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movie Opening tomorrow, a documentary about Muscle Shoals, the Alabama recording home of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, centering on FAME Studios, which was responsible for creating the Muscle Shoals sound.

theater Heresy, but here it is: the musical we're looking forward to most this fall is… a film of London's Menier Chocolate Factory production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, presented one night only, October 23, in theaters. The trailer is a little cheesy, frankly, but the production delivers—the composer has called it the best version he's seen. Tickets

event Massive Attack V Adam Curtis, opening September 28 at Armory on Park is well beyond our powers to describe. There's music from Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack and filmmaker Adam Curtis' documentary (of a sort), the combination of which creates a phantasmagoria covering the last three decades of politics and power. Or something.

photography Extraordinary photographs of theatrical productions by Florence Vandamm and the Vandamm Studio from 1900-1957 are featured in an exhibit at NYPL's Performing Arts branch at Lincoln Center.

books Alternate Histories of the World is a new book by Matthew Buchholz out October 1, in which the author adds mischievous touches to engravings, photos and maps, reminding us of our age-old fascination with monsters and aliens. Mr. Buchholz will be at BAMcinématek on October 1, 7pm, to introduce a screening of the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet and will sign copies of his book.

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, a memoir by Richard Dawkins, traces the formative years of that brilliant mind.

Sheri Fink's Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital is a searing look at the immediate aftermath of Katrina.

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon tells the story of a freed North Korean war camp prisoner in the South who, at the end of the Korean War, chooses to move to Brazil instead of his home country. Yoon's writing is singularly beautiful.

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