13. See Tommy Tune’s Steps in Time
“A Broadway Biography in Song and Dance.”
Anyone who loves musical theater has to have a soft spot for Tommy Tune, and this autobiographical revue—which he’s performed on the road for years—is landing on its ideal home turf, backed up by the Manhattan Rhythm Kings.
The Town Hall, June 1, 8 p.m.
14. See The Last Cyclist
From the darkest place in history, a few laughs.
Written in 1944 in the Terezín ghetto by a Czech named Karel Švenk (who died the next year), this play has been excavated and reimagined by Naomi Patz for its first New York staging. Implausibly—impossibly—it’s a comedy, and a funny one at that.
May 25 through June 9 at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street.
15. Read You Are One of Them
Deep cover during the Cold War.
If, like me, you are a child of the eighties, you could read Elliott Holt’s You Are One of Them just for the flashbacks: Benetton sweaters, friendship pins, Casey Kasem, the whole shebang. Ultimately, though, all that is just mise-en-scène. Around it, Holt builds a story about Russia, the United States, friendship, identity, defection, and deception that is smart, startling, and worth reading regardless of when you were born. —K.S.
Penguin Press, May 30.
16. See Ugo Rondinone: Soul
See it here; it may not appear this way again.
Rondinone’s simply piled, varyingly scaled stone figures cast a Neolithic sculptural spell, silencing visitors and taking us all back to cave existences long left, and sights not seen for millennia. Worth a wander, pondering. I wonder if this installation can be kept together so it will work more long-distance magic. Alone, one piece at a time, I’m not sure. You tell me. —J.S.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, through July 3.
17. Experience The Governors Ball Music Festival
It was pretty great last year, too.
This time out, the big-ticket acts are Kanye West and Guns N’ Roses. Who will go on latest?
Randalls Island; June 7, 8, and 9.
18. Watch Mistresses
Sex and the City—with four Samanthas?
This drama about four girlfriends aims to hit that network-cable sweet spot: adult but not too smutty, serious but fun. Alyssa Milano plays a married lawyer who is stymied by fertility issues and becomes attracted to one of her hunky partners. Her best friends include April (Rochelle Aytes), a recent widow; Karen (Yunjin Kim), a therapist who slept with a wealthy, married patient; and Josslyn (Jes Macallan), a real-estate agent with no interest in settling down. Based on the same-named, popular U.K. series; executive producers include Rina Mimoun (Privileged, Gilmore Girls) and K. J. Steinberg (Gossip Girl). —Matt Zoller Seitz
ABC, June 3, 10 p.m.
19. See A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery
At the Museum of the City of New York.
A celebration of Brooklyn’s bucolic, amazingly unmorbid burial grounds.
Through October 13.
20. See Shostakovich Trilogy
Russian classics, twisted.
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets are often worth seeing twice, as they reveal little stories within abstraction, complexity within apparently simple arrangements. He matches wits with another Russian subverter of expectations, Dmitri Shostakovich, in a trio of new pieces—Symphony No. 9, Chamber Symphony, and Piano Concerto No. 1—that also show off ABT’s best dancers. —Rebecca Milzoff
Premieres May 31 at American Ballet Theatre.
21. Read Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography From Grantham to the Falklands
Things left unsaid.
Authorized, yes, but full of extraordinary detail, from the gossipy (Denis had a first wife who was absolutely never mentioned) to the revelatory (her admiration for the IRA’s tougher members, and her secret negotiations with them).
22. Attend An Evening With Joss Whedon
Ask him if there’s a musical sequel to come.
At BAM’s screening of the Buffy director’s adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (see David Edelstein’s review), Whedon himself will hold a Q&A session with Choire Sicha, editor of The Awl. Sold out, of course, but try Craigslist.
Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinemas, May 30, 7 p.m.
23. Visit Bushwick Open Studios
Good art, good time.
An excellent way to spend a leisurely afternoon—and even if what you see isn’t your kind of art, watching how the stuff gets made can be utterly compelling.
May 31 through June 2; details at artsinbushwick.org.
24. Support the Innocence Project
Funny people, serious cause.
“John Mulaney and Friends” is how this benefit is billed, and the friends are hilarious ones, including Eugene Mirman and Paul F. Tompkins. You’ll be backing an unimpeachable cause, too: people in prison who shouldn’t be.
The Bell House, June 6.
25. Watch Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center
Made for you and me.
The singer-songwriter-activist’s centennial was marked last fall with this bash; on the telecast, Guthrie’s songs are performed by John Mellencamp, Ani DiFranco, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, and—as they used to say on the old K-tel ads—many, many more. He’s still the man. —M.Z.S.
WLIW 21, June 1, 9:30 p.m.