Friday, Oct. 18
Contemporary Art at the Cloisters
Usually limited to medieval European Art, this outpost of the Met Museum has staged this brand-new piece inside a twelfth-century Spanish chapel. In "The Forty Part Motet," Janet Cardiff has created an eerie take on a Tudor-era motet choir piece, using 40 speakers staggered around the cavernous room.
Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., $25 (suggested)
Saturday, Oct. 19
Instant Shakespeare Reading Company
Hear the first folio version of the Shakespeare's classic "Troyilus and Cressida," one of the bard's most ambiguous and perplexing plays, about a tragic love story during the Trojan War.
127 Amsterdam Avenue, 1:00 p.m., free
Modern Art at Tibor de Nagy
One of the oldest modern art galleries in the city opens two new exhibitions for the season. The first, of Parisian artist Shirley Jaffe, features abstract paintings from the 1970s; the second features contemporary work from Kyle Staver, a prize-winning alum of the Yale School of Art and a deep student of art history.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery
724 Fifth Avenue, 10:00 a.m. ? 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20
Walk to End Alzheimer's
Join thousands to support the Alzheimer's Association in a two-mile fundraising walk in Riverside Park. Proceeds will fund research towards a possible cure, better treatments, and increased awareness about the disease, which affects millions each year. Walkers are urged to register in advance.
West 97th Street and Riverside Drive, 9:00 a.m. alznyc.org/walk
London Symphony Orchestra
Legendary conductor Bernard Haitnik leads the Orchestra across the pond to Lincoln Center, where they will play Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's "Jenamy" Concerto. The latter will feature pianist Emanuel Ax.
Avery Fisher Hall
20 West 65th Street, 3:00 p.m., $35 and up
Monday, Oct. 21
Fiona Apple with Blake Mills
Still going strong after more than 15 years, Fiona Apple is fresh off a 2012 album, "The Idler Wheel?" that nearly topped the charts and received tremendous critical acclaim. She is joined by serial collaborator Blake Mills for a show presenting new tunes and old, including yet-to-be-released material.
The Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway, 8:00 p.m., $40 and up
The Armory Show at 100
In 1913, the New York Armory Show brought cutting edge painting and sculpture from Europe to the attention of rapt audiences. A century later, New-York Historical Society curator Marilyn S. Kushner will lead small groups through one hundred works from the show by artists like Renoir, Matisse, and Duchamp.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, 11:00 a.m., $30
Tuesday, Oct. 22
High Line Walking Tour
Explore the history and architecture of Chelsea and the High Line with Big Onion Walking Tours, the rare tour company that caters to New Yorkers, rather than tourists. Led by historians and educators with a deep knowledge of the city.
In front of the Chelsea Hotel
222 West 23rd Street, 1:00 p.m., $20
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Jazz Guitar and Folk Art
Every week, veteran jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel, of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, brings a free live set to visitors at the American Folk Art Museum. After the show, catch an exhibit on view, like a show of contemporary takes on classic American quilts.
American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, 2:00 p.m., free
Jamaica Kincaid Talks
The award-winning, Antiguan-born author will delight audiences as part of Columbia University's Creative Writing Lecture Series. Her books include "Lucy," "Mr. Potter," and the recently released "See Now Then."
2960 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
For half a century, The National Theatre has been bringing inspired productions of Shakespeare's greatest works to London audiences; for their fiftieth anniversary, they'll screen choice productions worldwide. Catch their acclaimed production of Hamlet, with Rory Kinnear starring in the title role.
2537 Broadway, 7:00 p.m., $23
Dafnis Prieto Quartet
Recently crowned MacArthur "genius", drummer and percussionist Dafnis Prieto has a knack for blending Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz grooves and virtuosic compositions. Featuring Peter Apfelbaum on saxophones and Manuel Valera on piano.
116 East 27th Street, 7:30 p.m., $25