Friday Oct. 11
New York Comic Con
Geek out at this hugely popular meet-up for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and the vast world of comic book superheroes. With over a hundred thousand attendees expected, you'll be sure to find someone who shares your obsession-not to mention the once-in-a-galaxy chance to meet William Shatner himself!
Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, $40
Friday Night Dinner
Play guinea pig for students at the Natural Gourmet culinary school as they present their final project: a three course vegetarian dinner, months in the making. Enjoy firsthand the fruits of New York's next generation of chefs. A portion of proceeds are donated to the West Side Campaign for Hunger.
Natural Gourmet Institute
48 W. 21st Street, 6:30pm, $40
Saturday Oct. 12
Her: Closing Night at the NY Film Fest
On the final evening of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival, director Spike Jonze will present the world premiere of "Her," a touching love story retooled for the 21st century. Set in the not-so-distant future, Her is about a man (Joaquin Phoenix), his personal computer (Scarlett Johansson) and about what happens when our relationships with technology go a little too far.
Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway, 6 p.m., from $50
Farmhouse to Townhouse Walking Tour
On this 45-minute LW! walking tour of West 89th Street, discover how the Upper West Side evolved from serene countryside to a bustling urban neighborhood. Look at historic photos of mansions, row houses, the subway, and more!
West 89th Street (location confirmed upon reservation), 11 a.m. Free
Sunday Oct. 13
Architecture Tour, by Boat
The American Institute of Architects joins forces with the Classic Harbor Line yacht company to offer a 3-hour guided tour of New York's buildings and landmarks, via the Hudson, East and Harlem Rivers. Circling Manhattan, a tour-guide will discuss the skyline's history, and where development is headed next.
West 22nd Street by Hudson River, 2 p.m. $64
GreenFlea Sunday Market
Support local schools while finding some great bargains at this weekly flea market. Offerings from this week's featured vendors include vintage designer clothing, handmade hardwood tables, organic bath products and artisanal hot sauces.
Columbus Avenue between W 76th and 77th Street, 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Monday Oct. 14
Penguins in IMAX at the American Museum of Natural History
What could be better than watching naturalist and noted filmmaker Sir David Attenborough's story of a King Penguin's journey from youth to fatherhood? Watching it in IMAX. The American Museum of Natural History is screening the wildly popular film for a limited time.
Show times daily. Central Park West at 79th Street. $8.50 to $27.
Tuesday Oct. 15
Romeo and Juliet on Broadway
David Leveaux brings this Shakespeare favorite back to Broadway, after a decades-long absence. Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom star in what is perhaps the greatest love story of all time. Student tickets available from $20.
Richard Rogers Theatre, 226 W 46th Street 7 p.m.Ffrom $77
Wednesday Oct. 16
Tchaikovsky's legendary opera, based on Alexander Pushkin's novel of the same name, is a tragic story of love, friendship, and hubris. Deborah Warner brings the classic work to the Met stage with flair and grace.
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center Plaza, 7:30 p.m. From $40
Thursday Oct. 17
Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark
Join Landmark West! and author John Tauranac for an illustrated discussion about his recent book. Come learn why the Empire State Building remains one of New York's most mythical, iconic buildings.
Macaulay Honors College
35 West 67th Street. $15, $10 for members
Meet the Author: Malcolm Gladwell
The best-selling and eye-opening author of The Tipping Point and Outliers will discuss his new book, David and Goliath, about how we fail to understand the true criteria for advantage and disadvantage in schools, wars, and social policy.
Barnes and Noble, Union Square
33 E. 17th Street, 7 p.m. Free