The movies, books, art, theater and food to know this month.

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The Passenger
By Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is one of those writers who seems to drum up as much excitement from critics as he does from regular bookworms. But both have had quite the wait for a new tome from the American author. Sixteen years since publishing his last book, McCarthy has penned The Passenger, the first half of a two-volume work (its concluding twin will hit shelves in early December of this year). The plot centers on a Coast Guard diver called to the wreckage of a sunken jet in the middle of the night, but things quickly take an even stranger turn: the body of the 10th passenger registered aboard is missing, as is the plane's black box and the pilot's flight bag. The mystery unfurls in signature McCarthy style which reflects his love of science and how the past continues to haunt us.


Directed by Lukas Dhont

When it comes to indie releases that tug on something in the zeitgeist, A24 is largely in a class of its own–and its forthcoming feature lives up to expectations. Debuting this summer at the Cannes Film festival (where it walked away with a prestigious Grand Prix award), Close is Belgium's official entry for Best International Feature at the next Academy Awards and has the potential to gain serious steam during the upcoming season. The film tells the story of two young boys, Léo and Rémi, who spend their summer break reveling in their spare time and growing increasingly intimate. Upon their return to school, the pair's closeness is immediately noticed by their classmates who (at best) remark upon or (at worst) ridicule their relationship. When Léo pulls away in order to avoid the insults, Rémi attempts to take his life, sparking a surprising friendship between Léo and Sophie, Rémi's mother.

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Chef Francisco Blanco

New York City may have some of the world's best restaurants, but the metropolis is seriously lacking when it comes to good Mexican food–though the tide seems to be turning. Taking over a space on Bowery between 1st and East Houston, Ixta aims to bring Oaxacan and other southern Mexican dishes to the Big Apple with an extensive menu by Chef Francisco Blanco and an equally impressive roster of mezcals (and mezcal-based cocktails) as a complement.

François Ghebaly | Patricia Iglesias Peco


Patricia Iglesias Peco
Francois Ghebaly

Marking her first exhibition with the gallery, Patricia Iglesias Peco will show her lush, fluid paintings at LA's Francois Ghebaly in a dedicated show.

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Alvin Ailey at City Center
Artistic Director Robert Battle

With its nearly month-long residency at New York's City Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is showcasing all of its technical mastery and emotional depth. Artistic Director Robert Battle curated some of the company's richest works for the series with select pieces by Ailey contemporaries (and fellow artistic greats) Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor alongside new ones by Kyle Abraham and Jamar Roberts.