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Our arts section this week is bursting. Bursting! Why? It’s Fall Arts Guide week. We’ve assembled a comprehensive guide to the most thought-provoking exhibits, film, and performers coming to town between through December, and we really recommend you read it. Skim our critic’s picks and listings online, or pick up a copy of the real thing in your local City Paper box.

On the cover, Justin Moyer smartly tackles the Brooklynization of music scenes across the country—-a phenomenon he argues has erased regionalism, or a local sound. Take formerly awesome band The Gossip: “When a band from Arkansas starts making wan disco,” Moyer argues, “homegrown character is, consciously or unconsciously, traded for an entrée to the global marketplace. The landscape flattens.”

In the arts section, Rebecca Ritzel leads with two fine reviews of Studio Theatre’s Invisible Man and Globe Theatre’s astonishingly efficient production of Hamlet at Folger Theatre. Chris Klimek is impressed with the athleticism in Woolly’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and Ian Buckwalter takes a shine to MetroStage’s morose yet rollicking Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. In film, Tricia Olszewski declares Chicken With Plums a winner. And finally, Mark Athitakis turns in an elegant review of Christopher Hitchens‘ last act, Mortality, written as the great essayist weakened under esophageal cancer. Hitchens may have been rapidly deteriorating, but he died a master of the artful fuck-you.