1. Hear Of Montreal
Athens, Georgia, alt-popsters in Brooklyn.
Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes may be an eccentric genius; he may be a dilettante. In any case, he’s always interesting. Over the years, his band has tried everything from chirrupy Beatlesque pop to salacious funk; their latest album, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, swerves toward the pastoral hippie folk rock of Donovan and the Grateful Dead. In concert, Barnes is manic and charismatic—whatever you think of the music, there’s no gainsaying the showman. —Jody Rosen
Music Hall of Williamsburg, October 27 and 28.
2. See Marie Antoinette
Let them eat rewrite.
From Valley Girl comedy (“the linzer tarts omigod”) to mad-scene finale, Marin Ireland nails the Queen of France in David Adjmi’s marvelous, disturbing, revisionist take. Also featuring Steven Rattazzi as a sweetly pathetic Louis XVI and David Greenspan as, why not, a sheep. —Jesse Green
Soho Rep, through November 24.
3. See À Nos Amours
With a French star you ought to know.
The spiky actress Sandrine Bonnaire has been the focus of the Alliance’s CinémaTuesdays series “Bonjour Bonnaire!,” the final film of which is her first and best: Maurice Pialat’s 1983 masterpiece À Nos Amours, in which she plays a teenager whose burgeoning sexuality drives men—and her family (the patriarch is played by Pialat)—to near insanity. It’s one of the most coruscating family films ever made. —David Edelstein
French Institute Alliance Française, October 29.
4. See Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1
All hats off to MoMA PS1 for its building-filling Kelley survey. One of the most influential American artists of the past three decades shines in installations involving cast-off stuffed dolls, homemade colonic devices, a ceramic-covered John Glenn statue, and videos of Kelley’s amazing performances and incredible body language. It’s hard to think of a working artist who doesn’t owe something to him. —Jerry Saltz
Through February 2.
5. Watch CSI’s 300th Episode
Haven’t seen it in a while? Time to revisit.
Marg Helgenberger’s Catherine Willows returns for the 300th episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the show whose massive success instantly rebranded CBS prime time as crime time. The milestone revolves around an unsolved mystery from fourteen years earlier; Jason Priestley guest stars as casino mogul Jack Witten, a former party animal who’s become a Howard Hughes–like recluse. —Matt Zoller Seitz
CBS, October 23, 10 p.m.
6. See Drake, Miguel, and Future
Gloom and glitter.
Call it triumphal miserablism—or is it miserable triumphalism? In any case, there will be plenty of it when Drake, who remade hip-hop in his own sad-sack image, brings the year’s biggest hip-hop road show to Brooklyn. The night’s opening act, Future, has given Drake’s deep-feelings shtick his own spin, adding a mix of Dada and sci-fi. In between comes the evening’s ringer, the R&B star Miguel, a great performer and an old-fashioned seducer, not a moper. —J.R.
Barclays Center, October 28.
7. See Seduced and Abandoned
A one-week theatrical run, before it’s on HBO.
James Toback relishes pushing people’s buttons and has a devilish radar for psychodrama—all of which comes into play in his riotous Seduced and Abandoned, an on-the-fly depiction of pitching a project with Alec Baldwin. Coppola, Polanski, and Scorsese weigh in: They’ve been there. —D.E.
IFC Center, October 18 through 25.
8. Watch Scrubbing In
The subgenre of reality shows about thankless jobs gets an intriguing new entry with Scrubbing In, about a group of nurses relocated from their home city of Pittsburgh to work at an Orange County, California, hospital for twelve weeks. —M.Z.S.
MTV, October 24, 10 p.m.
9. See Donna Tartt
In Park Slope.
Whether or not you’ve read Donna Tartt’s wonderful new novel The Goldfinch, you should go hear her read from it and then join critic Maud Newton for a conversation. —Kathryn Schulz
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
10. Hear and See Up-Close
Strings and bits at the White Light festival.
Even among new-music connoisseurs, the name Michel van der Aa didn’t ring many bells when the young composer won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award last year. But Lincoln Center noticed: His high-voltage cello-and-video work is getting its U.S. premiere. —Justin Davidson
Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, October 28.
11. See Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future
Our life, as seen from 1939.
For the “Futurama” exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the visionary Norman Bel Geddes imagined elevated highways speeding seamlessly shapely motorcars right through America’s cities. Preposterous, right? —J.D.
Museum of the City of New York, through February 10.
12. Read The Gorgeous Nothings
Sharp shards of Emily Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson famously wrote a “letter to the world.” Less famously, but just as interestingly, she also wrote envelopes: 52 of them, each adorned with a scrap of condensed, gleam-of-light-under-the-door writing. For the first time, those scraps are available in book form, with an introduction by the poet Susan Howe. —K.S.
New Directions, October 29.