13. Laugh at The Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show
Shh. You’re not supposed to know he’s there.
Jon Glaser—a former Conan O’Brien writer, creator of Adult Swim’s Delocated, and recent Hannah Horvath bad boy—will emerge from hiding with his comedy-variety show, with guests Janeane Garofalo and Eugene Mirman.
Music Hall of Williamsburg, March 29, 8 p.m.
14. Hear Afraid of Heights
Wavves’ first album in three years.
Wavves front man Nathan Williams has been through a lot—a public breakdown, booze and drugs, a revolving door of bandmates—but through it all has put out increasingly excellent albums of noisy surf-inflected rock, and even made a cameo on a Big Boi song last year.
Mom + Pop/Warner Bros., March 26.
15. See Room 237
All work and no play? Hardly.
The public rarely sees the nuttier realms of cinephilia (though you read about them last week in New York), but that’s changed with Room 237, in which Rodney Ascher profiles people who spend their free time reading myriad things into Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining—some surprisingly discerning, others delusional. —David Edelstein
At the IFC Center.
16. Read Grand Central
The subtitle is How a Train Station Transformed America, and Times reporter Sam Roberts makes a nice case for the reach and power of Grand Central Terminal, whose elegance conceals a vast amount of 1913-style high tech. Plus the Oyster Bar! Consume it in one gulp.
Grand Central Publishing/Hachette.
17. See Ginger & Rosa
Especially for Elle Fanning.
Sally Potter’s film centers on a teen whose Cold War dread gets all tangled up with shock at the affair of her gal pal (Alice Englert) and dad (Alessandro Nivola). The framing is claustrophobic, but Elle Fanning is vivid. With her porcelain skin and soft eyes, she’s a transfixing portrait of girlish alienation. —D.E.
At Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Angelika Film Center.
18. Watch Doctor Who
He’s coming back. Don’t step on his scarf.
Grab your sonic screwdriver: The (50-year-old!) British sci-fi series returns for the second half of this run’s “seventh-and-a-half” season, with brand-new companion Jenna Louise-Coleman joining the eleventh doctor (Matt Smith).
BBC America, March 30.
19. Cringe at Heaven’s Gate
Or maybe—just maybe—reconsider it.
There are intelligent people who regard Michael Cimino’s studio-shattering revisionist Western as an anti-capitalist masterpiece. I think it’s shambolic and excruciating—but you have a few days left to see the 216-minute director’s cut at Film Forum and sort out your responses. —D.E.
At Film Forum, through March 28.
20. See Photography and the American Civil War
Battlefield America, vivid in monochrome.
Encountering the first well-photographed war is no less powerful 150 years on: Too-young corpses are just as moving in blue and gray wool as in camo.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, starting April 2.
21. Hear The Gospel According to the Other Mary
John Adams on the Scriptures.
Adams has spent much of his composing career working with Peter Sellars to retell big stories—the atom bomb, Nixon’s meeting with Mao—slightly aslant. Here, he turns to the New Testament’s peripheral characters: Mary Magdalene, Martha, and Lazarus. —Justin Davidson
Avery Fisher Hall, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
22. Watch The Walking Dead
Season finale No. 2 (with zombies).
The Walking Dead is … getting better, sort of. But we know what the real draw is here: RrrhhaaaaHHHHH!!! BLAM! Sput! GoooooSHHHHHH! Etc. And we know who the real star is: special-effects and makeup designer Greg Nicotero, whose rotting flesh and spewing squibs satisfy even when the storytelling frustrates. —M.Z.S.
AMC, March 31, 9 p.m.
23. Show Off at Geek Love
Use all that junk in the back of your brain.
Comp-lit majors: Use your words! Emma Straub (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures) and Teddy Wayne (The Love Song of Jonny Valentine) host an evening of drinking and book-related trivia.
powerHouse Arena, April 1.
24. Hear The Bach Variations
The eighteenth century has a promising future.
This festival is the New York Philharmonic’s way of informing the early-music movement that it, too, owns the Baroque. At the heart of the argument—and anchoring the final week—is the pianist András Schiff, who looks a bit like the organ master of Leipzig, and filters his playing (and conducting) through a refined Central Europeanness. —J.D.
Avery Fisher Hall, through April 6.
25. Contemplate Nicholas Alan Cope’s Whitewash
New photographs, new book, new show.
Stark yet warm photos of Los Angeles buildings, highlighted against the cloudless SoCal sky. The show’s up through April 13.
Mondo Cane, 174 Duane St., opens March 28, 6 p.m.