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Boyle and BubblyA native son returns to Westchester: Author T. Coraghessan Boyle will read from a selection of his work—which includes novels World’s End and The Road to Wellville—at the Paramount Center for the Arts on October 17. The reading will be followed by a book-signing and cocktail reception in the theater lobby. The event is the culmination of the community-wide reading of World’s End, a novel that takes place in Peekskill (word has it that Boyle researched the book at the city’s Field Library). Didn’t save your copy from college? A limited number of paperback copies are available at the Field Library, thanks to a grant from the New York Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial—and it’s a long one, so get reading.Snap JudgmentsGet close to the likes of Ansel Adams, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andre Kertesz, Josef Sudek, Loomis Dean, and many other heavyweight shutterbugs when PGArtventure Gallery opens its new exhibition, Master Photographers, 1920-1960. The exhibit, which runs from October 1 to 31, brings together these acclaimed artists’ work, on loan from the Howard Greenberg Gallery, Janet Sirmon Fine Art, and the collection of photo expert Milton J. Ellenbogen. Ellenbogen will be around for an opening-night lecture on Andre Kertesz, titled “Kertesz: The Last Years,” which will include insights that he gained through their personal friendship. You don’t just get to see the art—you’ll hear the gossip behind it, too.Rose Is RoseInstead of trekking down to Broadway this season, have a little bit of Broadway come to you. Annie McGreevey, a veteran of the Great White Way who has appeared in Sweet Charity, Annie, and Sweeney Todd, will star in the Schoolhouse Theater’s season-opening show, Rose. The one-woman play, based on the real experiences of playwright Martin Sherman’s grandmother, is about the journey from a Ukraine shtetl, to the Warsaw Ghetto, and eventually to America. Hastings-on-Hudson resident Jamie Winnick directs the production, which will run from October 8 to 25.Continue reading for Home Theater and Quadricentennial 2009 Home TheaterWhat to add to your Netflix queue this HalloweenContinue reading for Quadricentennial 2009 Quadricentennial 2009This month’s Quad EventsIf you’ve already seen Dutch New York at the Hudson River Museum and Double Dutch at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art—and you still have a hankering for Quad-themed artwork—check out Fumetto at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange. The exhibition, which features international cartoons that warn about the dangers of climate change to our natural resources, will be on view from October 1 to November 10.Besides artists, writers take center stage at this month’s Quad events. First, Philipse Manor Hall hosts a symposium on October 8 titled The (Forgotten) Melting Pot: A Quadricentennial Panel Discussion. There, authors Daniel Wolff (How Lincoln Learned to Read), Sherrill Wilson (New York City’s African Slave Owners), David Oestricher (Lenape: The First Inhabitants), and others get together to discuss the roles of African Americans, Native Americans, the Dutch, and womenin New York’s cultural landscape.Have you read World’s End by T.C. Boyle? If not, get on it—Peekskill is hosting a community-wide read of the novel, which was written by a Peekskill native and takes place in this area. On October 17, the library hosts One Book, One River: An Evening with T.C. Boyle, at which the author will be on hand for a reading, book signing, and cocktail party. The evening will end with a screening of The Road to Wellville, also based on one of Boyle’s books.When you’ve finished reading and want to take part in a less solitary activity, Yonkers holds its Half Moon Festival, with music and entertainment along the river. The festival takes place weekends between October 17 and October 25.

Classic Fall at Caramoor

It’s around this time—when the days begin getting shorter and we start breaking out the heavier jackets—that we usually start feeling wistful for the summer. This year, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has found a way to bring that summertime feeling into the autumn. It’s extended its annual summer music programming, creating the first-ever Caramoor Fall Festival. The New York Philharmonic will make its Caramoor debut on October 2, when it will perform an all-Beethoven program. On October 3, jazz great Chick Corea gives us a taste of his legendary fusion jazz music. The festival closes October 4 with a performance by renowned coloratura soprano Sumi Jo. Look for other musicians stopping by during the afternoons. It may be fall, but the living is still easy.

Your Evening With Wallace

Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn’s career certainly runs the gamut, with roles that go from arty indies like My Dinner with André and Manhattan to crowd-pleasers like The Princess Bride, Clueless, and Toy Story. On his many trips between high and low culture, he’s developed some opinions on art, politics, and privilege, which he has collected in his book, Essays. Shawn will discuss his work, then stick around for a signing and a screening of My Dinner with André at Stamford’s Avon Theatre on October 6. Missing an event this great? Inconceivable!

Drag Me to Hell
DVD Release Date: October 13, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
From director Sam Raimi, who previously brought you the cult-favored The Evil Dead trilogy, comes another horror flick with some silly, sloppy scares. When a mild-mannered bank employee runs afoul of a gypsy, a curse is bestowed upon her that manifests itself in some truly disgusting ways. If you like guts, gore, and random effluvia, you’ll want the DVD release, which comes with a “director’s cut” of the movie that includes scenes too gruesome for the theaters.
Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics
DVD Release Date: October 6, Warner Home Video
If buckets of blood don’t do it for you, you’ll want to head back to the original masters of the monster movie. Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics pulls together four of the famed monster-movie actors’ lesser-seen titles: The Walking Dead, Frankenstein 1970, You’ll Find Out, and Zombies on Broadway. The movies find Karloff and Lugosi poking fun at the genre—Zombies on Broadway, for example, is about two Broadway press agents who want to cast a real-life zombie in a publicity stunt.
Trick ‘r Treat
DVD Release Date: October 6, Warner Home Video
We were feeling nostalgic for anthology movies like Creepshow and Twilight Zone: The Movie, so we’re glad that Trick ‘r Treat is trying to bring the quasi-genre back. The movie is composed of four interconnected stories that all take place on Halloween night—and each provides a different kind of thrill. Anna Paquin, aka Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood, goes from vampires to other horrors when she stars in one of the segments—the poor girl just can’t get away from dark beings.
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