arts 09.7.10

Fall Preview
Part One

Dogfish and catfish arrive to liven things up this fall, along with much else. A few things we're looking forward to…

Over the next six months, guitar fans will get a whole lotta love. October 19th will bring the next batch of releases in the 2010 Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project—deluxe new reissues of several titles, including Live at Woodstock. In February, MoMA opens an exhibition called Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 and the same month, the Met museum plays a natural harmonic: Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York.

Last December, we got an email from Nev Schulman, an old dog run pal, that included this: "By the way, we got into Sundance with a documentary about me! You're gonna love it." That movie turned out to be Catfish, which was the buzz of the festival and which comes to theaters on September 17th. The "reality thriller," directed by Henry Joost and Nev's brother, Ariel, manages to make the collision of the Facebook world and the real world an intense, edge-of-your-seat ride.

Musicalizing Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown—that fabulous, barbituate-spiked gazpacho farce from 1988—is likely to have been trickier than it looks. But if anyone can do it, composer/lyricist David Yazbek, book writer Jeffrey Lane, and director Bartlett Sher can. They'll get a major lift from the cast, which includes Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Laura Benanti, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. It's a Lincoln Center Theater production at the Belasco, starting October 2nd.

On October 12th, Sufjan Stevens releases The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds), in which the endlessly gifted musician leaves behind the backhanded compliments of his lovely, banjo-flecked statehood albums. Whichever musical direction he wants to go, we're there.

Beer is, by and large, one of Italy's rare misses—understandable with all those grapes around. There are, though, a smattering of fine microbrewers in that country and they'll be represented at Birreria, the 300-seat beer garden coming later this fall that will crown Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich's recently opened Eataly. The brewers behind Birrificio Le Baladin and Birra del Borgo will be manning the tanks along with the superb stateside brewery Dogfish Head. Perhaps next time this year we'll be gearing up for Ottobrefest.

The uber-protean Rima Suqi has a new book, American Fashion Designers at Home, out today. It's great fun to look at the homes of over 100 fashion designers with Ms. Suqi, and there's plenty here to inspire a jump-start of a stalled home reno, even if all you're doing is painting a wall.

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