Fall in

IT'S THAT TIME of year again, b-boys and b-girls, when we ask ourselves whether it's better to be, or not to be – in step with this season's cultural offerings, that is. What will be on our screens and in our pods, in our sight lines and within earshot when it comes to film, music, art, theater, dance, and events?

In the multiplexes, we'll soak up A History of Violence, learn the value of Rent, discover The New World, and hold our breath till we turn blue, pass out, and get a hallucinatory sneak-peak at Narnia and one big fat ape. We'll check out the rep houses, where Roxie unspools Winter Soldier and Artists' Television Access unveils longtime Bay Area filmmaker Bill Daniel's cut of Who Is Bozo Texino?

On the music front, we'll be waiting to see what sort of righteous sounds emerge from Kanye, Paul, Dre, Madonna, Franz – and Outkast – via fall releases and tours. We also survey clubland in its autumnal finery, and get blown away by Dr. Atomic. Bay Area music buyers in the know share their fall faves. And we look, listen, and wonder at this year's bounty of new recordings by local artists.

Bay Area theatergoers can count on inviting productions by ACT and Campo Santo, while visual art and dance followers will see impressive new spaces opening this fall. Foremost on the dance front: the local heroes at this year's San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts.

However you put it down, flip it, and reverse it, fall's A&E lineup likely will inspire us to perspire, work our nerves, or, at the very least, get out of the house. So let's go.

Kimberly Chun