As promised, the September issue came in today with my big, fat Fall Arts Preview eating up some of the feature well (15 pages, plus more after the jump). This is my favorite kind of package: the kind where I get to tell people what to do with their free time, like see Andrew Bird or Burn After Reading
The Fall Arts Preview package has many components, including:Fall Events
Everything from the county-wide clay arts exhibitions to Dar Williams' concert: "T
his fall, almost every local art institution is going to have one thing on its mind: clay. Sure, you played with it when you were a kid and giggle when you think of the pot-throwing scene from Ghost
(all that wasted clay!) but when was the last time you really gave clay any thought as a medium?"Fall Movies
From Burn After Reading
to Benjamin Button
: "We’ve seen lots of disasters in films: earthquakes, volcanoes, diseases, The Happening
. But what about an epidemic of blindness? Fernando Meirelles’ film, based on the 1995 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning José Saramago, imagines just that, with Julianne Moore starring as the one woman in town with immunity. Blindness
was chosen to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival—but left with mixed reception (September 26)."
What's coming up on the networks: "You know that old sitcom formula in which two seemingly incompatible personalities are forced to live together? My Own Worst Enemy
ups the ante by having those two personalities share a body. Taking a page from Fight Club
’s book, one man is torn between his two identities: one is a suburban father, the other an operative trained to kill (10:00, NBC)."
...and Fall Books
, which I didn't write but I assigned. And that's all in addition to my normal arts-related pages and front-of-book matter:Mysterious Master
A short item about a church that found a master painting hiding in plain sight: “'When he started to work on the painting, parts that looked like they should be gold started to turn into silver,' Monsignor Corrigan says. 'That made me very nervous. I said a prayer. But when I saw it restored, it was totally spectacular.'"Home Theater
September DVDs, including The Godfather
, The Great Pumpkin
, and The Fall
: "Even though Halloween isn’t for another month, we all have days—no matter what time of year it is—when we can relate to poor little Linus, waiting for the Great Pumpkin that may never arrive."Arts & Entertainment
Paula Cole, Mavis Staples, and more.
In addition to the Fall Arts Preview, this month was our "Sex Issue." Though I didn't write anything for it, I did assign this piece
about the 12 things a sex writer has learned throughout her career and this piece
about where to find love in the county.