1. Hear Vampire Weekend
At Roseland Ballroom.
Are these guys real rockers or twee assemblers of Ivy League kiddie albums? Or (and this is our suspicion) are they both of these things, perfectly suited to the millennial generation? Listen and decide; the new album arrives May 14.
2. See Claes Oldenburg: The Street and the Store
Nothing squishy about it.
Every single object in this show by the Pop master produces a rush of joy. Handcrafted, distorted shapes of hot potatoes, hats, dresses, pie, and ray guns, all looking like colorful lumpy funky dinosaurs, split the difference between abstraction, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, American exuberance, and brute materialism. Go. Fly to the Planet Joy. —Jerry Saltz
Museum of Modern Art, through August 5.
3. Watch Red, White and New
It’s got the goods.
This new series celebrates innovative and just plain cool stuff created in the U.S.A., including an ultrapowerful Pogo stick, a shark-shaped sea vehicle that can leap out of the water, and a superstrong robotic exoskeleton that looks to be the first stage in life’s inevitable transformation into a summer blockbuster. Your guide is Steve Watson, host of Discovery’s Monster House and HGTV’s Don’t Sweat It. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Travel Channel, April 29, 10 p.m.
4. See Showgirls! The Musical!
“You guys just sit over there and I’ll change the music.”
Even if you have only a casual love for the mess that is Showgirls, you may enjoy seeing what the lyricists do with lines like “It’s amazing what paint and a surgeon can do.”
Kraine Theater, 84 E. 4th St., through May 4.
5. See Da Vinci’s Demons
Yeah, it’s ridiculous. And yet.
Da Vinci’s Demons is the funniest unintentional comedy of the year. This goofball historical fantasy imagines Leonardo (Tom Riley) as a cocky comic-book hero making war weapons for the Medicis while creating fabulous inventions, shtupping Lorenzo de’ Medici’s mistress (Laura Haddock), yammering about the power of imagination, and flashing back to childhood trauma while conferring with a mysterious man from Constantinople. Really better to make fun of than to watch, though. —M.Z.S.
Starz, Fridays, 9 p.m.
6. Listen to Iggy and the Stooges’ Ready to Die
A new old partnership.
Former Stooge-mates Iggy Pop and James Williamson started reconnecting about four years ago and writing songs together again in 2011. The result is, amazingly, not geriatric: They still play fast, loud, aggressive punk, and their live gig was the surprise hit of SXSW last month.
Fat Possum Records.
7. Laugh at Sarah Silverman
Jewish girl goes to the suburbs …
Every comedy nerd’s dream girl, live onstage! Yes, you’ll have to haul out to Montclair to see her, but that’s about the easiest trip imaginable, and the theater’s a six-block walk from the train.
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J., April 26.
8. Hear Stravinsky: The Complete Sacred Works
At Trinity Church.
Igor Stravinsky composed sere religious works that still seem hard to reconcile with his early pagan romps. The fine forces of Trinity Wall Street will devote three concerts to this fantastically varied repertoire, from the delicately wrought Mass to the craggy Abraham and Isaac, sung in Hebrew, and the hypercompressed Requiem Canticles. —Justin Davidson
April 26 through 28.
9. Read Building Seagram
By the woman who got it done.
Samuel Bronfman, owner of the House of Seagram, had plenty of money but mundane taste. But he also had a sharp-eyed, persuasive daughter, one who browbeat him into hiring Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson and building the most elegant skyscraper ever. Phyllis Lambert, now 86, has a fantastic head for the details of the Seagram Building, and her book is partly a how-we-did-it revelation, and partly a biography of a steel-and-glass auxiliary member of her family.
Yale University Press.
10. See The Voice
This is where it starts to get good.
If you’re going to join the party, now’s the time: We’re into the battle rounds where the talent gets winnowed, the live shows start on May 13, and the season finale airs on June 18.
NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
11. See Wanda’s Monster
Laurie Berkner writes a musical!
Berkner—one of the big stars of the so-called kindie-rock movement—has, with Barbara Zinn Krieger, built a musical around her song “Monster Boogie.” You may not be excited by this news, but if there’s a 4-year-old in your life, trust us: He or she will be.
Theater 3, 311 W. 43rd St., through May 12.
12. Hear Jennifer Egan, Rick Moody, and Sheri Holman
At a benefit for the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice.
Three best-selling authors read and sign books to support an experimental Brooklyn high school, a sort of inverse Stuyvesant that digs struggling kids out of their underperforming neighborhoods and gives them a boost.
At Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus, April 24, 6 p.m.; details at littlefieldnyc.com.