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The Big Ten

Courtesy of P. Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

Haute Topic

Following on the success of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Alexander McQueen retrospective, the Dallas Museum of Art is hosting a traveling exhibition of haute couture created over the past 40 years by fashion’s resident pop-culture interpreter (and outfitter) Jean Paul Gaultier. The designer, for his part, is both surprised and flattered that he’s being featured. “I didn’t think I was that old,” he says, “but I am taking it as a compliment.” NOVEMBER 13

Active Voice

Winner of the National Book Award for 1989’s Spartina, John Casey isn’t the type to rest on his laurels — or anywhere else, for that matter. His new memoir, Room for Improvement: Notes on a Dozen Lifelong Sports, describes more than half a century of adventures and exertions: long-distance running, cross-country skiing, rowing and more. Fortunately, Casey paces his book’s insights at a restful meander. NOVEMBER 8

Out of this World

America’s oldest planetarium is hardly showing its age. Having recently unveiled a $14 million revamp of its theater, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is flaunting all the cutting-edge technology therein with its new “Deep Space Adventure” — a dazzling multimedia simulation of interstellar travel that provides a front-row seat to the drama of the universe. Spoiler alert: Galaxies collide. ONGOING

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Westward Expansion

After AMC knocked the zombie genre out of the park with “The Walking Dead,” it was only a matter of time before the network tackled the Western. “Hell on Wheels” is the gritty tale of a former Confederate soldier out for revenge. NOVEMBER 6

Family Feud

In the Broadway-bound indie hit Other Desert Cities, starring Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”), a family learns at Christmas that everyone’s dirty laundry is about to be aired in a memoir. As if the holidays weren’t enough of a production already. NOVEMBER 3

Puppet Love

Once again, practically every working actor in Hollywood — including Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper — has signed up to get their scenes stolen by the world’s most beloved gang of puppets, in the eagerly awaited The Muppets. This time around, our fuzzy friends are on a quest to save their old movie studio from a greedy oil tycoon. NOVEMBER 23

Force Majeure

Slicing through a 19th-century façade like a giant piece of shrapnel, the highly anticipated new wing at the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany, finally opened last month. While generally dedicated to exhibits on the history of war, the 140-ton wedge of glass, concrete and steel designed by starchitect Daniel Libeskind has as its most prominent feature a viewing deck, meant to be a place of quiet reflection, that looks over the center of a city nearly demolished during World War II. NOW OPEN

Method Men

David Cronenberg, no stranger to bizarre psychological drama, goes straight to the source with A Dangerous Method, which examines the relationships between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen, in his third Cronenberg film) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a troubled Russian patient who becomes Jung’s mistress. NOVEMBER 23

Blue Period

One of America’s greatest living writers and cultural critics, Joan Didion first made her name with the essay “Goodbye to All That,” filled with coolly penetrating insights on youth. Now, following her 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, she offers Blue Nights, a haunting meditation on family, loss and, especially, aging — an inevitability she can’t quite accept. NOVEMBER 1

Walk on the Wild Side

For Lulu, one of the most surprising collaborations of the year, if not ever, Lou Reed joined forces with Metallica to record songs written for avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson. The project came together after the metalheads backed Reed at a concert. “We were made for each other,” Reed says. NOVEMBER 1

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