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To Do: April 9–23, 2014

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


1. Watch Orphan Black
She looks familiar.
In this culty Canadian import, Tatiana Maslany plays a set of cloned women, and it’s huge fun to watch her switch back and forth among the roles. When she’s enacting one clone imitating another, you’re in tour-de-force territory.
Season-two premiere on BBC America, April 19, 9 p.m.

Pop Music
2. Hear the Psychedelic Furs
Forever now.
The Psychedelic Furs are the also-rans of the 1980s British post-punk boom, behind Joy Division, Depeche Mode, and the Cure. They’re also, in their peak moments—Talk Talk Talk (1981), “Love My Way” (1982), “The Ghost in You” (1984)—the most lavishly listenable, with songs full of pop winsomeness and a transfixing singer, Richard Butler, whose voice perfectly matched the material’s ravaged romanticism. The old songs still stick to your ribs. —Jody Rosen
The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.; April 12.

3. Watch Fargo
Here ya are.
The TV adaptation of Fargo is less a thriller than a portrait of an eccentric community, with peeks at its violent underbelly; parts of it play like a slowed-down, plain-vanilla Justified. Policewoman Marge Gunderson is nowhere to be seen, and although some characters deliberately echo those from the movie, more are original and defiantly peculiar. The best is Billy Bob Thornton’s Lorne Malvo, a drawling, terrifying trickster ­demon in human form. —Matt Zoller Seitz
FX, April 15, 10 p.m.

4. See Leigh Ledare
Him and him and her.
Few photographic shows are filled with as much pathos as Leigh Ledare’s pining looks at love, need, sex, and passion. In “Double Bind,” he ­creates an extraordinary emotional triangle, photographing his ex-wife in a retreat, then asking her current husband to shoot similar images in the same places. —Jerry Saltz
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, through April 26.

5. See Gojira
Run! Run!
Dubbed and heavily edited for its 1956 U.S. release as Godzilla, King of the Monsters, Ishiro Honda’s restored 1954 Gojira is a haunting, funereal work with an apocalyptic intensity. The 150-foot-tall monster is a scarcely disguised symbol of the atomic bomb, a fusion of ancient and modern nightmares summoned out of the dark forces of the world. This is no masterpiece, but it has the power of one. —David Edelstein
Film Forum, April 18 through 24; schedule at

6. See Here Lies Love
She’s back!
At 84, Imelda Marcos is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives; if she could go home, why can’t her show? David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s brilliant disco musical returns (as a commercial production) to LuEsther Hall, where director Alex Timbers custom-built it.
Public Theater, starting April 14.

7. Watch Rectify
For a post-McConaughey TV universe.
If you’re missing the dreamy swampscape of True Detective, dig into the similarly atmospheric ­Rectify. At only six episodes, it’s barely a single Saturday’s binge, but it’ll stay with you.
Now on Netflix.

Pop Music
8. See Betty Who
Ready for the next “Dancing on My Own”?
Like that other pixie-haired blonde Robyn, Australia’s Betty Who specializes in earwormy pop—but with more refreshing glee. Catch her belting hits in the making, like the Girls-soundtrack-ready “Heartbreak Dream,” before she’s playing bigger, more expensive stages.
Slow Dancing, on RCA Records; Music Hall of Williamsburg, April 18; Bowery Ballroom, April 19.

9. Hear “Friend Like Me” in Aladdin
Musical-comedy wish fulfillment.
Showstopping expert Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot; The Drowsy Chaperone) outdoes himself near the end of Act One of Disney’s Aladdin, building a song-and-dance number so overstuffed with jokes that it becomes a weirdly pure abstraction of fun. As Genie, James Monroe Iglehart gets a workout and then some. —Jesse Green
New Amsterdam Theatre.

10. See 700 Sundays
From Broadway to TV.
Billy Crystal’s one-man show gets the HBO treatment, and it’s a reminder of what a nuanced showman he can be. The comic bypasses our memories of awards-hosting shtick and reconnects with his underappreciated early stand-up. —M.Z.S.
HBO, April 19, 9 p.m.

11. See Nymphomaniac: Volume II
Now with more …
If you finished Lars von Trier’s picaresque sex epic Nymphomaniac: Volume I with a bevy of questions—when will we see the older Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in some skeevy hard-core action? Will her bachelor savior (Stellan Skarsgård) want into her bloomers?—then all will be answered in the second volume. It’s the more interesting half, actually, with fewer bad laughs and less Shia LaBeouf. —D.E.
In theaters and on On Demand.

12. Read Every Day Is for the Thief
Teju Cole’s first book, now published in America.
Of the quotidian violence his narrator witnesses in Every Day Is for the Thief, the novelist Teju Cole writes, “It is an appalling way to conduct a society, yes, but I suddenly feel a vague pity for all those writers who have to ply their trade from sleepy American suburbs, writing divorce scenes symbolized by the very slow washing of dishes.” None of that here; we get, instead, scammers in a Nigerian café; the stench and din of diesel generators; the immolation of a child thief. A meditation on corruption, both outward and inner, it combines gravitas with steady motion. —Kathryn Schulz
Random House.

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