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.
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.
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.
11. Hear and See Alarm Will Sound and Dance Heginbotham
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.
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.
13. Watch The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Five decades later, it still hurts.
Michael Tramis’s documentary details the 1963 destruction of Pennsylvania Station and its replacement with the joyless basement of Madison Square Garden. Narrated by a distressed-sounding Michael Murphy, this tight film makes a case for the original as one of the first and last examples of a great corporation’s acting for the public good—as if you need another reason to mourn. —M.Z.S.
PBS, February 18, 9 p.m.
14. Read If Not, Winter
Sappho, both new-old and old-old.
To the delight of certain kinds of literati, and certain kinds of ladies, two new poems by Sappho came to light last month. They won’t be in print until the spring, but they do provide an excuse to go read the rest of her surviving work. Anne Carson has a great translation (If Not, Winter); the standard, by Mary Barnard, is also wonderful. Either pairs nicely with Valentine’s Day. “Virginity O My virginity! / Where will you go when I lose you?” —Kathryn Schulz
15. Eat the Queen of the Night
And guess who’s going to be dessert.
The drama is silly but the dinner is delicious at this immersive supper club–zombie porn Eurocircus. Chef Jason Kallert and “director of food performance” Jennifer Rubell offer suckling pigs on spits, Flintstone-size short ribs of hickory-smoked beef, and steamed whole lobsters with beurre monté. For nibbling: foie gras gougères and your own juicy neck. —Jesse Green
Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel.
16. See Sunset Boulevard
The waxworks, on demand.
Because it’s finally streaming on Netflix, and you probably haven’t watched it in a while. And when you do, one line will leap out: The washed-up, wrecked Norma Desmond is 50 years old. Fifty! Today she’d be starring in Gravity.
Available on Netflix Instant.
17. Blush at Intimacy
You could poke an eye out with that!
Actors’ Equity puts limits on the depiction of sex acts onstage. Playwright Thomas Bradshaw’s latest provocation tests those limits—and also those of the prop master’s prosthetic-penis skill. The results include several convincingly gushy fake climaxes, but if you prefer your stage engorgements au naturel, David Anzuelo somehow keeps it real seven times a week. —J.G.
Acorn Theatre, through March 8.
18. Read Trapped Under the Sea
Neil Swidey’s intense telling of a Boston tragedy.
A Perfect Storm of public works: the great, awful narrative about the building of a ten-mile tunnel that ends in a very dark place beneath the Atlantic. Maybe not for claustrophobes; definitely for everyone else.
Crown, February 18.
19. Listen to Oxymoron
New album from Schoolboy Q.
A founding member of Black Hippy along with Kendrick Lamar, Q recently revealed that his album’s tracklist includes collaborations with Raekwon; Tyler, the Creator; Jay Rock; and 2 Chainz.
Aftermath/Interscope/Top Dawg, February 25.
20. Hear The Venice Baroque Orchestra
With Philippe Jaroussky.
Of all the traditions brought back in our revivalist age, one of the more unexpected is music written for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century castrati—men whose boy sopranos had been surgically preserved. The operation hasn’t returned (whew), but a new generation of high-range men, including the spectacularly sensitive Philippe Jaroussky, has revitalized a rich repertoire of arias. —J.D.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 25.
21. Hear (and See) Vienna: City of Dreams
The Vienna Philharmonic and its associated company, the Vienna State Opera, lead off a three-week showcase. The festivities begin by twinning Schoenberg’s and Beethoven’s odes to joyful brotherhood, before fanning out into more startling terrain. The second evening includes Mozart, Bruckner, and the young(ish) composer Johannes Maria Staud. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall and other venues, starting February 21; full schedule at carnegiehall.org.
22. See Pacific Northwest Ballet
Drawing on dance history.
How does an ephemeral art survive over a century? In the “Works & Process” series, this excellent company will perform excerpts by the ballet genius Marius Petipa, revived—as historian Doug Fullington will explain—via the choreographer’s own notation system. —Rebecca Milzoff
Guggenheim Museum, February 23 and 24.
23. Hear Kings of Leon
Yeah, we know.
It’s kind of the new yacht rock, but they put on a great show. Don’t judge.
Madison Square Garden, February 14.
24. See Debra Messing in Outside Mullingar
Will and grace.
She’s a Jewish girl from Brooklyn and Outside Mullingar is a synthetic Irish yarn: ostensibly a bad fit. Still, when the play finally comes to a believable boil, Messing’s perfect timing and inner warmth make for a surprisingly beautiful performance. —J.G.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; through March 16.
25. Hear Sondre Lerche
Springly Scandinavian singer-songwriter who’s not afraid of a groove, in the A-ha tradition.
Baby’s All Right, February 20.