Tue Aug 25 2009
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Art in Odd Places 2009
Pink at MSG
The Breslin opens
Kylie comes to NYC
Von Trier's Antichrist
Urs Fischer at NewMu
1 The Breslin Bar and Dining Room opens
Ace Hotel (212-679-1939, acehotel.com). Projected opening: Oct 1.
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1 Bloody Mary Month at King Cole Bar
The brunch crowd’s favorite cocktail turns 75 this October. Toast it at its purported birthplace, the King Cole Bar, where a mothlong special menu will offer more than 20 designer versions from sundry chefs, including Wylie Dufresne. King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel, 2 E 55th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-753-4500, stregisnewyork.com). Oct 1--31.
1 City Boy, by Edmund White
White recalls his life in 1960s and ’70s New York, portraying artists, writers and a thriving gay scene with a keen eye. TONY asked the author of A Boy’s Own Story (and before that, The Joy of Gay Sex) to tell us about some of his long-gone city haunts.
- “The Mineshaft club, [in the West Village], which the city closed in 1985 at the height of the AIDS crisis, was the acme of homosexual decadence in the early ’80s. It was in the old Meatpacking District and featured slings and glory holes—and a coatroom where customers could check all their clothes.”
- “Duff’s was a simple, straightforward restaurant on Christopher Street where you could see Robert Mapplethorpe or Maxine Groffsky or John Ashbery in another booth. The linen was impeccable, the low green lamp shades cast a soothing light, and the sound level was endurable-—we’d all go there now if it still existed.”
- “And of course there’s the Continental Baths on the Upper West Side [74th Street and Broadway], the gay sauna where Bette Midler first sang accompanied by Barry Manilow in 1970.”—Michael Miller
City Boy (Bloomsbury, $26) is out Oct 1.
1-3 Lucy Guerin
The Australian choreographer presents two shows at two theaters: Corridor takes an intimate look at the human body as a transmitter of information, and Structures and Sadness explores the aftermath of a devastating accident. Corridor: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves, suite 501 (bacnyc.org). Sept 16--20, $15 * Structures and Sadness: Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-924-0077, dtw.org). Oct 1--3, $15.
1 FREE “New York Now!”
The W 4th St subway station becomes a gallery space for the AIA Center for Architecture’s latest exhibit, featuring site-specific installations by AIA New York Chapter members. W 4th St subway station, Sixth Ave between Waverly Pl and W 3rd St (212-683-0023, aiany.org). Oct 1--31.
1-2 Trajal Harrell
For his new work, Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (S), copresented by Danspace Project and the New Museum, Harrell asks a question: What would have happened if a voguer from the ’60s Harlem drag-ball scene ended up at Judson Church with the postmoderns? The answer promises to be funny and smart. New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery at Prince St (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). Oct 1--2, $18.
2 A Serious Man
The Coen brothers return to their Midwestern roots with a black comedy about a college professor going through marital strife in Minnesota. Seriously. Oct 2.
2 “Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video”
Fashion will be the focus at this year’s edition of the International Center of Photography’s look-see at the latest in lensing. International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St (212-857-0000, icp.org). Oct 2--Jan 17; $12, seniors and students $8.
3,4 Manhattan Cocktail Classic
If you can tell the difference between orange and Angostura bitters, consider this cocktail congress essential. Big-name barkeeps like Audrey Saunders (Pegu Club) and Julie Reiner (Clover Club) will be on hand for seminars and parties focused on the city’s greatest tipples. This event is a preview for an even larger festival, coming this May. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St at 4th St (manhattancocktailclassic.com). Oct 3, 4; prices vary.
3-11 Robert Lepage
The virtuosic Quebecois director brings his marathon Lipsynch, an eight-and-a-half hour investigation into the human voice, to BAM. BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St between Ashland and Rockwell Pls, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Oct 3--11, $45--$150.
4 The Next Iron Chef
This elimination-style Iron Chef spin-off returns for a second season, complete with host Alton Brown, ten new wanna-be toques and a slew of madcap cooking challenges. Look for plenty of New York talents, such as Boqueria’s Seamus Mullen and Brad Farmerie of Double Crown. Food Network (foodnetwork.com). Premieres Oct 4 at 9pm.
6 “Approaching Abstraction”
When it comes to viewing abstract art, sometimes the trick is to stop looking for meaning and just go with it. Such is the case with this group show of nonrepresentational work by mostly self-taught artists. American Folk Art Museum, 45 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-265-1040, folkartmuseum.org). Oct 6--Nov 6; $9, seniors and students $7.
