9 things to do this week in NYC, from meeting Zadie Smith to a haunted whiskey tour

9 things to do this week in NYC, from meeting Zadie Smith to a haunted whiskey tour
Or hear Rob Paulsen perform "Animaniac" songs and riff on bad movie clips with Frank Conniff this week.

Or hear Rob Paulsen perform “Animaniac” songs and riff on bad movie clips with Frank Conniff this week.

Yes, the couch can be a wonderful respite from a busy workweek, but this is New York City.

Don’t miss out on all the city that never sleeps offers during the week. 

From comedy shows to live music, from food events to pop-ups and more, there is so much to catch after your shift ends.

Here are our best bets for this week:

Monday

Learn about Edgar Allan Poe’s time in NYC with Boroughs of the Dead

This two-hour discussion with Andrea Janes, the founder of Boroughs of the Dead, will deal with Poe’s time in Greenwich Village during the 1840s, where he lived and wrote some of his famous works. Janes also will talk about his writings, "Doings of Gotham," which chronicled current events in the city in 1844, "The Balloon-Hoax," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar," and "The Raven." ($20; 6:30 p.m.; The Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. Fourth St.; merchantshouse.org)

Tuesday

Take the ‘Spirits of Brooklyn’ Tour

"The Making Maisel Fabulous" interactive exhibit at the Paley Center on West 52nd Street.
"The Making Maisel Fabulous" interactive exhibit at the Paley Center on West 52nd Street. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

Madam Morbid Trolley Tours and the Kings County Distillery are doing a joint trolley/distillery tour and whiskey tasting. The trolley, which is Victorian- and funeral-inspired, will drive you around as Madame Morbid talks about Brooklyn’s sordid past. Then you’ll be dropped off at the distillery for a spooky tour and tasting. ($69; Oct. 8 and 15; 7 p.m.; North Ninth Street and Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg; madamemorbid.com)

Check out the CRAFTED x Riverhead series

At Riverhead Books’ Sip & Stitch, embroider patterns based on select Riverhead books, enjoy some appetizers and cocktails, and talk books, including featured work by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "City of Girls," and Jacqueline Woodson, author of "Red at the Bone." ($30; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Lululemon Soho, 520 Broadway, Manhattan; eventbrite.com)

See ‘Frankenstein’ the musical

See the horrifying classic "Frankenstein" done as a two-act musical by composer and physicist Eric B. Sirota and director Clint Hromsco. ($39.50-$59.50; Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and at 11 a.m. on Nov. 20 and Dec. 18; St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., thefrankensteinmusical.com)

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 Movie With a View series is a worthy after-work activity.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 Movie With a View series is a worthy after-work activity. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Wednesday

Relive ‘Animaniacs’ with Rob Paulson

The voice of Pinky from "Pinky and the Brain," Yakko from "Animaniacs" and other iconic characters will be at Joe’s Pub with composer Randy Rogel, who wrote many of the songs Paulsen performed in the shows. The two of them will perform 20 songs set to clips. Paulsen will also do a book signing at The Strand on Thursday. ($35 with a two drink or $12 minimum per person; 7 p.m.; 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan; publictheater.org)

Shop an open-air farmers market 

Peruse fresh produce, ciders, honey, syrups, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheeses, wine and spirits and more from vendors and farms from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The market is open through Oct. 25, Wednesday-Friday of each week. (Free admission; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan)

Giorgia Caporuscio makes a Regina Margherita pizza at Keste, at 77 Fulton St. in Manhattan.
Giorgia Caporuscio makes a Regina Margherita pizza at Keste, at 77 Fulton St. in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Open Riff Night

Frank Conniff (Frank on "Mystery Science Theater 3000") is hosting a live show where you get to riff on clips of awful movies. It’s open mic so anyone can do it. Those who are deemed the best get to riff with Conniff at the end of the night. ($5 to riff and $8 to watch; 9 to 10:30 p.m.; Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd St.; eventbrite.com)

Thursday

Meet Zadie Smith and hear about her new works

The author of "White Teeth," "The Autograph Man," "On Beauty," "NW" and "Swing Time," will be at Community Bookstore, where she will discuss her new story collection, "Grand Union." ($35; 6:30 p.m.; Murmrr Theatre, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn; eventbrite.com)

The 40th annual Richmond County Fair features carnival rides, games, eating contests and more.
The 40th annual Richmond County Fair features carnival rides, games, eating contests and more. Photo Credit: Historic Richmond Town

‘Kill’ an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

John Kevin Jones, a Poe impersonator, will perform Poe’s tales "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Cask of Amontillado" in the parlor of the Merchant’s House Museum, which will be made up with a coffin and mirrors in black crepe. ($40-$55, Sept. 24- Oct. 13 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3; 29 E. Fourth St., merchantshouse.org)

Shaye Weaver