“My Shot: Portraits From Hamilton”
On the heels of the “Hamilton” documentary airing on PBS, the Public Theater is launching a new exhibit in its mezzanine featuring images from the show’s original cast taken on an antique camera lens from the 1800s by acclaimed photographer Josh Lehrer. The images will be on display through Dec. 18, but there will be an opening night reception on Thursday that is free and open to the public. You can even buy some of the portraits to benefit the Public Theater, where “Hamilton” was born. Free, Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m., 425 Lafayette St.
Francois Nars at Bloomingdale's
Meet the founder of Nars Cosmetics as he reads from his eponymous new book, "Francois Nars," at the flagship Bloomingdale's this Thursday. In addition to hearing from one of the beauty industry's game-changers, you can get a signed copy of the book, or just pick up some goodies to restock your bag of beauty tricks for fall. Free, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m., Bloomingdale's, 160 E. 60th St.
If borrowing its title from Lovecraftian lore isn’t enough to set the tone, the Whitney’s most technologically complex exhibit to date will quickly define itself to visitors with engaging film encounters that explore how cinema now plays with all of our senses. It’s no longer just a passive, 2-D relationship, and it hasn’t been for longer than we might like to admit: “Dreamland” spans over a century of increasingly interactive American art, including influences from around the world. $22-$25, Oct. 28-Feb. 5, 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St.
Two film classics come together onstage as Molly Ringwald (“The Breakfast Club”) stars in an adaptation of “Terms of Endearment” that’s making its U.S. premiere off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Bringing Larry McMurty’s novel and the acclaimed 1983 film to the stage sounds like the perfect move, especially with another bright star from the same era at the helm. Ringwald plays an overly involved mother, Aurora, against stage newcomer Hannah Dunne as young Emma. $25-$70, Oct. 29-Dec. 11, 59 E. 59th St.
Because it’s Halloween weekend, the ghouls have infiltrated even your laser tag arena. Get the full effect with Haunted Lazer Brunch, a rooftop laser tag game. Show up in costume, hunt the zombie at the heart of the maze (and each other), then chow down on either casual bites from food stands or have an Israeli brunch at Green Fig. There will also be DJs keeping the mood lively between rounds of games, food and drinks. $20, Oct. 29, 1-6 p.m., Yotel’s Social Food and Drink, 570 Tenth Ave.
You’re simply not at the right party this year if “Stranger Things” doesn’t make an appearance. Gemini & Scorpio’s eighth annual Masquerade Macabre will be themed after the Netflix show, located inside a secret Brooklyn warehouse inspired by the Upside Down. There will be D&D (of course), Eggo snacks, blanket forts and the usual carnivalesque costumed dance party. Get in for $30 or arrive after 1 a.m. for $15. Oct. 29, 9 p.m., secret location
The Meatpacking District’s Samsung 837 takes Halloween high tech with events like digital pumpkin design, plus interactive fun ranging from Saturday’s spooky costume run with Lululemon and an all-adult costume party on Monday night that benefits the Boys & Girls Club, following an afternoon of family-friendly trick-or-treating onsite. All events are free, but some require advance RSVP (and admission is not guaranteed). Free, Oct. 29-30, 837 Washington St.
Whether you’re a diehard oarsman or you’ve just been waiting for an excuse to check out the rowing trend, the Halloween Party Row might be a fun time to grab a coveted spot in class at Rowhouse NYC, especially a day before you down all that candy (or, let’s be real, beer). The playlist includes hits like “I Put a Spell On You” and “Time Warp,” and you’re encouraged to row in costume. There will be a costume contest all day at the Columbus Circle Rowhouse. $35, Oct. 30, 12:30 p.m., Rowhouse, 555 W. 59th St.
The costume party of the year returns for its 43rd season on All Hallow’s Eve. Anyone in a costume can line up to join the hordes of zombies, clowns, pirates, witches and more as they traipse through Greenwich Village. There will also be massive puppets, eclectic performers and dozens of live bands to enjoy from the sidelines. Free, Oct. 31, 7-10:30 p.m., Sixth Avenue from Spring to 16th sts.
Now in its lucky 13th year, the New York Comedy Festival returns with over 200 comedians, ranging from new faces to the biggest names, in 60 shows at venues across NYC. And that all takes places over just six days, so if you’re a comedy buff, we hope you’re getting your sleep in now. Headliners include Tig Notaro, Fred Armisen, Dane Cook, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan and more at locales like Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Carolines on Broadway. Nov. 1-6, various locations and prices
Sixty exciting artists from around the world, including many from NYC, will be featured at the premiere of the Accessible Arts Fair New York, an offshoot of the highly anticipated annual event in Brussels. The first two nights offer VIP access (a first look and a first chance to buy), but the event will run through the rest of the month for us mere mortals. Mingle with collectors, learn about contemporary art, acquire your own introductory pieces or attend lectures with artists. $10-$125, Nov. 1-25, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
A centerpiece of the current taxidermy exhibit at the Morbid Anatomy Museum is the tableaux of kittens getting married in full regalia. Don’t miss the adorable and a little macabre “Walter Potter’s Kittens’ Wedding” before the exhibit ends next week. $12, through Nov. 6, Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Ave., Brooklyn