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theater This fall, playwrights make a rousing rally with a muster of extraordinary plays. Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, starring Rachel Griffiths and Stockard Channing, has moved to the Booth, which gives this brilliant playwright's work a wider audience… And speaking of brilliant, David Ives has given actress Nina Arianda a star-making role in his Venus in Fur, based on the 1870 novel. At Manhattan Theatre Club… Nicky Silver returns in top form with The Lyons, at the Vineyard, boosted by indelible performances from Linda Lavin and Michael Esper… The same can be said for playwright's-dream work by Alan Rickman and Lily Rabe in Theresa Rebeck's smart and funny Seminar at the Golden… And then there's Sons of the Prophet, by 32-year-old playwright Stephen Karam, with Joanna Gleason and Santino Fontana. Easily one of the best plays we've seen in years. But does Karam have to be so young to have written a play this wise? That part is annoying.

music On Saturday, Tragedy: All-Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday. $15 on the day of the show. The band Tragedy describes itself as "the #1 all-metal tribute band to the Bee Gees in the tri-state area," which is more than good enough for us. [Photo: Dale May]

photography The talented photographer Beth Caron has a show opening tonight, 6pm, at the Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, 547 W. 27th [10th/11th] 212.946.1685. It's titled "What's Missing" and the images are part of a series of "life at the playground, with themes of family, children, play, and motion."

art Any fall with work from the master, Richard Serra, is a good one in our book. You can see two major new sculptures, Junction and Cycle, at Gagosian, 555 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.741.1111, and also Richard Serra: Bight & Ballast, an exhibition of recent etchings, on now at Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, 465 W. 23rd [9th/10th] 212.249.3324.

movies Thirteen MGM silent films made between 1924 and 1929 will be screened at Film Forum on Mondays between November 14th and February 6th. Among the treats: King Vidor's The Crowd, Ben-Hur, and Erich von Stroheim's Greed. Live piano accompaniment at all screenings.

out of town Two nights in season at The Sebastian in Vail would normally run you $600. They're offering upgraded rooms for $299 for the two nights, with a $25 spa credit.

Get pickled on Sunday at the Pickle Fest in the New Amsterdam Market, where professional picklers purvey a passel of piquant pickleables.

Choreographer Martha Clarke teams up with playwright Alfred Uhry for a dance/theater piece about New England's Shaker community in the 18th century. Angel Reapers plays at the Joyce, 11/29-12/11. [Photo at top: Sara Davis]

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