At the Museum of the Moving Image beginning October 5, photographer Joseph O. Holmes has a show of his series called The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection. It's some of Joe's best work, and that's saying a lot.
There's an exhibition of images by the late, great fashion photographer Irving Penn at Pace/MacGill Gallery, 510 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.759.7999, starting September 13, that will include some of the 150 covers he shot for Vogue between 1943 and 2004.
All three of the International Center of Photography's upcoming exhibitions look interesting: a Lewis Hine retrospective, JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History, and a decade of work by Zoe Strauss.
The fall theater season is long on classics, with dream casts and tony (small t, for now) productions. Cherry Jones as Amanda in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at the Booth looks as dreamy as anything on the docket.
Another heavyhitter: Betrayal by Harold Pinter, directed by Mike Nichols, at the Barrymore.
More Pinter, plus Beckett, plus Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, performing No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot in rep at the Cort. [Photo: Hugo Glendinning]
Also in rep, Mark Rylance in Richard III/Twelfth Night with all-male casts, at the Belasco.
More Shakespeare, this time at the inaugural season of Theatre for a New Audience. Julie Taymor directs A Midsummer Night's Dream and Michael Pennington stars as Lear.
There's a new play from Terrence McNally at The Pearl called And Away We Go about theater itself.
Mary-Louise Parker stars in the premiere of Sharr White's The Snow Geese at MTC.
Ethan Coen (of the Coen Brothers), debuts a play at the Atlantic Theater Company, Women or Nothing, directed by David Cromer.
New musicals include Big Fish (music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed by Susan Stroman, After Midnight (starring Fantasia and The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars orchestra), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (starring Jefferson Mays), and Little Miss Sunshine (music and lyrics by William Finn, directed by James Lapine).
The date hasn't been announced for the reopening of the Queens Museum after $68 million renovation, though it is likely to be in November (shake a leg, there, folks!) The space has been overhauled by Grimshaw Architects and Ammann & Whitney, making a major institution majorer.
The Coen brothers are busy. In addition to Ethan Coen's play at the Atlantic, they have Gambit, a caper movie starring Colin Firth coming out in October (word is iffy) and the far more promising Inside Llewyn Davis about a folk singer in 1961's Greenwich Village opening in late December.
Based on the book Four Days in November by Vincent Bugliosi, Parkland recounts that time in November, 1963 in Dallas.
An adaptation of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief opens November 15.
Martin Scorcese directs The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, convicted for stock fraud.
We're also really looking forward to Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
In addition to the Irving Penn photography show at Pace/MacGill (listed above), the Brooklyn Museum opens The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk on October 25.
On September 13, we get the Closet to the Catwalk, A Queer History of Fashion at FIT.
Neko Case at Radio City? Sometimes the world surprises in a good way. She's performing there on Thursday, September 26 (tickets), supporting her new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
The Electric Lady is the second album from Janelle Monáe and will be released next week. It's got a great cover beamed in from 1978 and guest vocals from Prince, Esperanza Spalding, Miguel, and more.
To be honest, we think it's been a long, long time since we've paid much attention to a new album by Elton John. But this one, The Diving Board, is different. The new songs were written with his old partner Bernie Taupin, it's produced by T Bone Burnett, and it's a late career switch to a low-glam, much more old-timey, singer-songwriter album, the kind John made when he was starting out. Out September 24.