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To Do: March 22–April 5, 2017

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

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TV
1. Watch Bones
All that remains.  
Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz say farewell in the finale of Fox’s long-running series about two hard-boiled, hilarious FBI investigators. This is a regular-length episode, but the synopsis promises multiple cameos by fan favorites from prior seasons. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Fox, March 28.

Art
2. & 3. See Sydney Licht: This Side Up and Fran Shalom: Turtles All the Way Down
Floating on a painting cloud. 
Two women’s abstract-representational paintings make for a wonderful gallery visit. Sydney Licht’s luscious cake-frosting color and mixture of palette-knife bluntness and little filigreed brushwork redeliver the mysteries of Cubism with a side of psilocybin dreams; Fran Shalom’s flattening forms pile up frontally with the blunt force of full-on abstract-reality.     —Jerry Saltz
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, 529 West 20th Street, through March 25.

Pop
4. See Stevie Nicks & the Pretenders
Ladies first. 
Stevie Nicks has extended the tour for her exquisite, career-spanning B-sides collection 24 Karat Gold with a set of spring dates with punk-pop legends the Pretenders, fronted by the great Chrissie Hynde. Come celebrate two of rock’s most powerful women. —Craig Jenkins
Prudential Center, April 2.

Books
5. Read The Lucky Ones
Portrait of a humbled nation. 
Julianne Pachico’s collection of linked stories captures a world in fragments — specifically, Colombia’s upper crust during 20 years of civil war. As the country warily moves toward peace, one of its émigrés mines the ruins cleverly, painfully, and often beautifully. —Boris Kachka
Spiegel & Grau.

Movies
6. See The Zookeeper’s Wife
Violence against animals as well as humans.
Since her rise to stardom, Jessica Chastain has battled ghosts and witches and bin Laden and big corporations. Now she takes on (for the second time) the Nazis. The zoo in this case is a place to hide Jews while her husband works for the Resistance. —David Edelstein
Opens March 31.

TV
7. See Rock and a Hard Place
Correcting the record.
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is behind this look at the Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program for young offenders. Rock had his own youthful brushes with the law and is a big booster of the program, but this documentary injects notes of skepticism in with the uplifting personal stories. —M.Z.S.
HBO, March 27.

Pop
8. See Let’s Eat Grandma
Strange art-pop prodigies. 
Precocious British teenage multi-instrumentalists Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton are childhood friends who have already released a genre-bending debut album stuffed with everything from eerie music-box lullabies to self-aware saxophone solos. See them now so one day you can say you saw them when.
Rough Trade, March 23.

Classical
9. Hear Tan Dun
Iridescent panels of percussion. 
The composer has spent much of his career stirring together the Chinese and Western halves of his life into grand sonic pictures full of whispers. Here, he conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in his Symphony of Colors: Terracotta, performed on the ceramic drums he had built especially for the piece. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Museum, March 31.

Books
10. Read The Idiot
Expanding Elif Batuman’s fan circle. 
Anyone who’s relished Batuman’s essays — so witty, humane, and passionate about literature — will fall for her first novel, a coming-of-age story with an unusually high IQ. Her heroine/stand-in, Selin, is a Turkish-American Harvard freshman corresponding with a math-major Hungarian crush and traveling in search of her future life. —B.K.
Penguin Press.

Movies
11. See Terence Davies
Under the influence. 
In anticipation of the April 14 opening of A Quiet Passion, Terence Davies’s film about Emily Dickinson, the much-loved British director will appear to present two films: The Long Day Closes, his sublime 1992 portrait of a lonely boy who haunts the cinema, and the Debbie Reynolds romance Tammy and the Bachelor. —D.E.
Metrograph, March 29.

Theater
12. & 13. See Gently Down the Stream and Daniel’s Husband
Unequal affections.  
An older gay man who expects little from romance meets a younger gay man who expects everything. That’s the knotty setup of Gently Down the Stream, by Martin Sherman (Bent), starring Harvey Fierstein and Gabriel Ebert. In Daniel’s Husband, by Michael McKeever, another gay couple has only marriage to argue about — until tragedy intervenes. —Jesse Green
Public Theater, through May 14; Cherry Lane Theatre, through April 28.

