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To Do: March 12–26, 2014


15. Visit the Charles Ives Studio
Imported from Connecticut.
When the shingled house in Redding, Connecticut, where Charles Ives wrote Three Places in New England looked doomed in 2012, music lovers wringed their hands—and the house was saved. Ives’s long, narrow studio was dismantled and reassembled in upper Manhattan, complete with battered upright, crammed bookshelves, and bulletin board. —Justin Davidson
American Academy of Arts and Letters, through April 12, then May 22 through June 15.

16. Watch Community
In recovery.
From the moral and psychological pretzels of “Cooperative Polygraphy” to the off-center meditations on artists and audiences in “Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality,” this fifth season has already restored a lot of the luster that Community lost during its Dan Harmon–less fourth season, which had all that it needed except for that spark that turned out to be everything. The March 20 episode’s title sounds like another one of those stories that the show was put on TV to tell: “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & ­Dragons.” —Matt Zoller Seitz
NBC, Thursdays, 8 p.m.

17. See The Lunchbox
If email has taken all the fun out of epistolary romance, consider The Lunchbox, a mild and rather pleasing Indian deadpan-comedy-drama in which a young wife (Nimrat Kaur) tries to win back her frosty husband’s affection by sending to his office a beautiful multicourse midday meal—which ­accidentally goes to a morose widower (Irrfan Khan). Soon they’re passing notes and sharing their woes. The hands-on, old-fashioned ­exchange is easy on the soul. —D.E.
Angelika Film Center.

Classical Music
18. Hear the New York Philharmonic Play Carl Nielsen
Hopeful music from an unhopeful time.
To many Europeans in 1916, life may have seemed merely a difficult prelude to mass death. Yet in that despairing year, the Danish composer Carl Nielsen wrote his Fourth Symphony, The Inextinguishable, a work full of burgeoning, yearning, optimism, and ferment. You can practically hear the buds push through the blood-soaked battlefield. Alan Gilbert conducts that piece, plus the Symphony No. 1 and the Helios Overture, as part of his ongoing championship of a composer he has affectionately described as “traditional” but a“little bit odd.” —J.D.
Avery Fisher Hall, March 12 through 15.

19. See Scorsese/Walsh
One director salutes another.
Martin Scorsese has about 6,745,988 cinematic influences, and lately he wants to present every one. He and BAM are pairing six of his pictures with “their inspirations from Raoul Walsh’s seminal oeuvre.” The bootlegger shoot-’em-up The Roaring Twenties (good guy James Cagney versus bad’un Humphrey Bogart) makes for a fine contrast with the confused loyalties of Casino, and the 1947 torch-song triangle romance The Man I Love (with Ida Lupino and Robert Alda) can explain some of the dissonances in the ­De Niro–Minnelli bomb New York, New York. —D.E.
BAMcinématek, March 12 through 26; schedule at

20. See Paul Taylor Dance Company
Transitional step.
Taylor recently announced that next season, his company will begin presenting the works of other modern masters after 60 years of dancing only his own. This season’s batch of 23—ranging from canonical pieces like Esplanade to two ­premieres—is an unparalleled look at the range of Taylor’s work, all on its own for perhaps the ­final time. —Rebecca Milzoff
David H. Koch Theater, March 11 through 30.

Classical Music
21. Hear Timo Andres’s Work Songs
At the Ecstatic Music Festival.
The live song was once a fixture of the genteel home. Hymns, parlor songs, German lieder, Tin Pan Alley tunes, folk songs—all demanded only a capable pair of hands, a not-too-warbly voice, and whoever happened to be in the living room. Andres expands on that tradition of camaraderie by calling on a clutch of friends—Gabriel ­Kahane, Becca Stevens, Ted Hearne, and ­Nathan Koci—to perform a new song cycle about earning a living, scored for three voices, two guitars, keyboard, accordion, and piano. —J.D.
Kaufman Music Center, March 19.

22. Watch The Blacklist
The Five Reasons You Should.
Best recent moment in this FBI crime-fighting series: when Red (James Spader) explains to Madeline Pratt (Jennifer Ehle, guest-starring) that the reason he never showed up to meet her years ago was that his wife and daughter were murdered that night—then, once she’s caved and given him the information he wants, reveals that the whole story was bogus. Delicious.
NBC, Mondays, 10 p.m.

23. Watch Army Wives
When the history of post-9/11 television is written, viewers may be surprised by the high ranking of Army Wives. The series, which airs a sign-off special on March 16, was a rare domestic drama that treated the Stateside reality of deployment and reentry as the only reality, driving home the ways in which America’s volunteer-military model had cut off much of the population from the harsh facts of service during a seemingly endless war. —M.Z.S.
Lifetime, March 16, 9 p.m.

24. See Beauty and the Beast
Not the Disney version.
American burlesque queen Julie Atlas Muz and her husband, Mat Fraser, a British actor with flipperlike arms, undo (a) a classic fairy tale, (b) liberal sanctimony about disability, and (c) all their clothing in this song-and-dance (and ­puppetry-and-sex) extravaganza. —J.G.
Abrons Art Center, through March 30.

25. See Peter Arnell
Branding, architect.
The legendary (and legendarily impossible) ­marketing expert Peter Arnell has been a serious photographer for 30 years, shooting good pictures on everything from an Instamatic to an iPhone. For his first gallery show, he’s had a little curatorial help: His pal Frank Gehry is selecting the photos for Milk Gallery’s exhibition.
450 West 15th Street, through April 1.


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