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To Do: March 6-20, 2013


13. See Liza and Alan
Minnelli and Cumming, at Town Hall.
Self-explanatory, and newly expanded to two nights. Possibly the gayest evenings in the history of evenings.
March 13 and 14, 8 p.m.

14. Try Out The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Sacrilege
The first cut from their forthcoming Mosquito.
It slipped out quietly the day after the Oscars: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were on the BBC’s “Zane Lowe” show debuting this single. It is called “Sacrilege,” it has a gospel choir, and nobody has asked them “Who are you wearing?” Excellent.
Downloadable at

15. Read The Writer Who Stayed
William Zinsser, still omitting needless words.
Zinsser—who, with On Writing Well, taught a whole lot of us how to set down a clean English sentence—last year won a National Magazine Award for his Friday web columns in The American Scholar. They’re now in a collection that’s completely charming, impeccably polished, and Strunk-and-White-ishly brief. He’s the youngest 90-year-old you’ll read this week.
Paul Dry Books.

16. Sample The New York International Children’s Film Festival 2013
One film series that won’t require a babysitter.
The most seriously juvenile party in town is the three-week NYICFF, which offers heaps of features (live-action and animated) and short programs—including one with films only from girls’ POV. There’s a new Miyazaki! (He wrote it; his son directed.) And Michel Ocelot’s latest fabulous fable farrago, Kirikou and the Men and the Women—in 3-D! So much more. You and your kids will feel like world travelers. —D.E.
Through March 24, full schedule at

Classical Music
17. Hear Sondheim Without Sondheim
A night of rewrites from “The Liaisons Project.”
The Liaisons Project is pianist Anthony de Mare’s mission to corral 36 composers into reworking the great one’s tunes. Probably your only chance to hear what (among other folks) Steve Reich would’ve done with “Finishing the Hat” and a couple of pianos. —Justin Davidson
Symphony Space, March 9.

18. Hear The Music of Prince at Carnegie Hall
Elvis Costello, Talib Kweli, Booker T. Jones, D’Angelo, and a whole lot more, with the Roots as house band, all playing the Minnesota master’s stuff. (Even Maya Rudolph, with her cover band Princess, will be there for laughs.) It’s a benefit for New York City schoolkids’ music education, too.
March 7, 8 p.m.

19. See The Book Lovers
An exhibition … of fiction … by visual artists.
If you’re feeling multidisciplinary, go see “The Book Lovers,” a display of about 140 novels written by artists, from Salvador Dalí to Sophie Calle to Tom McCarthy. You’ll get two art forms (and more: The exhibit includes a range of multi­media work) for the price of one—and the price is free. —Kathryn Schulz
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’s Project Space, through March 9, details at

21. See Gut Renovation
The condo-ization of Williamsburg.
Su Friedrich’s sardonic, scathing portrait reveals a thriving enclave of industry and artists, overrun by 173 (and counting) new constructions and conversions. The knee-jerk anti-yuppie (and -dog!) bias is annoying, but the magnitude and insensitivity of the transformation are stunning. Highlight: a six-minute tour de force (scored to Vivaldi) in which construction workers attempt—over weeks—to move a boulder that heroically resists displacement. —D.E.
Film Forum, March 6 through 12.

22. Read Far From the Tree
Extraordinary (and now prize-winning) book about extraordinary children.
If you missed Far From the Tree last year, you’ve got an excuse to go read it: Andrew Solomon’s thoughtful, sobering, deeply humane account of parenting unconventional kids just took home a much-deserved National Book Critics Circle nonfiction prize. —K.S.

23. See Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums
Happiness is 701 copies of a Beatles record.
Just what the name says: Chang buys first pressings of The Beatles, the 1968 double album whose crisp-white cover bore no printing save for a serial number. The tidy show (albums are, of course, filed in order) reveals what happens to that immaculate square jacket over the years: Every copy becomes individual, with dings, stains, and scribbles all its own.
Recess Art Space, through March 9.

24. & 25. Read Fever and Nothing Gold Can Stay
Subjects to watch out for.
Physically, you don’t want a fever with a rash. Literarily, you do: Mary Beth Keane’s new novel Fever, a fictional account of the life of Typhoid Mary, and Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay, a collection of short stories about Appalachia that are actually more like diamonds: cold, glittering, valuable. —K.S.


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