Our top picks for arts and cultural events in your neighborhood
From film to food to family affairs, Our Town's fall preview delivers a sampling of upcoming arts and cultural events the neighborhood has to offer this season.
NYFF Opening Acts
This fall, the 52nd-annual New York Film Festival will debut some of the season's hotly anticipated new films, including Gone Girl, director David Fincher's film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling crime drama, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, based on a 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel. Ahead of the festival, moviegoers can see how these directors got their start, as the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates the earlier works of some of the filmmakers who will be represented in the festival. Included in NYFF Opening Acts, the 10-day showcase leading up to festival's kickoff, is one of Anderson's earliest directorial efforts, 1997's Boogie Nights, Fincher's 2007 crime drama Zodiac and British director Mike Leigh's 1971 feature film debut Bleak Moments, which Robert Ebert dubbed "a masterpiece" at the time of its release.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th St.
Assorted show times
David Bowie Is
The traveling art exhibition David Bowie Is lands at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art on September 23, and though Chicago is the only stateside host on this exhibition's international tour, New Yorkers can still behold the more than 300 objects from the exhibition, including the glam rocker's most famous stage costumes. The Paris Theatre will screen, for one night only, a documentary about the wildly successful exhibition. The film was shot by Hamish Hamilton (the director of the Academy Awards) on the last night of the show's 2013 run at Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the institution that produced the exhibit.
The Paris Theatre
4 West 58th St.
By Marguerite Duras
French post-World War II novelist, playwright and film director Marguerite Duras, best known for her nonlinear screenplay Hiroshima Mon Amour, (an important influence on French New Wave cinema) is the subject of a week long retrospective produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In celebration of the Duras' 100th birthday, 19 of the writer and filmmaker's feature and short films, many of which have been little-seen in the United States, will screen in 35mm.
Saul Steinberg: Works from the 50s-80s
Contemporary art space Adam Baumgold Gallery specializes in the work of Saul Steinberg, a celebrated New Yorker cartoonist for more than 60 years, and exhibits 40 pieces by the artist from the 1950s through the 80s, in celebration of his 100th birthday.
Through November 1
Adam Baumgold Gallery
60 East 66th St.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
(http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Nancy-Lee's-Pig-Heaven_fmt.jpeg)Pig Heaven Reopens
In August, Our Town reported on the closing of Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven, a beloved neighborhood Chinese spot since it opened in 1984. Now, owner Lee confirms that she will reopen the local favorite a block away from the restaurant's former home. With the lease signed on the new property at 1420 Third Avenue (formerly home to Italian restaurant Bistango), Lee hopes for an October opening, following a renovation to the existing space.
Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven
1420 Third Avenue, between 80th and 81st Streets
Reopening in October
Jeff Koons in Conversation
Artist Jeff Koons joins Adam D. Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum, for the institution's annual Annenberg Lecture. The Whitney's current exhibition, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective nearly fills the entire Madison Avenue building with almost 150 pieces from throughout Koons' career, becoming so popular that the museum extended its hours to accommodate the crowds.
Jeff Koons in Conversation with Adam D. Weinberg
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave.
Jimmy Page in Conversation
Before Jimmy Page became a rock and roll icon as the guitarist for The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, he was a teenage choir singer, a member of a skiffle quartet and a full-time session musician, details that he chronicles in his forthcoming, eponymous autobiography. Page discusses his book, which includes 600 hand-selected photographs, from iconic images to rare and unseen selections from his personal collection.
92nd Street Y
Kaufmann Concert Hall
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
MIX IT UP with Hervé Tullet
Bestselling children's book author Hervé Tullet reads from his upcoming book, the highly-illustrative Mix It Up!, a directive that children and their families are invited to take literally as they create art inspired by Tullet's colorful pages and the Guggenheim's exhibition, ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Reading 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Workshop 2p.m.-5 p.m.
$25 per family (registration required at Guggenheim.org/familyprograms)
"Side By Side By Sondheim"
St. Bart's Players, one of the city's longest running community theater groups, continues its 87th season with a musical revue of Stephen Sondheim's classic show tunes, including favorites from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies and A Little Night Music.
Sept. 19-Sept. 24
St. Bartholomew's Church
325 Park Ave.
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
A collective of three German artists called Group Zero, credited with reigniting the country's modern art scene post World War II, cultivated a network of like-minded artists (known as ZERO) across the globe throughout the late 1950s and mid-'60s, creating an exchange that helped propel the avant-garde scenes in Amsterdam, Milan and other European cities. An American museum's first large-scale presentation of work by Group Zero and its extended, international network includes over 180 drawings, paintings, sculpture, publications and other ephemera that together explore the ZERO network's themes, including the relationships between nature and technology, the use of light and the presence of elements such as air, fire and smoke. A documentary film series about the artists' network accompanies the exhibition.
October 10, 2014-January 7, 2015
Museum hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery
Ten European masterpieces, on loan from the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, travel to the Frick Collection, including Botticelli's reverent 1485 painting The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, on public view in the United States for the first time. The paintings represent a range of time periods, with John Singer Sargent's 1892 portrait Lady Agnew of Lochnaw as the most recent piece in the collection.
November 5, 2014- February 1, 2015
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th St.
Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.