SONiC Music Festival
Since 2011, SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) has hosted an annual celebration of young talent who are creating and defining modern music across all genres. This year features over 80 performances from artists under the age of 40 over nine days. One highlight is Friday’s free concert by the American Composers Orchestra, with a production titled “New York Stories.”
One Step Beyond
Oct. 16, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St.
The ninth season of the coolest museum party series begins Friday. The first late-night dance will have music from Freedom Party NYC and DJ Cosi, as well as a cash bar for wine and beer. With the party raging on past midnight, it might not quite be a sleepover at the museum, but it’s definitely the next best thing.
Menage a Trois Radio After Dark
Oct. 16, 11:59 p.m.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 307 W. 26th St.
Romance should be raunchy but also, you know, romantic, and who better than a real-life couple to guide us on the road of love? This week, Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer’s candid sex and relationship podcast welcomes as its “trois” guitar goddess Kaki King, and we hear there could be noise-making dildos, because creativity is important in the bedroom and the recording studio.
St. Ann’s Warehouse Open House
Oct. 17, noon-9:30 p.m.
45 Water St.
Brooklyn’s indie theater darling has made a spectacular comeback after Superstorm Sandy. But the company has outgrown its first home, and this weekend it will officially open its long-awaited new space at the former Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Saturday’s free open house party starts with music, activities and refreshments. At 8 p.m. the first show of the season and the new space will take place with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet, for $25.
Morbid Anatomy Flea Market
Oct. 18, noon-6 p.m.
The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn
This is the last chance to round out your field mouse skeleton collection for the rest of the year. Get to this market for the strange and unusual, ranging from insects to bones, taxidermy to rare books. This weekend promises more vendors, more antiques and more obscurities than ever before.
Gospel concert with Tituss Burgess
Oct. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Middle Collegiate Church, 112 Second Ave.
If you’ve only ever heard Tituss Burgess sing about pinot noir on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” well, then you’ve missed a lot of great stints on Broadway. He writes his own music, too, and this Sunday he’ll be conducting the Middle Community Chorus in a concert of his original compositions as well as some favorite gospel songs from childhood.
Inside the Artist’s Studio
Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
92nd Street Y, Warburg Lounge, 1395 Lexington Ave.
Art takes more than talent; you also need the discipline to produce your work. Next Monday, artist and author Joe Fig leads a panel discussion about contemporary artists, their inspiration and their work routines. After the talk, he will be signing copies of his new book, “Inside the Artist’s Studio,” which is based on his visits to the studios of 24 artists.
‘Colin Quinn: The New York Story’
Oct. 20-Jan. 31
Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.
This weekend kicks off the run of Colin Quinn’s new one-man show, “The New York Story.” With a much narrower subject area than some of his former shows — like “Long Story Short,” which recounted the history of the world, or “Unconstitutional,” the history of America — Quinn returns to more personal material with a show about the history of New York, from the Quakers to the hipsters, directed by Jerry Seinfeld.
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South
Buddhist monk, acclaimed TED talker and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard is hosting the latest meditation event from The Path — a social club for mindful living, often hosted by special guests. Top-tier tickets gain access to a private tea ceremony and cocktail party with Ricard. Proceeds support Karuna-Shechen, which provides health care and education in Asia.
‘House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz’
Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 25; 11:30 p.m.
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway
You wouldn’t know it from the show, but a majority of the “Orange Is the New Black” cast can carry a serious tune. A leader among them is Lea Delaria (Big Boo), who recently released her new album, “House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz,” which revisits David Bowie’s music with a modern jazz slant. Delaria will be performing three shows with a four-piece band starting next Wednesday.
The Inked Girls of Burlesque
Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St.
We challenge you to think of something more enticing than a night of burlesque featuring tattooed girls with motorcycle-themed routines. The Inked Girls of Burlesque return to The Slipper Room with a show dedicated to biker culture and rock ‘n’ roll featuring “Asian Sexation” Calamity Chang.