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To Do: September 21–October 5, 2016

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

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Art
1. See Yevgeniya Baras: All Inside of Itself, Close
Intensity and simple prettiness.
The one-block Broome Street stretch between Chrystie and the Bowery is laden with great galleries showing new artists. Case in point: the little gritty, glowing, magic-in-the-night paintings of newcomer Yevgeniya Baras. Visions between abstraction and figuration with bits of wood, bedsheets, and other detritus blend into metaphysical labyrinths of structure, shape, strokes, and precision all breaking off from meaning. —Jerry Saltz
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome Street, through October 9.

Pop Music
2. Hear 22, A Million
New album from Bon Iver.
Four years after intimating that his famed Bon Iver project was winding down, singer-songwriter Justin Vernon springs back into action with a new record cryptically titled 22, A Million. The songs mine the novel electronic ground that was hinted at in “Beth/Rest,” with breakbeats and synths leading the way where rustic guitars once did. —Craig Jenkins
Jagjaguwar, September 30.

Theater
3. See Afterplay
Hey, don’t I know you?
She’s Uncle Vanya’s niece. He’s the brother of the Three Sisters. In Brian Friel’s audacious one-act, originally produced in 2002, the two familiar characters meet in Moscow years after the action of their respective original plays to engage in some meta-post-Chekhovian irony and anomie. Dermot Crowley and Dearbhla Molloy star in the New York premiere. —Jesse Green
Irish Repertory Theatre, September 22 through November 6.

TV
4. Watch Black-ish
Welcome back, Johnsons. 
This groundbreaking series from Kenya Barris was strong right out of the gate, and it’s only grown stronger over its run, mixing sentiment, shenanigans, and sharp commentary on American hypocrisy. The season premiere sends the Johnson family to Disney World; given the show’s greatness, the episode might as well have been called “What Took You So Long?” —Matt Zoller Seitz
ABC, September 21, 9:30 p.m.

Books
5. Read Commonwealth
More truth and beauty from Ann Patchett.
The novelist of globe-trotting dramas (Bel Canto; State of Wonder) goes domestic and somewhat autobiographical. When a married man and a married woman fall in love, the subsequent reshuffling of children and households results in a very imperfectly blended family. Patchett’s trajectory veers from tragedy to comedy, action to introspection. —Boris Kachka
Harper, September 13.

Pop Music
6. & 7. See Adele and James Blake
Hello? It’s London calling.
Adele’s third tour skips stadium smoke-machine bombast to showcase her wistful songwriting and Aretha-esque presence. Fellow Londoner and electronic-music standout Blake stops by Radio City with Long Beach don Vince Staples. Expect Blake to sway casually from R&B to minimalist dub and hip-hop without ever leaving his piano bench.
Madison Square Garden, September 19 through 26; Radio City Music Hall, October 3.

Movies
8. See The Marx Brothers and the Golden Age of Vaudeville
They’ll show you a thing or three.
Hail Film Forum for bringing the spirit of vaudeville back. In addition to restorations of the Marx classics The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and Duck Soup — which retain the flavor of their stage shows — don’t miss repertory director Bruce Goldstein’s tribute to the incomparable African-American dancers the Nicholas Brothers and several days of “Vitaphone Varieties,” containing rare views of forgotten vaudeville giants.         —David Edelstein
Film Forum, September 23–29.

Opera
9. See Tristan und Isolde
Revisiting an icon. 
The Metropolitan Opera opens its 50th Lincoln Center season with its first new production of Wagner’s love-potion epic in more than 15 years. Mariusz Trelinski directs a staging conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and starring the bewitching Nina Stemme. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, September 26 through October 27.

Pop Music
10. & 11. Listen to Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth
Elphaba versus Glinda.
The polar-opposite roommate witches of Wicked have polar-opposite new recordings arriving on the same date this month. Menzel’s fifth studio album, Idina, is mostly emo pop with a sprinkling of show tunes (“Small World,” “Show Me”). Chenoweth’s The Art of Elegance is full-out theater nerd, from Gershwin to Rodgers to Bacharach.         —J.G.
Warner Bros. (Menzel) and Concord Music (Chenoweth), September 23.

Theater
12. See Public Enemy
21st-century Ibsen. 
An Enemy of the People, Ibsen’s great/clumsy 1882 drama, has never lost its relevance; it’s about a doctor who discovers harmful bacteria in his town’s moneymaking spa water. But it’s very difficult to pull off, as recent productions have shown. Arthur Miller had a whack at it in 1950; in a 2013 adaptation called Public Enemy, now getting its U.S. premiere, David Harrower (Blackbird) tries to untangle the “Is he a great man or a megalomaniac?” riddle. —J.G.
The Pearl Theater Company, previews begin September 29.

TV
13. Watch Westworld
When robots attack. 
This lavish adaptation of novelist-filmmaker Michael Crichton’s 1973 film gives the old Frankenstein story a gloomy-metallic sheen. Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright play clueless scientists lording over a Wild West theme park for adults, populated by realistic androids designed to be supplicants. You know where it goes if you’ve seen Ex Machina, but the mood of menace is still very convincing. —M.Z.S.
HBO, October 2, 9 p.m.

