Tue Aug 25 2009
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Diablo Cody on
The Electric Zoo festival
Kid Cudi creates his own hype
The Mamet acronym
Mike Judge is back with Extract
Advice for Sienna Miller
Shoe Woo shop opening
You’ll go weak in the knees for this flagship footwear haven, which brings together a whole bunch of luxe lines, like Enzo Angiolini, Circa and Sam & Libby, all under one roof. 750 Lexington Ave between 59th and 60th Sts (212-486-8094, shoewoo.com). Opening early September.
The British chain launches a more sophisticated, luxurious collection in which nothing tops $500. Topshop, 478 Broadway at Broome St (topman.com). Launches early September, $50--$500.
The photogenic Strokes lead singer issues his first solo album, Phrazes for the Young, sometime in September, and live dates will surely follow. juliancasablancas.com.
San Domenico reopens downtown as SD26
19 E 26th St at Madison Square Park, 212-265-5959. Opens in mid-September.
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1 The Adderall Diaries, by Stephen Elliott
He tells TONY: “I was raised in group homes in Chicago. How the hell in that environment could I say that I enjoy cross-dressing, that I want girls to tie me up?”—Michael Miller
The Adderall Diaries (Graywolf Press, $23) is out Tue 1.
Launched in 1989 in Sheffield, England, the Warp label initially made its name documenting experimental-electronica artists such as Autechre and Aphex Twin. More recently, the imprint has also proved adept at reaching a broader audience via indie-friendly releases by Grizzly Bear, !!! and Battles. In September, the label celebrates its two-decade anniversary with Warp20, a multivenue concert-and-film series featuring a few shows (with !!!, Battles and Pivot) and free screenings of Warp Films’ documentaries, short films and music videos, plus the release of Central Market, a fascinating new solo effort by Battles member Tyondai Braxton.—Hank Shteamer
4 The Bunker: Octave One + Surgeon
The city’s premiere techno bash tosses one of its biggest editions ever, with the pioneering Detroit brothers duo Octave One and U.K. vet Anthony “Surgeon” Child teaming up for a night of razor-sharp rhythms. Public Assembly, 70 North 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-4856, publicassemblynyc.com). Sept 4 10pm--6am; $20, before midnight $10.
4-6 “Dario’s Inferno”
Loaded with gore and glam, these gooey Italian horror flicks from maestro Dario Argento await the bold at BAM’s miniretro. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Sept 4--6, $7--$11.
opens Sept 4. extract-the-movie.com
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8 The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
The Mezzanine author’s latest novel gets inside the head of a writer who maps out his love for poetry while his life goes to pot. Simon & Schuster, $25. Sept 8.
8 Piperlime starts carrying clothing
Online shoe and handbag retailer Piperlime is adding clothes to its repertoire of chic brands. Expect covetable garb from more than 65 lines, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Corey Lynn Calter, Twinkle by Wenlan, Trovota and Nanette Lepore. piperlime.com. Sept 8.
9 Keep Your Pantheon and School
Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W 20th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-279-4200). Previews Sept 9, opens Sept 30; $65.
10 A Steady Rain
James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) go live—it’s Craig’s Broadway debut—in this Keith Huff play about a pair of cop buddies in Chicago. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W 45th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (asteadyrainonbroadway.com"). Previews Sept 10, opens Sept 29; $31.50--$130.
10 Bye Bye Birdie
The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the Elvis-inspired 1960 musical stars John Stamos and Gina Gershon—as well as Nickelodeon crooner Nolan Gerard Funk as Conrad Birdie. Hip-swinging rock & roll, celebrity stunt romance and catchy tunes ensue. Henry Miller’s Theatre (212-239-6200, byebyebirdieonbroadway.com). Previews begin Sept 10; opens Oct 15. $86.50--$141.50.
10 “Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan”
The Asia Society presents nearly 50 works (including video installations, paintings, sculpture and photography) by 15 artists from the rarely acknowledged art scene in a troubled part of the world. Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St (212-288-6400, asiasociety.org). Sept 10--Jan 3; $10; seniors $7; students $5.
10-20 New Island Festival
Celebrate Henry Hudson’s legacy by ferrying yourself out to Governors Island for a six-day extravaganza of Dutch culture. Don’t miss Dutch theatre company Tuig’s outdoor performance-art piece, Salto Vitale, which involves one serious (45-foot-high) leap of faith. Governors Island (newislandfestival.com). Sept 10--20: Th 4--11pm; Fri--Sun 11am--11pm; per-day festival pass $35.
