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64 Things to Read, See, Watch, and Listen to This Fall

Autumn in New York: Why does it seem so inviting? As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, prepare your cultural calendar with the best the fall arts have to offer.

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September 11–December 2
Art: McDermott and McGough’s Oscar Wilde Temple
The artistic duo of McDermott and McGough have given the Russell Chapel within the Church of the Village a Victorian-era makeover — combining paintings, sculpture, furnishings, wall coverings, and other elements — to honor the Irish poet, novelist, playwright and world-famous wit. R.C. Baker
The Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street, Manhattan

September 14
TV: Better Things
Pamela Adlon directs all ten installments of the new season based on her life as a single mother in Hollywood; the first half of episode two alone is worth the price of an FX subscription. Lara Zarum
Thursdays, 9, FX

September 14–October 1
Theater: Distant Star
Ever since 2012’s Open Up, Hadrian, Javier Antonio González has been attracting fans to his brilliant group, Caborca, who return with this adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s bleakly comic novella. Helen Shaw
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan

September 15
Theater: Too Heavy for Your Pocket
Jiréh Breon Holder’s latest won the Laurents/Hatcher Award this year — a major stamp of approval for the Yale writer’s drama of love and sacrifice in the Civil Rights era. HS
Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 West 46th Street, Manhattan

September 15–24
Film: ‘Sam Fuller’s War Movies’
Historian Marsha Gordon guest-curates this series inspired by her recent book, Film Is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies, which interrogates the violent imagination of a gruff but empathetic American auteur. Peter Labuza
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens

September 17
TV: The Vietnam War
Cue up the Creedence: The latest mega-documentary from Ken Burns and frequent collaborator Lynn Novick is The Vietnam War, a ten-part, eighteen-hour epic featuring testimony from nearly eighty witnesses, both American and Vietnamese. LZ
Premieres September 17, 8, PBS

September 17–February 18, 2018
Art: Never Built New York
A cosmopolitan fantasia imagining the city that might have been, this sprawling exhibition features the unrealized plans, models, and blueprints of New York’s urban dreamers of yesteryear. David Swanson
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

September 17–November 5
Theater: Measure for Measure
Downtown titans of the avant-garde, Elevator Repair Service ring up a Marx Brothers–inspired take on the Shakespearean farce, featuring Pete Simpson, one of the funniest guys below 14th Street. HS
LuEsther Hall at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan

September 19
Books: We’re On: A June Jordan Reader edited by Christoph Keller and Jan Heller Levi
Uncompromising in her dedication to intersectional social justice, the beloved poet, playwright, and activist’s prophetic (and prolific) body of work is a blueprint for resistance. Sarah Edwards
Alice James Books, 500 pp.

September 19
Art: Street Fighting Men: Spain Vol. 1 by Spain Rodriguez
This volume celebrates a self-proclaimed “crude dude in a lewd mood,” whose underground comix featured rampaging bikers and blue-collar crusaders in compositions as stark as motorcycle leathers and as energetic as a bar brawl. RCB
Fantagraphics, 280 pp.

September 19–October 8
Dance: Twyla Tharp Dance
The American phenom has been startling us for nearly fifty years, lighting up Broadway with dances to Billy Joel and BAM with scuffles to Sinatra. She’s about to unveil Dylan Love Songs, which launches the Joyce season; also on tap: her 1972 Raggedy Dances, and her early, iconic “tap dance,” The Fugue. Elizabeth Zimmer
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan, joyce.org

September 19–October 31
Film: ‘Cinematographer Caroline Champetier: Shaping the Light’
An unsung hero of French cinema whose career encompasses four decades, Caroline Champetier gets her hard-earned due in this retrospective. PL
French Institute Alliance Française, 22 East 60th Street, Manhattan

