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To Do: March 26–April 9, 2014

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


1. See Enemy
From within.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a history professor who stumbles on his own double in this grippingly weird portrait of spiritual dislocation. The ­brilliant Canadian director Denis Villeneuve doesn’t quite nail José Saramago’s novel The Double—the book has a better punch line—but right until the final perplexing image, the film’s a corker. —David Edelstein
In theaters now.

TV and Movies
2. & 3. Watch Lindsay and Then Mean Girls
Now and then.
Some of the interest in Lindsay Lohan’s reality series is morbid and cynical, yes. But a lot of it is affectionate, for reasons stemming largely from Mean Girls. (The movie turns ten this month. “Fetch” still hasn’t happened.) A then-and-now viewing is weirdly touching: You get a look at a really good, sweet-seeming actress, and wonder whether she’ll ever figure herself out again.
OWN, Sundays at 10; on Netflix DVD and Amazon.

For Kids
4. Bring Your Child to Sid the Science Kid—Live!
Catalyst for the future.
The extremely likable animated PBS Kids series, about a preschooler named Sid and his science-obsessed classmates and family (fun mom, goofy dad, groovy grandma), gets the live-action treatment. Beats anything Disney by a mile.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, April 6, 2 p.m.

5. See Jessica Hecht in Stage Kiss
Down-market diva deconstructed.
Sarah Ruhl’s backstage farce gives us two hilariously bad plays inside a seriously good one. It also gives us Jessica Hecht in a career-redefining performance of such neurotic realism and stagy falseness as to derange your internal gyroscope completely. She poses outrageously, invents the worst drawing-room accent ever, and generally offers a master class in bad acting. —Jesse Green
Playwrights Horizons, through April 6.

6. See Tony Tasset’s Artists Monument
An outpost of the Biennial, near its next home.
Tasset’s massive multicolored work is a big rectangular prism etched with the names of 392,486 artists. They range from Matisse to emerging talents, with all hierarchies flattened, a giant catalogue of lives lived unfiltered by curators and gallerists. It’s a kind of act of faith. —Jerry Saltz
Hudson River Park at 17th Street, through May 25.

Pop Music
7. Hear Kelela
Who’s that girl?
Over the past couple years, we’ve seen dozens (hundreds?) of young R&B singers trying to merge traditional song forms with the brooding beats from clubland’s hipper precincts. Generally, the results have been dull, but Kelela has the voice, the presence, the hooks. She doesn’t just dial up art-school experiments; she writes songs. —Jody Rosen
Rough Trade NYC, April 3.

8. Watch Game of Thrones
Season four makes its debut.
“You know what they did to my brother and my mother,” Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) tells Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) during GoT’s fourth season, presumably ignorant of the story behind the massacre at the Red Wedding. This is the sort of intrigue that makes the series so compelling: It’s all treachery all the time, and the plotted-against don’t always know just how deep the roots of conspiracy reach. —Matt Zoller Seitz
HBO, premiering April 6, 9 p.m.

Classical Music
9. Hear Kronos Quartet and Friends
Foursome, four decades.
The evergreen ensemble has spent 40 years reinventing the string-quartet genre, and it celebrates with a tricky event: the forward-looking retrospective. Minimalism god Terry Riley contributes a new work, and the rest of the program includes music by an assortment of companions, including Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass, plus new friends like Jherek Bischoff and the National’s Bryce Dessner. —Justin Davidson
Carnegie Hall, March 28.

10. Hear Sherie Rene Scott’s All Will Be Well
Woman on the verges.
As part of her restless exploration of the no-man’s-land between pop and theater music, ­Sherie Rene Scott has retooled her 54 Below concert “Piece of Meat” as a studio album. In ten voluptuous cuts—highlighted by Noah and the Whale’s cheerful calypso “Five Years Time” and Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime”—Scott demolishes the distinction between singing actress and acting singer. —J.G.
Sh-K-Boom Records.

Pop Music
11. Hear the Theremin Orchestra
En masse, no hands.
There’s no earthly sound quite like that of the electronic instrument invented in roughly the 1920s by the Russian tinkerer Léon Theremin. Whether eerily soundtracking B horror movies or bobbing up on American Horror Story, the theremin never fails to grab your ears and unsettle your mind. Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook performance space is perfect for soaking up those vibrations, good and otherwise. —J.R.
Pioneer Works, March 29.

12. See Big Men
A country that works, on the brink of going bad.
Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) began work on this absorbing, unnerving documentary with the idea of exploring the impact of sudden oil wealth on Nigeria, land of macho corruption and wide disparity of wealth. Then she found a (maybe) budding Nigeria in Ghana—and tagged along to watch the dealings among the Ghanaian government, Big Oil, and American capitalists looking for the billion-dollar score. —D.E.
At the IFC Center through March 27.

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