arts 09.13.07

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dance… It's been a long time since the ballet world has produced a charismatic figure along the lines of Christopher Wheeldon. The British-born dancer-turned-choreographer was with New York City Ballet, first as a performer, then as an artist-in-residence. He left at the beginning of the year to form his own company, Morphoses. They've just launched their first season at Vail and Sadler's Wells. They'll be at City Center from October 17-21. [Photo: Lois Greenfield]

indie rock… Friday: Interpol, Cat Power and Liars take on Madison Square Garden. All three bands could easily beat the Knicks. Saturday: Simian Mobile Disco rocks the insane hustler-electro-dance at the Gramercy Theatre. Just announced…9/15: Girl Talk (late show). 10/18: M.I.A. (2nd show). 11/19: Bright Eyes

movie… Opening tomorrow, a documentary about legendary restaurateur Toots Shor called Toots. It was produced by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson, who happens to be Shor's granddaughter. It will be playing the Quad in the Village and Clearview at 1st and 62nd. A fascinating slice of New York history.

books… Check out the impressive roster of authors participating in the Brooklyn Book Festival this coming Sunday. The free event includes readings, discussions, and panels with, among others, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Stephen Carter, Jonathan Lethem, Gloria Naylor, and Mary Gaitskill.

theater… Angelica Torn is an actress, and quite a formidable one. That's a genetic certainty, given her parents — Rip Torn and the late Geraldine Page. Ms. Torn is in a play called Edge, by Paul Alexander, about the last day of poet Sylvia Plath; Torn's performance confirms that it's in the blood. The show runs through October 6th at the ArcLight Theatre, 152 W. 71st [Bway/Col] 212.352.3101.

out of town… Thomas Rinaldi and Robert Yasinac have a book out called Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, an evocative look (including over 200 images) at the dozens of ruins in the Hudson Valley—hospitals, mills, churches, and homes.

food… Sunday isn't just Pickle Day, it's the Seventh Annual NYC International Pickle Day on Orchard between Broome and Grand. Pickliana and of course the stars themselves from around the world.

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