September 20–October 30
Art: “Gone Tomorrow” at Poster House
Setting up shop in the old Tekserve digs on West 23rd Street in late 2018, Poster House will feature rotating exhibitions of poster art from around the world. This preview show surveys handbills, signs, and ephemera gathered from sundry New York City venues of old. RCB
Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street

September 22
Music: Lady Gaga Five Foot Two
Once untouchable, distant, and weird, Gaga has in the last two years veered into the personal. The culmination of that transformation is this documentary, which promises to be an intimate, honest look inside an often distant pop star’s life. Kelsey McKinney
Netflix

September 22
TV: Transparent
The Pfeffermans are back to smother us with neuroses. In its fourth season, the Emmy-winning show’s lovably neurotic clan journeys to Israel, where Maura, née Mort (Jeffrey Tambor), tries something new: dating a man. LZ
Amazon

September 22
Music: Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962–1976)
This gorgeous 4-CD set features the soul legend’s work, not only as a singer but also as a songwriter, producer (mainly on the great Stax label), and general cultural icon. Michael Agovino
Craft Recordings

September 27
Film: ‘Imaginary Chinatown’
Metrograph honors its roots in this century-spanning look at both its own neighborhood and sister Chinatowns across the country. PL
Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan

September 27–30
Dance: Dance Heginbotham
Called The Principles of Uncertainty, after Maira Kalman’s online graphic diary for the Times, this collaboration with John Heginbotham has a Colin Jacobsen score played live by the Knights. EZ
BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn

September 27–October 28
Theater: {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation
Diana Oh concludes her anti-slut-shaming project with this Rattlestick blowout, which promises to be a nowhere-but-here show that embodies the reason we all live in New York City. HS
Rattlestick Productions, 224 Waverly Place, Manhattan

September 28
TV: Nathan for You
Before you gear up for the fourth season of this prickly parody of business-makeover reality shows, don’t miss Nathan for You: A Celebration, an hour-long special, airing on the September 21. LZ
Thursdays, 10, Comedy Central

September 28–October 15
Film: Robert Mitchum Retrospective
Follow the postwar actor’s weary eyes as he falls for the wrong girls in noirs, terrorizes families in melodramas, and becomes a soulful oaf in Seventies mysteries. PL
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

October 1
TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm
After six years off the air, Larry David’s semi-autobiographical sitcom returns for a new round of forehead-slappingly uncomfortable situations — and will feature a cameo by her holiness Judge Judy. LZ
Sundays, 10, HBO

October 2–14
Dance: Fall for Dance Festival
Five bills, four pieces per program, two performances of each, $15 a seat. EZ
New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan

October 3
Books: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
What could be more timely than an in-depth study of the rise of a totalitarian state? Fortunately the chronicler is activist and journalist Gessen. SE
Riverhead, 528 pp.

October 3
Books: Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
In this first-ever short-story collection from the author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, every tale is a world unto itself, beautifully imagined and meticulously crystallized. SE
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 304 pp.

October 3
Books: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This collection from the Atlantic columnist includes masterful pieces such as “Fear of a Black President” and “The Case for Reparations,” as well as an interview with President Obama and eight brand-new essays. SE
One World, 400 pp.

October 3–February 3, 2018
Music: Springsteen on Broadway
While fiscally questionable, the Boss’s decision to play thirty-nine nights in front of a thousand fans a night on the Great White Way (instead of, say, five nights in front of eighty thousand fans a night in the Swamps of Jersey) is one we applaud. DS
The Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 West 48th Street, Manhattan

October 5
Film: The Florida Project
Tangerine director Sean Baker turns his lens on the Disney World–adjacent town of Kissimmee, Florida, following the struggles of an impoverished community through the eyes of a six-year-old girl (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince). PL
A24, a24films.com

October 5–31
Theater: Ghost Quartet
New York Theater Workshop opens its new “Next Door at NYTW” project with Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, a shaggy-dog tale whose music wraps itself around and through the audience. HS
New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, Manhattan

