TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2:   Poet by day, bartender by night, Geoffrey Bartholomew is “the bard of McSorley’s.” After coming to New York City in 1970, Mr. Bartholomew found himself living in an apartment above McSorley’s and soon afterward serving as its bartender. Join Geoffrey Bartholomew as he reads his poetry and discusses the influence McSorley’s had on his life and work. 6:30-8pm at McSorley’s, 15 E 7th Street. Reservations required: rsvp@gvshp.org or 212-475-9585. FREE.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3: Ghosts of the Past:  Fading Ads Illustrated Lecture presented by Landmark West! at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. This photo-documentary is also a study of time and space, of mortality and living, as Jump’s campaign to capture the ads mirrors his own struggle with HIV. Experience the ads–shot with vintage Kodachrome film–and the meaning they carry through acclaimed photographer and urban documentarian Frank Jump’s lens. 6pm at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th Street. Reservations required. $15 for members/$20 for non-members. Buy tickets here.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4: DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition by Darren Waterston, Remote Futures. This recent body of work explores the allure and menace of utopian fantasy, where an imagined, idealized paradise holds within it a disconcerting future. 6-8pm at DC Moore Gallery, 535 W 22nd Street. FREE.

Also on Thursday: Family of the Year  and White Arrows  will play at the Mercury Lounge. Doors at 6:30pm. 217 E Houston St. $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: The New Yorker Festival begins on Friday with a discussion between Martin Amis, John Lanchester and Zadie Smith, and continues through Sunday with talks and panels on issues ranging from cities to love and marriage to politics and money. Guest speakers include Margaret Atwood, Jennifer Egan, Orhan Pamuk, Colum McCann, Julian Barnes, Junot Diaz, Gary Shteyngart, Adam Gopnik, Jonathan Safran Foer, Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates and many, many more. Check out the full listing of events here. Buy tickets while you still can because they’re selling out fast!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: Open House New York is happening this weekend with a wide variety of events showcasing New York City’s most interesting architecture, history and development. Events range from tours and lectures to workshops and screenings. For a full listing, check the website. Some events have limited space and require reservations for $5, but many events are free. Read more about Open House New York and the sites we’ve covered.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7: Archtober  Architecture & Design Month kicked off on Monday, but there are plenty of great events all month long. Sunday highlights include AIANY Architectural Boat Tour with featured guides Gina Pollara and Bill Woods and a series of Free Expert Led  Tours of Great New York Landscapes  including East Village Community Gardens, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Historic Harlem Parks, Snug Harbor on Staten Island and more. Check out Archtober’s full listing of events here.

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