6 “An Evening Without Monty Python”
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, this traveling musical is a mash-up of beloved Python skits and songs (among them: Spanish Inquisition, Penis Song, the Dead Parrot), as performed live by comedians Hank Azaria, Jane Leeves, Alan Tudyk, Rick Holmes and Jim Piddock. The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St between Sixth Ave and Broadway (212-307-4100). Oct 6--10 8pm; $40--$75.
6 The Education of a British-Protected Child, by Chinua Achebe
The author of Things Fall Apart reflects on his childhood in Nigeria, the African diaspora, his love of literature and more. Knopf, $24.95. Oct 6.
6-11 Lucinda Childs
The choreographer’s 1979 Dance, featuring music by Philip Glass and a Sol LeWitt film that is projected onto a translucent scrim, is too beautiful for the Joyce—which is really starting to look like an airport lounge. But this is worth a visit nonetheless. The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at 19th St (212-242-0800, joyce.org). Oct 6--11, $10--$49.
6 Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon
The author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay offers some nonfiction meditations on what it means to be a man today. Harper, $25.99. Oct 6.
7-10 American Ballet Theatre
For its too-brief fall season, ABT presents a series at Avery Fisher Hall, featuring a new ballet by the immensely talented Alexei Ratmansky. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), 1941 Broadway at 65th St (212-721-6500, abt.org). Oct 7--10, $20--$135.
8-11 NYC Wine & Food Festival
Join your favorite Food Network personalities (Rachael! Guy! Bobby!), plus some local culinary stars, for this second annual bacchanal of dinners, book signings, tasting events and demonstrations held throughout the city. Last year’s Burger Bash may be eclipsed by 2009’s Meatball Madness—watch and see. nycwineandfoodfestival.com. Oct 8--11; prices vary.
In what is hands down the performance of the year, Tom Hardy plays Britain’s most notoriously violent convict ever: Charlie Bronson. Oct 9.
9 The Gossip
Already hugely popular overseas, this feisty Portland, OR, three-piece takes another crack at stateside stardom with a new album, Music for Men, and a buzzed-about local show. Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St at Eleventh Ave (212-260-4700, terminal5nyc.com). Oct 9; advance $27.50, day of show $30.
9 Kazan retrospective
Film Forum offers three weeks of classic and rarely screened works from director Elia Kazan, featuring a who’s who of Method heavyweights: Brando (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire), Dean (East of Eden), De Niro (The Last Tycoon) and many more. Be a contender—not a bum—and check it out. Film Forum, 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110, filmforum.org). Oct 9--29.
9 “Lincoln and New York”
Illinois can lay claim to our 16th President, but New York undoubtedly influenced him—and vice versa. This multimedia exhibit explores Honest Abe’s relationship with the Empire State, continuing the museum’s yearlong celebration of the Lincoln bicentennial. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts (212-873-3400, nyhistory.org). Oct 9--Mar 25. $10; seniors, educators and members of the military $7; students $6; members and children under 12 free.
11 National Equality March
Clear your schedule on National Coming Out Day so you can get on the bus with other NYC activists and head to the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. The Hair actors have canceled their matinee performance so they can join the protest, which aims to hold President Obama to his pro-gay promises (establishing LGBT equality under federal law through the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act), along with several other calls for action. Visit the website to get involved and hook up with local organizers.—Beth Greenfield National Mall, Washington, D.C. (equalityacrossamerica.org). Oct 11.
13 Chronic City, by Jonathan Lethem
Doubleday, $27.95. Oct 13.
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14 “Breaking Into New York City Food Journalism”
Learn how to be a food writer—or just look like one—at this Institute of Culinary Education seminar taught by TONY’s own Eat Out editor, Gabriella Gershenson. In two hours she’ll teach you what it took her seven years to learn. That’s some deal. Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (800-522-4610, ceculinary.com). Oct 14 7--9pm, $75.
14 Built to Spill
Fresh from its success at the Siren Festival, the long-running alt-rock combo returns to New York for four shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Webster Hall, 125 E 11th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-353-1600, bowerypresents.com). Oct 12, 13; advance $30, day of show $35. * Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (718-486-5400, musichallofwilliamsburg.com). Oct 14, 15; advance $30, day of show $35.
