Friday, Oct. 24
Whether there are clear skies or clouds, spend an evening under the stars at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Friday night. Local astronomers equipped with high-powered telescopes will be there to answer questions and show revelers how to navigate the night sky. There will also be talks and hands-on demonstrations. Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Hell’s Kitchen. From 7:30-10:30 p.m., free, but RSVPs are required, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joshua Light Show, a group founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, is perhaps a collection of the most legendary visual artists of live music. As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s, White and his cohorts created psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix. In this three-day festival of liquid light, in collaboration with a lineup of modern musical luminaries, watch the music merge with visuals via optics, mirrors, and colorful oils. Friday evening’s light shows include collaborations with the bands Wye Oak (7:30 p.m.) and Woods (10 p.m.). Saturday you can catch NYC art rock pioneers Television (7:30 p.m.) and J. Spaceman and Kid Millions (10 p.m.). NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, LaGuardia Place, Washington Square Park. $26-$40.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Featuring more than $1 billion worth of art, Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection recently opened at the Met. The entire collection was donated last year to the museum by Estee Lauder's son, Leonard A. Lauder. At a press conference to announce the exhibition, Lauder said that “Cubism is the entrance to the 20th century and everything that followed in art. Everyone says the Met is one of the greatest museums in the world. To me, it is the greatest museum in the world.” The 79 paintings, including 34 by Pablo Picasso and 17 by Georges Braque, span 1906 to 1924 and trace the development of Cubism. Through Feb. 16, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd Street), Upper West Side. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition is included with museum entrance of $25.
Stompboxes, otherwise known as guitar pedals, are powerful little boxes that guitarists plug into in order to transform the instrument's sound. The sounds they can produce span every sonic dimension: delays, reverbs, screaming distortion, overdrive, harmonizers and hundreds more. Music retailer Main Drag Music has teamed up with local music magazine The Deli to present this annual Stompbox Expo, where guitarists are invited to bring their guitars, plug in and test drive hundreds of pedals, many of which were procured from small, boutique manufacturers. Saturday (noon until 8 p.m.) and Sunday (noon until 7 p.m.), 330 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg.
Sunday, Oct. 26
Get on your bike and join nearly 6,000 cyclists as they hit the road Sunday for the Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State. Choose from a 25- or 40-mile course and explore the borough’s 61 neighborhoods. The tour starts at the Bronx County Building at Grand Concourse and 161st Street and ends with a music festival at the New York Botanical Garden. Register online now, or join the queue Sunday morning from 9 a.m. at Grand Concourse and East 161st Street at the Bronx County Building (near Yankee Stadium). Free.
Free To Breathe’s mission is to ensure surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception. Sunday in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza Park they’re holding the inaugural lung cancer 5K run/walk and half-mile walk. All fitness levels can participate. Register or make a donation here. 8:30 a.m., North Lawn of Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn.