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To Do: February 26–March 12, 2014

Classical Music
13. Hear Leonidas Kavakos
Volcanic violinist plays Beethoven.
If Beethoven had written only nine symphonies, or six piano concertos, or 16 string quartets, or 32 piano sonatas, his reputation would still be Olympian. But he wrote all of the above—plus ten violin sonatas that transformed that genre, too. (And a lot of other music, besides.) Kavakos, a violinist of scalding intensity, plays all of them in three concerts with pianist Enrico Pace. —J.D.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, March 2 through 4.

14. See Three Films by Patrice Chéreau
Take the train.
Chéreau was among our greatest living directors when he died last year at 67, and Lincoln Center’s “Patrice Chéreau: The Love That Dares” festival goes some way toward showing you why. Don’t miss Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, in which friends and relatives of a bisexual Parisian painter (Jean-Louis Trintignant) gather at his funeral to gripe and reminisce; Queen Margot, a Dumas adaptation with Isabelle Adjani; and his only English-language film, Intimacy, a febrile, tantalizing Last Tango–ish portrait with wordless sexual encounters and Mark Rylance in the altogether. —D.E.
Film Society of Lincoln Center, February 28 through March 5.

15. Read Edward St. Aubyn’s Melrose Stories
Aglow from a dark place.
Ever since Philip Seymour Hoffman died, the Melrose novels have been hanging out at the edge of my mind. To say that they do not glorify addiction is to put it mildly, but these five short novellas—best read as one—are glorious. The second, and most concerned with addiction, contains a terrific set piece that I think of as Fugue for 400 Voices Inside a Smack Addict’s Head. You’ll finish it and marvel that the next book is called Some Hope. —K.S.

16. See The Red Road
Culture wars in rural New York.
It’s set in a small town upstate that’s riven by culture clashes between the dominant whites (represented by Martin Henderson’s sheriff) and a marginalized Native American tribe. Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa’s young Paul ­Newman–like performance as a member of the second group—a local criminal who has good call to be distrustful—is the best reason to watch. The John Sayles–ish atmosphere is another. —M.Z.S.
Sundance Channel, February 27, 9 p.m.

17. Read Young Money
Entry-level life on Wall Street.
New York’s Kevin Roose spent more than three years embedded among the future one percent, in downtown barrooms and junior one-bedrooms, doing the kind of immersive close looking that’s tough to pull off. The result is vigorous and ­vivid—and when you consider that these men and women are going to end up with your 401(k), you should probably get to know them.
Grand Central Publishing.

18. Hear Helen Oyeyemi and Maud Newton
Take flight.
The author of Boy, Snow, Bird—a resetting of “Snow White” amid the simmering racial climate of 1950s Massachusetts—chats with the best book blogger going.
Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Avenue,
Park Slope; March 7.

19. See k.d. lang in After Midnight
Grab your coat and get your hat.
Fantasia was more soignée, but k.d. lang is surprisingly game. And the chance to hear her sing anything these days—especially such standards as “Stormy Weather” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street”—makes a return visit to the best revue on Broadway mandatory. —J.G.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, through March 9.

Classical Music
20. Hear Stile Antico
Ancient England anew.
Globalization has not undone the English choir, with its distinctive mix of pale-voiced boys, featherweight tenors, and lush Tudor harmonies. This 12-person British vocal ensemble makes a great tradition fresh again with expressive singing, a sense of modern theater, and the practice of performing in a standing circle. —J.D. Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street; March 8.

21. See Hannibal
The second season of Bryan Fuller’s arted-up thriller kicks off with an audacious and ultimately baffling flash-forward and gets more impressive from there. The overhead tableaux of food being cooked and served are gorgeous, especially if you don’t let yourself wonder about the ingredients. A great TV show, any way you dice it. —M.Z.S.
NBC, February 28, 10 p.m.

22. See Mike Myers Argue
With smart people.
WNYC’s “Soundcheck” periodically hosts its Smackdown, a forum where cultural figures argue the pressing questions of our time: dogs vs. cats, thumbs-up or -down on Steely Dan, etc. For the Beatles-vs.-Stones segment, Myers will be joined by his brother Paul Myers, the singer-songwriter Bill Janovitz, and comedian Ophira Eisenberg. Advance word: Mike is pro–Fab Four.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue; February 27.

23. See Jeremy Shamos in Dinner With Friends
Understating the obvious.
Donald Margulies’s 1998 play about the effects of infidelity on a group of old friends provides four chewy roles for four fine actors. But in the Roundabout’s beautifully balanced revival, Jeremy Shamos, always showing less than he knows, nevertheless slays you most. —J.G.
Laura Pels Theater, through April 13.

Classical Music
24. Hear Orli Shaham
Playing Steve Mackey and John Adams.
Until recently, the pianist was known primarily for premium performances of fine old works. But then Steve Mackey wrote her Stumble to Grace and turned her into a champion of American music. She’ll play highlights from the concerto, joined by Mackey on electric guitar, and with Jon Kimura Parker at the adjoining piano for John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction.
SubCulture, March 3.

25. Meet Hearty White
New York’s last great FM weirdo.
The kindly WFMU sage’s free-associative weekly show mixes absurdist stand-up comedy with completely earnest motivational-seminar bits. What’s even odder than that? That the shtick never gets old. He’ll make a rare appearance here, offering “southern inspirational dada.”
HiFi, 169 Avenue A; March 8, 6 p.m.