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To Do: May 30–June 13, 2018

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

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TV
1. Watch Younger
Is the con finally drawing to a close? 
The fifth season of this addictive comedy returns with Sutton Foster as Liza, a bright 40-something rising in the publishing world by pretending to be a woman half her age. The premiere, which reckons with a #MeToo scandal, suggests that perhaps she will finally be exposed. That means this already delightful half-hour will be even harder to resist.
TV Land, June 5.

Pop
2. Listen to The Future and the Past
Groove is in the heart.   
Richmond, Virginia, singer-songwriter Natalie Prass makes tender songs about love and companionship that are warm enough to net opening slots for folk and country artists like Fleet Foxes and Ryan Adams but funky enough to transform those shows into dance parties. Her sophomore album ups the ante from her 2015 self-titled debut with stronger singing and even more limber rhythms. —Craig Jenkins
ATO Records, June 1.

Movies
3. See Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A man our era could use.
Morgan Neville’s documentary is a portrait of one of the most beloved figures in American pop culture: Fred Rogers, of the cardigan and sneakers and Land of Make Believe. He turns out to have been an abusive cokehead. Just kidding: He was everything he seemed to be — a simple person who was anything but simpleminded. N.B.: I wrote him a fan letter when I was 10, and this lovely documentary has empowered me to admit it publicly for the first time. —David Edelstein
In theaters June 8.

Theater
4. See Summerworks
Three times the charm. 
The always intrepid Clubbed Thumb presents its 23rd Summerworks festival, featuring three feisty, fascinating new plays down in the East Village: Trish Harnetiaux’s Tin Cat Shoes is a “madcap odyssey” about embattled shoe-store employees; Angela Hanks’s Wilder Gone looks at three women on contrasting quests (including a would-be preacher who just can’t stop thinking about sex); and Will Arbery’s Plano is a surreal comedy of plagues, secrets, and family nightmares.        —Sara Holdren
The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, through June 30.

Classical Music
5. Hear Hildegard Competition Concert
Spotlight on the underrepresented. 
At a time when the classical-music Establishment is finally waking up to the presence of women composers and conductors in its midst, National Sawdust (which is run by Paola Prestini) is out ahead. Lidiya Yankovskaya conducts the Refugee Orchestra Project in music by Kayla Cashetta, Emma O’Halloran, and X. Lee, the winners of its competition for women and nonbinary composers. —Justin Davidson
National Sawdust, June 12.

Books
6. Read The Ensemble
Musical chairs. 
Told from the points of view of the four musicians from a chamber-music quartet, Aja Gabel’s ambitious debut novel is a beautiful study of just how apt a metaphor classical music is for relationships. When they’re in harmony, the group flourishes. And when they’re off? Chaos!
Riverhead.

Art
7. See Oscar Tuazon
A sculptural force to be reckoned with. 
For his first show at this gallery, Oscar Tuazon provides bookshelves lined with books, forms hanging overhead with records of L.A.’s alarming lack of rainfall this year, and planters and doors. All look like they are designed for a breakaway republic, far away from the pollution, insistent on radical politics, resistance, and taking a stand — come what may. Tuazon raises being a survivalist to an art. —Jerry Saltz
Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, through June 16.

TV
8. Watch The Americans
The Cold War is ending. So is the series. 
The continuing adventures of Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) are finally wrapping up, comrades, and the big question is: Will they end the show together or apart? The episode’s plot was top-secret at press time, but based on the previous six seasons, we can expect Chekhovian brooding, mournful strings, and brutality as cold as a Siberian winter. —Matt Zoller Seitz
FX, May 30.

Art
9. See Charles Ray: three rooms and the repair annex
Regarding greatness.
In his dominance of mass, weight, material, and form, the L.A. genius Charles Ray, 64, gives a master class in sculpture. In one of the more existentially resonant small-scaled figurative sculptures I’ve ever seen, witness a mechanic going about his business who feels as distant from you as the workings of the world and as close as life on Earth. —J.S.
Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 and 526 West 22nd Street, through June 16.

Movies
10. Watch Warrior
Knockout. 
It’s finally available to stream, seven years after its release. Perhaps the finest fight movie since Rocky, Warrior is everything you want to see in a classic boxing picture layered onto a compelling, well-acted, impeccably directed and written family drama.
Hulu.

Pop
11. Listen to Hell-On
Back in action. 
Singer, songwriter, and sometime New Pornographer Neko Case has a devastating way with words. Her new album is another serving of the gutting wisdom and honesty longtime fans have come to expect, with assists from her bandmate A. C. Newman, Gossip front woman Beth Ditto, and more. —Craig Jenkins
Anti-, June 1.

