Lower East Side
Do It Yourself Sushi Night
Satsko restaurant hosts a weekly make-your-own-sushi night on Tuesday, along with affordable sake tastings. $16 per person.
Location: 245 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002 [map]
Big Gay Spelling Bee
Put your spelling to the test at Nowhere Bar on Tuesday. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m. for your chance to win adult toys from Babeland.
Location: 322 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003 [map]
SoHo, TriBeCa & Nolita
Dollar Oysters and Beers
508 Restaurant and Bar offers $1 Coors Light and $1 oysters (fresh daily, varieties change often) at the bar starting at 5 p.m.
Location: 508 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013 [map]
Book-in-Hand Reading Group
The Bowery Poetry Club reading group meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group is reading books from Federico Garcia Lorca.
Location: 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 [map]
Midtown East & Kips Bay
Wine Pairing Series
Come to the Alta Cucina Epicurean Center Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and learn to pair Italian foods with wines. Costs $30
Location: 22 E 38th St., New York, NY 10016 [map]
Upper West Side
Lincoln Center presents the premiere of BROKE-OLOGY, playwright Nathan Louis Jackson's story of an African-American family struggling to get along while caring for their ailing father. Through Nov. 22. Showings at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Costs $85
Location: 150 West 65th St., New York NY 10023 [map]
Midtown West & Hell's Kitchen
Ira Glass and Etgar Keret
"This American Life" host Ira Glass talks with writer Etgar Keret about his short fiction and films at the New York Public Library on Wednesday at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Midtown. Starts 7 p.m. Costs $25
Location: Fifth Ave. at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018 [map]
Upper East Side
A Hidden Life: The Holocaust and Other Tragedies
Holocaust survivor Johanna Reiss speaks at the 92nd St. Y Wednesday about The Upstairs Room, the bestselling book about her return to Holland where she had spent two years hiding from the Nazis. Starts 7:30 p.m. Costs $27
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128 [map]
Chelsea & Meatpacking District
NYC Haunted House @ Vortex Theater
Endure the scariest 15 minutes ever at the NYC Halloween Haunted House. The house rules are that you have to walk through alone. Fair warning: You will be touched. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Costs $14
Location: 164 Eleventh Avenue New York, NY 10011 [map]
James Rose: Subway and Street Life Paintings
The New York subway and street life paintings from artist James Rose are on display at the George Bruce Library in West Harlem.
Location: 518 W. 125 St., New York, NY 10027 [map]
Gramercy, Flatiron & Union Square
John Irving at Barnes & Noble
Author John Irving reads from his latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River, at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Thursday. Starts 7 p.m.
Location: 33 E. 17th St., New York, NY 10003 [map]
Washington Heights and Inwood
Garden Tours at the Cloisters
Take a tour of the Cloisters Museum garden, offered daily at 1 p.m. Free with admission to museum. Free with Admission
Location: W. 193rd Street at Washington Ave., New York, NY 10040 [map]
The Morris-Jumel Mansion
Manhattan's oldest surviving house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, once housed George Washington. Now a museum, it offers guided tours Wednesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. abd 4 p.m., or by appointment. Costs $4
Location: 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032 [map]
Central Park @ Chess and Checkers House
Kids can make their own Halloween decorations, including arts and crafts and cards, at the Chess Checkers House on Thursday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Location: Central Park Chess and Checkers House at 64th St. [map]
Financial District and Battery Park City
Bike and Roll
Take a guided bike tour around lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn bridge. Tours daily, through November, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: $50, adults; $35 children
Location: Pier A at Battery Place and West Street [map]
Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist
The Schomburg Center hosts a retrospective of Harlem Renaissance visual artist Aaron Douglas' paintings, murals, and illustrations. The show is the first national tour to celebrate Douglas' work.
Location: 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801 [map]