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Fall Preview Part 2
Walking Off the Big Apple

More fall good stuff. (Part 1 is here).

The fall promises two pics with talented and delicious Ryan Gosling: Drive, in which he plays a stunt driver/moonlighting crook and, next month, The Ides of March, a political drama co-starring, and directed by, George ClooneyPedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In brings Antonio Banderas back into the stable, this time playing a cutting-edge plastic surgeon. Opens October 14th… My Week With Marilyn tells the story of Marilyn Monroe and a summer week in 1956 in which a young college student takes the star slumming, British-style… The documentary Hell and Back Again by Danfung Dennis tracks what happens to a soldier shot in Afghanistan and during his recovery at home in North Carolina. Opens October 5th at Film Forum.

Opening November 4th at the Guggenheim, a show of works by Italian-born, NYC-based Maurizio Cattelan, whose sculptures often maximize impact with dark, renegade humor. Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite is probably his best-known work.

The ten-year anniversary of September 11th is upon us and will be marked, grieved, and remembered in many ways. The opening to the public of the 9/11 Memorial on September 12th will, we hope, help the city continue to heal. The museum opens next year.

Michiko Kakutani panned Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which we'd include on our all-time-favorite contemporary fiction shelf, so we're not expecting a Times rave for the author's new, massive (944 pages) novel 1Q84, out October 25th. The year is 1984, the city Tokyo, the hat-tip: OrwellThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt (out September 26th), tells of the discovery, 600 years ago, of the last surviving copy of the ancient epic On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, and how that discovery changed history… Look I Made a Hat, by Stephen Sondheim is the second volume of theatrical reflections by the great composer and lyricist. Nov. 22.

You would not, we feel certain, want a chef working on your nervous system. But you almost certainly will feel differently about a neurologist in the kitchen, if the neurologist is Dr. Miguel Sanchez Romera of Barcelona. Romera, 355 W. 16th [8th/9th] 212.929.5800, opens this month, promising to "nourish the mind and awaken the senses." Whatever, as long as it tastes good… Food that tastes good is a foregone conclusion when Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone open Parm next door to their Torrisi Italian Specialties in the next weeks… Ilene Rosen is a magician with veggies. During her long tenure at City Bakery, she created the best salad bar, day in and day out, in town. She's now left the nest to open 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt [St. Marks/Prospect Pl.] in Brooklyn, this fall. We're looking forward to her touch with a full menu.

Where are we going? The Museum of Natural History tries to answer that question when it opens Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration opens November 19th.

Fall Preview Part 1

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

New York Museum Exhibitions, Fall 2011: A Selected List, With Openings in September, October, and November

The Fall 2011 museum season may be notable for several potentially outstanding exhibitions, but certainly a big story concerns the re-openings of two museums. The National Academy Museum at 1083 Fifth Avenue, the mansion once home to Archer Milton Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, will unveil its renovated galleries in September with a Will Barnet retrospective and exhibitions to show off the permanent collection. The museum will offer free admission and art class for its opening weekend - Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18.

In November - 11/11/11, to be precise - the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library on Central Park West will reveal its airy new look, the most ambitious renovation for the building since the 1930s. Upon entering the museum, visitors should see an immediate change - hanging above the admissions desk, a Pop Shop ceiling mural by Keith Haring. The design overhaul will include architectural features previously tucked away, floorcases exhibiting the finds of amateur archaeologists, digital screens illustrating exhibits, and a Stephen Starr restaurant highlighting small plates from the Veneto region.


[Image: New-York Historical Society, Admissions area under "Pop Shop" ceiling, a gift from the Keith Haring Foundation Rendering: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects]


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