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To Do: June 13–June 27, 2018

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

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Theater
1. See Everyone’s Fine With Virginia Woolf

Martha strikes back. 
The always-fascinating Elevator Repair Service debuts a new play by ensemble member Kate Scelsa. Part homage to Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and part feminist evisceration of it, it promises a wild evening of subverted power dynamics and fierce “revenge on an unsuspecting patriarchy.” —Sara Holdren
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, through June 30.

Classical Music
2. Hear New York Philharmonic
An enchanted evening on the grass. 
New York’s hometown band is in a particularly New York–y frame of mind these days, celebrating the centennial of its late chief Leonard Bernstein with orchestral dances from On the Town. Lenny shares a bill with urban dance scores by two Very Young Composers, 11-year-old Jordan Millar and 10-year-old Camryn Cowan (not to mention Saint-Saëns and Rimsky-Korsakov). James Gaffigan conducts. —Justin Davidson
Great Lawn, Central Park, June 13.

Art
3. & 4. See Daphne Fitzpatrick and Leilah Babirye
Two women flying mighty flags of art. 
Two breakout shows for two breakthrough artists at one of the best new galleries in New York.
Ugandan-born queer American artist Leilah Babirye makes powerful sculptural conglomerates from the near-at-hand and blazes with dimensional intelligence and deep heart. Longtime sculptural hero Daphne Fitzpatrick pushes her shamanic aesthetic harder into realms unknown and filled with force and delight. —Jerry Saltz
Gordon Robichaux, 41 Union Square West, through June 17.

Movies
5. See Eating Animals
Summer barbecues will never be the same.
I do eat them — I like ’em roasted, sautéed, even tartare, but Jonathan Safran Foer’s book on the cruelty of the practice was only partially insufferable and made you (and Natalie Portman, who had a leaked, breathless correspondence with the author) think hard about its implications. Now Portman narrates Christopher Dillon Quinn’s film version, which concentrates on economic changes brought about by horrific — we can all agree on that — factory farming. —David Edelstein
In theaters June 15.

Books
6. Read The Good Son
We need to talk about Yu-jin. 
You-Jeong Jeong’s thrillers are wildly popular in South Korea, and we’ll soon learn why. Her first book published in English enters the mind of Han Yu-jin, a seizure-prone youth who wakes to discover that he might have just murdered his mother with a straight razor — or not? In Han’s highly unreliable narration, the discovery of the culprit is only a stop on the way to the real revelation, the unfolding of his family’s warped dynamic. —Boris Kachka
Penguin.

Pop
7. Listen to Post Traumatic
In memoriam. 
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda opens up about the recent passing of bandmate Chester Bennington on his solo debut, Post Traumatic, with brooding, diaristic songs; guest appearances by Machine Gun Kelly and Chino Moreno. Anyone dealing with loss can relate. —Craig Jenkins
Warner Bros./Machine Shop, June 15.

Comedy
8. Go to The Exhibition
Show your pride. 
Curators Michael Cruz Kayne and Mary Beth Barone host this monthly comedy show at Public Hotel on the Lower East Side showcasing some of the city’s best comedians. This month’s “Pride Edition” will feature performances from Patti Harrison, Liza Treyger, Dave Mizzoni, Eman El-Husseini, Brandon Scott Jones, and SNL writer Julio Torres. Stick around after the show to watch the swanky basement venue transform from comedy club to all-night dance party.
Public Arts, 215 Chrystie Street, June 23.

TV
9. Watch Queer Eye
Your summer just got more fabulous — and possibly more teary. 
The first season of the reboot of Queer Eye forced the worlds of the Fab Five and several (often conservative) gentlemen to collide in ways that were surprisingly moving. Season two proceeds in the same vein, as the makeover gurus travel to other pockets of Georgia to help out new “clients,” including, in episode one, a woman with a deep commitment to her church. —Jen Chaney
Netflix, June 15.

Classical Music
10. Hear Brahms and the Schumanns
A bittersweet symphony. 
In the annals of passionate triangles, few have been as tormented and fruitful as the one that linked Johannes Brahms with Robert and Clara Schumann. Pianist Pedja Muzijevic and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble explore the musical relationships, but first Deborah and Thomas Cabaniss (she’s a psychiatrist, he’s a composer) examine the psychological tangle. —J.D.
Gilder Lehrman Hall, the Morgan Library & Museum, June 13.

Books
11. Read The Great Believers
From an already rising star. 
Rebecca Makkai takes up a theme seen in other recent novels, the trauma inflicted by AIDS on the loved ones who survived the epidemic. Two distinct narratives intertwine ingeniously: First, a Chicago art dealer’s life derails in the ’80s as the disease takes everyone around him; second, 30 years later, the sister of his first friend to die searches for her grown daughter in Paris. The stories meet up to heartbreaking effect. —B.K.
Viking, June 19.

TV
12. Watch The Affair
A series with the vibe of a literary beach read. 
The Affair
started out as a relatively simple story told in an unusual way, with a Rashomon-like narrative method that fractured time and called the idea of truth into question. The events were so earthbound that when it went beyond one season, many wondered where it could go. The answer was: further and further into nearly Cubist elaboration, until it became one of the most elaborately structured series on television. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Showtime, June 17.

Theater
13. See Pass Over
The waiting game.
Antoinette Nwandu riffs on both Beckett and the story of Exodus in her new play about two young black men, Moses and Kitch, who hang out on a corner talking smack, waiting for a miracle, and trying to survive another day. —S.H.
Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, 150 West 65th Street, through July 15.

