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Fall Preview Part 1
Every Person in New York

We're always psyched for the cool fall nights and the cool stuff the city cooked up while you were away. Some of the things we're looking forward to this fall.

The boffo Diego Rivera exhibit at MoMA of 1931 not only drew large crowds, eight new murals were created at the time by the artist, who worked in one of the museum's studio spaces. Opening November 13th, an exhibition of the murals—not shown at MoMA in 80 years—along with drawings and designs for his Rockefeller Center mural.

From that Guinness family, as well as the Mitfords—those Mitfords— Daphne Guinness has created an indelible persona as a fashion muse and champion, style icon, and designer. FIT pays tribute starting September 16th. Expect to see Guinness, Chanel, McQueen,
and the unexpected. [Photo at top: René Habermacher]

When it originally opened on Broadway in 1965, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever was notable for several things. For one, it set a new ticket price record: $11.90. The Lerner and Lane score was praised as tuneful and charming (and it's worn well). And the consensus was that Barbara Harris, as the lovable kook with a past life in the 18th century, was, as the Times described her, "blithe spirit and living doll." In this re-imagined production directed by Michael Mayer, the Harris role has been changed to a man trying to quit smoking who reveals, under hypnosis, an altogether different past life. Harry Connick, Jr. plays the psychiatrist, so nothing else matters anyway. The first preview at the
St. James is November 12th.

It's been over four years since the last album by Feist, so we're eager to get our hands on the new one, titled Metals, which drops October 4th… Less remarked on at the moment, but highly promising: Kathryn Calder, New Pornographers member as well as solo artist, has a new album out October 25th, titled Bright and Vivid, that sounds
synthpoppy and irresistible.

Seon Master Jinje, a direct Dharma descendant of the Buddha, gives a talk at Riverside Church about Ganhwa Seon (Korean Zen). For 500 years, it was practiced only by monks and nuns in the mountains but has, thanks in large part to Master Jinje, become widely popular in Korea. Ganhwa Seon is a questioning meditation that includes a student/teacher 'dharma combat' dialogue. The talk takes place September 15th at 7pm. A reception with temple foods follows.
Free, open to the public.

Ken Burns turns his attention to Prohibition,
in a three-parter on PBS from October 2-4. Cheers!

One of our favorite food writers, Melissa Clark, has a new collection of recipes (120 of them) called Cook This Now, available on October 4th. [Photo: Olga Massov]

Another Apple-saturated season? Looks that way. Grand Central will house a new Apple store, the largest in the world, and the iPhone 5 is due October-ish, maybe. Walter Isaacson, who has written biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, delivers an authorized biography of Steve Jobs, out November 21st. And Mike Daisey's play The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, begins October 11th at the Public.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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