1) Martha, The Sun And Her Sweet Belles
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host a rare event that combines contemporary art with theatrical experimentation: renowned cellist Martha Argerich, with the projected world premiere of her “Classy Lady.” The single, 10-minute work can be heard with the cello on loop, before it is turned into theatrical lighting for a larger stage performance, in which the cello is transformed into a serpent, mermaid, etc. Other works will include works by Chantal Thomasson, Jessica Gibson and the composer Rebecca Warren, who plays along with Argerich.
Oct. 11–12, 15, 18, 9:30 pm ($18). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2100 Crystal Drive, Alexandria.
2) A Lovers’ Letters Project, A Brag, and String Monkey Groove
Mr. Worm Dog this weekend (Oct. 12) is a welcoming mat at Columbia University, where he’ll deliver his poetic, philosophical, and biting reading of the latest 30 avant-garde, experimental short films, plus readings from A Lovers’ Letters Project, From Decadence to Trash House, and String Monkey Groove, The Queer Musical Posse!
Oct. 12, 7 pm. New Student Events Center 3rd Floor, 157 E Broadway, New York.
3) Comedy Ride 2019: Flight of the Conchords
The New Yorker’s past owner writes a comic spec script about being a dreamer (including himself) and one night falling in love, with Flight of the Conchords. Through an era-appropriate Midwestern charm of Cornellian rhyming and a surprising sense of irony, this novel takes aim at the New York comedy scene.
Oct. 12-13, 8pm & 9:30pm. Carlyle New York, 14 East 62nd St.
4) “I Thought I’d Be in Love: An Altered Wedding”
The Flea Theater teams up with the Fenson Project of Minnesota to play the wedding of two lovers, described as “a delivery in contrast to the expectant joy of the typical White Widow practice.” The view into their dynamic is brought to life with state-of-the-art puppet, dance, and music, with a few surprises sprinkled in.
Oct. 12, 8pm & 10pm. Flea Theater, 35 Bowery, New York.
5) Whoopi Goldberg
The actress, comedian, author, and human rights activist will return to New York for an evening of stand-up that keeps it real. There will be new material as well as highlights from her latest movie, “Half a Sixpence,” which tells the story of a woman in a life-changing love affair.
Oct. 12, 7pm. Walter Kerr Theatre, 254 West 45th St.
6) HeartMath and Aisha Hines
The Interactive Neurotherapeutics center at NYU’s Perlman School of Medicine partners with the singer, actress, and activist Aisha Hines to bring her musical talent to a larger audience by performing song, spoken word, and movement as part of the “Wisdom on Stage” series.
Oct. 12, 7:30pm. NYU’s Perlman School of Medicine, 2700 Broadway, New York.
7) “Dancing With the Stars” Season 27 Premiere
The show you loved last season returns for another run. Fans will get to watch the new season, which includes “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley as a host. But this season will be a little different — one of the stars, Alexa PenaVega, will be debuting her own musical — and her husband, Carlos PenaVega, will be back as a dancer.
Oct. 11-12, 8pm & 10pm. Forum Theatre, 3131 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn.
Don’t forget to check out this week’s list of fun things to do on the weekend.