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To Do: October 19–November 2, 2016

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

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TV
1. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again
We’re shivering with antici …
Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) steps into Dr. Frank-N.-Furter’s shoes for this remake of the 1975 anti-classic; subsidiary roles are filled by people who can actually sing, including Ben Vereen as neckless Dr. Everett Scott, Victoria Justice (Victorious) as Janet, and Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) as Frank’s hunky creation. And Tim Curry returns, this time as the Narrator. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Fox, October 20 at 8 p.m.

Pop
2. See The B-52s Halloween Scream
“Love Shack,” with pumpkins.
And speaking of late-’70s kitsch: The throwback dance-rockers return to Webster Hall for a Halloween-themed concert. Costumes encouraged.
Webster Hall, October 29.

Art
3. See Tetsumi Kudo
Revisiting a proto-pop genius. 
In Andrea Rosen’s third show of artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935—1990), later works explore psychological implications of slavery and consumer culture via birdcages, magnetic tape, string, and magpie accumulation. All this explodes into an empyrean of the spiritual mind. —Jerry Saltz
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W. 24th St.; through November 16.

Theater
4. See 27
On the street where they lived. 
The composer Ricky Ian Gordon is best known for his art songs and operas, including The Grapes of Wrath. Somewhere in between lies 27, a music-theater piece about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and their lives at the title address on Paris’s Rue de Fleurus. MasterVoices, under the baton of Ted Sperling, presents the New York premiere. —Jesse Green
New York City Center, October 20 and 21 at 8 p.m.

Books
5. Read The Wangs vs. the World
No model minority.
Jade Chang’s fictional road trip is no trite immigrant saga. Brash patriarch Charles Wang sets out from the West Coast with his brood to visit his eldest daughter, an ostracized artist. The Wangs don’t fret over assimilation; they just want it all. Despite Chang’s biting satire, they earn our sympathy and best wishes. —Boris Kachka
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 4.

Pop
6. Listen to American Football
Another from the emo titans. 
The last time math rockers American Football released an album, (Bill) Clinton was president and Isis was a post-metal band. This month’s sophomore release follows up on the beloved 1999 namesake with a winning mix of reverence and subtle innovation. —Craig Jenkins
Polyvinyl, October 21.

Theater
7. See What We’re Up Against
The glass proscenium.
Theresa Rebeck gets produced a lot in New York, but her 2011 black comedy What We’re Up Against hadn’t seen a full run here until now; could that be because it’s about women still being stymied in a male-dominated field — in this case, architecture? The New York-based Life Force Arts, Inc. presents. —J.G.
June Havoc Theatre, October 21 through 29.

Books
8. Read Reputations
A novel translation.
The recent drama around Colombia’s endless civil war makes this an opportune moment to discover one of that country’s best writers, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, who’s traded in the magic of his forebears for gritty realism. Here, Vásquez examines a famous cartoonist who once feared assassination but now lends his face to a national stamp. —B.K.
Riverhead.

Classical Music
9. See Words Fail
Listen up.
Violinist Yevgeny Kutik takes his new recording out for a live spin. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s aphorism “Where words fail, music speaks,” Kutik showcases pieces that feel eloquent despite the absence of language. —J.D.
National Sawdust, October 19.

Cabaret
10. See Ana Gasteyer
Bobbi Culp sings.
The madcap SNL alum makes her debut at the elegant Café Carlyle cabaret series. Expect plenty of showbiz anecdotes and selections from her jazz album, I’m Hip.
Café Carlyle, October 25 to November 5.

Art
11. See Anna Rosen
Concrete constructions. 
Anna Rosen snuck up on the scene of late with paintings that look eked out, scratched, scumbled, abstract, and suavely rendered. Rosen’s work is intimate but connected to larger open systems and structures. Whole cityscapes and great forces in motion echo here. —J.S.
Kerry Schuss Gallery, 34 Orchard St.; November through December.

Pop
12. Listen to Yes Lawd!
Debut album from NxWorries. 
NxWorries is the duo of rising soul star Anderson. Paak and hip-hop producer Knxwledge. The group’s debut album is a perfect pairing of the former’s raspy runs and honest songwriting and the latter’s sample-based beat wizardry. —C.J.
Stones Throw, October 21.

Books
13. Read By Women Possessed
Ladies’ man. 
Barbara Gelb and Arthur Gelb, authors of the definitive biographies of Eugene O’Neill, may have thought they were done writing about him — but as the archives open up, new material flows, enough for one more. The final addition to their trove of O’Neill studies (Arthur died in 2014) is this new work that focuses on the playwright’s relationship with his druggie mother, three wives, and various infatuations and entanglements. —J.G.
Marian Wood Books/Putnam, November 1.

