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To Do: September 25–October 2, 2013

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Pop Music
13. Hear Superchunk
Survivors.
The Chapel Hill indie foursome is still at it, after 24 years. Chug a Cheerwine before you go.
Bowery Ballroom, September 28.

Books
14. Read Half the Kingdom
Lest we forget.
In the market for a witty, paranoid, tangent-­happy, 9/11-influenced conspiracy novel? No need to limit yourself to the new Thomas Pynchon. The less heralded but very wonderful Lore Segal’s Half the Kingdom is about terror, aging, insanity, eschatology, our health-care system, and a Blindness-esque epidemic of Alzheimer’s in a post–September 11 Manhattan emergency room. —K.S.
Melville House, October 1.

Movies
15. See Stranger Than Fiction
Our favorite New York documentary series.
The ninth year of this fest is under way—seven weeks of premieres and classics, with most directors on hand not just for postshow Q&As but drinks at a nearby bar! October 1 brings Rachel Boynton’s Big Men, an engrossing—and dizzying—portrait of how oil money in Nigeria went straight into the pockets of oily politicians—and how Ghana’s recently discovered mother lode might well be a portal to hell. —David Edelstein
IFC Center, through November 12.

Pop Music
16. Hear Phoenix
En Brooklyn.
Le tout Williamsburg­—not to mention the rest of the city’s indie-rock scenesters—will descend on this show by the beloved Parisian band, whose danceable rock maintains its charm even when inflated to fill a great big room. —J.R.
Barclays Center, October 2.

Art
17. See The Masters Series: R. O. Blechman
Wiggle your way there.
You probably know Blechman’s squiggly drawings from New Yorker covers and Red Bull commercials. He rides the edge between illustration and fine art, and thus gets less love than he might. Give him the attention he deserves at his first retrospective—or, if you miss the opening, he’ll be talking with Victor Navasky on the 17th at the SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street.
School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, October 2 to November 2.

Movies
18. See The Wicker Man
Restored anew.
OMG, there’s more footage of Robin Hardy’s once-mangled 1973 mystery The Wicker Man—as if the trimmed-down version wasn’t grueling enough. “The Final Cut” runs 92 minutes, which (one hopes) means more of Edward Woodward’s prudish Christian cop getting huffy with Christopher Lee’s loquacious pagan while islanders prepare for their own Burning Man. —D.E.
IFC Center, starts September 27.

Poetry
19. Attend The Poetry Brothel
Auden-on-Auden action will cost you extra.
Fun idea: a speakeasy party with private one-on-one poetry readings. The poets are the “whores”; the read-ees are the “johns”; and this time, Paul Muldoon, poetry editor of The New Yorker, will be among the working girls.
September 29, details at thepoetrybrothel.com.

Movies
20. See Wadjda
Lifting the veil.
It’s more a political event than an artistic one, but Wadjda, the first feature shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, and by a woman (Haifaa Al-Mansour) no less, is a simple and moving tale of a 10-year-old girl (the vivid Waad Mohammed) too irrepressible to be repressed and her quest to buy a bicycle (a no-no for women at the time). Her performance in a Koran-reciting contest, as her character tries to win money for the bike, is a real coup de théâtre—at once reverent and impudent. —D.E. In theaters now.

Opera
21. See Norma
Amid great expectations.
Bellini’s Norma is an ornate drama in search of a great soprano—without one, it’s better left undone. The Met hasn’t always heeded that wisdom, but it’s unearthing its twelve-year-old production, hoping that it has, in Sondra Radvanovsky, an heiress to the lineage of Callas, Sutherland, and Sills. —J.D.
Metropolitan Opera, opening September 30.

Art
22. See Edward Burtynsky: Water
Flooding the zone.
Burtynsky shoots the natural world where it’s been massively interfered with: mine tailings that have turned a river orange, or an oil patch that makes a windswept desert seem as grimy as Bushwick. This double show is all about the immense lengths to which people will go to keep the faucets running.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery, through November 2.

Pop Music
23. Hear Atoms for Peace
Radiohead’s head, onstage.
Worth it just to watch Thom Yorke dance.
Barclays Center, September 27.

Dance
24. See Gallim Dance
Makethe trip to Jersey.
Try cadging a ride to see Andrea Miller’s Fold Here, inspired by a Raymond Carver short story and danced on a stage eerily full of cardboard boxes. Her viscerally physical movement wrings every inch of life from her dancers—and you’ll be holding your breath, too. —Rebecca Milzoff
Peak Performances, Montclair, N.J., September 26 through 29.

Art
25. See Nude in Public
Now that we have your attention …
The subtitle is “Sascha Schneider, Homoeroticism and the Male Form circa 1900,” and the show ­celebrates that German painter, quite successful in his time, whose reputation vanished after his death in 1927.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., through December 8.


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