La Belle Créole, The Cuban Countess Who Captivated Havana, Madrid, and ParisAmericas Society, 680 Park Ave.
7 p.m. Members, free; non-members, $10.
Alina García-Lapuerta lectures on María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz, also known as the Comtesse Merlin, the subject of her biography “La Belle Créole.”
GRUMPY OLD MEN
96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street
2 p.m. Free
The Donald Petrie feature from 1993, with Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith and others.
EDUCATION NIGHT At the FrickThe Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St.
The Frick’s Free Nights program provides after-hours access to the museum and programs such as lectures, gallery talks, music, performances and sketching.
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st St.
Dec. 4-5, 6:15 & 7:30 p.m.
Step into the holiday season of 1830, take a tour by the warm glow of candlelight, enjoy historic caroling, and sample traditional confections and beverages. On Friday, meet “Flora,” the kitchen help, and hear about her 1830s holiday preparations. On Saturday, listen to the PACC Recorder Consort perform holiday and period music. Reservations recommended.
Sisters in Crime Author Reading67th Street Library, 328 East 67th St, between First and Second Avenues.
Mystery authors Cathi Stoler, Laura Joh Rowland, Catherine Maiorisi and Cynthia Benjamin read from their novels and short stories.
Ethel and FriendsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street
5-8 p.m. Free with museum admission.
With the TransAtlantic Ensemble: Mariam Adam, clarinet, and Evelyn Ulex, piano. Works by D’Rivera, Poulenc, del Aguila, Gershwin and Sierra
BRIGHT LIGHTS — BIG MENORAH
Sutton Place and East 57th Street
4 p.m. Free
People of all ages are invited to enjoy and celebrate Chanukah.
Peter & the Wolf with Isaac MizrahiGuggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater, 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th Street
2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. $25-$100
Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic as Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal, and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham.
Dec 7 chadd Presents Ms. Bonnie Schinagle: Harnessing the Power of the LawThe Church of St Thomas More, 65 E 89th St.
6-7:30 p.m.Free, with a $10 donation requested.
Join us for an exciting evening where you will learn about your legal rights and those of your school-aged child.
19th Precinct Community CouncilStation House, 153 East 67th St.
Monthly public meeting
CinéSalon: “Late August, Early September” FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St.
4 & 7:30 p.m. Non-members, $14; students, $7; members, free day of, $3 in advance.
Olivier Assayas’ 1998 film, “Fin août, début septembre,” with Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Ledoyen. In French with English subtitles.
Claudia Rankine92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street.
8:15 p.m. From $22
Poet Claudia Rankine reads from “Citizen,” her recent meditation on race in America, then sits for a conversation on art, trauma and social justice with Cleonie White and Sarah Stemp, clinicians from the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.
Barthes & MythologiesAlbertine, 972 Fifth Ave.
7 p.m. Free
One hundred years after Barthes’s birth, Michael Wood and Ben Kafka will discuss the impact of “Mythologies” on their work as critics and scholars of literature, film, history and psychoanalysis.
An Evening with Jerry Saltz92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street.
7:30 p.m. $38
New York magazine’s outrageous and influential art critic joins us for a spirited demystifying of the art world: what made it, where it is currently and where it might be headed.