Friday Oct. 11
Imran Qureshi on the Roof at the Met
Enjoy the view while you catch this season's garden exhibit at the Met before it closes in November. Qureshi, a contemporary Pakistani artist, brings a modern spin on techniques from India's Mughal era with paint-splattered patterns covering a rooftop courtyard.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue, $25 (suggested)
Saturday Oct. 12
The French playwright Pascal Rambert brings this provocative show to the French Institute, in which a choir, professional dancers and a professor of economics help regular New Yorkers tell the story of how the global economy has affected their lives. Followed by a director Q and A.
French Institute: Alliance Française
22 E 60th Street. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20
Sunday Oct. 13
European Clocks and Watches
Marvel at more than three centuries of timekeeping in a remarkable exhibit featuring the collection of Winthrop Kellog Edey. From early Renaissance clocks to 18th-century Swiss watches, explore how clockmakers have long made this functional necessity a true art form.
The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th Street. 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m. $20
Monday Oct. 14
Mingus Big Band
Every Monday, the widow of legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus runs a critically-acclaimed concert series playing her late husband's rollicking tunes with a 14-piece big band. While you listen, dig into delicious BBQ, courtesy of Blue Smoke, Danny Meyer's restaurant upstairs.
The Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street, near Park Avenue South. $25
Tuesday Oct. 15
Edmund de Waal's "Atemwende"
While most know his name from his best-selling memoir (The Hare with the Amber Eyes), Edmund de Waal has been an artist for decades, working mainly with clay and porcelain. This new show, his first at the Gagosian, features hundreds of delicate porcelain pots, each one unique, arranged cryptically along narrow shelves.
980 Madison Avenue
Wednesday Oct. 16
American Legends at the Whitney
Through November, the Whitney culls a selection of the greatest American painters from the first half of the 20th century, including Paul Cadmus, Georgia O'Keefe, and Edward Hopper.
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue. Daily tours starting at 12:30 p.m. Free.
Thursday Oct. 17
East 67th Street Market
Held every Saturday in the cafeteria and schoolyard of P.S. 183, this unique street market offers everything from cheap, fresh produce and seafood to crafts and antiques. Interested vendors are always welcome, and admission is always free. Proceeds benefit P.S. 183.
419 E. 66th St., free