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To Do: February 27–March 6

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.


1. Download Hi Beams, by Javelin
Bleep-bloop pop for now people.
Javelin’s bouncy, swoopy, slightly twitchy electronic pop will leave you grooving in your chair. The first single, “Nnormal,” is free for downloading (or ffree for ddownloading) at
Luaka Bop Records.

2. Watch Enlighteneds season finale
The best HBO show you’re not viewing.
Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), the high-­maintenance heroine of HBO’s spiky comedy, finally pushes her malevolent company hard enough to make it push back. Few television comedies are as squirm-inducing as this one; even fewer boast Enlightened’s uncanny mix of compassion and detachment. —Matt Zoller Seitz
HBO, March 3, 9:30 p.m.

3. Roll Your Eyes (Enjoyably) at Vikings
If Game of Thrones isn’t quite cheesy enough.
Kind of a GoT knockoff in the form of historical reenactments, it promises to be really dumb, and also, just maybe, hugely entertaining. It arrives on the Network Formerly Known As the History Channel (now just History; we await its sister network, Tragedy).
History, premieres March 3, 10 p.m.

4. Rewatch Skyfall
Feh to the awards snobs: This Bond is Hollywood at its best.
They don’t nominate these kinds of movies for Best Picture, but you know what? This should’ve been a contender on Sunday.
Available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.

5. Catch Up to Billy on the Street
A maniacal man-on-the-street interviewer.
A very loud, extremely frenetic comedian named Billy Eichner accosts people on the street with pop-culture questions, disarming them with his goofy aggressiveness. Think Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” segments if they were, y’know, funny.
Fuse, Fridays, 10 p.m.

6. Opt for Flight of the Phoenix
Skip the new Die Hard; same director, better film.
No one cares much for Irish-born director John Moore after the shambolic hackwork that is A Good Day to Die Hard. But his undersung 2004 remake of the plane-crash picture Flight of the Phoenix is worth another look: The desert palette is starkly beautiful, the whooshy inserts are surprisingly expressive, and the cast—including a pre-House Hugh Laurie and Giovanni Ribisi at his most Ribisingly glassy-eyed—is a jolly group with which to be marooned. —David Edelstein
Available on Netflix.

7. Read Autobiography of Red, by Anne Carson
Before you dive into her new book, try this one.
Carson is a translator, classicist, ­MacArthur winner, Guggenheim fellow, and terrifyingly brilliant master of a genre no one can name: poetry? Prose poetry? Novels in verse? Whatever it is she writes, she’s written a new one, Red Doc, out March 5—which means you’ve got a week to go read its precursor, the wonderful Autobiography of Red, a retelling (kinda) of the myth of Geryon. —Kathryn Schulz

8. Stream Spiral
L’analogue de David Simon.
Three seasons of this French police procedural are now downloadable, with a fourth on the way. The first is more or less Law & Order with soulful detectives. The second is The Wire, set in the immigrant projects on the fringes of Paris. The third is … maybe a little pulpier. A hit when it aired on the BBC.
Available on Netflix.

9. Read Gun Guys: A Road Trip
A book about our country’s love of weaponry.
It is, sadly, an apt time to read Gun Guys: A Road Trip, Dan Baum’s peripatetic effort to explain why buying, owning, and shooting guns is so appealing to so many Americans—including the demographically unlikely author, a pistol-packing, Jersey–born Jewish Democrat. —K.S.
Knopf, March 5.

10. Revisit All in the Timing
Three nineties one-acts by a comic master.
Theater nerds revere David Ives’s short plays: They’re pure examples of comedy-structure-as-existential-angst, infused with humanity. The microclassics “Sure Thing,” “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,” and “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” are often done by students—here’s your chance to see them with pros like Jenn Harris (Silence! The Musical). —Scott Brown
59E59 Theaters, through March 17.

11. Stare at We Went Back at ICP
Especially at one photo.
At “We Went Back,” a retrospective of the war photographer known as Chim, the showstopper is one 1947 color image called Children Playing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France: It shows four French moppets in the sand as a bombed-out boat hull from the Allied invasion looms over them. The kids look to be about 3 or 4, meaning they were literally born under this bad sign.
Through May 5.

12. See Jorge Queiroz at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
And don’t skip the other show in back.
Squiggles, scribbles, shapes, areas of off-color, and a dexterous hand merge into allover painterly visions of imaginary beings, faces, clouds, caves, and cliffs all worth pondering. The back-room group show includes two killer ceramic works by new gallery artist Arlene Shechet. —Jerry Saltz
Through March 2.

13. Eavesdrop on David Byrne and Questlove
The Public Theater puts two brainy musical aesthetes on one stage.
The onetime Talking Head will chat with Questlove, the hip-hop musician whose magpie tastes are if anything more eclectic than Byrne’s. It’s the latest installment in the Public’s Forum series of artists’ chats, this one at NYU’s Skirball Center.
February 26, 8 p.m.

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