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To Do: February 5–12, 2014

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


1. Watch Bob’s Burgers
Surprisingly warm.
It might take a few years for viewers to appreciate Loren Bouchard’s sitcom, but it has an ­underground-comix look (evoking the short-lived WB series Mission Hill) and a laid-back sense of humor, with deadpan repetitions and overlapping dialogue, that’s very King of the Hill. The Belchers are the rare TV clan whose members are essentially decent. And H. Jon Benjamin has the funniest pain-scream since The Simpsons’ Dan Castellaneta. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Fox, Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

2. See (and Hear!) Fran Drescher in Cinderella
The Nanny steps in as the Stepmother.
With her Queens honk and cartoon expressions, Drescher would seem difficult to cast onstage; did you catch her as a vengeful professor in Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) in 2006? But taking over for Harriet Harris as Cindy’s social-climbing monster of a stepmother may be just the ticket. —Jesse Green
Broadway Theatre, through April 13.

3. See I.D. Photo Badge Portraiture
Check your cynicism at the door.
A subgenre of a subgenre of portraiture, these company badges are akin to passport pictures and mug shots. Hundreds of them lined up in a gallery, however, turn into a major wallop of vernacular power. I fell in love with a young naval nurse from the Great Lakes, considered whether the hunk who worked for Robbins & Myers could have been another Cary Grant, and wondered if the guy from Bethlehem Steel ever killed anyone. —Jerry Saltz
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, through February 15.

Pop Music
4. Hear 2 Chainz
No lie.
The current holder of rap’s Most Prolific title—the guy who seems to turn up as a guest on everyone’s album, sometimes in multiple songs—is also rap’s funniest and silliest and most charming. Watch out for flying punch lines! —Jody Rosen
Roseland Ballroom, February 5.

5. Watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Any more fisticuffs and it’d be on pay-per-view.
This season is full of relentless get-togethers, but last week’s episode ended with a fight! An actual fight! And the person who got popped in the face is not the person who should have been popped in the face! On February 9, we’re in for round two.
Bravo, Sundays, 8 p.m.

6. And Then Clear Your Head With Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
This American Masters episode traces the Pulitzer winner’s life from child of a sharecropper through the publication of The Color Purple. It glosses over Walker’s praise for the conspiracy theorist David Icke, but it does get into her activism and her estrangement from her daughter. —M.Z.S.
PBS, February 7.

7. Rewatch Amy Adams in American Hustle
A Best Actress who’s funny? Unheard of!
I never crusade against actors, especially ones I like, but Cate Blanchett’s lock on Best Actress for Blue Jasmine could stand loosening. It’s High Acting—totally artificial—under the helm of a director (Woody Allen) who’s borrowing the structure of A Streetcar Named Desire but with contempt for his protagonist instead of empathy. Why not recognize a comic performance by an actress with gumption, style to burn, and a way of seizing the moment that makes her co-stars stand at attention? —David Edelstein
In theaters now.

8. See Prince Igor
Ninety-seven years in the making.
They don’t make operas like this anymore: four hours of clashing armies, national dances, tormented sovereigns, massed choruses, and post­apocalyptic ruins. They don’t perform them much, either: Borodin’s epic was last seen at the Met during World War I. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, opening February 6.

9. See Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Ballerina, interrupted.
Muse to Robbins and Balanchine, and the latter’s last wife, Tanaquil Le Clercq was the original great Balanchine ballerina—then caught polio at 27 and never performed again. A profound look at her career and what happened when the dancing stopped. —Rebecca Milzoff
Film Society of Lincoln Center, February 5 through 25.

10. See 4Chambers
Cupid’s target.
If you’re not in love when you enter this immersive experience choreographed by Jody Oberfelder, you may be as you leave. Dancer “docents” take participants through the work, and through movement and video you’ll explore yourself and your guide. You may also admit aloud some truths about yourself (and that’s all we’ll say about that).
Through March 22; details at

Pop Music
11. Hear Kid Sister
Never quite grew up.
This Chicago rapper is a former Kanye West protégée who, briefly, around 2009, seemed like the Next Big Thing. She wasn’t. But that means you get to take in her Missy Elliott–inspired sass and ebullience in the cozy confines of Glasslands. —J.R.
Glasslands, February 12.

12. See A Place for Us
A duet in more ways than one.
Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild are, literally, the sweethearts of the ballet world right now—­rising stars who are also about to be married. Christopher Wheeldon’s intricate duet, set to music for piano and clarinet by André Previn and Leonard Bernstein, is the ideal showcase for their electric, natural stage chemistry. —R.M.
New York City Ballet, February 7.

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