Monday, Sept. 22
Currently showing at the Museum of the City of New York is the work of McCauley Conner, a commercial artist from the golden age of Madison Avenue. Conner turned 100 in November 2013 and created ads from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. The immaculate hand-painted works, heavily influenced by his boyhood idol Norman Rockwell, recall the early 1960s “Mad Men” aesthetic and include promotions for Bell Telephone, Ford, Hi Ho Crackers and United Air Lines. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), Upper East Side. $10.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
New York City Ballet holds its Fall Gala this evening in a program conceived by actress Sarah Jessica Parker that merges ballet, fashion and fine Champagne. Tuesday's program includes three ballets with costumes designed by an international cadre of fashion talents that includes Thom Browne, Sarah Burton and Valentino Garavani. The gala marks the beginning of the fall season and the introduction of a new permanent element to the theater's promenade: a Ruinart Champagne Bar. From 7 p.m., David H. Koch Theater, West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue at Lincoln Center. Specially-priced tickets for the performances start at $29 from nycballet.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
Contemporary artist Rachel Sussman travels all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older for a majestic photographic project that's now on display. Catch the largest solo exhibition of “The Oldest Living Things In The World” ever staged. This iteration features new prints and a site-specific installation of her research and ephemera. From noon until 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, through Nov. 2 at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook. Free.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Documentary film “Charles Bradley: The Soul Of America” charts the rise of 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to having one of Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011. After this special screening, join film director Poull Brien for a post-film Q&A, then party in the Nighthawk Cinema cafe with soul and funk DJs. From 9:30 p.m. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg. $16.