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Mantegna’s “Three Standing Saints” (circa 1450–55). CreditThaw Collection/The Morgan Library & Museum

ART & MUSEUMS

Heavy Hitters Away From the Canvas

‘Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings From the Thaw Collection,’ at the Morgan Library & Museum

This major group drawing show, running through Jan. 7, constitutes a grand summing-up of a career, of an art form and of an institution’s holdings. During the past 60 years, the New York art dealer Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare Eddy Thaw, amassed a phenomenal drawing collection notable for its chronological breadth, running from the early Renaissance to the near present. This year they gave more than 400 items outright to the Morgan, expanding and deepening its range. The 150 works on view include a super-rare Andrea Mantegna, an unearthly Samuel Palmer and a soulful Vincent Van Gogh. HOLLAND COTTER

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Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall in December 2016. See listing below.CreditJulieta Cervantes for The New York Times

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Pianistic Tips of the Hat to Chopin

Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall often hands its “Perspectives” series, in which stars conceive programs over a season, to artists at their peak, so it’s good to see the management entrust Mr. Trifonov, at the ripe old age of 26, with a few evenings to explore his considerable musical imagination. The program at8 p.m. on Saturday echoes his new recording with homages to Chopin — represented by the Piano Sonata No. 2 — by Mompou, Schumann, Grieg, Barber, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. DAVID ALLEN

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The music mogul Russell Simmons, left, and the film director and producer Brett Ratner in 1998.CreditLauren Greenfield

ART & MUSEUMS

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Lucre

‘Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth’ at the International Center of Photography

“They that will be rich fall into a temptation and a snare,” warns the Book of Timothy. For 25 years, this Beverly Hills, Calif.-born photographer has been shooting brand-obsessed, money-addled Americans — rich and poor alike — whose moral rot is expressed through hot-pink Birkin bags, Versace-upholstered furniture and McMansions the size of a small principality. The result is a tasteless show for a tasteless time. Some of Ms. Greenfield’s photographs (the show runs through Jan. 7) have a moral passion that exceeds distaste. But most of these shots are dismissive and shallow, and imply that vulgarity is a greater crime than economic unfairness. JASON FARAGO

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Demetri Martin performing in Beverly Hills, Calif., in May. CreditKevin Winter/Getty Images

COMEDY

He Traded a Life in Law for Laughs

‘Demetri Martin: Let’s Get Awkward Tour’ at Gramercy Theater

Of all the successful comedians today, Demetri Martin has one of the most fascinating background stories when it comes to his journey to the stage. A Yale graduate awarded a full scholarship to New York University Law School, he abandoned that course of study before his final year to pursue comedy. His stand-up, evidenced at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, bursts with a level of wit that’s hard to see coming, offset by his even-tempered, dry delivery. KASIA PILAT

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Jen Shyu at Winter Jazzfest in 2015. See listing below.CreditJacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times

JAZZ

A Path Through History and Heritage

Jen Shyu at the Stone at the New School

Ms. Shyu is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose compositions trace a winding path back through history and heritage. “Song of Silver Geese,” her coming album, consists of an original nine-part suite drawing on East Asian and Melanesian folk song, and the writings of two of her mentors. On the album, Ms. Shyu is joined by a string quartet and her jazz septet, Jade Tongue. At 8:30 on Friday, she will perform the suite with a five-piece band, then will give a solo concert at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan in “The Treasurer” at Playwrights Horizons. See listing below.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

THEATER

Minding Mother and Her Purse Strings

‘The Treasurer’ at Playwrights Horizons

Max Posner’s play about a grown son managing his ailing mother’s finances, closes its purse strings on Nov. 5. Ben Brantley admired how this “tender and unforgiving” play, directed by David Cromer, “adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme.” ALEXIS SOLOSKI

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From left, Jack Warden, Edward Binns, E.G. Marshall, John Fiedler, Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Robert Webber, Jack Klugman, George Voskovec, Martin Balsam and Joseph Sweeney in Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men” (1957). CreditFilm Forum

FILM SERIES

Men of Principle, and Pals as Well

‘Hank and Jim’ at Film Forum

A companion series to a new book about the friendship between Henry Fonda and James Stewart, this retrospective (Friday through Nov. 16) positions them as a study in contrasts. Friday offers two Hitchcocks: In “Rope,” Mr. Stewart is the voice of moral reason while foiling Leopold-and-Loeb-like killers; in “The Wrong Man,” Mr. Fonda plays a jazz musician mistaken for a holdup man. On Saturday, Stewart is a credit to the Senate in Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” and Fonda is an open-minded juror in Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men.” BEN KENIGSBERG

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“Halloween Unleashed: Dancing Bones, Tasting Darkness and the Skeleton Within,” choreographed by Karole Armitage for Armitage Gone! Dance. See listing below.CreditJulieta Cervantes

DANCE

Embracing Your Inner Skeleton

Armitage Dance! Gone at La MaMa

Karole Armitage has long infused ballet with a dark look, a wild defiance and a sharp edge. For her latest work, “Halloween Unleashed: Dancing Bones, Tasting Darkness and the Skeleton Within,” she has added to that brew the 1929 Disney cartoon “The Skeleton Dance” and the spirit of Haitian carnival. Set to a score ranging from Marilyn Manson to David Lang and original music by Terry Dame, the result is a toothy treat for a fun and ghoulish holiday. (At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.) BRIAN SCHAEFER

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Diamanda Galas near her home. See listing below.CreditChad Batka for The New York Times

ROCK & POP

Hail the Queen of Darkness

Diamanda Galas at Murmrr Theater

Halloween offers a yearly opportunity for musicians to indulge their theatrical impulses. This week, you might stumble across small indie acts cosplaying as superfamous rock stars (at Gutter Baron Oct. 27-28 and the Glove on Oct. 28, among other locations), or enjoy the stoner-rap group Cypress Hill’s “Haunted Hill” show at Brooklyn Steel on Oct. 30. The most chilling option of all is this engagement on Sunday and Tuesday by Diamanda Galas, the avant-garde queen of darkness, whose recent album “All the Way” is a fantastically eerie take on the American songbook. SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON

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A walk through the Bronx Zoo’s Haunted Forest at “Boo at the Zoo.”CreditJulie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society

FOR CHILDREN

Halloween Festivals Where the Scariest Specter Is Extinction

‘Boo at the Zoo’ at the Bronx, Queens and Prospect Park Zoos

Halloween promises a wild time, and few places do that better than those where wild creatures reside. Each year these zoos host weekend celebrations that educate about animals as well as entertain young humans. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Bronx Zoo offers a Haunted Forest, with both wildlife models and scary apparitions,and the Extinct Species Graveyard, a fake cemetery devoted to a real threat: vanishing creatures. Other attractions include presentations of live birds associated with Halloween, like owls, ravens and vultures, anda costume parade with stilt walkers from Alice Farley Dance Theater, above. The Queens Zoo’s festivities, also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., include holiday treats for wildlife — meat-stuffed pumpkins, for example — and a haunted trail for people. The Prospect Park Zoo, whose “Boo” runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Spooky Barn, is focusing on bats, whose activities are more helpful than horrifying. And who could resist a dance party alongside sea lions, which are pretty inventive movers themselves? LAUREL GRAEBER

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