The New Yorker magazine festival celebrates the arts

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The venerable magazine the New Yorker produces its 10th annual festival of the arts, highlighting contemporary culture, politics, music, and literature over the weekend of October 16-18. The lineup features key figures at simultaneous events throughout Manhattan venues with writers and editors of the publication moderating, interviewing and participating.

Friday, October 16
Fiction night features readings by bestselling novelists Salman Rushdie, Junot Diaz, E; Annie Proulx, and others. Also in another venue, New Yorker magazine writers reveal behind-the-scenes anecdotes about life at the magazine.

Saturday, October 17
Cinema and TV productions are the focus with actors Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Stanley Tucci, and Hollywood filmmaker Tyler Perry. A television panel covers the acclaimed Emmy-winning series Mad Men, and another focuses on politics with television show host Rachel Maddow.

New Yorker film critics screen cinematic gems such as Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt and Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear. And in the evening, musical performances include Neko Case, Loudon Wainwright III, his son Rufus, Ian Hunter, and Steve Earle.

Sunday, October 18
Excursions, talks, workshops, and amusements include a studio tour with pop portrait artist Chuck Close, a culinary tour with Calvin Trillin, cartooning with George Booth, and a scavenger hunt game based on New Yorker trivia.

Other subjects address the future of opera and a session with author and pop sociologist Malcolm Gladwell ( Blink and The Tipping Point), among others.

Tickets on sale and some events selling out quickly.