Tue Aug 25 2009
Pnlope Cruz in Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces
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Danny Meyer opens Maialino
Ann Marie Healy's spooky play
Comic Bill Burr
1 ING New York City Marathon
The world’s largest marathon hits the pavement for its 40th year; see if you can make it through all five boroughs in this 26.2-mile race, or just cheer from the sidelines with millions of other spectators. ingnycmarathon.org. Nov 1.
Danny Meyer opens Maialino
Slated to open at the Gramercy Park Hotel in November.
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2 The Humbling, by Philip Roth
Continuing his stream of novels about old men, Roth follows a once-great stage actor into sixtysomething insignificance. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22. Nov 2.
3 Lit, by Mary Karr
The sassy and evocative memoirist recalls being a drunk mother, getting sober, joining a church and dating “David of halfway house fame” (a.k.a. David Foster Wallace). Harper, $25.99. Nov 3.
4,6,7 Armitage Gone! Dance
Karole Armitage returns to BAM with Itutu, which features music by composer Lukas Ligeti and the West African electronica band Burkina Electric. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Nov 4, 6, 7; $20--$45.
4 La Danse
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman focuses his lens on the Paris Opera Ballet in his newest, highly anticipated documentary. Film Forum, 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110, filmforum.org). Opens Nov 4, $12.
5 The Orphans’ Home Cycle
Thank goodness the late, great Horton Foote was able to complete his ambitious, eight-play epic before he passed away. Set in (where else?) his fictional Texas town of Harrison, this semiautobiographical tale follows one man over 30 years. Signature Theatre Company, Peter Norton Space, 555 W 42nd St at Eleventh Ave (212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org). Nov 5--Mar 6, $20.
5 New York City Opera
Following a year on hiatus, the “People’s Opera” returns with an all-American opening-night gala (Nov 5), a revival of Hugo Weisgall’s challenging Esther (opens Nov 7) and a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (opens Nov 8). David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center), Columbus Ave at 63rd St (212-721-6500, nycopera.com). Season starts Nov 5, $12--$145.
5 Doug Stanhope
To compete with the New York Comedy Festival, Comix has booked controversy-seeking bad boy Doug Stanhope (who happens to be one of our favorite stand-up performers). Comix, 353 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-524-2500, comixny.com). Nov 5 at 7:30pm, Nov 6, 7 at 8, 10:30pm; advance $32, day of performance $37.
6, 7 Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods
In Auf den Tisch!, Meg Stuart returns to New York with a conceptual dance piece that has an unusual setup: The audience gathers around a table with her, along with a combination of performers from Europe and New York. Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves, studio 6A (bacnyc.org). Nov 6--7, $20.
6 The Men Who Stare at Goats
A reporter meets a man (George Clooney) who may be a member of the Army’s paranormal corps—or he could be just another gol’danged crazy goat-starer. Nov 6.
6 “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn”
An American artist known for her love of Iceland, Roni Horn has always been hard to pigeonhole, jumping from sculpture to drawing to photography. Her output ranges from text-based pieces (minimalist sculptures adorned with lines from Emily Dickinson) to portraits (an image of her niece) and landscapes (views of the Thames). “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn,” organized with the Tate Modern museum in London, is the most comprehensive survey to date, covering 30 years of her work.—Howard Halle
Before quirky became a tedious buzzword for indie film and theater alike, Melissa James Gibson was creating witty, weird portraits of slackers in arrested development. Her first New York production in a long time stars Parker Posey as a single mom and struggling poet. Playwrights Horizons, 416 W 42nd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-564-1235, playwrightsorizons.org). Previews begin Nov 6; opens Dec 2. $65.
8 New York Comedy Festival
Ricky Gervais takes a break from filming his upcoming movie Cemetery Junction (another one, The Invention of Lying, comes out September 25) to headline the New York Comedy Festival with another of his understated, erudite stand-up performances. (Also appearing as part of the NYCF: the acerbic Bill Maher, Sleepwalk with Me’s Mike Birbiglia, Tracy Morgan, Mike Epps, Patton Oswalt—and Andy Samberg, who’s calling his show “Andy Samberg and Friends.” That just opens the door for all kinds of ridiculousness and guest appearances. Yo, JT, don’t forget your box.—Matthew Love
8 Monsters of Folk
Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and M. Ward team up for four times the impassioned, warm-and-fuzzy songsmithery. United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway at 175th St (ticketmaster.com). Nov 6, $40.50--$50.50. * Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway at 74th St (beacontheatre.com). Nov 8, $50.50.
11-13 Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle brings one of the world’s most revered orchestras to Carnegie Hall for a three-night stand, centered on works by Brahms and Schoenberg. Carnegie Hall, 57th St at Seventh Ave (212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org). Nov 11--13, $67--$219.
12 Changing My Mind, by Zadie Smith
The novelist collects personal and engaging essays on fiction, film, philosophy and her own life. Penguin Press HC, $25.95. Nov 12.
12-19 “Directed by Jerry Lewis”
Anthology hosts an eight-day retro that highlights Lewis the filmmaker, proving that the French have nothing on us when it comes to appreciating an auteur prone to screaming “Hey, lady!!!” Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave at 2nd St (212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org). Nov 12--19, $6--$9.
12 From the House of the Dead
The Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever staging of Leos Janacek’s final work, From the House of the Dead, marks the company debuts of two world-renowned artists: provocative French director Patrice Chreau and brilliant Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.—Steve Smith Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), Columbus Ave at 65th St (212-362-6000, metoperafamily.org). Nov 12, $20--$275.
13 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Roald Dahl’s kid-lit classic is turned into a stop-motion animation film spectacle, courtesy of Rushmore’s Wes Anderson. Fan-taaastic! Nov 13.
14 Jimmy Choo for H&M
British accessories brand Jimmy Choo brings a dose of glamour to H&M with an affordable collection of its well-known teetering heels, along with a women’s clothing line and a men’s collection of shoes, bags and accessories. Various locations; visit hm.com for more information. Nov 14.
16 The Jesus Lizard
Reunited and revitalized, this confrontational punk outfit brings its vintage violence-filled music to Irving Plaza. Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl at 15th St (212-777-6800, irvingplaza.com). Nov 16, $25.
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 24 3 W 47th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-239-6200). Previews Nov 16, opens Dec 6; $TBA.
17 Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro
A collection of nine new deeply felt and insightful tales from the short-story master. (Knopf, $25.95). Nov 17.
17, 19-21 Wally Cardona/WC4+
The New York choreographer explores “the landscapes of people in motion” in Really Real, which is set to a score by Phil Kline and features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St between Ashland and Rockwell Pls, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Nov 17, 19--21; $20--$40.
20 Broken Embraces
Pedro Almodvar returns with a tale of a blind author, fake names and the indiscreet charms of Penlope Cruz. Nov 20.
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20 The Twilight Saga: New Moon
You know you want to see dreamy dreamboat Robert Pattinson get all sensitive-bloodsuckery; plus this time, there’s, like, hunky werewolf action, too. Nov 20.
22 “Tim Burton”
Hollywood’s pied piper of the whimsical macabre not only gets not only a film retro at MoMA, but a showcase for his drawings, paintings, puppets, maquettes, props and costumes, too. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400, moma.org). Nov 22--Apr 26; $20, seniors $16, students $12.
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Fall Preview 2009
There's something--no, a zillion things--to look forward to this coming season.