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To Do: June 27–July 11, 2018

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


1. Watch Recovery Boys
After addiction. 
There’s a tendency in politics to turn real misery into platitudes and abstractions; Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s documentary is the antidote. It follows four young West Virginia men as they reenter society post–opioid addiction. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Netflix, June 29.

2. See Damsel
A mix of tomfoolery, carnage, and melancholy. 
Go in prepared for a conventional Old West kidnapping saga; the Zellner brothers’ (David and Nathan) goof on the genre will upend, delight, and possibly annoy you. Robert Pattinson is the earnest troubadour out to rescue his true love (Mia Wasikowska), who’s not much of a damsel but is certainly in distress. —David Edelstein
In theaters.

3. Read Idiophone
From a McSweeney’s alumna.
Amy Fusselman’s latest work, marketed as a “beautifully digressive essay,” is not easily categorizable, but who cares? This small, beautiful book about feminism and motherhood and art is perfect for those of us who like thinking outside the box when we’re looking for something lovely to read.
Coffee House Press, July 3.

4. Listen to The Now Now
Albarn & Co. return.
Blur front man Damon Albarn’s cartoon band Gorillaz started as a spirited side project but has since blossomed into one of the greatest, strangest electronic-pop outfits of our time. This summer, the collective follows last spring’s dire, dour Humanz with The Now Now, a slick, sultry soundtrack for all the cookouts leading up to the impending apocalypse promised on Humanz. —Craig Jenkins
Parlophone/Warner Bros., June 29.

5. See Painting: Now & Forever, Part III
The medium never died. 
It’s wild that painting continues to explode 35,000 years after the grand cave artists of Western Europe. For proof, take a gander at this expansive two-gallery, three-part survey of painting. Old, middle-age, and young alike are expanding on the seeming limitlessness of this supposedly restricted medium. —Jerry Saltz
Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, and Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 and 526 West 22nd Street, through August 17.

6. Watch GLOW Season Two
Now with more conflict, in the ring and outside.
The first season of this Netflix series based on an ’80s female-wrestling show functioned as an origin story. Now that we know the characters and what brought them together, season two hits the mat running, particularly in exploring the obstacles that Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) encounter as women attempting to assert their own creativity and agency. —Jen Chaney
Netflix, June 29.

7. See Girls & Boys
Mulligan goes solo. 
The luminescent Oscar and Tony nominee Carey Mulligan is directed by Lyndsey Turner in Dennis Kelly’s one-woman show about an unnamed woman whose life is upended by a chance meeting. A performer of subtle, heartbreaking power, Mulligan should be something to see in this limited-engagement production. —Sara Holdren
Minetta Lane Theatre, June 20 through July 15.

8. Go to Four Quartets
Performing poetry.
Music, dance, and images wind through T. S. Eliot’s verse as an all-star team returns the homage at Bard’s SummerScape festival. Kathleen Chalfant reads the poems in a new multimedia piece choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, with music by Kaija Saariaho and sets by the painter Brice Marden. —Justin Davidson
Fisher Center, Bard College, July 6 through 8.

9. See Log Cabin
Besties break down.
Jordan Harrison (The Amateurs, Marjorie Prime) sets this wry, satirical tale, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, in “a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015.” A group of gay and lesbian friends see themselves anew through the eyes of their “rakish transgender pal,” and a stinging comedy about the conservatism that blossoms in even the most progressive among us ensues. —S.H.
Playwrights Horizons, June 1 through July 15.

10. Read Bone in the Throat and The Bobby Gold Stories
Anthony Bourdain’s great crime novels. 
Most people will pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain as a chef, as the author of Kitchen Confidential, and as the host of several food and travel shows. What may be less appreciated is his crime fiction: his first, Bone in the Throat, set in the restaurant world he lived and breathed, and last, The Bobby Gold Stories, published after his star-making memoir, with dazzling sentences and stone-cold syntax.

11. & 12. Watch Sharp Objects and See Amy Adams
In a dark mystery based on Gillian Flynn’s first novel.
Jean-Marc Vallée follows up Big Little Lies, the limited series he directed for HBO, with Sharp Objects, the adaptation of Flynn’s novel about a reporter who returns to her small hometown to investigate the murders of two girls. Flynn and Marti Noxon (UnREAL, Dietland) are the co-writers, and Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson are the stars. Ahead of its premiere, head to the 92nd Street Y for a screening and conversation with the show’s boldface names. —J.C.
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd St Y, June 28. HBO, July 8.

