arts 09.14.06

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movies… Catnip for us: a black comedy set in the fictional sleepy English village of Little Wallop, starring Maggie Smith and Rowan Atkinson (with Kristin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze). It's called Keeping Mum and the screenplay is by first-rate novelist Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls. Watch the trailer here. Opens tomorrow.

indie rock… Saturday: One of the last free outdoor shows of the summer features OMR faves Professor Murder. Sunday: Chicago's Tortoise stay in the race after all these years. The forefathers of post-rock play Bowery Ballroom. Just announced…10/27: Love Is All. 11/2: Hot Chip

art… "The Un-Homely — New Art from Iceland" opens tonight, 6pm, at Galerie Adler, 547 W. 27th [10th/11th] 212.967.5700. Video, photography, painting, and drawings by three artists whose small patch of volcanic native soil seems to be a disproportionately fertile ground for the arts.

stage… Shakespeare's Richard II has always been a favorite of ours, though that is not a widely shared enthusiasm. Imperfect play or not, there's no denying that Shakespeare gives some painfully beautiful speeches to the seriously flawed king: the one with "For God's sake let us sit upon the ground/And tell sad stories of the death of kings" for instance, and the soliloquy that includes the existential lament "I wasted time, and now doth Time waste me." Richard is being brought to life at the Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th [3rd/4th] 212.352.3101, by highly regarded actor Michael Cumpsty, directed by Brian Kulick, now through October 15.

out of town… This Saturday, there's a day trip to someplace called Philadelphia to see "Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noemi Raymond" and to tour the Raymond farm and home as well as the workshop complex of George Nakashima in New Hope. The Raymonds' son, Claude, will be join the group at the Raymond farm and George Nakashima's daughter, Mira, will be at the Nakashima compound. It's $75, which includes admissions, transportation, and a box lunch. To register, email or call 212.531.2106.

readings… Some interesting and fun ones coming up: Tonight, Claire Messud is at Barnes and Noble Astor Place, 7pm. We haven't read her new book The Emperor's Children but The Last Life is an extraordinary novel…Also tonight, at B&N Union Square, all-time Jeopardy champ give a talk and signs his new book Braniac — Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia, 7pm. Tomorrow, also at B&N Union Square, Arianna Huffington will read from her new book On Becoming Fearless, 7pm…Next Wednesday, author Myra MacPherson talks to Joe Conason about that amazing journalist Izzy Stone whom she has written about in the just-published All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone. It takes place at the Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th [CPW], no reservations, free, starts 7pm, doors open at 6pm.

walk… We thought we'd heard every variation on the themed walk, but here's a new one to us: "Letters of New York" will look at the fonts gracing NYC buildings. The 3-hour tour starts at 11am on Sunday, $40, details here.


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