1. Big silent auction benefit and party called "Flood the Art Market" is happening next Monday, January 28, 5 to 10 p.m. at Cristin Tierney Gallery (546 West 29th Street). All the proceeds will go to the NYFA Emergency Fund to help artists directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. It's hosted by Cey Adams, Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz, Tara Kelly, Hally McGehean and Clams Rockefeller. Here's a list of all the artists contributing works. Go and bid!
2. You still have a few more days -- it ends on January 24 -- to check out the annual Squash Tournament of Champions sponsored by J.P. Morgan at Grand Central Terminal. You can read all about it and buy tickets here. (Photo by Shuichi Aizawa on Flickr)
3. Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld is presenting a new exhibit called "Merci Mercy" that he's curated with Bortolami Gallery director Christine Messineo. The group show "examines language and text" in contemporary art and includes works by Dash Snow, Gary Simmons, Nan Goldin, Robert Gober, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Jack Pierson and many more. It will be on view from January 25 until February 17 at 980 Madison Avenue, 3rd floor.
(Photo: Louise Bourgeois, "Merci, Mercy," 1999)
4. Cool party promoters Sheik 'n' Beik are celebrating their 5th Anniversary on Saturday, February 9, at BOW (199 Bowery) and there's also an after-party starting at 5 a.m. somewhere in deepest Brooklyn. All the details and DJ line-ups are here.
5. VIBE did the (timely) research and found all the songs that sample Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. We forgot that it was in "Can You Feel It" by Fingers Inc.
6. Here's a great time-lapse video by Alan Resnick for Dan Deacon's "Guilford Avenue Bridge" from his album "America."