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To Do: October 23–30, 2013

Pop Music
13. Listen to Toad the Wet Sprocket’s New Constellation
The anti–Blurred Lines.
In the glory days of nineties college rock, this Santa Barbara quartet built a fan base on Glen Phillips’s silvery tenor and poetically introspective lyrics. That earnestness feels surprisingly fresh on Toad’s first studio album since 1997, a tightly built collection of harmonically lush guitar pop.
Abe’s Records.

Art
14. See Dada & Surrealist Objects
Readymade pleasure.
Though most of the original Dada artworks—the urinal, the bike wheel, the snow shovel—are lost, a few of them survive, and many were reproduced later on, once the staggering impact of this antic art movement was realized. There’s a great array of those copies here, as well as original artwork, like Joseph Cornell’s exquisite boxes.
Blain/Di Donna, in the Carlyle Hotel, 981 Madison Avenue, October 24 through December 13.

Museum Shows
15. See Sky High & the Logic of Luxury
Looking up and ahead.
If you’ve had your eye on the skyline and wondered about the coming crop of stalky towers on 57th Street, this show is your explainer. —J.D.
The Skyscraper Museum, through April 19.

New Music
16. See An Evening With Bedroom Community
Friends of Nico.
The record label formed by producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and composers Nico Muhly and Ben Frost is a place where artists meet on the borders of classical and pop. At this show, Sigurðsson will play with composer Daniel Bjarnason and violist Nadia Sirota, a fierce Muhly muse who makes a great argument for her maligned instrument.
(Le) Poisson Rouge, October 28.

Pop Music
17. Hear Hugh Laurie
House music.
Yes, that Hugh Laurie, and yes, he sings. Pretty well! Backed by a horn-heavy group called the Copper Bottom Band. It’s a tour in support of his second studio album, Didn’t It Rain.
Town Hall, October 25.

Books
18. Read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Major Tom speaks.
If you were one of the 1.2 million earthlings who followed along as Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took to space—and then took space back to us, via every imaginable social-media platform and unprecedented creativity, humor, scientific chops, and patience with his audience—you’ll be glad to hear that he has published An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Better than Gravity, and less likely to make you duck. —K.S.
Little, Brown.

Books
19. And Then Read The Astronaut Wives Club
Women of Earth.
The Original Seven astronaut Scott Carpenter’s death in early October reminded us to catch up with Lily Koppel’s book about the women who once stood by their men, performing braveness on TV despite inner turmoil. A great pairing with Commander Hadfield’s story.
Grand Central Publishing.

Pop Music
20. Get a Guitar Lesson From Lee Ranaldo
Because you can!
Yes: The man from Sonic Youth is doing a one-day in-store guitar clinic. Score one for bricks and mortar: You can’t do that on iTunes!
Other Music, October 28.

Art
21. See Rod Penner
These are not photographs.
This Texan photorealist paints what he sees, purely and unadorned: the plastic signage, dusty parking lots, and junked-up landscapes of small-town Texas. Real Americana, idealized not one whit. Superb.
Ameringer McEnery Yohe, through November 23.

Books
22. Read The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1: Tune In
Aye aye, the Liverpool shuffle.
You’d think there had been enough Beatles biographies by now (the best one so far is Peter Brown and Steven Gaines’s The Love You Make). But the game changer is Mark Lewisohn’s three-volume earthwork, whose first third—covering only through 1962!—arrives this week. It’s embargoed till the 29th, so we can’t say definitively, but maybe we’re amazed.
Crown, October 29.

Movies/Video
23. Watch Henry V
On October 25.
Why this day? Any excuse will do, because the Kenneth Branagh version is a great movie, so here’s one: It’s the 598th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, scene of the “We band of brothers” speech.
On DVD.

Books
24. Start The Luminaries
Because you’re already behind.
Eleanor Catton’s immense novel! Won the Booker on the day of publication! It may take you the rest of the month, and then some, to finish its 848 pages. Clear your nightstand.
Little, Brown.

Photography
25. See Pari Dukovic’s ­Hurricane Sandy
As he photographed it for New York.
Our anniversary exhibit of the powerful pictures that Dukovic made in those terrible days. Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn Navy Yard (enter through Sands Street Gate), Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m., through November 2.