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To Do: May 21–June 7, 2014

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.


1. Watch Labyrinth
Not the Jim Henson one.
And no David Bowie either: It’s an original mini-series based on the Kate Mosse best seller about two young women searching for the Holy Grail, one in the 13th century, the other in the present. Of course their two stories are knitted together, and not just by the Grail. —Matt Zoller Seitz
The CW, May 22 and 23, 8 p.m.

Pop Music
2. Hear Barry Gibb
You should be dancing.
You can’t argue with the songbook: “To Love Somebody,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” “Nights on Broadway,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Tragedy”—shall I go on? Barry Gibb, 67, is one of the great pop songwriters alive. Time may have shaved a little off the top of his falsetto, and his Bee Gee brothers are dead. But this is no nostalgia trip: It’s an evening in pop-music High Church. —Jody Rosen
Jones Beach, May 23.

3. See God’s Pocket
Mad man’s movie.
It’s divided critics and audiences, but John Slattery’s directorial debut is the best-ever adaptation of Pete Dexter’s worst-case-scenario worldview, with a heartbreakingly good performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman as a trucker whose attempts to mend his relationship with his wife (Christina Hendricks, miscast) by finding out who killed her son lead to voluminous bloodshed. Richard Jenkins is delightful as a perpetually stewed newspaper columnist, John Turturro even better as a low-level gangster with a penchant for wearing yellow. —David Edelstein
In theaters now.

4. Read Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace
Offices, says Nikil Saval, are anything but open.
How did America become honeycombed with fabric walls, its ambitions carved up by cubicles like little petri dishes of resentment?

5. Watch The Premiere of I Wanna Marry “Harry”
This is a real thing? This is a real thing.
A Joe Millionaire–style show in which a dozen American ladies compete, shriekily, for the hand of someone they believe to be Prince Henry of Wales, fourth in line to the British throne. (In case we need to clarify: It isn’t him.) Has the ­potential to achieve garbagey greatness.
Fox, May 27, 8 p.m.

Pop Music
6. Hear Le1f
This rising internet rap favorite is gay, and it is a small but noteworthy measure that his sexuality is merely a detail: The real story is his slippery rhyme flow and his spacey, spacious beats. Not that sex isn’t important. Le1f raps a lot about it, in songs that are equal parts tongue-wagging and tongue-in-cheek. He’s also a trained dancer: He has stage presence. —J.R.
Music Hall of Williamsburg, May 29.

Pop Music
7. Hear Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse
Best album title ever? Very possibly.
Def Jam Recordings, May 27.

8. Watch Game of Thrones
The deaths won’t stop coming.
The deaths won’t stop coming. With Tyrion’s trial by law a bust (what, no plea bargaining?), he’ll be trying his hand at trial by combat.
HBO, Sundays at 9 p.m.

9. Listen to If/Then
Always starting over.
There’s so much to do while watching the ­musical If/Then that you can forget to listen to the music. The new cast album gives you a chance to relax into songs (by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey) that are busy and exciting and commentative in the manner of Company. —Jesse Green
Masterworks Broadway, June 3.

10. See Dawoud Bey
On our mind.
This authoritative Chicago photographer is best known for his 1970s work in Harlem and his vigorous portraiture. Here, he’s showing “The Birmingham Project,” sets of diptychs for which he paired civil-rights-era oldsters with boys and girls who are just about the age of the children killed in the notorious 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing and its aftermath.
Mary Boone Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue, through June 28.

Classical Music
11. Hear The Glass House Project
Saved from near oblivion.
Among the things that the Holocaust almost wiped out was Hungarian Jewish folk music—and not just the klezmer that migrated to the U.S. and mingled with American jazz. But a ­distinctive and varied repertoire was preserved in archives and in the memories of musicians who survived—Jewish, Hungarian, and Roma. The Glass House Ensemble, matching New York players with Hungarian counterparts, rescues those songs from oblivion. —Justin Davidson
Drom, May 23; Museum of Jewish Heritage, May 27.

12. See Reed Birney in Drag
The lady in question.
As Charlotte in Casa Valentina, Reed Birney takes Harvey Fierstein’s description of the ­character as “not your favorite aunt” and runs with it (possibly to a Tony). —J.G.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through June 15.

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