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Tim Burton (left) and Bauhaus, both at MoMA.  

November

1 Stay in bed. Clocks “fall back” an hour today. Also, stop texting while driving, which was always stupid but starting today is illegal.

2 Everything related to Jonathan Safran-Foer’s eating habits will be illuminated: His investigative-scientific-philosophical memoir, Eating Animals, is released.

3 Go out and elect a mayor.

4 The Supreme Court hears Pottawattamie County v. McGhee, which questions the legality of suing prosecutors who’ve knowingly withheld evidence and sent innocent people to prison—a case that should set a tone for the newly reconstituted court. On a lighter note, the sixth annual New York Comedy Festival, hosted by Ricky Gervais, begins today.

5 The vexing but never boring British provocateur Tracey Emin opens a show at Lehmann Maupin.

6 How much Donnie Darko goodwill does director Richard Kelly have? His thriller The Box was supposed to open a year ago. Now it should open today—hopefully more Darko and less Southland Tales, his disastrous 2007 follow-up.

7 OMG! Are you going to the Miley Cyrus concert tonight in New York City? No—because she’s performing in Newark. A petition’s being organized as we speak (for real) to get her to NYC.

8 From your house to Bauhaus at their house: MoMA’s epic “Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity” opens tonight.


Bernadette Peters  

9 Bernadette Peters croons at an AIDS benefit at the Minskoff Theatre. And it’s high season for the high court, as the justices rule on whether sentencing minors to life without parole for non-homicidal crimes constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

10 The Museum of the City of New York mounts a much-needed, first-ever retrospective for Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, designer of JFK’s monumental TWA terminal.

11 Go out and salute a veteran.

12 Don’t laugh: A retrospective of films directed by Jerry Lewis starts today at Anthology Film Archives. Sadly, they’re not showing the Holocaust clown movie.


Fantastic Mr. Fox  

13 Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, becomes the season’s third children’s-book-based movie.

14 Composer Hafez Nazeri becomes the first Iranian to headline at Carnegie Hall. Metallica becomes the umpteenth metal band to rock out at MSG.

15 Houdini! Henry Ford! Archduke Ferdinand! Ragtime, the musical, jumps from Washington, D.C., to Broadway.

16 Punk-country crooner Neko Case plays the Beacon theater. In L.A., Brooklyn-based Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz, convicted of an $8.5 million tax-evasion scam, faces a sentence of up to five years in jail.

17 David Mamet’s newest play, Race, begins previews at the Ethel Barrymore. Expect the author of Oleanna to deliver something incendiary.

18 Philip Glass’s celestial-themed opera, Kepler—an ode to the astronomer who discovered the laws of planetary motion—has its U.S. premiere at BAM.

19 Yes! on Equality must collect 694,354 signatures by this date to ensure that a Proposition 8 repeal is on the California ballot in June 2010.

20 That sound you hear is a million tweens squealing as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reprise their roles in the Twilight sequel, New Moon, in theaters now.

21 For a more bloodcurdling take on vampires, pop by Tribeca Cinemas for day four of the New York City Horror Film Festival, which runs through November 22.

22 MoMA salutes Tim Burton with a massive multimedia retrospective going all the way back to childhood sketches and student art projects.

23 Plane-spotting! Air France becomes the first European airline to fly the colossal double-decker Airbus A380, the largest commercial plane on earth, which will arrive from Paris at JFK at 3:45 p.m.

24 The Pixies play the second of three concerts—it’s Doolittle, all the way through—at the Hammerstein Ballroom.


25 You’ve seen 9, you’ve seen District 9: Now round out the novenary trio with Rob Marshall’s Nine, a Fellini-inspired musical drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis and a gaggle of A-list chiquitas, including Penélope Cruz and Nicole Kidman.

26 Thanksgiving. Get your tryptophan-football-suspended-alternate-side-parking fix.

27 Lest we forget: This is the one-year anniversary of the fatal Black Friday stampede at a Walmart in Valley Stream, Long Island.

28 Pack some haggis and spectate as the New York Rugby Club holds the New York 7s tournament on Randall’s Island, the largest seven-a-side rugby tournament in the U.S.

29 Hello, art procrastinators: Vermeer’s Milkmaid heads home tomorrow.

30 The last day to qualify for first-time-home-buyer tax credit. Also, the deadline for the FDA to approve Bisphenol A, which lurks in plastic bottles and kids’ toys. End the month enjoying Pope Benedict XVI’s new classical album, featuring recited prayers to the Virgin. Amen.


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