In this week’s Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Fall Arts Guide: Dan Weiss on the Jane Austen alt-rock of Brooklyn locals the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jed Lipinski in conversation with George Packer on the occasion of the author’s forthcoming Interesting Times: Writings From a Turbulent Decade, Aaron Hillis interviewing Paris‘s Juliette Binoche, Robert Shuster on Sarah Anne Johnson’s brutal “House on Fire” at Julie Saul gallery, Brian Seibert on Reggie Wilson’s partnership with Congo’s Andreya Ouamba at B.A.M., and Alexis Soloski on a big fall season for female playwrights.
Elsewhere, Jesse Jarnow reviews Yo La Tengo’s newest, Popular Songs.
Amy Linden on the tentative return of Whitney Houston.
Cristina Black visits with Brooklyn sensations the Drums.
Tad Hendrickson catches up with Os Mutantes on the eve of the band’s first album in 35 years.
Ed Gonzalez at Lincoln Center’s Latinbeat 2009 film fest.
In Art, Daniel Kunitz’s Best in Show.
In Theater, Alexis Soloski reviews one of the biggest, most stellar casts of the season in The Royal Family.
Tom Sellar on Irish plays Spinning the Times and The Pride of Parnell Street.