14 “The Daily Beast: The Year in Politics”
Come October, President Obama will have been in office for ten months; that gives him at least three years and two months more to fix everything that’s wrong with America. Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown moderates a panel discussion about the challenges he faces with Christopher Buckley, Paul Begala, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Oct 14 at 8pm, $27.
Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut)
?To celebrate 40 years since its creation, Monty Python reunites to debut a new IFC documentary and participate in a Q&A. The Ziegfeld Theater 141 W 54th St at Sixth Ave (ifc.com). $TBA.
16 The Road
Viggo Mortensen has dealt with orcs, gangsters and a skinhead Demi Moore; now he’s got to tame a postapocalyptic wasteland, Cormac McCarthy--style. Yes! Oct 16.
16 Where the Wild Things Are
Was there ever a director more perfectly suited to bring Maurice Sendak’s timeless bedtime story to the big screen than the warped Spike Jonze? James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Forest Whitaker provide the “wild thing” voices. Oct 16.
20 Eating the Dinosaur, by Chuck Klosterman
The omnivorous pop-culture essayist ponders sports, the ’90s, and the similarities between Kurt Cobain and David Koresh. Scribner Book Company, $25. Oct 20.
20 Frankie Knuckles’s Motivation Too
He’s known as the Godfather of House, but Knuckles really has a more direct relation: He’s one of the handful of innovators who muscled the sound to life in the early ’80s. Pay homage by picking up his new mix-CD. Oct 20.
21 Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture
Age-old traditions mingle with circa-now innovations when Carnegie Hall presents this citywide multidisciplinary festival featuring pipa player Wu Man, exuberant classical pianist Lang Lang, Quanzhou Marionette Theater, the Zhang Family Band and more. carnegiehall.org. Oct 21--Nov 10, prices vary.
23 Eulogy for a Vampire
The latest from filmmaker Patrick McGuinn (Sun Kissed) is a campy tale of lust and horror at a monastery. Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-8800, quadcinema.com). Opens Oct 23; $11, seniors and children $8.
21, 23 London Symphony Orchestra
Veteran maestro Bernard Haitink leads this world-famous ensemble in masterpieces by Schubert and Mahler. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), Columbus Ave at 65th St (212-875-5030, lincolncenter.org). Oct 21, 23 at 8pm; Oct 25 at 3pm. $35--$90.
opens Oct 23 and screens at the New York Film Festival (Sept 25--Oct 11).
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23 Leonard Cohen
The iconic Canadian troubadour continues his lengthy, triumphant tour with a date in New York City’s most famous arena. Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave at 32nd St (212-465-6741, thegarden.com). Oct 23, $29.50--$254.50.
Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-307-4100). Previews Oct 23, opens Nov 15; $46.50--$126.
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24, 25 Sufjan Stevens’s The BQE
To celebrate the 92YTribeca’s first anniversary, Sufjan Stevens will be on hand to introduce a DVD screening (and NYC premiere) of his symphonic film about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Berlin quartet Osso will perform string arrangements of Stevens’s electronica album Enjoy Your Rabbit, preceded by an opening set from musician DM Stith. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St between Canal and Desbrosses Sts (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Oct 24 at 7, 10pm, Oct 25 at 12:30am; advance $12, day of event $15.
27 Idiot Savant
Richard Foreman teams up with Willem Dafoe at the Public Theater for what some insiders are saying might be the avant-garde maestro’s swan song. At any rate, there’s a giant duck. The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-539-8500, publictheater.org). Oct 27--Dec 13, $20--$70.
27 Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving
Opening in the 1950s and closing in the near past, Irving’s latest epic follows a teen and his father after they flee an accidental crime. Random House, $28. Oct 27.
29, 30 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert
This month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating the 25th anniversary of celebrating anniversaries. Still, this pair of concerts is stacked with talent. The first night includes Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel and the big headliner, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. (If Stevie Wonder is your opener, you are either Barack Obama or Bruce Springsteen.) The second night stars U2, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and Metallica.—Jay Ruttenberg
30 “Who Shot Rock & Roll”
In “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present,” guest curator Gail Buckland mutes the sound and reexamines a cadre of rock photographers as artists.
“Mick Jagger said that rock & roll is supposed to be about something that’s honest and true,” Buckland says. “It’s not supposed to be all fabricated and packaged. Just as we want our music to speak to the heart and to have some degree of sincerity, I tried to find photographs that did the same thing.”—Sharon Steel
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