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To Do: February 12–26, 2014

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


1. Watch New Girl
The funny post–Super Bowl guest appearance by Prince got us to revisit New Girl, and we liked being there. Plus: Nick dropped the L-bomb!
Fox, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

2. And Stay Tuned for Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Flying high, finding its footing.
It won two Golden Globes a few weeks ago—Best Actor in a Comedy for Andy Samberg and Best Comedy—and is roaring out of its first season with a new time slot and rising ratings. Yes, its characters need to open up and let us connect, but give it a little time. Good comedies (Parks & Rec comes to mind) take a year to shake out.
Fox, Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Pop Music
3. Hear Marc Anthony
At 45, hometown hero Marc Anthony is still rail-thin, yet his tiny body holds one of popular ­music’s most fearsome sets of lungs. Anthony’s Barclays show will showcase his songs from 3.0, his superb traditionalist salsa album. The band will be loud, the singing louder. —Jody Rosen
Barclays Center, February 15.

4. See Thomas Struth
At Marian Goodman Gallery.
Few photographers have the power to make your heart race the way it does in a great film—and simultaneously still your mind, as poetry can. In new photos of modern life, Struth gives us all-encompassing and enlivening yet philosophical pictures of Disneyland, research labs, and medical facilities from Russia to Atlanta. We see ourselves trying to trigger our imaginations, firing our endorphins, sharpening our minds. —Jerry Saltz
Through February 22.

5. See Werther
So sad, so great.
Misery never sounded so lovely as in Massenet’s adaptation of Goethe’s novel, and no tenor today sings the title role with more delicate ­despondency than Jonas Kaufmann. Richard Eyre directs the Met’s new production, the first in more than 40 years. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, opening February 18.

6. See The Left Hand Is the Dreamer
Gloria Vanderbilt paints.
Yes, she paints! Pretty well, in fact. And interestingly: Vanderbilt’s art incorporates notes written to friends like Joyce Carol Oates. More than a celebrity indulgence—though you can be sure that a few famous faces will be at the opening.
1stdibs Gallery, 200 Lexington Ave., tenth fl.; February 26 through March 23.

7. See House of Cards
Worth staying up for.
The Valentine’s Day release of season two feels like a great in-joke, considering that the marriage of now-vice-president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) has been called into question. But that’s just one of many bits of skulduggery, all tied to Frank’s ­career; the machinations that will get him to the top keep popping up like skeletons in a horror-movie graveyard, giving Spacey more chances to do his “Who, me?” face. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Netflix, February 14, 3:01 a.m.

8. See The Lady Eve
Preston Sturges for V-Day.
BAM will help you celebrate with dinner pour deux and a romantic movie, coincidentally my favorite of all time: Preston Sturges’s The Lady Eve. Henry Fonda is the head-in-his-books brewery heir Charles “Hopsie” Pike, so innocent he’s cruel when that innocence is shattered. Barbara Stanwyck is Jean/Eve, the cynic with a huge heart whose revenge teaches him the absurdity of the romantic ideal—and the true meaning of love. The Sturges ensemble is a source of endless merriment, the banter perfect. —David Edelstein
BAM Rose Cinemas, February 14.

9. See Radiant Light: Stained Glass From Canterbury Cathedral
These windows from one of the great European cathedrals have never left their home before. And then, incredibly, these pieces of glass were made from 1178 through 1180, and have dodged errant rocks, spears, lances, maces, cannons, flintlocks, Maxim guns, V-2s, and every other assault that the world has thrown at them since.
The Cloisters; February 25 through May 18.

Pop Music
10. Hear Steve Earle
Making New York into guitar town.
Steve Earle long ago traded in country stardom for alt-country—and then alt-country for lefty-folk ­agitprop. He’s kept the music tuneful, though, and he’s no folkie simp: His grizzled hard-knock persona gives his sloganeering extra bile and bite. At this City Winery show, he’ll play solo and acoustic and will take requests. Pro tip: Ask for “Guitar Town” or “Pilgrim.” —J.R.
City Winery, February 19.

New Music/Dance
11. Hear and See Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham
Rhythmic gymnastics.
The Met’s musical artists-in-residence have been prowling the floors to plant explosive performances in various sedate sites. Now the rowdy ensemble is partnering with a dance company to tear up the American Wing with the electric guitarist Tyondai Braxton; the electronic wizard Aphex Twin; and the godfather of organized noise, Edgard Varèse. —J.D.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 20.

Pop Music
12. See Beth Orton
That’s a nice Valentine’s idea.
Great contemporary folkie performing in maybe the most gorgeous theater in town.
The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, February 14.

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