10 FREE “States of the Union”
New York photographer Alix Smith’s latest body of work is a collection of formally constructed portraits of LGBT families. Morgan Lehman Gallery, 317 Tenth Ave between 28th and 29th Sts (212-268-6699, morganlehmangallery.com). Sept 10--Oct 10; opening reception Sept 10.
10 FREE Twitter Wit book release party
Editor Nick Douglas and friends (including celeb tweeters Eugene Mirman, John Hodgman and Michael Showalter) celebrate the art of expression in 140 characters or fewer over gratis tequila. Nuff said. powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St at Water St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049, powerhousearena.com). Sept 10 7--9pm.
11-29 2nd Annual NY Craft Beer Week
This city’s drowning in great craft beers. To celebrate, buy a “passport” and head out to any of the 83 participating bars, including d.b.a. and Hop Devil Grill, where you can attend special events and purchase a pint of special suds for just $2. Multiple locations (nycbeerweek.com). Sept 11--29, $35.
11-13 The Flaming Lips
Wayne Coyne and his merry jesters curate and headline this year’s installment the upstate edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties, and release a new album, Embryonic, on Oct 13. Kutsher’s Country Resort, 1 Kutsher Rd, Monticello, NY (atpfestival.com). Sept 11--13; $75--$95, weekend tickets $235.
No hip-hop CD—hell, no CD, period—is more anticipated this season than The Blueprint 3, the final chapter of Jay-Z’s Blueprint trilogy and the flagship release on his new label, Roc Nation. The disc drops on September 11, and Jay-Z celebrates with a show at MSG the same night. Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave at 32nd St (212-307-7171, thegarden.com). Sept 11, $TBA.
12 Felix Da Housecat
Well, gag us with a hair ball! Electro lion Felix Da Housecat spins in Williamsburg to celebrate the release of his new He Was the King LP, with Tommie Sunshine, Alexander Technique and Marc-Alan Gray, courtesy of the good people at Flawless Sound. 213 North 8th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (theflawlesssound.com). Sept 12 at 10pm, $20--$25.
12 Halcyon’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration
The little record shop that could commemorates a full decade of selling those round, spinning plastic things with a two-part hoedown—South Street Seaport by day, a Clinton Hill loft by night. Water Taxi Beach South Street Seaport, north side of Pier 17, Fulton St at South St; noon--2am * 12-Turn-13, 172 Classon Ave between Myrtle and Park Aves, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn; 11pm--6am * (718-260-9299, halcyonline.com). Sept 12; $10, $5 with RSVP.
Jude Law tries his hand at the melancholy Dane, direct from London. The title character may or may not be crazy, but this tragic hero is bound to be insanely hot—that is not the question. Broadhurst Theater, 235 W 44th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-239-6200, hamletbroadway.com). Previews begin Sept 12; opens Oct 6. $25--$116.50.
Among the many classical performances we prayed to see, Philip Seymour Hoffman tackling evil schemer Iago was near the top. Apparently, there is a God. John Ortiz plays the title role, a proud Moorish general with a suspicious mind. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq (212-352-3101, skirballcenter.nyu.edu). Previews begin Sept 12; opens Sept 27. $60--$90.
12 Trey Anastasio with the New York Philharmonic
Jam-band phans go upscale for a night when the Phish leader and guitarist plays his new concerto with Gotham’s toniest backup group. Carnegie Hall, 57th St at Seventh Ave (212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org). Sept 12, $50--$225.
13 Anna Sui for Target
If you’re a fan of Blair, Serena and all of the other Gossip Girl characters, brace yourself for the latest high-low collab between Anna Sui and Target. Sui’s created a cheap and chic GG-inspired collection ($20--$150)—full of cute dresses with lace and, of course, bows—that goes on sale (and simultaneously flies off shelves) September 13. Let the hair pulling commence!—Erin Wylie
Various Target locations (target.com). Available Sept 13--Oct 18.