Classical
14. Hear St. John Passion
From quiet terror to explosions of glory.   
New York’s stalwart early-music cohorts Tenet and the Sebastians perform Bach’s intimate, harrowing chronicle of Christ’s last days. Like the later St. Matthew Passion, the St. John version sweeps across an emotional panorama. —J.D.
German Lutheran Church of St. Paul, March 23 and 25.

Pop
15. See Weyes Blood
Operatic future-folk. 
Natalie Mering’s beautiful Front Row Seat to Earth is a grand, folky rumination on love, technology, and the tragedy of watching life go by on a retina display. Here’s a chance to experience the singer outside the land of ones and zeros.
Music Hall of Williamsburg, March 30.

Books
16. Read Conviction
A murder mystery for our tumultuous times.
Julia Dahl has written two previous crime novels starring the intrepid (and feisty) reporter Rebekah Roberts, but with Conviction she goes broader and deeper, exploring a thorny unsolved crime that stretches back to the early ’90s, post-riot world of Crown Heights. Dahl writes deftly about race, religion, and politics in NYC, both then and now.
Minotaur Books, March 28.

Art
17. See Leonhard Hurzlmeier: All New Women
The depth of shape.
For his first New York solo show, 34-year-old German painter Leonhard Hurzlmeier gives us a master class in simple shapes taking on erotic and pictorial depth. Almost all his subjects appear to be women. Whether they’re riding a bike or waving a flag, the women exude psychological inner light. —J.S.
Rachel Uffner, 170 Suffolk Street, through April 23.

Pop
18. See Sleaford Mods
Beats with a side of pith.
Producer Andrew Fearn lays out simple, monomaniac dance cuts, and singer Jason Williamson meanders over them in an English accent. Smartass humor and on-the-ball political takes abound.
Warsaw, March 30.

Books
19. Read Richard Nixon: The Life
Checks and balances.
You might look elsewhere for visions of the hobbled president wandering Lear-like in the Rose Garden; John A. Farrell’s focus is on the real accomplishments — under- and overhyped, good and evil. Which isn’t to say that psychology is wholly absent, as Nixon’s dark ambitions and paranoia were integral to his career. —B.K.
Doubleday, March 28.

Movies
20. See Ghost in the Shell
Found in translation.
Unscreened at press time is Rupert Sanders’s big-budget Ghost in the Shell featuring Scarlett Johansson as the formerly Japanese manga heroine (opens March 31). You can see that — or better yet seek out the just-released Blu-ray and Digital HD edition of Mamoru Oshii’s stupendous 1995 original anime adaptation, in which the cyborg cop and her partner hunt a devious hacker. —D.E.
Now on Blu-ray.

Pop
21. Hear A Crow Looked at Me
Like tear-smudged diary entries.
When Mount Eerie architect Phil Elverum lost his wife and collaborator Geneviève Castrée to pancreatic cancer last year, he set about working through his grief in song. This new album speaks to her in a series of hushed, ramshackle folk tunes. —C.J.
P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd., March 24.

TV
22. Watch 13 Reasons Why
Press play.
When someone commits suicide, we’re often left wondering why. But when Hannah Baker kills herself, she leaves not a note but a series of tapes, meant to be passed around to the people whose actions (and inactions) led to her decision. Her blame game is both heartbreaking and a great tutorial on suicide warning signs. A must-see.          
Netflix, March 31.

Theater
23. See Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba
Inge x 2.
Time has been unkind to excellent but second-tier mid-century playwrights like Thornton Wilder and William Inge. But both are now enjoying serious reappraisals, especially Inge, the poet of midwestern repression who brings surgical precision to his portraits of inchoate longing. Get a double dose with Transport Group’s repertory productions of his once-best-known works: Come Back, Little Sheba (1949) and Picnic (1953). —J.G.
The Gym at Judson, through April 16.

Pop
24. See Pallbearer and Marissa Nadler
Dark tones at the ends of the spectrum.
A doom-metal band and an elaborate folk-pop singer might not make natural lineup mates, but this odd couple shares an interest in textural instrumentals and an affinity for dark corners.
Music Hall of Williamsburg, March 25.

Classical
25. Hear John Adams at 70
Honoring a national treasure. 
Carnegie Hall celebrates John Adams with a two-concert salute: Ensemble Signal pairs his Shaker Loops with Terry Riley’s Ur-Minimalist In C. The next day, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs his quasi-sacred cantata, The Gospel According to the Other Mary. —J.D.
Zankel Hall, March 30; Carnegie Hall, March 31.


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