CMJ, or College Music Journal Marathon, is in full swing, with a thousand bands performing at venues across the Lower East Side and Brooklyn.
Friday highlights include Neon Indian, the unstoppable chill-wave behemoth, playing at Webster Hall with Com Truise and buzzy electro-squelch Purity Ring.
Zambri is at Cake Shop. Fronted by a pair of sisters, this ethereal groove band will give you the energy to hit 50 other showcases across the city.
Badge-holders and ticketed kids cramming the venue? Just head next door, where you may fall in love with a new band.
X-ray Eyeballs anyone?
Head down to the Museum of American Finance for the Wall Street Bourse.
Twenty dealers will display their wares, including coins, bank notes, stock certificates and other items related to money.
While there, take a look at the exhibition devoted to Alexander Hamilton’s contributions to banking and finance and also the monumental timeline tracking the current credit crisis.
At 48 Wall St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Information: +1-212-908-4110; http://www.moaf.org.
It’s your last chance to see Matthew Barney’s “Djed,” an exhibition of sculpture and drawings at Gladstone Gallery.
The show is part of his “Ancient Evenings” project, begun in 2007, exploring aspects of death and rebirth using a Chrysler Imperial.
The centerpiece is “Djed,” a cast iron evocation of the power of Osiris in the form of the car’s undercarriage.
Closes today at 6 p.m. 530 W. 21st St. Information: +1-212-206-7606; http://www.gladstonegallery.com.
Be charmed by the graceful mobiles and stabiles created by Alexander Calder in 1941, now at Pace Gallery.
There’s “The Great Yucca,” sending out a giant panicle, the raffish “Un Effet du Japonais,” made of sheet metal and wire, and the 8-foot “Tree,” recently reassembled by Calder’s grandson.
At 32 E. 57th St. until Dec. 23. Information: +1-212-421-3292; http://thepacegallery.com.
Sam Waterston steps into the regal shoes of “King Lear,” the spoiled old monarch who gains wisdom as he wanders powerless on the heath.
In the production directed by James Macdonald, Bill Irwin takes on the role of the mocking, loyal Fool, while Kelli O’Hara is bad daughter Regan. Enid Graham plays Goneril, the other bad daughter.
In previews at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., for a Nov. 8 opening. Information: +1-212-539-8500; http://www.publictheater.org.
Then settle in at chef Scott Bryan’s sleek Apiary with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne.
Try the duck breast with caramelized endive and brandied cherry jus, followed by a blackberry financier.
At 60 Third Ave. Information: +1-212-254-0888.
The world’s biggest pumpkins are on display at the New York Botanical Garden.
Quebec’s Jim Bryson is the new world record-holder, with a behemoth coming in at 1,818.5 pounds. It often grew 35 pounds a day, soaking up 100 gallons of water.
You can also watch Ray Villafane carve scary sculptures, and make your way through the scarecrows, spiders and snakes inhabiting the Haunted Pumpkin Garden.
Giant pumpkins on view until Oct. 30 at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. Information: +1-718-817-8700; http://www.nybg.org.
Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” juxtaposes the traditional Latin texts with Wilfred Owen’s poems on the horrors of battle, beginning with “Anthem for Doomed Youth.”
Tenor Ian Bostridge, baritone Simon Keenlyside and soprano Sabina Cvilak perform with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda.
It’s part of Lincoln Center’s spiritual White Light Festival, running until Nov. 19.
Avery Fisher Hall at 3 p.m., Broadway at 65th St. Information: +1-212-721-6500; http://www.whitelightfestival.org.
Say goodbye to Grandma! Wearing his signature red dress, white bloomers and gray curls, Barry Lubin bids farewell to the Big Apple Circus where he’s been clowning for 29 years.
“Dream Big” also has jugglers, acrobats, conjurers, as well as talented horses, dogs, plus a porcupine.
The not-for-profit circus is at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, until Jan. 8. Information: 800-922-3772; http://www.bigapplecircus.org.
(With assistance from Lili Rosboch. Zinta Lundborg is an editor for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are her own.)