14. See Aircraft Carrier An Israeli-architecture primer.
Most of what Americans know about architecture in Israel consists of footage of pop-up settlements on the West Bank or wrecked Palestinian houses in Gaza. To broaden our view, the ever–socially conscious Storefront for Art and Architecture is hosting “Aircraft Carrier,” a survey of what’s been built, unbuilt, and designed but never built since the Yom Kippur War. —J.D.
Storefront for Art and Architecture, through April 24.
15. Watch Little Fugitive
A wistful onscreen trip to the Boardwalk in 1953.
Coney Island’s open for the season—before you go, warm up with this tone poem of a movie, made 60 years ago (Jennifer Senior discusses it in her essay on childhood in New York; see page 22). A 7-year-old flees his bullying brother, spending an almost wordless day and night amid Coney’s amusements. Directed by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and photographer Ruth Orkin, it shows a lost city—and you’d never even imagine a plotline like that today.
Special-edition DVD, $17.47 through kinolorber.com; Blu-ray edition, $26.21.
16. Read The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
A ferocious first novel.
Kristopher Jansma’s incredibly unreliable would-be-author-as-narrator hops around the globe, in an attempt to relate the story of his parting from his friends and untangle his life from his constant fictionalization of it. Writing about writing is rarely so lively.
17. Revisit Muddy Waters
Born a hundred years ago this week.
His centennial is just an excuse to celebrate the Chicago bluesman whose “Rollin’ Stone” gave its name to a Bob Dylan hit, a somewhat successful British rock band, and a music magazine. He also lived long enough to ensure that his stuff was recorded pretty well, and the Chess box set is your best starter purchase: three discs, 72 songs, serious but not overwhelming.
The Chess Box: Muddy Waters, $40.56 at Amazon.com.
18 & 19. See Wrong and Eddie: the Sleepwalking Cannibal
Two out-of-whack indie oddities.
If formula movies have you snoozing, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong is strenuously dislocating—the tale of a man (Jack Plotnick) who wakes up to find his beloved dog gone and his life gone to the dogs. Boris Rodriguez’s Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal is a delicious gory parable in the Bucket of Blood tradition, about a blocked painter (Thure Lindhardt) whose creative floodgates open when he becomes the guardian of a traumatized mute (Dylan Smith) given to nocturnal frenzies. A feast for the accursed soul! —D.E.
Wrong is in theaters now; Eddie opens April 5.
20. Hear Understudies & Swing(er)s at Toshi’s Living Room
Headlining at last!
A fun night for deep-Broadway fans: Every Monday from six to nine, a major show’s understudy or swing (meaning one of those folks in the second row of the dance numbers, namelessly belting their guts out, living the dream) gets to show his or her stuff as a headliner. On April 8, it’ll be Russell Fischer from Jersey Boys; the next week, Kyle R. Carter from In the Heights.
1141 Broadway, at 26th St., $10 minimum.
21. Read Our Man in Iraq
A fictional fabricating war journalist.
Take an ambitious and insecure journalist in Zagreb, have him start secretly rewriting all the news reports filed by the unhinged cousin he sent to Baghdad to cover the war, and you get Robert Perisic’s Our Man in Iraq—a timely if unconventional novel for the tenth anniversary of the war, and likely the only book you’ll ever read translated from the Croatian. —K.S.
Black Balloon Publishing.
22. Watch Hannibal
The first bite.
Between Fox’s The Following, A&E’s Bates Motel, and whatever bloodfest happens to be opening at your local multiplex this month, the serial-killer genre is down to table scraps. Still, though, how can you not tune in to the premiere of Hannibal, an origin story about how two of Thomas Harris’s most famous characters—FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and psychiatrist and liver-gobbler Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen)—came to meet and work together?
NBC, April 4, 10 p.m.
23. Read Things Fall Apart
“Let no one be fooled by the fact that we may write in English, for we intend to do unheard-of things with it.” So said the Nigerian-American writer Chinua Achebe, who died on March 21 after a lifetime of doing the unheard-of with English—and earning a reputation as the father of African literature along the way. If you’ve never read his 1958 Things Fall Apart, take this opportunity to do so. Most things do fall apart; but his book holds up, beautifully. —K.S.
24. Rewatch MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco
Season 3, when it really started getting real.
Vulture’s exhaustive survey of the 27 (gasp!) seasons of the defining reality-TV show puts the 1994 cast at the top of the list. Puck became a stand-in for an entire generation’s assholish roommates, Pedro was the first real AIDS sufferer most TV viewers ever saw, and Rachel Campos slowly peeled off her right-wing blinkers.
All episodes viewable at mtv.com.
25. Hear The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
At Webster Hall.
Karen O. & Co. are back from their good long break, with a new album (Mosquito, out April 16) and just one concert date in their hometown. Inevitably, it’s sold out; get on StubHub or Craigslist, and prepare to pay up.
April 7, 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.).