1 If you believe Jack White doesn't know how to have a good time anymore, check out the raucous and wickedly over-the-top new album "Dodge and Burn" by one of the White Stripes frontman's ongoing side bands, the Dead Weather. That's the all-star quartet with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita, Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and singer Alison Mosshart of the Kills. Her bluesy, Robert-Plant-on-nicotine howls and screams are as lethal in new songs such as "Buzzkill(er)" as they are in the Kills, but White's fingerprints are also all over the record and as grimy as ever.
4 The psychological chiller "Goodnight Mommy" is Austria's official contender for this year's best foreign language Oscar. It is also immensely disturbing. It begins with a straightforward plot mirroring that classic French nightmare "Eyes Without a Face." Twin boys' chic mother (Susanne Wuest) wears a blank mask of gauze tape. What has happened to Mother? Is she Mother at all? As it follows the uneasy family around the outskirts of dysfunction and then straight inside, the film smartly shifts gears between a fairy tale and terrifying hard-edged realism. It is a substantial piece of work.
5 Season 2 of the FX series "Fargo" starts Monday with Kirsten Dunst and a completely new 1970s story line, but has everyone caught up on the sensational Season 1 yet? Best get bingeing. The Golden Globe-winning miniseries is starkly cinematic and archly philosophical as it follows a trail of mayhem and avarice across northern Minnesota. Turn to page E3 to see what they do with Season 2.
2 A musical comedy about innocent people being killed during a bungled burglary? Hey, it worked for "Chicago." Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and composer Chan Poling's "Glensheen" at the History Theatre in St. Paul is engaging and swift, dotted with big performances, hummable melodies and forays into cabaret and fantasy. In 1977, heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse, Velma Pietila, were killed in a 39-room mansion on Lake Superior. Poling's score draws on the shanty songs of Lake Superior sailors as an excellent cast sings "The Ballad of Glensheen." Through Oct. 25. historytheatre.com
3 Eccentric writer Shirley Jackson is most famous for her creepy short story "The Lottery" and the equally creepy novel "The Haunting of Hill House." "Let Me Tell You," a compendium of mostly unseen stories and essays published by her children 50 years after her death, is a valuable addition to her oeuvre. Stories of ordinary people caught up in eerie and uncertain circumstances call to mind "The Twilight Zone." And the essays allow a glimpse into the real-life humor and terror that seeped into her fiction.