1. See John Singer Sargent Watercolors
Ninety-three works, many unseen for decades.
The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, got together on this one, mining their holdings for an unusually comprehensive survey of these intense, beautiful paintings. Keep them out of storage, guys!
Brooklyn Museum, opens April 5.
2. Watch Vice
With special guest Kim Jong-un!
Yes, Vice is off-putting. But give ’em this: They got in to see the Outstanding Leader when nobody else could. That alone will get us to watch for a few weeks. Well played, guys.
HBO, premieres April 5.
3. Read Bad News
As the series concludes, revisit book No. 2.
The second of Edward St. Aubyn’s five “Melrose” novels—especially chapter seven, a Fugue for 400 Voices Inside a Smack Addict’s Head—makes me want to resuscitate the phrase tour de force. —Kathryn Schulz
4. See Judith Belzer
Belzer channels her inner West Coast self through the spirits of Thiebaud and Diebenkorn in these richly sketchy panoramic landscapes with sweeping spaces, vertiginous views, the light of San Francisco, and the glow of a restless painter in search of a real abstract landscape. —Jerry Saltz
At Morgan Lehman, through April 27; and in the group show “Against the Grain” at the Museum of Arts and Design, through September 15.
5. See Miroslaw Balka: The Order of Things
Balka’s gigantic installation The Order of Things looks like a machine from hell, spewing two great rushing jets of ink-black water and sounding like it’s from the Stygian abyss. Go and be dwarfed by it; bow down to it; try to beat your hands against it. Don’t turn your back on it. The thing may only be a sculpture, but it feels like it could turn on you at any moment. —J.S.
Gladstone Gallery, through April 13.
6. Hear Leonard Cohen
At Radio City Music Hall.
Wear a snap-brim hat, and plan to go drinking after.
April 6 and 7.
7. See The Last Detail
In a 4K restoration.
Jack Nicholson first proved he was a hell of an actor in this 1973 film, one of Hal Ashby’s best pictures, from a script by Robert Towne. He plays “Badass” Buddusky, one of two sailors assigned to transport a poor patsy of a petty thief (dumb, lovable Randy Quaid) to the brig for what promises to be eight brutal years. I’ll never forget seeing this in the seventies: Its boisterousness and wild profanity elated me, and its overriding melancholy packed a wallop. —David Edelstein
At Film Forum, April 5 through 11.
8 & 9. See and Read William Klein
One of the most important photographers alive, on view and in print.
A big luxe survey of the mid-century master, now 84: fantastic street views, vivid backstage scenes, the contact sheets on which he paints, lots of magazine covers, and more. He designed the companion volume himself, too, and it includes bits and pieces of his photo books of the fifties and sixties. Impeccable.
William Klein: Paintings, Etc. on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery through April 27; William Klein: ABC, out now from Abrams.
10. Hear Chris Hardwick
The comic and voice behind the “Nerdist” podcast comes out of his basement and onto Carolines’ stage. (For what it’s worth, he’s quite charming in person—the least-geeky geek you’re likely to see.)
Carolines on Broadway, April 5, 6, and 7.
11. Hear Hot Chip
London’s favorite synthesizer jockeys come to midtown, where they’ll download their latest into your brain. Welcome your robot overlords!
Roseland, April 9.
12. Hear Isabel Leonard
A singular soprano, and one to watch out for.
It’s a dangerous world out there for a young opera singer with the voice, the looks, and the onstage ease to upstage the reigning diva, but Isabel Leonard also seems to have the grit and sensitivity to be an all-around star. The Met’s underusing her, so for now she’s just a spectacularly talented performer, so versatile she can’t quite decide whether she’s a soprano or a mezzo. She returns to the Met in May in Dialogues des Carmélites, but in the meantime catch her solo at Carnegie Hall. —Justin Davidson
Recital at Zankel Hall, April 9.
13. Hear Alarm Will Sound
And we will respond.
Alarm Will Sound is the Seal Team Six of new music, comfortable in any stylistic terrain, always flicking technical challenges. The group returns to its sometime base at Zankel Hall for the world premiere of Fly by Wire, by the guitarist and caffeinated composer Tyondai Braxton. Also on the program: selections from The Hunger, a new music-theater piece by the Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy that incorporates vintage recordings of Gaelic folk song. —J.D.
Zankel Hall, April 6.