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To Do: September 18–25, 2013

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.


1. See T.J. Wilcox: In the Air
The other Panorama of New York City.
A year ago, the artist T. J. Wilcox put a panoramic camera on his Union Square rooftop and shot for a whole day. “In the Air” shows that 360-degree film, sped up, interspersed with short tales associated with the views: to the north, the Empire State Building and its failed plan to dock zeppelins; to the west, Manhattanhenge, that summer night when the sunset aligns with the street grid.
Whitney Museum of American Art, September 19

Pop Music
2. Hear Lionel Richie
All night long (all night).
Drop your too-cool ’tude and submit to one of the most delicious, florid, and downright tuneful songbooks of the past three-plus decades. Richie knows how to put on a show, and his singing has grown more robust, more casually virtuosic, as the years have passed. —Jody Rosen
Barclays Center, September 24.

3. See Dexter
Someone’s gonna die tonight. (Maybe.)
America’s most sympathetic serial killer might spill his last drop of blood tonight, or have it spilled by someone else, or rot in prison, or head to some Caribbean island. There are plenty of loose threads to tie up, including the complex relationship between Dexter and his cop sister, Debra, which has been on tenterhooks since she learned that her brother was a butcher of ­butchers. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Showtime; series finale, September 22, 9 p.m.

4. See Angela Strassheim: Story Telling
Rare birds, strange creatures.
Eeriness, bodily confirmation, new beauty, and the darkness of the American night all come to the fore in the strange large-scale photographs of Angela Strassheim. Hygienic silent pictures of midwestern homes, grandmas in pastels, and a sort of American rendition of Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde make our blood run cold as we wonder whether these are staged—yet Strassheim never tips her hand. —Jerry Saltz
Andrea Meislin Gallery, through October 26.

5. Revisit The Wizard of Oz in Imax 3-D
We’re off to see it.
Take the beloved Wizard of Oz and rejigger it for Imax 3-D? I can think of worse ideas. I saw the film a few years back on a super-high-end digital projector and couldn’t believe how theatrical it was—painted sets, obvious makeup. It was a revelatory screening, and this will probably be more so. Oh, and it’s one of the best musicals ever made. —David Edelstein
Opens September 20.

Pop Music
6. Hear the xx
Yes yes.
Radio City may not seem to be the ideal setting in which to absorb the xx, whose music conjures spaces a good deal more dank and sepulchral. But this trio’s eerily spacious post-punk ballads hold lovelorn sentiments as flamingly romantic as the torch songs that were in vogue when the Music Hall opened in 1932. —J.R.
Radio City Music Hall, September 23 and 24.

7. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Galleries 823 and 826
Vincent van Gogh’s pied-à-terre.
Last week, art experts in Amsterdam announced that they had I.D.’d a long-lost Van Gogh. Unfortunately, it’s not coming here anytime soon. Fortunately, you can go commune with a generous handful of his paintings, any day of the week, in these two adjoining rooms at the Met. Oleanders (1888) and the self-portrait are probably the best ones. (You can see The Starry Night at MoMA, too, of course, if you fight the flocking tourists, but 823 and 826 are often nearly empty.)
1000 Fifth Ave.

8. See After Tiller
The murder of Dr. George Tiller—one of the country’s last late-term-abortion providers—inspired Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s moving documentary, which spotlights the remaining doctors who know there’s a possibility they’ll die on the job. The focus, though, is primarily on the often traumatized women who come to exercise a legal right. —D.E.
Film Forum, September 20.

9. See Employee of the Month
Catie Lazarus’s comedy podcast, onstage.
The insanely eclectic guest list for this installment includes Mo Rocca, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lady Rizo, Robert Smigel, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and a guy who calls himself “Lee Daniels’ the Danny Strong.”
Bell House, September 18, 8 p.m.

10. See Eugene Onegin
An irony at the Met.
As Vladimir Putin cracks down on “gay propaganda,” two of his most visible supporters, conductor Valery Gergiev and soprano Anna Netrebko, step into Eugene Onegin, by that notably gay composer Tchaikovsky.—Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, September 23.

11. See The Metamorphosis
Actually creeping and crawling.
The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson transforms himself into Gregor Samsa’s insect alter ego astonishingly in Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Kafka’s fable. Any performance described as a “freakish” tour de force (by the Guardian) has our attention. —Rebecca Milzoff
Joyce Theater, September 17 through 29.

12. Hear The Last Five Years
Now on CD.
The new cast album of Jason Robert Brown’s musical, from this year’s Off Broadway production starring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, is great, and Sh-k-boom is co-owned by Sherie Rene Scott, who was so great as Cathy on the original. Let the compare-and-contrast fights begin!
Sh-k-boom Records; September 24.

13. Read Floating City
A deep look at illegal New York.
If you live in the New York of Shake Shack burgers and business meetings at the W Hotel, you should read Sudhir Venkatesh’s Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy. If it’s criminal or iniquitous and happens here, it’s probably to be found in this book. Venkatesh focuses chiefly on New York’s sex trade and the ways it emphasizes, enforces, and crosses race and class divides. —Kathryn Schulz
Penguin Press.

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