13 FREE Brooklyn Book Festival
In a city filled with literary events, this one is our favorite—diverse, vibrant and jam-packed with talks by more than 130 top-notch writers including Mary Gaitskill, A.M. Homes, Nicholson Baker and Colson Whitehead. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St at Court St, Brooklyn Heights (brooklynbookfestival.org). Sept 13 10am--6pm.
13 FREE New Amsterdam Market
South Street Seaport’s occasional market will be cropping up monthly this fall, with produce and prepared fare from more than 80 purveyors. Look for food workshops on market days. South Street Seaport (newamsterdammarket.org). Sept 13, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 20 11am--4pm.
15 Central Market
A fascinating new solo effort by Battles member Tyondai Braxton. warp.net. Sept 15.
15 Kid Cudi releases Man on the Moon: The End of the Day
comes out Sept 15. kidcudi.com
READ MORE Kid Cudi creates his own hype
15 The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
The follow-up to Brown’s Holy Grail thriller, The Da Vinci Code—which will feature repeat protag Robert Langdon, an ancient secret society and a race against the clock—begins its relentless infiltration of bookstores today. Doubleday Books, $29.95. Sept 15.
15-19 Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People
Inspired by the films of James Dean, Gutierrez presents Last Meadow—a look at America in a state of collapse. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-924-0077, dtw.org). Sept 15--19, $15.
15 Where Men Win Glory, by Jon Krakauer
From the best-selling author of Into the Wild comes this complex nonfiction study of Pat Tillman, who turned down an NFL contract to fight in Afghanistan, where he was killed. Doubleday, $27.95. Sept 15.
16 Mamet releases four fall shows
Keep Your Pantheon and School: Atlantic Theater Company. Previews Sept 9, opens Sept 30; $65. Oleanna: John Golden Theatre. Previews Sept 29, opens Oct 11; $76.50-- $116.50. Race: Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Previews Nov 16, opens Dec 6; $TBA.
READ MORE The Mamet acronym
16 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Nightman Cometh Live
This infamous IASIP episode, about child molestation, proved that the gang could still blast boundaries in its fourth season. Who knows what surprises lurk in this touring full-length musical, but presumably Danny DeVito will be around to reprise his role as a troll charging admission to, uh, a sleeping boy’s bed. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway between 74th and 75th Sts (212-465-6500, beacontheatrenyc.com). Sept 16 at 8pm, $39.50--$59.50.
16 New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, the new music director of the New York Philharmonic—and the first-ever native New Yorker to hold that position—takes the reins with a gala opening-night concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Avery Fisher Hall, 1941 Broadway at 65th St (lincolncenter.org). Sept 16, $69--$235.
16 This American Life: Behind the Scenes with Ira Glass and Others
It’s rare that there’s a casual fan of this long-running NPR program—many border on the obsessed. Executive producer and radio nerd-hearthrob Ira Glass unveils what makes his show so popular, with NY1’s Budd Mishkin. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Sept 16 at 8pm, $27.
17 Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne
The former Talking Head bikes through a multitude of cities, contemplating urban planning, world music, buildings and much more. Viking Adult, $25.95. Sept 17.
17-20 FREE Conflux Festival
Brooklyn gallery Glowlab hosts the sixth edition of this annual art and technology fest, using public space as a forum for creative experimentation. Over the course of four days, expect a series of interactive performances, outdoor installations, workshops and impromptu events. NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Barney Building; 34 Stuyvesant St between Second and Third Aves (confluxfestival.org). Sept 17--20.
17 “Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction”
The Whitney throws a spotlight on O’Keeffe’s nonobjective paintings, which still manage to look pretty vaginal despite the absence of flowers. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600, whitney.org). Sept 17--Jan 17. $15; seniors and students $10; members, NYC public-school students and children under 12 free.
18 A Voce Columbus
When executive chef Missy Robbins opens A Voce Columbus, she’ll be the first woman to crash Time Warner’s celebrity-chef boys’ club. The change also means more accessible food amid the mall’s notoriously spendy restaurants, starting with the antipasto bar (roasted cauliflower, $6; salumi, $8). The rest of the menu mimics that of the original A Voce: marinated sardines, handmade pastas like orecchiette with roasted pork ($22--$28). The space, meanwhile, features a glass wall of wine and a panoramic park view. “The kitchen is amazing,” says Robbins over the phone. “I’m looking at Central Park right now.”—Rachel Wharton
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway (212-823-2523). Projected opening Sept 18.