Pop
14. See Animal Collective
Dedicated psychedelia.
The oddballs in Animal Collective refined experimental ideas into kooky pop for their critically acclaimed Feels, Strawberry Jam, and Merriweather Post Pavilion before spinning further out. See them in November for a trip through the past 15 years. —C.J.
Terminal 5, November 2.

Movies
15. See Tower
Tragedy laid bare.
Keith Maitland’s Tower takes you minute-by-minute through an unimaginable day in 1966 when a gunman rode the elevator to the top of Austin’s University of Texas Tower and began picking off people at random — and reimagines it as a feature-length animated film. Actually, the animation is rotoscoped — wiggly lines laid on top of real actors — and the stylization somehow deepens your connection to the people onscreen. It’s piercingly original. —David Edelstein
In theaters now.

Classical Music
16. Hear Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
In the key of urban life. 
The long-lived ensemble opens its 44th season with a wistful new work about the way New York used to be. Jessie Montgomery’s Records From a Vanishing City stirs bits of music by other New Yorkers — Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Béla Bartók, and Benjamin Britten — into an elegiac mash-up of sounds she grew up hearing on the Lower East Side. —Justin Davidson
Carnegie Hall, October 27.

Dance
17. See BalletCollective
Building new work. 
At BalletCollective, movement, music, and visuals are equal partners. For his fall season, founder and choreographer Troy Schumacher explores the unifying force of structure in two new works that are collaborations with imaginative architects (Carlos Arnaiz and the Lowline’s James Ramsey).
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, October 27 and 28.

Movies
18. See Voyage of Time
Origin of the universe, now in Imax. 
If you watched the very odd birth-of-the-cosmos scenes in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and thought, I bet this would be fun on its own, then, wow, are you in luck. Voyage of Time is Malick’s 2001. As you let it wash over you — the fiery formation of the planet, Brad Pitt reading the Scripture According to Malick — you might think, This is a religion I could get into! —D.E.
In theaters now.

Classical Music
19. Hear The London Symphony Orchestra
Death as rollicking melodrama.
The run-up to Halloween is a good time to sing about death. Days after Lincoln Center’s staged adaptation of Brahms’s German Requiem, the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda takes a run at Verdi’s version of the Mass for the dead. The moods could not be more different: The first is philosophical and sublime, the second fearsome and operatic. —J.D.
David Geffen Hall, October 30.

Theater
20. See The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival
The Broadway pipeline.
The 28th annual showcase of new musicals offers selections from eight shows over the course of two days. Among the works hoping to follow in the path of previous NAMT hits like The Drowsy Chaperone are an adaptation of the 1993 movie Benny & Joon and a biomusical about the artist Tamara Lempicka. —J.G.
New World Stages, October 27 and 28.

TV
21. Watch Tracey Ullman’s Show
She’s back!
Ullman’s original variety series, which ran on Fox from 1987 to 1990, was one of the more surprising comedy shows of its time, presenting one-woman character sketches (always starring Ullman) in the manner of self-contained short films. Ullman returns to some of her classics in this new incarnation, which necessarily has a more melancholy cast because so many years have passed. —M.Z.S.
HBO, October 28 at 11 p.m.

Classical Music
22. See Nico Muhly & Teitur
Dynamic duo in concert.
An album-release show for the 14-song Confessions, a collaboration between Muhly and the Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur, inspired by videos the pair found on YouTube. 
(Le) Poisson Rouge, October 21.

Movies
23. See Tampopo
Come for the noodles, stay for the egg yolk.
No foodie film is as deliriously, obscenely pleasurable as Juzo Itami’s hard-to-find 1985 Tampopo. It’s rooted in both Western and yakuza movies and a kind of food reverence that borders on porn. While the title character searches for the perfect noodle, Itami serves up a crazy quilt of culinary vignettes — among them a gangster and his moll who use food to drive each other to pinnacles of lust. —D.E.
Film Forum, October 21 to November 3.

TV
24. Watch Stan Against Evil
Buddy cops with supernatural tomfoolery.
IFC’s Stan Against Evil plays as if somebody relocated a Stephen King story to Mayberry. The great John C. McGinley (Scrubs) plays the sheriff of a small town that was once the site of a mass witch-burning; Janet Varney (You’re the Worst) plays his new partner. —M.Z.S.
IFC, November 2 at 10 p.m.

Classical Music
25. Attend Steve Reich’s 80th Birthday Concert
Rhythmically celebrating an icon. 
This season, the octogenarian Reich serves as resident composer at Carnegie Hall, which marks his birthday (a little belatedly) with a world premiere and a relatively rare performance of his video opera Three Tales. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall, November 1.


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