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The Big Ten

1 PRINT
THAR SHE BLOWS

A funny thing happened to Ohio artist Matt Kish when he read Moby Dick: He developed an Ahab-like obsession. The good news is that his actually ended well. Kish’s book, Moby Dick in Pictures, gathers 550 of his original images illustrating Melville’s whale tale, each rendered in a different style. They combine to capture the sublime madness of the original in an entirely novel way. OCTOBER 11

2 MUSIC
PRECIOUS METALS

Canadian songwriter Feist slipped the bonds of indie obscurity to score a major hit with her 2007 release The Reminder (propelled by Apple’s use of “1234” in an iPod commercial). Her follow-up, Metals, has been a long time coming, but it’s full of the textured moods and irresistible hooks that made The Reminder such a pleasure to discover. OCTOBER 4

3 PRINT
A DOG’S LIFE

Today, when we think of famous dogs, the likes of Lassie and maybe Paris Hilton’s trembling canine accessory spring to mind. But neither of those ever rose to the heights of the subject of Rin Tin Tin. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, charts the life of the German shepherd who went from a lost puppy on a WWI battlefield to a major film, TV and radio icon. OUT NOW

4 FILM
SKIN DEEP

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas after 20 years for the genre-bending thriller, The Skin I Live In. In what is certainly one of Almodóvar’s strangest plots (which is saying something), a plastic surgeon invents a kind of skin that would have protected his wife in a car crash 12 years ago. Now he just needs a human guinea pig to make it work. OCTOBER 14

5 EXHIBIT
GOOD INFLUENCE

If you were an aspiring artist in Paris 100 years ago, you couldn’t do much better than to be connected to Gertrude Stein. “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., pays homage to the literary pioneer, muse and tastemaker with more than 50 artifacts and 100 works by artists from across Europe and the U.S. OCTOBER 14

6 FILM
AGING WELL

In the future, life may be unfair, but at least the people are attractive. That’s not exactly the premise of In Time, a sci-fi thriller about a society in which the rich get to live forever and the poor, well, don’t, but with Justin Timberlake as a man caught on a low rung of the socioeconomic ladder and Olivia Wilde as his mother (!), it certainly seems that way. OCTOBER 28

7 TV
STRIKING A CHORD

Martin Scorsese, no stranger to rock docs, gives the mystic Beatle his due with George Harrison: Living in the Material World, airing on HBO. The two-part film includes never-before-seen performances, home movies, photographs and interviews with Harrison’s closest friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin and Paul McCartney. OCTOBER 5-6

8 THEATER
JUDGMENT DAY

Thandie Newton makes her theatrical debut this month in the psychological thriller Death and the Maiden at the Comedy Theatre in London. She plays Paulina Salas, a former political prisoner who suffered at the hands of a captor whose face she never saw. Years later, a stranger she believes is her former tormentor arrives at the secluded house she shares with her husband. Drama ensues. OCTOBER 13

9 PRINT
RIDDLE ME THIS

In Haruki Murakami’s latest puzzle box, 1Q84, a novelist engaged in an unethical rewrite is mysteriously connected to a woman who has seemingly fallen into a parallel universe. Critics are calling it the Japanese scribe’s magnum opus, so expect even more eerie coincidences and pop culture symbolism than usual. OCTOBER 25

10 EVENT
SCARES EASILY

Ah, October. A month filled with delicious pumpkin pie, hot apple cider and … blood-curdling screams. Halloween fiends get their fill of the latter at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, which features the best new scary movies and honors past masters of the macabre over 10 sleepless nights at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Warms the heart, doesn’t it? OCTOBER 14–23

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