Rocktober! Everywhere we look we see ladies embracing the scary mock sweater-dress (especially the—ugh—Fair Isle version), which can only mean one thing: Fall—with furry cheeks!—hath finally deigned to pay us a visit (we think Al Gore was holding the season hostage until he got his Nobel). Now, with this delicious seasonal shift, we’d like to think the city would stop playing cute, and get rid of all those flower cabs, which make us feel like we’re in the Epcot Center or Norway. Out in the wilds of Red Hook, former editor in chief of Jane magazine (R.I.P.) hosts “A Taste of Red Hook” party in her home to benefit do-gooding Red Hook Initiative. “I went looking for something to do with the community when I moved here,” said Brandon Holley, who bought a place there (ka-ching!) three years ago. The Red Hook Initiative provides tutoring, health education, cooking and photography classes, and so on. The evening will feature food from neighborhood restaurants such as the Good Fork, Alma, Sweet Melissa and Baked, paired with selections from the Brooklyn Brewery. Speaking of food (and when aren’t we?), the James Beard Foundation hosts Molly O’Neill as she discusses her book American Food Writing within the tomato soup-colored walls of the James Beard House in the West Village. Meanwhile, everything is coming up Klimt! The artist, whose work hangs in dorm rooms across the country, is having a bone fide moment, as the Neue Galerie showily opens “Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections” tomorrow, with the requisite fancy-pants party this evening, and a new movie about the artist starring everyone’s favorite well-dressed wackadoo, John Malkovich, opening at the International Film Center. Hey, ho, Uncle Kimono!
[A Taste of Red Hook, private home of Brandon Holley, Red Hook, www.rhicenter.org; Molly O’Neil reading, the James Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, 12 p.m., www.jamesbeard.org; Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections preview party, Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, by invitation only, exhibit opens to the public tomorrow through June 30th; Klimt, International Film Center, www.klimtthemovie.net]