arts 01.4.10

Hello, '10

So long, 2009. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Some of the things we're looking forward to in the coming months.

The welcome, long overdue return of Sade, whose new album hits stores February 8th.

Two great photographers, Diane Arbus and William Eggleston, will have concurrent shows at Cheim & Read, opening January 7th.

Will the rumored Apple tablet be just a new gadget or will it be a transformative one? Will it appear at all? Stay tuned.

Dame Edna on television can't hold a candle to Dame Edna live, where she blossoms, possums, into "the most popular and gifted woman in the world today." Possibly the funniest, too. Her new Broadway gig, All About Me, written by Christopher Durang (wow!) and accompanied by Michael Feinstein, starts February 19th.
Tickets on sale soon.

Based on the Dennis Lehane novel, Shutter Island, opening February 19th, has the excellent fortune of Martin Scorsese directing it. Can't wait.

Looking like a Fred Flintstone/Barney Rubble hybrid, the animated version of Ricky Gervais turns up on HBO in mid-February.

Two shows to stoke the fashion fires: the two designers of five-year-old Rodarte get an early museum imprimatur from the Cooper-Hewitt, opening February 11th. And at the other end of the longevity ticker, the Museum at FIT gives the great-grandmother of shoe design, 90-year-old Delman a retrospective called Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers.
Opens March 9th.

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects celebrates its 20th season March 11-13 at the Abrons Arts Center. And New Yorkers should celebrate this choreographer and dance company.

A year with a new book by Anne Tyler can't be all bad. Noah's Compass is out tomorrow. [Image: Diana Walker]

A double shot of Picasso coming up:
one show at MoMA and the other at the Met.

A letter from Mario Batali:

Early Saturday, December 19, Jed McGiffin, dear friend, colleague and Front Waiter at Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, was struck and catastrophically injured by a sanitation truck on his way home from work. His ability to pull through despite the extreme severity of his injuries is a testament to his strength and resilience. Please join us in honoring and supporting a good, kind, and beloved young man, who is truly a fighter.

B&B Hospitality Group is hosting a reception of snacks, drinks, and well wishes in support of our dear friend tonight from 9pm at Otto, 1 5th [8th]. Suggested donation is $50 per person. All funds will go directly to Jed and his family to help support what will be a lengthy and extensive recovery. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Mario Batali

P.S. If you can't attend, you can contribute by sending a check made out to Jed McGiffin and send to Otto:

Otto Pizzeria
Attn: Levi Jones
1 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003

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