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a selective listing of recommended cultural and community events

friday, october 8

fall for dance-it's back and better than ever-five programs (performed twice) featuring as diverse and impressive an array of dancers, companies and choreographers as you'll find anywhere. tickets are always scarce, but there are cancellation lines before each show. worth it to score one, so good luck! city center, 130 w. 56th st., 212-581-1212; 8 p.m., $10.

saturday, october 9

chelsea art gallery tour-come to a guided tour of the week's top seven gallery exhibits in the world's center for contemporary art. various locations, 212-946-1548; $20.

mrs. warren's profession-stage star cherry jones leaves hollywood behind to return to broadway for the first time in four years in this revival of george bernard shaw's controversial play about a madam and her daughter. american airlines theatre, 227 w. 42nd st., 212-719-1300; times vary, $67-$127.

sunday, october 10

broadway fall festival-the broadway fall festival features music from the michael grey quartet, japanese and korean foods, as well as arts and crafts. broadway, from west 86th to 96th streets; 1 p.m.-5 p.m., free.

monday, october 11

metropolitan opera: boris godunov-the most talked-about new met production this fall will be the opening night performance of das rheingold. a better bet for a great show is the new production of boris godunov, with astonishing baritone rene pape in the title role. valery gergiev will, with proper immodesty, conduct modest mussorgsky's music. pape and gergiev are huge talents, and, good or bad, what results is not apt to be dull. metropolitan opera house, lincoln center, 212-799-3100; $25-$310.

tuesday, october 12

a life in the theatre-patrick stewart and t.r. knight headline this season's david mamet revival, about two actors who work together at different stages in their careers. schoenfeld theatre, 236 w. 45th st., 212-239-6200; times vary, $76-$121.

wednesday, october 13

bloody bloody andrew jackson-a hit last season at the public, this tongue-in-cheek, rock 'n' roll musical takes audiences on a rollicking ride through the life of president andrew jackson. benjamin walker reprises his critically lauded role as jackson. bernard b. jacobs theatre, 242 w. 45th st., 212-239-6200; times vary, $51-$136.

thursday, october 14

jeff koons: exaltation-strange after all these years that koons' art is now considered safe (blame it on those cutesy stainless steel balloon animals). but now seems like the time to remember when he was an enfant terrible (albeit at a more advanced age) and making sculptures and portraits of himself and his pornstar wife la cicciolina. if you don't want to slap your husband for leering, we recommend staying at home. luxembourg and dayan, 64 w. 77th st., 212-452-4646; by appointment only.

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