October 6
Music: Kelela’s Take Me Out
Four years after she announced her arrival with the mixtape Cut 4 Me, the r&b priestess makes a play for the pop crown with this official debut, combining sensual vocals and chilly beats, proves well worth the wait. DS
Warp Records

October 6
Music: The Art Ensemble of Chicago
The fifty-year-old band that coined the phrase “Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future” will give a rare performance featuring original members Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, as well as Hugh Ragin, Junius Paul, and Tomeka Reid. MA
Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street, Manhattan

October 6–November 18
Theater: Strange Interlude
The bewitching, five-time Obie-winning playwright-actor David Greenspan takes on Eugene O’Neill’s magnum opus as a bravura six-hour solo production. HS
Irondale Theater Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn

October 9
Dance: The Bessies
Awards galore for dance and performance, choreography, sound, and design, along with special citations for Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and critic-curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa. EZ
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan

October 11
TV: Mr. Robot
This dark hacker drama backslid in its second season, but things are looking up as Bobby Cannavale joins the cast for round three, sporting a giant pair of Eighties-style glasses and a pornstache. LZ
Wednesdays, 10, USA

October 11–14
Theater: Richard III
If you prefer your experimental Regietheater with its design cranked up to eleven, book the Bard at BAM. Thomas Ostermeier’s gritty Schaubühne Berlin production of Shakespeare’s wickedest history swaggers with punk exuberance. HS
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

October 11–January 2, 2018
Art: “Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs”
Disciple of Cartier Bresson and chronicler of twentieth-century India, Singh brought the teeming churn of urban South Asia to life in vivid, colorful street photography. Siddhartha Mitter
Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

October 12
TV: I Love You, America
Can comedy heal this fractured country? Eh, probably not, but Sarah Silverman’s determined to try with her topical new series, a mix of studio-taped segments and clips from her far-flung adventures. LZ
Hulu

October 12–February 11, 2018
Art: Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Public Art Fund—and inspired by the modern refugee crisis—this sprawling, site-specific undertaking by the iconic Chinese dissident features fences in various permutations sprouting up throughout the city. DS
Various Locations

October 13
Film: Happy Death Day
In this frightful spin on Groundhog Day, a college student (Jessica Rothe) must continually revisit the final day of her life over and over again until she solves — and, hopefully, prevents — her own murder. PL
Universal Pictures

October 13
Music: Beck, Colors
More than three years after the Grammy-winning Morning Phase, Beck’s latest gives us the sunny side of an artist who can just as easily darken your nights (Sea Change) as brighten your day (Odelay). DS
Capitol

October 13
TV: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin
This double shot of pure televisual joy returns just as the weather gets shitty and you really need at least two hours a week of bubbly yet sophisticated episodic storytelling. We’ve never been more excited for Friday the 13th. LZ
Fridays, 10 and 10:30, CW

October 13
Music: St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION
Erstwhile guitar weirdo Annie Clark makes a play for mainstream success with this collection of songs about fame and love and loneliness in the Big City. DS
Loma Vista

October 17
Books: The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick, edited by Darryl Pinckney
During her lifetime, Hardwick redefined the scope of the literary essay. This arch collection is the first Hardwick reader: Overdue, but we’re lucky to have it. SE
New York Review Books, 640 pp.

October 20
Film: Wonderstruck
Todd Haynes (Carol) puts a twist on Brian Selznick’s children’s novel with his unique adaptation, set in two separate time periods, featuring Haynes’s trademark Sirkian opulence in the 1977 timeline and a silent-film pastiche for the 1927 one. PL
Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions

October 22–March 11, 2018
Art: Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
For sixty-odd years, the trailblazing multi-hyphenate has created performances, films, videos, sculptures, installations, and paintings, unleashing the radical powers of the female body and the feminine intellect. Jennifer Krasinski
MoMA P.S.1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

October 24
Books: Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan
In the year of Rolling Stone’s golden anniversary, we are blessed with a deep dive into the full life of the protean publisher and the magazine that became an international rock-and-gonzo brand. SE
Knopf, 560 pp.

