arts 09.8.09

Fall Preview
Part 1

It's that time again…time to make peace with the end of summer. But with the change of seasons comes the promise of top-shelf indoor events. Here are our picks for some of the most promising events and openings this fall. Part 2 tomorrow.

A bounty of solo shows is headed our way, featuring Lynn Redgrave, Anna Deavere Smith, Mike Daisey, and Colman Domingo (not to mention A Steady Rain, the two-hander of all two-handers, starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman). First up, Carrie Fisher, playing same, in Wishful Drinking, a sharp, extremely funny evening.

Doesn't seem possible that this fall will see the first-ever retrospective in these parts of Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen. The overdue consideration, called Shaping the Future, starts November 10th at Museum of the City of NY. Saarinen's works, you'll recall, include the TWA terminal at JFK, the St. Louis Arch, the Tulip and Womb chairs, and CBS' Black Rock.

The story of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire, is set in 1987 Harlem, and tells the intensely painful and moving story of Claireece "Precious" Jones, played by Gabourey Sidibe. Directed by Lee Daniels, it was a huge hit (and award winner) at the latest Sundance. Watch the trailer here.

The Wrens have now been together for 20 years, an indie band with bad label karma, prodigious talent, but modest output. (Their website homepage proclaims 'keeping people waiting since 1989'). Their last album was released in fact released six years ago. So here's the news: they're playing Maxwell's in Hoboken on December 3rd and 4th. And they've been working on a new album. Will you hear it then? You might! [Photo: Patrick Glennon]

Kazuo Ishiguro fans may be disappointed at first to learn that his new book Nocturnes is a collection of short stories – but the proof is in the reading. Indeed, these 'five stories of music and nightfall' may be as satisfying as anything he's written.

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