Oregon-based indie rock band The Decemberists play the Hammerstein Ballroom as part of the CMJ music festival and in support of their new album, “The Crane Wife.” Nov. 3. 8 p.m. 311 W. 34th St. (212) 307-7171.
“Grey Gardens” is a musical about the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Although they were well liked in the social register, they lived in a dilapidated mansion in East Hampton. Christine Ebersole has received rave reviews for her role as leading lady. Opens Nov. 2. 8 pm.. The Walter Kerr Theater. 219 W. 48th St. (212) 239-6200.
Margaret Atwood reads from her new book, “Moral Disorder,” a collection of interrelated short stories. The stories cover topics such as birth, divorce and remarriage. Free. Nov. 1. 7 p.m. Barnes & Nobles Union Square. 33 E. 17th St. (212) 253-0810.
The Libby Ross Foundation presents its annual gala to fight breast cancer at the New York Design Center. Guests should expect to enjoy a top-shelf open bar as well as food from The Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, and Sapa, among others. Music will be provided by Chris Washington. A silent auction includes prizes such as trips, sports tickets, clothing and jewelry. Nov. 2. 7:30 p.m. $150 in advance. New York Design Center. 200 Lexington Ave. (212) 831-9592.
Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey talks with “The Believer” co-editor and novelist Heidi Julavits at the 92nd Street Y. Nov. 6. 8 p.m. $18. 1395 Lexington Ave. (212) 415-5500.
The Havana Central Fall Latin Wine Series presents a tasting of the Best of Argentina featuring wines from two of the best Argentinean wine families, the Catena family and Susanna Balbo. The tasting will be accompanied by Havana Central’s central Cuban cuisine. Nov. 6. $60. 7:30 p.m. Havana Central. 151 West 46th St. (212) 398-7440.
SoHo Photo presents and opening reception for four solo exhibits by Susan Bowen, Joan Lebold Cohen, Allice M. Hughey and Yaqui Yamdrock. The reception will also feature a spotlight exhibit of the work of Anya Petrova as well as Rosalia Filippetti as a guest exhibitor. 15 White Street. Nov. 7. 6 p.m. (212) 226-8571.