Art
14. See Coming to Power: 25 Years of Sexually X-Plicit Art by Women
A snapshot from the culture wars. 
A restaging of a famous act-up moment of art, 1993’s sprawling group show of supersmart, ultrasexual work by more than two dozen women artists curated by the late Ellen Cantor, who died at a too-young 52 in 2013. Part of a multivenue extravaganza devoted to the underknown artist. —J.S.
Maccarone Gallery, 630 Greenwich Street, through October 16.

Books
15. Read A Gentleman in Moscow
Ruminations on 30 years of Soviet rule. 
In his first novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles literally rendered 1930s New York in sepia tones — via a flashback triggered by a Walker Evans photograph. His second, about a Russian count under permanent house arrest in Moscow’s glamorous Metropol hotel, also exudes nostalgia. But in confining the action to a single and singular location, Towles paradoxically broadens his scope. —B.K.
Viking, September 6.

Movies
16. See Viva
Glittery Havana nights.
While you’re fantasizing about hopping on one of those direct flights from JFK to Cuba for a weekend, watch this underrated 2015 melodrama about a gay millennial who does hair at a drag club while dreaming of taking the stage. Affecting and gritty with a distinctly Cuban flair.
Amazon Prime Video.

Pop Music
17. See Blood Orange: Welcome to Freetown
Restless soul music.
Freetown Sound, singer-writer-producer Devonté Hynes’s latest album as Blood Orange, spun pop, R&B, and New Wave into a tale of protest, suffering, and unrest. This fall, Hynes takes the album on tour. If Dev’s phenomenal set in the sweltering heat of July’s inaugural Panorama Fest is any indication, you should come to dance and stay to cry. —C.J.
Terminal 5, October 1.

Opera
18. See A Double Bill of Monodramas
Taking the show on the road. 
In recent years, New York has evolved into a rich habitat for roving operatic micro-companies. On Site Opera moves into the Gilded Age ballroom of the Harmonie Club for a two-night run of one-woman, one-act operas about love gone cosmically bad: Dominick Argento’s monodrama Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night imagines Dickens’s old lady as a young jilted bride; Berlioz’s The Death of Cleopatra amplifies the queen’s despair. —J.D.
Harmonie Club, September 29 and 30.

Pop Music
19. Listen to The Healing Component
A star returns with his first full studio album.
The introspective Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins keeps alive a hot streak that began with 2014’s mixtape The Water[s]. Expect dense, heady production alongside threadbare reflection, unfussed melodicism, and fathoms of seafaring metaphors. —C.J.
Free Nation/Cinematic Music Group, September 23.

Movies
20. See Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Peak Burton.
It hadn’t been screened at press time, but my mind is soaring with possibilities for Tim Burton’s film of Miss Peregrine. Yes, Burton’s been self-indulgent and even self-parodic of late, but the story — which begins with a boy searching for monsters he learned about from his grandfather — could resonate deeply with the morbid director, and the cast looks to be a treat, among them the beauteous Eva Green and Judi Dench. —D.E.
Opens September 30.

Opera
21. See The Hunger
Exploring the ghastly years.
Rarely has deprivation had such sweeping cultural significance as with Ireland’s Great Famine, which, among other effects, brought millions of Irish to the United States. The composer Donnacha Dennehy merges new and folk music, interviews, and invention into a compact music drama. —J.D.
BAM, September 30 and October 1.

Art
22. See The Marlys Show of Comic Strips
Comeek genius.
If you were an alternative-press reader in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably had an unconflicted appreciation for Lynda Barry, her strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” and especially her awkward-tween heroine Marlys. Well, Marlys has the last laugh now: She’s the star of her own gallery show on the Upper East Side. We could not be happier to see how she’s (not) grown up.  
Adam Baumgold Gallery, through November 5.

Pop Music
23. See Lee “Scratch” Perry
Happy birthday to a legend.
Few pioneers in rhythm are as influential as this Jamaican producer and singer; even fewer are still with us. Anyone inspired by those chugging upbeats should join the Kingston star for his 80th.    
Brooklyn Bowl, September 22.

TV
24. Watch Tig Notaro in One Mississippi
Funny without jokes.
 “You look like shit.” That’s how Tig, the heroine of this series (played by co-creator Tig Notaro), is greeted at the airport, and it could serve as a catchall description for this half-hour comedy’s methods. The series absolutely fits the description of the Comedy in Theory, a production that might look and feel something like a sitcom but prizes honesty and discomfort over jokes. What’s the show about? What happens? Those are questions I’m not certain how to answer. —M.Z.S.
Amazon Prime Video.

Classical Music
25. Hear The Cycle of Invention
Charting a sea change.
At this remove, it’s hard to appreciate how seismically European music changed from the late 13th to the early 14th centuries, and how outsize a role the composer Guillaume de Machaut played in that transformation. The early-music group Tenet begins a season-long three-concert survey of that ferment with a program focusing on Machaut’s immediate forebears. —J.D.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, September 30.


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