Tuesday, Oct. 18
►  Madison Square Art Talk with Kimberly Drew​
Where:  Madison Square Park Oval Lawn, Flatiron
When:  6 p.m.
Join art writer Kimberly Drew to discuss Madison Square Park’s Big Bling installation and other public art.
►  Table Tennis Tuesday Tournament​
Where:  Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
When:  8 p.m.
Starting Tuesday, Brooklyn Bazaar will host a monthly ping pong tournament hosted by table tennis pop-up The Push. Compete for your chance to take home cash prizes, concert tickets to Brooklyn Bazaar shows and more. Email for more information.
►  Jonathan Lethem and Ben Lerner at Brooklyn by the Book
Where:  Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Park Slope
When:  8 p.m.
Lethem talks about his new novel, “A Gambler’s Anatomy,” with poet, critic and novelist Lerner, author of “Leaving the Atocha Station.” Tickets start at $10 for general admission and $7 for Brooklyn Public Library or CBE members.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
►  Art Exhibit Opening: ‘Max Beckmann in New York’​
Where:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
When:  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
German painter, Max Beckmann, arrived in America in 1947 after escaping World War II in Germany, where his work was denounced as “degenerate” by the National Socialists. This exhibit includes self-portraits, mythical, expressionist interiors, colorful portraits, landscapes and triptychs, and will put a special focus on the artist’s connection with New York City.
►  St. Luke’s Subway Series ​
Where:  Skylight Gallery at The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration, 1368 Fulton St., Bedford-Stuyvesant
When:  Pre-concert workshop at 5 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.
Hear free chamber music and learn the history of the work of Joseph Boulogne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Guests are invited to participate in a food drive and bring non-perishable donations to the performance. A pre-concert workshop will also teach kids and parents to write stories about their communities and help “experience them coming to life through song.”
►  Talk: The Trump Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, and the 2016 Election: What Does it All Mean for Philanthropy?
Where:  Pace University, Aniello Bianco Room, 1 Pace Plaza, B-Level, Financial District
When:  6 to 7:30 p.m.
As controversies swirl in this unprecedented presidential race, historians, professors and journalists discuss the ways candidates purport to use philanthropy. Attendance is free, but registration for limited seating is suggested.
►  Teología in the Heights: Faith of the Candidates
Where:  Heights Tavern, 3910 Broadway at 164th Street, Washington Heights
When:  6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia is hosting an evening of good food and conversation with Michael O’Loughlin, national correspondent for America Magazine and author of “The Tweetable Pope.” O’Loughlin, also a graduate of Yale Divinity School, will share his insight on the upcoming election and present on the “Faith of the Candidates.”
►  Art Takeover at 365 Bond Luxury Rentals
Where:  365 Bond St., Gowanus
When:  7 to 9 p.m.
Park Slope’s Ground Floor Gallery will “take over” the lounge and library at the new luxury rental building 365 Bond for a pop-up art sale featuring live music, refreshments and works by local artists. Most of the art will be under $500. The event is free but an RSVP is required.
Thursday, Oct. 20
►  Tastes of Brooklyn​
Where:  Various locations
When:  5 to 8 p.m.
Join the culinary crawl through Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill with stops at decades-old businesses like Caputo’s Bakery and D’Amico Coffee Roasters and newer shops like Sunken Hundred and Blossom Ice Cream. Food enthusiasts can try four dishes for $20 or 11 tastes for $50.
►  Mofongo Night with Chef Carolina
Where:  Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
When:  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to make mofongo, a Puerto Rican specialty that traditionally combines fried plantains with a selection of meats. Chef Carolina Mourelle will demonstrate a menu featuring yuca mofongo (cassava mofongo) and original mofongo (plantain mofongo). Take home recipes after sharing a sampling of these dishes. The event is limited to 15 participants. Admission is $24. Register  here.
►  ‘The “Spirit” of the Gilded Age’​
Where:  Ryan’s Daughter, 350 E. 85th St., Upper East Side
When:  6:30 p.m.
Grab a drink and learn about high society during the Gilded Age, 1870 to 1910, when wealth was at a high and skyscrapers began to dot the skyline. Listen to author Esther Crain, who wrote “The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910,” talk about the Upper East Side’s Gilded Age mansions and their stark contrast to the tenements in Yorkville. Crain will use historic photography, personal diaries, and newspapers to illustrate the era. Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini will perform after the lecture. $20 per person.
► Tom Wolfe Signing
Where:  Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
When:  7 p.m.
Tom Wolfe, author of “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “Bonfire of the Vanities” among others, will discuss his new book “The Kingdom of Speech” at Book Culture. In the book Wolfe argues that speech, not evolution, is responsible for shaping our cultures and societies.
►  Zadie Smith at Medgar Evers College
Where:  Founders Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., Crown Heights
When:  7 p.m.
Author Zadie Smith will read from her new book “Swing Time” in this free event that’s open to the public. Get there early: attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, the college said.
This column was compiled by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Noah Hurowitz, Irene Plagianos, Shaye Weaver, Carolina Pichardo, Emily Frost, Gwynne Hogan, Leslie Albrecht, Camille Bautista and Rachel Holliday Smith.

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