18 After Miss Julie
American Airlines Theatre, 227 W 42nd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (roundabouttheatre.org). Previews Sept 18, opens Oct 22, $66.50--$111.50
READ MORE Our tips to help Sienna Miller survive her Broadway debut
18 Fairground VI: Out at Night
Six Flags Great Adventure goes all gay for a night, adding performances by Ultra Nat, Sylvia Tosun and Colton Ford to its roller coasters and water rides, for a brilliant bash benefitting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Route 537, Jackson, NJ (outinevents.com). Sept 18 6pm--midnight, $35--$150.
18 The Informant!
Matt Damon roots out corporate corruption while falling into a web of lies—plus, it’s a comedy! Take that, Jason Bourne. Sept 18.
18 Jennifer’s Body
What happens when you put Diablo Cody’s sass-mouth on the glamorous puss of Megan Fox, playing a killer cheerleader? We need to know. Sept 18.
READ MORE Diablo Cody on her new film, Jennifer's Body
The Guggenheim continues the 50th-anniversary celebration of its Frank Lloyd Wright--designed building with a full-blown survey—the first since 1985—looking at the Russian-born modern-art pioneer Wassily Kandinsky. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3500, guggenheim.org). Sept 18--Jan 13; $18, seniors and students $15.
20 Pearl Jam
Eddie Vedder & Co. issue a highly anticipated new album, Backspacer, on September 20. The band plays Philadelphia on October 27, 28, 30 and 31; can New York dates be far behind? pearljam.com.
Envy, lust, political intrigue, murder—no, it’s not C-SPAN, but the Metropolitan Opera’s new Luc Bondy production of Puccini’s bloody potboiler, with fierce Finnish soprano Karita Mattila as the titular diva. Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), Columbus Ave at 65th St (212-362-6000, metoperafamily.org/metopera). Opens Sept 21; $15--$1,250.
The Mac-PC rivalry heats up
Microsoft has announced its plan to open retail outposts in the city sometime this fall (possibly in time for the October 22 Windows 7 launch)—and according to the company’s COO, they’ll be “right next door to Apple” stores. Such physical confrontation! Now if only John Hodgman would give smug Justin Long that shiner he’s been asking for...—Erin Wylie
22 Fall for Dance
This year, Fall for Dance pays homage to the Ballets Russes; each program showcases at least one work from the vital period, including Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Ballet Company’s revival of Balanchine’s 1927 La Chatte. Take note: Tickets for this $10-per-program festival are on sale beginning September 13. New York City Center, W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org). Sept 22--Oct 3, $10.
22 StarChefs.com Rising Star Revue
Everyone’s a winner at this annual walk-around gala and award ceremony: Fifteen New York chefs will be honored with StarChefs’ Rising Star award, and you’ll get to taste their signature dishes. Mandarin Oriental New York, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St (212-966-7575, starchefs.com/risingstars). Sept 22 8--10:30pm; $150, VIP $200.
22 “Watteau, Music and Theater”
The Met takes a look at the role both the stage and concert hall play in the art of the 18th-century master Jean-Antoine Watteau. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Sept 22--Nov 29; suggested admission $20, seniors $15, students $10.
23,25 The Blue Rider In Performance
In a program inspired by Kandinsky’s Blue Rider Almanac, modernist classics by Schoenberg, Webern, Berg and Scriabin will be illuminated through visual imagery, evocative lighting and dance by Karole Armitage. Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th St (212-854-7799, millertheatre.com). Sept 23, 25 at 8pm; $35.
23-25 Bolro Variations
Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-924-0077, dtw.org). Sept 23--25, $15.
24-26 Butch Mamas! Not Your Butch Mama’s Comedy
Playwright K.S. Stevens presents this play about a drama-filled support group for butch women who want to become moms. WOW Caf Theatre, 59 E 4th St at Bowery (212-777-4280, wowcafe.org). Sept 24--26; advance $15, at the door $17.
24 Appetite City by William Grimes
Before there was Chopped there were chophouses, and before Frank Bruni there was William Grimes. The former Times food critic serves up some local food history in his latest book, Appetite City, which tracks New York’s restaurant scene from past to present. North Point Press, $28. Sept 24.
