14. Celebrate The Woolworth Building @ 100
Birthday party for the Cathedral of Commerce.
It’s astonishing to think that just a few weeks after Grand Central Terminal opened, the Woolworth Building switched on its lights: 80,000 bulbs reflected in the glazed white terra-cotta façade. This is one of the smart, detailed exhibitions that the tiny Skyscraper Museum does so well. —J.D.
The Skyscraper Museum, through July 14.
15. See Walter Robinson at Dorian Grey Gallery
Art you’ll want to consume.
Walter Robinson, art-world treasure and editor of the deceased Artnet online magazine, has gone back to painting forbidden worlds of food, drink, and sex. As you nibble your way through images of White Castle burgers and salacious nudes, feast your eyes on the best sticky-bun painting ever made. Maybe the only one. —Jerry Saltz
437 E. 9th St.; through March 31.
16. Read Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
In 1964, Calvin Tomkins—who later wrote the best Marcel Duchamp biography—sat down with Duchamp in New York. Nearly five decades later, here are the (edited) transcripts, twinned with the artist Paul Chan’s interviews with Tomkins himself. Let a thousand Duchamp quotes bloom. —J.S.
17. See Talley’s Folley
Lanford Wilson, revived by the Roundabout.
Who knew? Wilson holds up. As sweet a night of theater as you’ll get without its being syrupy, courtesy of the always exquisite Sarah Paulson and an unusually sensitive Danny Burstein.
Laura Pels Theatre, through May 12.
18. Watch 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School
Some kids left behind.
A down-and-dirty doc in the spirit of Steve James’s Hoop Dreams, this epic follows one academic year in the life of a D.C. school as a young principal preps for a standardized test whose scores may get teachers fired. Director Jacquie Jones avoids treacle, always erring on the side of tough love. —M.Z.S.
PBS, March 25 and 26, 9 p.m.
19. Dip Into New Directors/New Films
Start with these two movies.
This year’s ripped-from-the-headlines lineup kicks off with Alexandre Moors’s Blue Caprice, which follows two snipers as they take out people at random from the trunk of the title car. Closing night is the found-footage doc Our Nixon, a collage of Super 8 reels shot by Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—plus White House audio. A Tricky Dick orgy! —D.E.
At MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, full schedule at newdirectors.org.
20. See Beyond the Hills
As dark as a dark drama gets.
IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
21. See James Nare’s Street
Nare shot New York streetscapes with the kind of high-speed, high-definition camera used to capture hummingbirds’ wing beats. The hyperslow result, accompanied by Thurston Moore’s oddly tuned acoustic raga, is like seeing photographs ooze into haunted life.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through May 27.
22. See and Hear Nick Cave’s Heard.NY
Creative Time hooks up with the MTA.
Thirty brightly colored horses—performers in costume, that is—will graze in Vanderbilt Hall, periodically jumping up to dance, accompanied by live harp and percussion music. We suspect this is going to inspire a lot of only–in–New York, only–in–Grand Central double takes.
Grand Central Terminal, March 25 through 31.
23. Hear David Cross Chat With Michael Cera
Always funny, never nude.
Just in time for Arrested Development’s return in May, a little Bluth-on-Funke action. Wear blue.
92nd Street Y, March 20, 8 p.m.
24. Listen to Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier’s SModcasts #245 and #246
Let the man talk.
Kevin Smith: uneven director, fantastic dialogue-spinner. This podcast plays to his strengths, and in this two-part episode, he chats with Lisa Kudrow, enthusiastically and hilariously.
25. Listen to We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Foxygen: Playing just like a young band should.
Foxygen’s members are so deep into their vinyl collections that they’re practically a Rolling Stones cover band, but we’re not complaining. Best song: “On Blue Mountain,” which combines the verse from “Under My Thumb” with the chorus from Elvis’s “Suspicious Minds.”