Joe’s Pub; Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777
Created and hosted by Kevin Allison of The State, RISK! is a live stage show where creative folks tell true stories in risky ways, about taking risks, or on risky subjects. This month’s participants include Christian Finnegan of Best Week Ever and ex-SNL members Rachel Dratch and Casey Wilson.
Dead Man’s Bones
Le Poisson Rouge; 10/15 at 8 p.m.; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-505-3474
When Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields started their band Dead Man’s Bones, it was for the purpose of writing songs to accompany a theatrical monster ghost story for the stage. Production costs became prohibitive, so they abandoned the play and continued with the music. What is left is a haunting soundtrack, just in time for Halloween, that tells tales of vampires, werewolves, and zombies with broken hearts.
Animazing Gallery; Through November 8; M–S 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; 54 Greene St., at Broome St.; 212-226-7374
The much-anticipated film based on his book Where the Wild Things Are opens this weekend, but if you can’t wait, catch the world’s largest sale of illustrations and etchings from artist and author Maurice Sendak at the Animazing Gallery in Soho. Proceedsbenefit the Rosenback Museum and Library and the Jane Goodall Institute.
Strand Bookstore; 10/15 at 7 p.m.; 828 Broadway, at 12th St.; 212-473-1452
The friendly, mustachioed M*A*S*H actor shares entries from his journal “Of Mule and Man,” of a 36-day trek around America in his Prius, affectionately known as Mule.
New Yorker Writers on The New Yorker
City Winery; 10/16 at 8 p.m.; 155 Varick St., at Vandam St.; 212-608-0555
The New Yorker has paired up with storytelling organization the Moth to bring you tales out of school about life at the esteemed magazine. With host Andy Borowitz and participants Roger Angell, Adam Gopnik, Ariel Levy, Mark Singer, and Judith Thurman. Note: Tickets are sold out online, but a reserved amount will be sold from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10/16. Check the official website for details.