13. See Incredibles 2
Nobody puts baby Jack-Jack in a corner. 
Brad Bird’s sequel to his 2004 smash is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture: proof that someone can make a Marvel-type movie that’s fleet and shapely, with action sequences rich in style rather than tumult. Among those riches: composer Michael Giacchino’s loungey 007 pastiche, and a slapstick showstopper featuring a superheroic baby and an angry raccoon.  —D.E.
In theaters.

14. See Sugar in Our Wounds
Love in the time of Confederacy.
Romance blossoms between a young slave named James and an enigmatic stranger in this lyrical new play set on a plantation during the Civil War. Poet, filmmaker, and playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love at a critical moment in black history in this world premiere directed by Saheem Ali. —S.H.
Manhattan Theatre Club, through July 8.

15. See Broken Social Scene
In celebration of Canada Day.
Canadian indie-rock titans Broken Social Scene returned in rare form with last year’s hooky, moody Hug of Thunder. If you missed the tour behind the album, fret not: The band has a free show in Central Park, with its northern kinfolk Mélissa Laveaux and the East Pointers as openers. —C.J.
SummerStage, Central Park, July 1.

16. See Seed: Curated by Yvonne Force
“Oh my goddess!”
Fabulously self-made impresaria of public art, grand projects, and guiltless pleasure Yvonne Force brings together a cross-generational survey of 29 artists, all women, who explore “the natural world, sexuality and fertility, and spirituality, and mysticism,” like little-known Berlin-based sensation Ambera Wellmann, whose mash-ups of toys, sex figures, and succulent fuzzy color do just that. —J.S.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue, through August 10.

17. See Yellow Submarine
It’s all in the mind, y’know.
John, Paul, George, and Ringo save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies in this landmark Pop Art cartoon, back in theaters on its 50th anniversary in a spanking new restoration with sound worthy of its score (by the fifth Beatle, George Martin) and songs (among them “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” and the title track). —D.E.
In theaters July 8.

18. Listen to I’m All Ears
Teen pop never sounded so mature. 
Let’s Eat Grandma is a British electropop duo comprising friends and multi-instrumentalists Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton. The pair’s sophomore album, I’m All Ears, is packed with gems like “Hot Pink,” a collision of aching lyrics, catchy hooks, and banging beats. —C.J.
Transgressive, June 29.

19. Read Her Body and Other Parties
Ahead of its television adaptation.
Carmen Maria Machado’s critically acclaimed debut story collection arrived last fall in the midst of an explosive conversation about gender, abuse, and the way women’s stories had been silenced for decades. Now Machado’s horror stories, which Roxane Gay says “vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange,” are being developed into a Black Mirror–esque anthology series, with writer Gina Welch (Feud, The Terror) attached.

20. Watch Nailed It! Season Two
Twice as hideously inedible, twice as much fun.
A good baker is like a magician who takes random ingredients and — poof! — turns them into something delicious and beautiful. No one on Nailed It! is a magician; every attempt at cupcakes and other sweets turns into an epic fail. I guess what I’m saying is this show is a ridiculous delight. —J.C.
Netflix, June 29.

21. Go to Treble Tuesdays
The SoundCloud generation, IRL.
The local-music series celebrates a year as the epicenter of Brooklyn’s underground-music scene with a concert featuring Wyclef Jean of Fugees fame along with emerging talents like Ethiopian rapper Siimba Liives Long and the theatrical, androgynous queer artist Baby Yors.
House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, June 26.

22. & 23. Watch Ocean’s 8 and The Killing
Summer of scam.
Ocean’s 8
recently added a female-centric spin on that beloved Hollywood staple the heist film. Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 The Killing, based on Lionel White’s Clean Break, is arguably the greatest one of all time, with an unhappy ending that is so smooth, so cruel, so perfect.           
In theaters; streaming on Amazon Video.

24. See Cyprus Avenue
Belfast blues.
The Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court’s production of David Ireland’s subversive and savage new play about an unraveling Belfast Unionist comes to the Public. Vicky Featherstone directs Stephen Rea as Eric Miller, a man whose unexamined prejudices and even his sanity are shaken to the core by events following the birth of his granddaughter. —S.H.
Public Theater, through July 29.

25. Watch The World Cup
While we wait for 2026.
The World Cup is off and running, and, as you’d expect, every one of the 32 nations has a faction of fans hosting viewing parties around the city. Your best bets? Watch the Nigerian team and its beautiful kits at Buka (June 26, 2 p.m., vs. Croatia), or go crazy with the Tolfan, Iceland’s rowdy fan group, at Boom’s Tavern (same time, vs. Argentina).
Buka, 946 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill; Bloom’s Tavern, 208 East 58th Street.


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