24 FREE Frank Bruni reading
Stare straight into the eyes of the no-longer-undercover former Times restaurant critic while he reads from his newly released book, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater. Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center, 1972 Broadway at 67th St (212-595-6859, bornround.com). Sept 22 at 7:30pm * Borders, 461 Park Ave between 57th and 58th Sts (212-980-6785). Sept 24 at 7pm.
Grab some glow sticks, then wave them in the air to the melodic trance beat of a guy who can lay claim to being the world’s most popular DJ— the almighty Tisto. Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-279-7740, ticketmaster.com/hammerstein-ballroom). Sept 24--26 at 10pm, $50.
25-27 FREE Art Under the Bridge Festival
Now in its thirteenth year, this annual event transforms Dumbo into one big, artsy playground. View art on the sidewalk, inside storefronts, on the water, in a park and aboard the New York Water Taxi—basically, anywhere but a museum. Various locations in Dumbo, Brooklyn (dumboartscenter.org). Sept 25--27.
Will you remember its name? In a bid to both live forever and learn how to fly, the 1980 musical gets a reboot. Sept 25.
25-27 Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics
Over the course of three days, ten speakers from a range of academic backgrounds will gather to discuss the role of psychedelics in history, culture and spirituality. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq South at Thompson St (212-477-0351, horizonsnyc.org). Sept 25--27, $30--$50 (includes admission to the opening reception Sept 25 8pm--midnight).
25 The 47th Annual New York Film Festival
Showcasing such buzzed-about world cinema titles as Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Bong Joon-ho’s Mother and Jacques Rivette’s 36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup, this event is an essential one, as it is every year. filmlinc.com. Sept 25--Oct 11.
25-27 New York Anime Festival
Expect plenty of anime and manga nerds in elaborate costumes at this annual celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Check out the Zombie Survival workshops by the Green Light Anti-Zombie Squad, or the Neo-Victorian Fashion Show, showcasing Gothic Lolita finery. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves (newyorkanimefestival.com). Sept 25--27, $35--$55.
25 Yo La Tengo
Having opened for Wilco in Coney Island this summer, Hoboken’s finest veteran indie band comes to Roseland to celebrate Popular Songs, its latest CD. Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St between Eighth Ave and Broadway (212-307-7171, roselandballroom.com). Sept 25; advance $28.50, day of show $30.
26 Ornette Coleman
An avant-garde maverick-turned-elder-statesman presents his first-ever Jazz at Lincoln Center performance. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall), Broadway at 60th St (212-258-9800, jalc.org). Sept 26, $10--$120.
29 The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
One of our best story writers and chroniclers of embarrassment jams all of her short fiction to date between two covers. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $30. Sept 29.
29 Maria Hassabi’s Solo
The Cyprus-born choreographer continues her investigation of the female form in two experimental solo performances—one by Hassabi herself and the other by her longtime muse, Hristoula Harakas.
How are the solos different? Solo is more homey. There’s no attitude. And SoloShow is full of attitude. Both are very simple and very complex. That’s my goal. The one is just a Persian carpet and me, and the other one [with Harakas] features another sort of prop, which I’m keeping a secret for now. It just moved into my house and it is a monster.—Gia Kourlas
John Golden Theatre, 252 W 45th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-239-6200). Previews Sept 29, opens Oct 11; $76.50-- $116.50.
30 Best Western President Hotel
Sleep with Obama—or at least sleep in a hotel suite named after him. The rooms at this newly renovated hotel will feature political themes; book the Nixon, Kennedy or even Reagan—ew! (rates range from $189 to $349 for a suite). Or drop by Primary, the lobby lounge, which is lined with images of early Presidents and decorated in centrist purple (Republican red plus Democratic blue). Plus: a giveaway! One lucky reader will win a night’s stay, with two complimentary drinks at Primary; visit timeoutnewyork.com/presidenthotel to enter for a chance to win. 234 W 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-246-8800). Opens Sept 30.
30 “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection”
The former secretary of state shares more than 200 baubles from her personal collection, many of which were worn on diplomatic missions. Keep an eye out for her gold snake brooch—Albright cheekily wore it to Iraq after being called a “serpent” by Saddam Hussein’s press. Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Circle at Broadway (212-299-7777, madmuseum.org). Sept 30--Jan 31; $15, seniors and students $12, members and children under 12 free.
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Fall Preview 2009
There's something--no, a zillion things--to look forward to this coming season.