Music: Beck plays Oct. 18 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in support of his new album, “The Information.” 8 p.m. Tickets through Ticketmaster (212) 307-7171.
Books/Literary: Amy Sedaris reads from her new book, “I Like You: Hospitality Under Fire” at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. Sedaris’ latest book blends her signature snark with practical tips and recipes for entertaining. Free. Oct. 16. 7 p.m.
Nightlife: New upscale midtown nightclub, The Grand, opens to the public Oct. 19. The three-leveled space has an elevated VIP area and can host a 300-person sit-down dinner. Signature appetizers will be served after midnight to quell late-night hunger. 41 E. 58th St. (212) 308-9455.
Dance: Garth Fagan, best known for his work with “The Lion King” uses dancers ages 20-54 in his 35th Anniversary return to The Joyce Theater. The week-long tribute includes a world premiere work as well as highlights from his extensive repertoire. Opens Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 22nd. 7:30 p.m. The Joyce Theater. 175 Eighth Ave. (212) 242-0800.
Theater: Steven Dietz’s play, “Fiction” opens on October 19th for a run that lasts two weekends. “Fiction” is the story of a dying woman, a writer named Linda, who tells her friend Michael that he may read her private journals upon her death. However, she would like to read his before she dies. The play raises questions about when one should reveal one’s personal writings. $20. Gene Frankel Underground Theater. 24 Bond St. (212) 252- 4245.
Film: Part of the Museum of Television & Radio’s Seventh Annual Documentary Festival, “Life After Tomorrow” reunites members of the Broadway musical “Annie” between 1977 and 1983. The film explores issues of childhood stardom and features actors such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Dara Brown and Martha Byrne. Discussion with filmmaker Julie Stevens and other guests follows the screening. $25. Oct. 21. 7 p.m. (212) 621-6600.
Discussion: New York Times columnist, Frank Rich, talks with Barbara Walters about what he sees as the failings of the Bush Administration from September 11 to Hurricane Katrina. Oct. 17. $50. 8 p.m. The Kaufman Concert Hall at The 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (212) 415-5500.
Classical: The New York Consort of Viols performs “The Road From Valencia.” The viol was a four-stringed, fretted instrument developed in the middle ages that has been handed down through the generations. “The Road From Valencia” is music and words from the Sephardic journey through Renaissance Europe. Oct. 19. $10. 7:30 p.m. Congregation B’nai Jeshurun 257 W. 88th St. (212) 580-9787.