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
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.
Children's Harvest Festival
Bring the whole family out to scenic Carl Schurz Park for the 9th annual Children's Harvest Festival! Horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin decorating and a magic show will be sure to ring in the new season. And come early to pitch in with fellow volunteer gardeners.
East 86th and East End Avenue, 11:00 a.m., free
Sunday, Oct. 20
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
David Bernard will lead this esteemed group into this terrific space to play four audience favorites, from Dvorak, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Daniela Liebman and Jourdan Urbach, two rising stars in the classical world, will be featured on piano and violin.
All Saints Church
230 East 60th, 8:00 p.m., $25
Volunteer in Central Park
Environmental educators will guide kids of all ages, and their parents, to areas of Central Park that need some sprucing up. Wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get muddy, and get ready to move some dirt.
Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street, 10:00 a.m., free
Monday, Oct. 21
Bobby Orr in Conversation
One of the all-time greats (to the chagrin of quite a few Ranger fans), hockey legend Bobby Orr has written a new autobiography about his life on and off the rink, after decades of silence to fans and media. Join him and Barnes and Noble for a conversation on the book and to get your copy signed.
160 East 54th Street, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Ballet Class for Older Adults
Instructor Jennifer Grambs will teach adults 50 and up the basic steps of ballet, for fun, agility and general fitness. Come back every week or just stop in for an introductory lesson, courtesy of the public library!
67th Street Public Library
328 East 67th Street, 2:00 p.m., free
Iranian Art in the '60s and '70s
Dive beyond the headlines and explore an understudied world of Iranian history and culture. Art world figures Bob Colacello and Layla Diba will talk at a panel on contemporary art in Iran in the decades before the Islamic Revolution. Stop by before the talk to see the works on view.
725 Park Avenue, 6:30 p.m., $15
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Alumni Exhibits at SVA
One of the preeminent art schools in the country, the School of Visual Arts will present works from 2013 alumni of the MPS Digital Photography Department. The show, "Connecting Ends," is a diverse exhibit of works from 20 multinational artists, each of whom spent an intensive summer at SVA honing their craft.
SVA Gramercy Gallery
209 East 23rd Street, 9:00 a.m. ? 7:00 p.m., free
Thursday, Oct. 24
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