13. See Potted Potter
Wizardry in triple-time.
Simple, fun idea: Two guys recap all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. A modest hit last year, it’s back to serve your oh-God-school’s-out needs.
Little Shubert Theatre; through September 1.
14. See Daniel Catán’s Rappacini’s Daughter
Gotham Chamber Opera, alfresco.
The Gotham heads outdoors for the first time to offer this 1988 musicalization of Hawthorne’s tale about love and poison. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner (or buy one there).
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, June 17 and 24, 7 p.m. General admission, $35.
15. Hear Chrisette Michele’s Better
A balladeer of subtle heat.
In a world of jackbooted Beyoncé-wannabes, Michele is an anomaly: a female R&B singer who knows the power of restraint. She specializes in ballads set on slow boil; her songs purr and sway and lull with a plushness that harkens back to stars of eighties black radio like Anita Baker. Her fourth album, Better, is a record you can slide into, like a bubble bath. —J.R.
16. See Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me
At the New Museum.
It’s the first big retrospective for Gallagher, whose painting makes gorgeously adorned reference to horror and exploitation, and it should reveal and revel in an intelligence as sharply double-edged as any. Overdue, too: Her gigantic taxonomies painted on vintage wig ads from Ebony and Black Stars could hold the wall at any museum. —Jerry Saltz
June 19 through September 15.
17. See The East
Agents of change, looking good.
The latest collaboration of actress Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij is a conversion melodrama—a corporate agent goes undercover in an ecoterrorist cult and has her consciousness raised—made vivid by its makers’ attraction to the way cults can throw you out of your solipsism and create a sense of connection. Who wouldn’t want to join a group with passionate, huggy characters played by Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page? —D.E.
In theaters now.
18. See The Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Movies that do good.
While you’re waiting in line for yet another Superman flick, consider these films about real-life injustices and superpower-free heroes. The fest’s twenty features will move you to action. Night one is a benefit featuring Sebastian Junger’s tribute to a fallen colleague, Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington. And the fest proper opens with Freida Mock’s Anita, in which you can relive the confirmation hearings of noted perjurer Clarence Thomas (he had no opinion on abortion, right) in the company of special guest Anita Hill. —D.E.
Lincoln Center and IFC Center, June 13 through 23. Full schedule at ff.hrw.org.
19. Watch Vice
Road to Pyongyang.
Vice has been hit-or-miss, but mostly hit—a snazzy documentary series that wraps real reporting and travelogues inside a razzle-dazzle style that could be called Bro Frontline. If you’ve never watched it, this season finale is a dandy way in—the bizarre, much-discussed culture clash that culminates in Dennis Rodman’s dinner with Kim Jong Un. —M.Z.S.
HBO, June 14, 11 p.m.
20. See Antony: The Cut
Without his Johnsons.
The great artist, singer, songwriter, and mystical being called Antony (of the band Antony and the Johnsons) is unveiling new sculpture, drawings, and collages, all based on his poem “The Cut.” If its first lines—“The cut on her face / The blood from under her skirt …”—are any indication, this is another of his incredible inner journeys. —J.S.
Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, through July 12.
21. See Paul McCarthy
Last month’s extravaganza was just warm-up.
After his four incredible New York showings in May, McCarthy—maker of the gigantic red Koons-attack dog outside the Frieze Art Fair—is offering another, this one born out of fairy tales and what the Armory calls “distressingly dark corners of the human psyche.” Whatever it is, viewers under 17 aren’t allowed. Bring your I.D. and inner armor. —J.S.
Park Avenue Armory, June 19 through August 4.
22. & 23. Revisit Wings Over America and Band on the Run
Maybe you’ll be amazed.
For the longest time, Wings was Paul’s Other Band, a guilty pleasure. Well, go back and listen: He didn’t just fall off a cliff after Abbey Road. This beefed-up CD/DVD set of the band’s 1976 U.S. tour will almost surely get you to pull out your old copy of Band on the Run—and you’ll be reminded that there’s not a clunker on there.
Hear Music, $138.99.
24. See New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men
A flat-out bid for the nostalgia dollars of 34-year-olds, and you know what? We can’t hate on it.
Izod Center, June 13; Barclays Center, June 16.
25. See Eliot Feld’s Kids Dance
Grades 4 to 8, jeté-ing for joy.
Eliot Feld’s vital Ballet Tech School has handpicked New York public-school students with what he calls “innate joy” for dancing, and offered them top-flight training free of charge, since 1978. The latest batch will perform, plus former City Ballet star and Feld muse Kaitlyn Gilliland will dance in Feld’s new Inwit. —Rebecca Milzoff
Joyce Theater, June 13 through 16.