movie ‣ Wadjda is a film by Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudia Arabia's first full-length movie by a female director (it was also shot in the country), about a young girl living outside Riyadh, whose dreams include a bicycle, not to mention challenging social norms.
photography ‣ Two shows of note with New York playing a role. At Third Streaming opening September 17, Hotel Chelsea by Victoria Cohen… Argentinean photographer Aldo Sessa's work is shown in Reflections of New York City, opening September 19 at Throckmorton.
art ‣ New paintings by Alexis Rockman are at Sperone Westwater from September 17. What human beings are doing to the environment seems very much on Mr. Rockman's mind in two large works titled Bronx Zoo and Gowanus. His drawings used in the development of the Life of Pi movie are being shown at The Drawing Center starting September 27.
dance/music ‣ We can't remember ever specifically recommending a dance music recording but there's no time like the present. Composer Maury Yeston combines his gift for melody with Coplandesque expansiveness in the telling of Tom Sawyer through dance.
music ‣ The 2nd annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash takes place at The Bell House on September 22. [Photo of Sarah Jarosz, at top: Jenelle Smith]
talk ‣ Guaranteed good talk at 92Y when evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins sits down with professor of physics and mathematics Brian Greene on September 24.
house tour ‣ The first-ever house tour of Strivers' Row. Eight homes and four churches will be open for self-guided as well as guided tours led by historian Michael Henry Adams on Sunday, October 20. Self-guided tickets are $25. [Photo: Jonathan Wallen]