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Anish Kapoor at the Guggenheim.  

October

1 Warning: The Apple touch-screen netbook is rumored to appear this month, so line up now. Also, the 2010 fiscal year begins today, which might deserve a Bloody Mary at the St. Regis, celebrating the drink’s 75th birthday.

2 Film Forum fêtes the 50th anniversary of Some Like It Hot, with Tony Curtis rumored to attend. (Toting an Apple netbook?)

3 Zak Pelaccio’s Williamsburg BBQ pit Fatty ’Cue should finally open this month, offering wood-smoked meats along with ten-year reserve Kentucky bourbon to wash it down.


Jude Law and Carrie Fisher  

4 Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, opens at Studio 54. Speaking of booze, the Mets home season ends today. Down it to drown it, fans.

5 Today is Sonia Sotomayor’s first day as a Supreme Court Justice. Tomorrow, she’ll hear U.S. v. Stevens, in which the Court must decide if films depicting animal cruelty are protected under the First Amendment. Today: Figure out how to work the photocopier.

6 You can watch Jude Law contemplate death as Hamlet in a new Broadway production, even as his ex-paramour Samantha Burke is due to give birth to their child. Toast the Jude-ling at a three-star restaurant, as outlined in the Michelin Guide New York 2010, out today.

7 Anna Deavere Smith’s uncannily timed one-woman play Let Me Down Easy, about medicine and health care, opens.

8 Last Thursday should mark Sam Sifton’s debut as the Times’s food critic, so by this week you’ll know how much NY Press he has left in him.

9 Day two of MoMA’s ten-day Spike Jonze retrospective, which means it’s the perfect time to kick off work early and catch Adaptation in the afternoon—then pop into the museum afterward for free.

10 Fans of Una Pizza Napoletana’s notorious $21 personal-size pies get one more chance to savor the shuttered eatery’s doughy, wood-fired slices, as Anthony Mangieri hosts an $85-a-head pizza party in the former space.

11 Find a mellower mosh pit as the D.C. indie-folk band Le Loup, who’ve drawn positive comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire, join Portland, Oregon’s Nurses at the Mercury Lounge.

12 Check out the FDNY’s year-round Fire Zone in Rockefeller Center, which serves primarily to educate kids—though attractions like the Simulated Fire Scene will fascinate grown-ups, too.

13 Bloomberg and Thompson go head-to-head in the first mayoral debate. And we admit that “Global Kitchen: The Magic of Pickling” at the American Museum of Natural History isn’t for everyone. But those who are into it will really be into it.

14 One-of-a-kind outsider artist/cult musician/lovable weirdo Daniel Johnston plays the Highline Ballroom.


15 The U.S. government once hoped to have 120 million doses of swine-flu vaccine on hand by today—but now only 45 million are expected. All the more reason to quarantine yourself at home and watch the season premiere of 30 Rock.

16 Where the Hipsters Will Be: Where the Wild Things Are, the film adaptation of the beloved kids’ book.

17 Foodie alert: Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, a new Condé Nast–produced show hosted by editor/author Ruth Reichl, premieres on PBS.

18 Tune up your bike for the Tour de Bronx, New York’s largest free cycling event. It’s just like the Tour de France—minus Lance Armstrong trying to run you down.

19 Closet dramaturges take note: The Performing Arts library at Lincoln Center hosts an afternoon panel in which Harold Prince, John Kander, and others spill their secrets.


20 Today marks the release of fourteen previously unpublished Kurt Vonnegut short stories, part of a new collection, Look at the Birdie. In a perfect world, this would be the sort of thing people would line up for at midnight.

21 Tom DeLay—yes, that Tom DeLay—moves from the House floor to the dance floor (boom-cha!) on Dancing With the Stars. If you’ve had your fill of tap-dancing politicians, Anish Kapoor’s Memory is up at the Guggenheim.

22 Are you ready for Windows 7? Wired claims that the new OS looks “sexier.” One can only hope.

23 At the Union Square Barnes & Noble, R. Crumb signs his latest, The Book of Genesis. (Just imagine what that Eve must look like.) Uptown at 86th Street, Jonathan Lethem reads from Chronic City.

24 An estimated 10,000 mixed-martial-arts enthusiasts will descend on the Javits Center for the MMA World Expo. The more emo-inclined should head to the last night of the CMJ Music and Film fest.

25 Coney Island’s iconic Wonder Wheel is open on weekends and holidays only through the end of this month. Unless you’re planning to take a whirl in a Halloween costume, this is the last weekend to go.

26 David Chang’s Momofuku Cookbook—including Christina Tosi’s famous Milk Bar recipes—comes out tomorrow. So today’s assignment: Stock up on cornflakes and milk.

27 The Bloomberg-Thompson debates, take two.


Michael Jackson  

28 The World Series starts. We’ll pick the Yankees in six. And This Is It, Michael Jackson’s final moves on film, is released for two weeks only.

29 According to union leaders and Democratic officials, Governor Paterson has until the end of the month to shape up, or “face the consequences.” Just in case he needs a vacation (or a getaway), he might consider … 30 … Jamaica! (JetBlue flies direct to Kingston as of today.) Also: “Who Shot Rock & Roll,” an exhibit of classic rock photography, opens at the Brooklyn Museum.

31 Head to Red Hook for a pork huarache at the Red Hook Ball Fieldsyour last chance before the vendors’ season ends. Also on this day: Some people dress up in funny outfits and put on horror shows. Speaking of the Knicks, they play their first home game.


Fall Preview 2009

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