1. Hear Black Sabbath’s 13
That roar you hear isn’t a mastodon braying across the primeval swamp. It’s just Ozzy Osbourne, back together with his old band, singing about Nietzsche. Sabbath’s first studio album in eighteen years—the first with Osbourne since 1978—is produced by Rick Rubin, who captures the band’s heaving force and makes sure that Ozzy enunciates lyrics like “Out of the gloom / I rise up from my tomb / Into impending doom.” —Jody Rosen
2. Dip Into the Films of Yasujiro Ozu
At Film Forum.
A famous filmmaker of my acquaintance takes a day each year to watch a movie by Ozu, he says, to clear all the noise out of his head. No whip-pans or whoosh or even much montage: What you get is stillness, with momentous forces beneath. To mark the 50th anniversary of the master’s death, start with his films starring Setsuko Hara—Late Spring, Early Summer, and Tokyo Story—but don’t forget the little-seen Munekata Sisters (1950) and Ozu’s twelve silents. —David Edelstein
Through June 27, full schedule at filmforum.org.
3. Read Stephen King’s Joyland
Retro novel, retro packaging.
King’s story (set in 1973) is an homage to the great age of pulp fiction, and that’s in part why he’s offered it to the publishers of the Hard Case series, known for its old-style cover illustrations of sneering guys and tough dames. They’re all taking the conceit one level further, too: No e-book! Read it on actual pulp paper or not at all. Hard Case Crime.
4. Watch Pizza Cuz
The Click and Clack of cappicola.
Iffy concept—two pizza-making cousins scour the country in search of a good pie. But Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, the owners of New York’s Artichoke Basille’s pizzerias, have a likable shtick and a natural television presence. They’re not unlike “Car Talk” ’s Magliozzi brothers, with even better (Staten Island) accents.
Cooking Channel, Mondays, 9 p.m.
5. See Mavis Staples
In Prospect Park.
Great that the gospel soulstress is here, in fine voice, to enjoy her career’s second wind; even greater that she’s singing in Prospect Park, for all of a $3 suggested donation.
At the Bandshell, June 14, 7:30 p.m.
6. Hear Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Alda, and Matt Damon
And Christine Baranski! And Raúl Esparza! And Gloria Reuben! And … and … and …
They’re all on a program called “What Are We Worth: Shakespeare, Money, and Morals,” hosted by Michael Sandel (author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets) and the latest in the Public Theater’s great Forum series.
Delacorte Theatre, June 17, 8 p.m. Free.
7. Contemplate The Boxer
One of the world’s great Greek bronzes, making his first trip to New York after 23 centuries. You could spend half a day staring at just his beard.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through July 15.
8. See NYC, c. 1985
Rot and rebirth.
Here’s the uneasy era between Bronx-is-burning and new Gilded Age: of Koch and conspicuous consumption and crack, and the sense that New York might—might—just recover. (Jury’s still out.) Images by Nan Goldin, Amy Arbus, and Larry Clark lead the way.
ClampArt, 521–531 W. 25th St., through July 3.
9. Listen to Laura Mvula
Big new voice.
A U.K. teacher turned soul singer in the vein of Erykah Badu, Mvula and her album, Sing to the Moon, have been getting the kind of reviews first-timers only dream about.
10. Read Bad Monkey
The Bard of Florida is back.
Almost nobody does hot-weather reading better than Carl Hiaasen, whose new novel will make you snort your seaside margarita. Go easy on reading it over food, though; in the novel, what’s in the fridge—and what gets the plot cooking—is a severed arm. —Kathryn Schulz
11. Read The Skies Belong to Us
Take me to Cuba!
Once upon a time, it seems, you could walk onto an airplane as simply as you can board a city bus, a situation that was conducive to cheery passengers and easy skyjackings. Brendan I. Koerner tells the tale of one madcap incident—Black Panthers, French movie stars, a half-million-dollar ransom—while also delivering an overview of “the golden age of hijackings”: a period from 1968 to 1973 when commercial jets were jacked at the rate of almost one per week. The prose is terrestrial, but the ratio of astonishing facts to words per page makes this book a terrifically fun summer read. —K.S.
12. See Burn Notice
Before it goes.
This seriocomic spy thriller was the prototypical USA drama for most of its seven seasons: clever and consistent enough to inspire a cult, but never splashy enough to inspire recappers to pore over every episode. This week, the series airs its 100th episode, enough for syndication; good thing, because this season is its last. —Matt Zoller Seitz
USA Network, June 13, 9 p.m.