October 24
TV: The Last O.G.
All hail the return of Tracy Morgan, who plays a Brooklyn man fresh out of prison — his first scripted TV role since a near-fatal 2014 car accident. LZ
TBS

October 26–November 5
Dance: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
The Brit who brought Swan Lake to Broadway and turned Edward Scissorhands into a ballet returns to town with an adaptation of Powell and Pressburger’s beloved film The Red Shoes. EZ
New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan

October 29–30
Music: Fabio Frizzi Live
The legendary Italian horror film composer makes his New York debut just in time for Halloween, with a live version of his score for The Beyond, which will play while the movie screens. MA
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

October 31
Books: Hit So Hard: A Memoir by Patty Schemel
The ex-Hole drummer lifts the veil on the punk mythos with an unsparing memoir, in which she chronicles industry sexism, her teenage coming out, her struggle with addiction, and her years on the road with Kurt and Courtney. SE
De Capo, 304 pp.

November 1
Music: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Live
Coming on the heels of their debut album, Lotta Sea Lice (October 13), alternative rock’s new Kurt and Courtney reign as the shaggy-haired king and queen of the slacker prom. KM
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan

November 1
Theater: Meteor Shower
This 1993-set Steve Martin marital comedy earned mixed notices when it played out West earlier this year, but the New York transfer has some tricks up its sleeve, including the Broadway debut of Amy Schumer. Danny King
Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street, Manhattan

November 3
Film: Last Flag Flying
In Richard Linklater’s semi-sober semi-sequel to The Last Detail, three soldiers (Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell) honor a fallen friend and embark on one last drunken stagger. PL
Lionsgate Pictures

November 5
Music: Pathway to Paris: Concert to Fight Climate Change
Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, and more team up with the UN Development Programme to raise awareness for the Paris Agreement and to raise money to fight climate change. DS
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan

November 7
Books: Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
What’s a writer to do after creating an anti-hero as memorable as Don Draper? Weiner’s answer is a dark study of a privileged Manhattan family and the stalker who threatens to destroy their life. SE
Little, Brown, 144 pp.

November 13–February 12, 2018
Art: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer
“Il Divino” is celebrated with a rare exhibition of his drawings, sculptures, and a single painting. JK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

November 13–April 8, 2018
Art: Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age
Interface with early computer works by more than a score of artists drawn from MoMA’s permanent collection. RCB
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan

November 19
TV: Search Party
The second season of this crafty mystery ups the stakes after Dory (Alia Shawkat) and her friends committed accidental murder in the season one finale. LZ
Sundays, 10, TBS

November 23
TV: She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee himself directs all ten episodes of this adaptation of his 1986 comedy, starring DeWanda Wise (Underground, Shots Fired) as a young Brooklyn woman juggling three suitors. LZ
Netflix

November 26–27
Music: Jay-Z at Barclays Center
Work off those extra Thanksgiving pounds by raising the roof when Brooklyn’s favorite son returns to the arena he helped christen. It’s a Hova homecoming. DS
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

November 27–February 25, 2018
Art: David Hockney
The master colorist of our time turns eighty this year, an occasion the Met celebrates with its collection of Hockney’s most celebrated canvases, drawings, photographs, and videos. JK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

November 29–December 31
Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Jamar Roberts highlight a season packed with choreography by Talley Beatty, Kyle Abraham, and Robert Battle. EZ
New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, Manhattan

December 22
Film: The Post
Steven Spielberg’s fast-tracked account of the Pentagon Papers stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as Washington Post colleagues. Bridge of Spies fans should be pleased. DK
Walt Disney Studios

December 25
Film: Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson reteams with his formidable There Will Be Blood star, Daniel Day-Lewis, for this story (details of which are still sparse) set in the London fashion world of the Fifties. DK
Focus Features

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