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To Do: June 18–July 2, 2014

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

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Comedy
1. See Dave Chappelle
It’ll cost you.
Yes, he sold out eight shows in about as many minutes. Time to dig deep and pay the scalpers or the StubHubbers: He really is one of the greatest comics alive, and who knows when he’ll come out this way again?
Radio City Music Hall, June 18 through 26.

Photography
2. See Garry Winogrand
The Met’s retrospective.
More than 175 images by one of the two or three best American photographers, full stop.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 27 through September 21.

Pop Music
3. Listen to Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal
Indie nerd-rockers return.
Indebted to Pavement and the Modern Lovers, Parquet Courts’ third album will be recommended to you at every North Brooklyn barbecue this summer.
What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop.

Art
4. See Olive Ayhens: Interior Wilderness
Unsweet candy.
Intertwining postapocalyptic narratives and prelapsarian bliss infuse Olive Ayhens’s fantastical, almost panoramic paintings. In saturated cake-frosting and nail-polish colors, we see upheaving cities, superhighways, and bestiaries in her collapsing, corkscrewing space. Part Bosch, part Coney Island of the mind’s eye, these works place us inside scenes of destruction as curious gods look into and down on widening worlds. Really trippy. —Jerry Saltz
Lori Bookstein Fine Art, through June 28.

Pop Music
5. Hear Hamilton Leithauser’s Black Hours
Former Walkman steps out.
Back in November, indie-rock mainstays the Walkmen announced they were taking a “pretty extreme hiatus” in part to focus on solo projects. The most anticipated of which comes from the band’s lead singer Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours is slightly more diverse and mellow than his former band’s records, but Leithauser’s songwriting and gnarled tenor are unmistakable.
Ribbon Music.

TV
6. See Orange Is the New Black
Season two. Commence binge.
Because it has more Taystee, plus an intriguing new character played by Lorraine Toussaint who has history with both Taystee and Red.
Netflix.

Theater
7. See The Nance Onscreen
Summer camp.
Douglas Carter Beane’s dark comedy lasted only a few months on Broadway last year, despite Nathan Lane’s terrific turn as a vaudeville performer caught in the contradictions of pre-liberation gayness. Happily, the Lincoln Center Theater production was preserved (and no doubt clarified) on film; it’ll be shown on 300 screens around the country this summer, timed to Gay Pride. (PBS broadcasts it in the fall.) —Jesse Green
Chelsea Cinemas and Symphony Space, starting June 25.

TV
8. See Dominion
TV that feels like an action movie.
Sick of high-toned dramas and confrontational comedies that satirize conventional bourgeois morality while taking clever risks with form? Of course you are! Sometimes you need to see supernatural creatures kick each other in the face, and that’s what Dominion—a TV spinoff of the likewise movie Legion—delivers. An army of lower angels under the leadership of Gabriel wages “a war of possession” against humankind; standing in their way is a defector, the archangel Michael, who has sided with the humans in the battle of Vega (formerly Las Vegas). There’s nothing new here, dramatically speaking, but the explosions, car wrecks, gunplay, and gigantic flapping CGI wings all look great. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Syfy; premieres June 19, 9 p.m.

Classical Music
9. Dip Into Make Music New York
The longest day of the year isn’t long enough.
The sheer size of this festival—its venues scattered like poppy seeds on a bagel—makes each installment ­almost beside the point, but a few interactive megaevents stand out. One is “And Death Shall Have No Dominion,” in which participants walk through lower Manhattan singing along with a smartphone accompaniment and finally converge for a rousing choral finale. —Justin Davidson
Various venues, June 21. Schedule at makemusicny.org.

Theater
10. See Michael Shannon in The Killer
Absurdly good.
Theater for a New Audience’s production of Ionesco’s existential head-scratcher is one of the most beautifully lit and aurally compelling shows in New York right now. But it’s Shannon’s tirelessly honest performance as a weather-beaten zhlub desperate to stay human that makes it more than an intellectual game. —J.G.
Polonsky Shakespeare Center, through June 29.

TV
11. Watch The Musketeers
One for all!
This is the eleven-zillionth adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s tale of Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera), and Porthos (Howard Charles), personal guards for King Louis VIII who have a thriving amateur side business (with their buddy D’Artagnan, played by Luke Pasqualino) righting wrongs and saving days. This BBC import strives to be stylistically up-to-the-minute, featuring quick-cut swordplay and zippy banter; it’s infectiously good-natured. ­Peter Capaldi plays Cardinal Richelieu, as if you weren’t in already. —M.Z.S.
BBC America; June 22, 9 p.m.

TV
12. Watch Comedy Bang! Bang!
Off your phone, onto your TV.
After getting its start as a radio show and a podcast, Comedy Bang! Bang! is in its third season and finally coming into its own, settling into its irreverent, occasionally childlike style. Created and hosted by Scott Aukerman—who wrote for and directs and produces “Between Two Ferns”—it uses the device of a fake talk show to execute incredibly funny sketch comedy. Upcoming guests: Fred Armisen, Bob Odenkirk, Nick ­Offerman, Zach Galifianakis.
IFC Channel; Thursdays, 10:30 p.m.


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