the focus of its own show, with works pulled from a variety of departments. —A.R.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
Event: SCARYOKE!!! Fantasy Draft at Apexart
Critic Dan Kois invites some literary friends to his Apexart exhibition “SCARYOKE!!!” I can’t promise they’ll sing, here they are: Lisa Hanawalt, Aisha Harris, Anna Holmes, Julie Klausner, Dan Kois, Matthew Perpetua, Mac Rogers, Choire Sicha, Rachel Sklar, Adam Sternbergh, Dana Stevens, Charlie Todd, Lindsey Weber. —D.D.
Apexart, 291 Church Street, New York, 8–10:30 p.m.
“Shattering the Stereotypes of Iran and Iranians Through Fiction” at Asia Society
Four Iranian writers–Salar Abdoh, Anita Amirrezvani, Persis Karim and Dalia Sofer–will discuss Iran’s representation in media and fiction, among other topics. Moderated by Nahid Mozaffari. —Michael H. Miller
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, tickets $10 to 15 available here.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
Exhibition: Hans Hofmann at Ameringer McEnery Yohe
Here’s a nice-looking show of bold, colorful paintings and works on paper by Hans Hofmann, the Bavaria-born Abstract Expressionist. The works all date to the mid-1940s, and for good reason: 1944 was a pivotal year for Hoffman, with his first New York solo show at Peggy Guggenheim’s gallery as well as a hernia operation that prevented him from carrying large easels outdoors, shifting his practice away from landscape painting. —Zoë Lescaze
Ameringer McEnery Yohe, 525 West 22nd Street, New York, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Xi’an Famous Foods and Di Palo Selects at the Museum of Chinese in America
Enjoy your non-attendance at Art Basel Miami Beach with a conversation between Jason Wang of Xi’an Famous Foods and Lou Di Palo of Di Palo Selects, discussing delicious food and family business. –M.H.M.
Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, 7-9 p.m., rsvp at email@example.com
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
Opening: “Guts” at Abrons Arts Center
“GUTS,” according to the news release,” are the slippery viscera of courage, nerve, and audacity.” For better or worse, these nine artists have got ’em, with work that ranges from napping on strangers in the subway to photographs embedded in concrete. Artists Brent Birnbaum, Nate Hill and Amanda Alfieri (whose work is pictured here) will perform at the opening. —Z.L.
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
Screening: Her at MoMA
It’s Spike Jonze’s newest film, and it features Scarlett Johansson as the voice of an operating system. MoMA is billing it as “quite possibly the most romantic film of the year.” Bring a lover! —A.R.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 5:30 p.m., $12/$10 seniors/$8 students