Generations of fantastical bedtime stories later, Maurice Sendak’s tale of a boy in a wolf suit can still hit home for the misunderstood kid in all of us. In collaboration with the Rosenbach Museum & Library’s event “The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things,” the National Museum of American Jewish History is showing two films about Sendak’s seminal children’s book, Where The Wild Things Are. First up is Tell Them Anything You Want, an HBO doc by Spike Jonze and Lance Bangs in which the notoriously morbid author tells his own life story, including his inspiration for WTWTA and how its success shaped his subsequent work. Second is Jonze’s 2009 full-length adaptation of the 48-page book, featuring the voices of major stars like James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker as the Wild Things. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
Sun., Oct. 13, 11 a.m., free with museum admission of $12, National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, 215-923-3811, nmajh.org.