Movies
14. See Visconti: A Retrospective
A cinematic titan.
This Luchino Visconti retrospective is hugely welcome, even if it centers on a new 35-mm. print of his lugubrious 1973 biopic, Ludwig. Really, it’s a better occasion to see (or re-see) on the big screen the 1963 masterpiece The Leopard, starring Burt Lancaster as a patriarch watching his ruling class — and family — disintegrate. The Godfather might not have turned out as it did if not for this movie’s magnificent ball sequence. —D.E.
Film Society of Lincoln Center, through June 28.

Pop
15. See Dead & Company
A night for Deadheads. 
Dead & Company pairs the Grateful Dead alums Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart with the singer-guitarist John Mayer. Catch the band at Citi Field this summer for a night of good vibes, warm nostalgia, and ace musicianship. —C.J.
Citi Field, June 15 to 16.

Art
16. See Laurie Simmons
Imagining Lena Dunham as Audrey Hepburn.
First-rank Pictures Generation artist Laurie Simmons blasts through with two stunning shows. One is of new work in which she turns her attention from manipulating objects toward manipulating imaginations, painting female models in various guises so that real people become gods, heroines, models, impostors, and outlaws. At Boone, she has a series of older work about men that looks brand-new and points to the flaws that were deep in the male ointment back then that are publicly now going rotten. —J.S.
Salon 94 Bowery, 243 Bowery, through June 16, and Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street, through July 27.

Classical Music
17. Hear The Well-Tempered Clavier
WTC at WTC. 
The summer solstice brings Make Music New York, a citywide sonic supernova of 1,000 mostly outdoor events in a single day. At noon, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza resounds with Mass Appeal Mozart, a communal performance of the Requiem (just show up to participate). At rush hour, dozens of pianists will trade off to unfurl Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at the plaza’s four corners. —J.D.
Memorial Plaza, World Trade Center, June 21.

TV
18. Watch The Great British Baking Show
Escape to a world where all that matters is the quality of dessert.
PBS is referring to this installment of The Great British Bake Off as season five, because it’s the fifth iteration to be broadcast in the U.S. Technically, though, it’s the third series, originally shown back in 2012 in the U.K. Whatever, who cares? Mary Berry will be there, along with tons of tarts! —J.C.
PBS, June 22.

Theater
19. See They, Themself and Schmerm
“How do I become a man … do I even want that?”
Trans actor and writer Becca Blackwell brings their riotous, intimate solo show — “part classic stand-up comedy special, part teen-zine vomit confessional” — to Joe’s Pub for two special performances. A wily, honest performer, Blackwell tells the story of their adoption into a religious midwestern family and the abuse they endured as a child. —S.H.
Joe’s Pub, June 24 and 26.

Movies
20. Go to BAMcinemaFest
Probably the most fun of all NYC festivals.
The opening night and closing night of the indie-oriented BAMcinemaFest — now celebrating its tenth anniversary — are broadly entertaining: Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, in which Lakeith Stanfield as a telemarketer lightens his voice to sound white, and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline, with Miranda July as the mother of a quiet girl (Helena Howard) who comes alive in the course of a drama class. And don’t miss the centerpiece, Debra Granik’s wrenching father-daughter wilderness saga, Leave No Trace. —D.E.
BAM, June 20 through July 1.

Pop
21. See Grizzly Bear and Spoon
Summer shredding.
Brooklyn songsmiths Grizzly Bear and Texas indie-rock institution Spoon are co-headlining a summer tour that fans of passionate guitar music with heartfelt lyrics shouldn’t miss. Catch the pair here for a taste of Spoon’s guileless rhythmic precision and Grizzly Bear’s soaring, intricate melodies. —C.J.
Prospect Park Bandshell, June 20.

Comedy
22. Listen to Cameron Esposito’s Rape Jokes
For the survivors.
Cameron Esposito hadn’t been planning to talk about her sexual assault onstage. Then things kept happening in our culture that made her feel as if she “just couldn’t not talk about it anymore.” The result is Rape Jokes, a blistering, masterful, tragic, hilarious hour of comedy about sexual assault and the culture that supports it.              
Vulture.

Theater
23. See Richard II, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Heart of Robin Hood
Get out of town.
It’s an easy, beautiful trip from Grand Central to Garrison, where the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival yearly stages several productions with the river and the summer sky in the background. This year’s offerings are a gender-swapped Richard II starring Julia Coffey; a new take on Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Shana Cooper; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend that puts a bold Maid Marion at the center of the action. —S.H.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Garrison, New York, through August 26.

Classical Music
24. Hear the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
A seasonal overture.
The leaderless chamber orchestra rings in the season of fireflies and chilled rosé with an outdoor program of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othmar Schoeck’s lushly evocative Summer Night. It’s not all passionate languor, though: The program concludes with Mahler’s string-orchestra arrangement of Beethoven’s Op. 95 string quartet, “Serioso.” —J.D.
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, June 26.

TV
25. Watch Take Two
Déjà vu.
Created by the team behind Castle, this new series is a psychological comedy and showbiz satire wrapped inside a detective thriller. Rachel Bilson plays an actress who tries to rebound from a career-shattering public meltdown by taking a comeback role as a detective; she shadows a real-life detective (Eddie Cibrian) for research purposes, and discovers that her acting skills come in handy, and that she has a knack for this sort of work. —M.Z.S.
ABC, June 21.


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