Books
12. Read Robin
Remembering a legend lost. 
A comprehensive biography of Robin Williams by the New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, Robin celebrates the life and mourns the loss. With plenty of new interviews with friends and colleagues that illuminate the comedy and tragedy that defined both Williams’s acting career and his personal life, Itzkoff’s book is a lovely tribute to the man and his work.
Henry Holt.

TV
13. Watch The Bold Type
Picking up with the young women of Scarlet
One of the more enjoyable TV surprises of last summer, this light drama focuses on three friends attempting to advance in the cutthroat, dying world of print journalism. When season one ended, our young women were moving on or out in their roles — Jane has just resigned so she can write about politics for another publication. Too bad there isn’t enough going on in politics to keep her busy.
Freeform, June 12.

Movies
14. See Les Parents Terribles
Jewel from the vault.
Praise be to the Quad Cinema for hosting the U.S.-premiere theatrical engagement of Jean Cocteau’s too-little-seen masterpiece. Marcel André and Yvonne de Bray are the overbearing title characters, who can’t accept that their son (Jean Marais) is growing up. Pauline Kael wrote, “In structure, this is a coincidence-ridden boulevard comedy, but Cocteau lifts it to the realm of tragicomic, Oedipal fable.” —D.E.
Quad Cinema, through June 7.

Art
15. See Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination
A style pilgrimage.
With the annual Met Gala buzz behind us, now is the time to visit the Costume Institute’s new show, which has everything from Versace gowns to Pope John Paul II’s loafers. It’s the biggest in the museum’s history, stretching all the way up to the Cloisters, and includes pieces never before seen outside of the Sistine Chapel sacristy. Even if you aren’t Catholic, it’s sure to lift your spirits. 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through October 8.

Theater
16. See Fairview
Keeping it in the family.
Sarah Benson directs a new comedy of family tensions and a birthday dinner party for Grandma gone awry, by acclaimed playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, known for her tense, inventive We Are Proud to Present … —S.H.
Soho Rep, through July 1.

Classical Music
17. Hear Foreign Bodies
Sancerre, anyone? 
In its perpetual pursuit of cool, the New York Philharmonic is temporarily suspending one of the last ironclad rules of audience behavior: No drinking while you listen. The occasion is a one-time-only dance-video-orchestra concert featuring new and newish music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, visuals by Tal Rosner, and choreography by Wayne McGregor. —J.D.
Geffen Hall, June 8.

Books
18. Read A Lucky Man
This is America.  
Jamel Brinkley’s debut collection of stories lays out deeply realistic characters (mostly black men in Brooklyn and the South Bronx). The star of the title story is a janitor who muses on his reputation for good fortune; later, older African-Americans in “Clifton’s Place” confront the onslaught of “revitalization.”       —Boris Kachka
Graywolf.

Bluegrass Music
19. See The Del McCoury Band
Paying respect.
Bluegrass is notably a tradition where elders matter, and few matter more so than guitarist and singer Del McCoury, who’s been picking and twanging for six decades. Catch him with his band in their Symphony Space debut. —J.D.
Symphony Space, June 7.

Podcasts
20. Listen to West Cork
An unsettling character study.
This innovative true-crime show focuses on the 1996 cold-case murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was found dead near her Irish vacation home. There’s a major twist that you might spot from a million miles away, but it’s one of those stories where the revelation isn’t the point.
Audible.

Pop
21. See Common at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Things are heating up.
It’s the 40th year of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival this summer, and the festival’s kicking things off with a performance by actor and Chicago rap legend Common. The gig’s free, so show up early and consider a $5 donation. —C.J.
Prospect Park Bandshell, June 5.

Books
22. Go to An Evening With Roxane Gay
Of these times.
The author, activist, and leading intersectional feminist talks #MeToo, racial justice, and body size with BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald. Expect at least a few questions about Gay’s newest anthology, Not That Bad, a collection of essays on rape culture from the likes of Gabrielle Union.
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, June 8.

Theater
23. See Love and Intrigue
Rumors from St. Petersburg.
Director Lev Dodin’s legendary St. Petersburg company, the Maly Drama Theatre, returns to BAM with its production of German playwright Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 tragedy of class warfare and love across social boundaries. —S.H.
BAM, June 6–16.

Opera
24. See The Rose Elf
Voices from the other side.
From the people who brought you the romantically creepy Crypt Sessions comes a new opera by David Hertzberg, performed in the catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery. The performance inaugurates a (literally) underground concert series, “The Angel’s Share.” —J.D.
Green-Wood Cemetery, June 6, 8, and 10.

TV
25. Watch Pose
Groundbreaking fun. 
Ryan Murphy co-created this series set in 1987 New York City, detailing the convergence of the Trump-era Manhattan nouveau gauche, the ball-culture world, and the downtown arts scene. The cast boasts the largest number of transgender actors ever assembled for a scripted series; performers include Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. —M.Z.S.
FX, June 3.


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