1. See The Last Brucennial
Echoes of the Whitney.
The art-world pranksters known as the Bruce High Quality Foundation have, since 2008, run a mildly anarchic answer to the Whitney Biennial. This final year, the call for artists solicited only work by women, presumably to draw attention to the maleness of the Whitney show. See it before New York gets a little less pleasingly weird.
837 Washington Street, through April 4.
2. See Non-Stop
It takes flight.
Big, doleful Hibernian Liam Neeson + big gun = box-office gold and a smashing good time if you’re in the mood for a tawdry mystery-thriller. Non-Stop is a taut skyjacking picture in which Neeson plays an alcoholic air marshal fighting an anonymous onboard loon who keeps texting him with threats—and the plane is swimming with red herrings. Is it too soon for a skyjacking B-movie that explicitly invokes 9/11? Maybe, but this audience won’t care. —David Edelstein
In theaters now.
3. Hear The Hold Steady’s Teeth Dreams
The sixth album from Brooklyn’s the Hold Steady is, like the previous five, based on a quaint idea: that rock songs should be loud, catchy, and short, and that loud, catchy, short rock songs can tell stories as witty and vivid as any novel can. Teeth Dreams doesn’t fuss with the basic formula one iota, but it executes it awfully well, with Craig Finn’s wry, ragged talk-singing over classic-rock riffs so big and undeniable they’re a joke about “rock” in and of themselves. —Jody Rosen
Washington Square Records, March 25.
4. Read Kitty Genovese
The story you know is wrong.
Genovese’s 1964 murder in Queens—reportedly witnessed by 38 people, none of whom came to her aid—became a catchword for urban depravity and “not my problem” indifference. Fifty years on, a deep investigation by Kevin Cook reveals that virtually everything familiar about the story—from the 38 witnesses on down—was either exaggerated in the service of a good story or mistaken in the heat of the moment.
W.W. Norton; author appearance at the Astoria Bookshop, March 19, 7 p.m.
5. See Pat Steir
AbEx can still have punch.
The extraordinary nerve to take on Barnett Newman and Jackson Pollock at the same time pays off big in these powerfully scaled, internally lit, beautifully engaging canvases of brushed and dripping color. Layers of washy, splattered, and otherwise lovingly applied paint gain qualities of gravity and grittiness that make those past American masters seem almost elegant and feminine by comparison. These late-late-late additions to the Abstract Expressionist canon are miles better than many similar knockoffs being churned out by younger artists. —Jerry Saltz
Cheim & Read, through March 29.
6. See Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood*
As Darren Aronofsky put together his forthcoming film Noah, he asked 50 contemporary artists to try their hands at this ancient story. The results come from both art-world celebrities (Ugo Rondinone, Nan Goldin) and genre stars (the comic-book artist Jim Lee, the graffiti duo Faile).
462 West Broadway, through March 29.
7. See Bill Cunningham: Facades
The Times’ charming, peripatetic street-photography legend has also made artier work, and this series—of models in period clothes, posed at historic settings around New York—was shot in the 1970s and has been rarely seen since.
New-York Historical Society, March 14 through June 15.
8. Watch Vikings
Launching into its second season, the poor man’s Game of Thrones continues to deliver jolts of bloody, iron-clashing, delicious cheese.
History, Thursdays, 10 p.m.
9.–12. Binge-Watch Animal House, Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Groundhog Day
That’s a big Twinkie.
Harold Ramis’s passing gives you an excuse to revisit his loose-limbed, underdog-loving movies. No knock on Caddyshack and all the people (from the president on down) who quote it, but these four are really his best-thought-out, most structured movies. That’s the fact, Jack.
On Netflix or Amazon Instant.
13. See Love and Information
My art belongs to data.
Fifteen actors play well over 100 roles in Caryl Churchill’s kaleidoscopic consideration of what we know and what we never can. Even if you don’t like abstract theater, it may bowl you over: Churchill, for all her intellectual knots, is a generous writer. She gets everyone, including the actors, the designers, and the audience, to do their best work. —Jesse Green
Minetta Lane Theatre, through April 6.
14. Hear Ennio Morricone
That’s not the Mojave Desert—that’s Prospect Heights. For one night, though, you could be forgiven for mixing up the two. Ennio Morricone, the genius behind the best spaghetti-Western music ever composed, will unite rock snobs, cineasts, Italophiles, and maybe even a few classical-music aficionados when he takes baton in hand to lead a full orchestra through his sulfurous repertoire. —J.R.
Cushman & Wakefield Theater, Barclays Center, March 23.
*The original version of this article incorrectly referred to Fountains of the Deep as Foundations of the Deep.