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To Do: June 3–June 17, 2015

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

Marion Cotillard at Lincoln Center, American Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty, and more New York events.  

1. Watch Hannibal
Third helpings.
Bryan Fuller’s series was initially described as a reboot, but it is clearly something else: a top-to-bottom reimagining, and a continuous, horrifying, yet strangely elegant nightmare. In its third season, the grand saga continues with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) on the run in Europe with his own psychiatrist, Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). —Matt Zoller Seitz
NBC, June 4 at 10 p.m.

2. Hear Spoon
Britt and the boys are back.
The jangly Austin rockers have been at it for more than two decades, yet last year’s album, They Want My Soul, is among their best. Lead singer–guitarist Britt Daniel’s rabid-dog growl and jagged distortion electrify the serene atmosphere his band creates around him—an interplay between calm and chaos that’s particularly fun to watch live. —Lindsay Zoladz
Kings Theater, June 16; The Wick, June 17.

3. See The Birth of a Nation
With accompaniment!
Fact is you need to see D. W. Griffith’s floridly racist film to understand the birth of both cinema and the still-rampant myth of American vigilante justice. Why not see it among (culturally speaking) friends at this centennial screening with live piano accompaniment? It will be introduced by the estimable critic Godfrey Cheshire, whose trenchant 2008 documentary Moving Midway dug into the cultural history of his own family’s North Carolina plantation. —David Edelstein
Film Forum, June 7.

4. See ‘Alex Katz’
At 87, in top form.
Katz hasn’t lost an ounce of his focus or painterly intensity—a kind of contemporary Monet, an artist who almost every time out is painting something like a masterpiece. These giant paintings of black brooks, trees at night, summer shade, drifting clouds, cityscapes, fog, and winter are all rendered without an ounce of feel-good sentimentality, nostalgia, or easy viewing. —Jerry Saltz
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, through June 13.

Classical Music/Theater
5. See Marion Cotillard in Joan of Arc at the Stake
One French heroine plays another.
The New York Philharmonic ends each season with a theatrical blowout, and this year it’s Côme de Bellescize’s staging of the rapturous and colorful oratorio that Arthur Honegger wrote in 1935. Cotillard takes the speaking part of Joan, who revisits her life in her last minutes; Alan Gilbert leads a grand musical mob. —Justin Davidson
Avery Fisher Hall, June 10 through 13.

6. Hear Neko Case
Blowing into town.
Hearing Case’s voice—one minute blaring and defiant, the next vulnerable and twangy—live feels like standing inside a tornado. She’s great with the New Pornographers, but she more than holds her own solo. Case is indie-deified for a reason.
50 Kent, June 12.

7. See The Flick
Moving pictures.
In Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer winner, typical stage action is mostly MIA. What does happen? A lot of sweeping and mopping of the floor of a grotty old movie house. Also: the tenderest drama—funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking—now playing at a theater near you. —Jesse Green
Barrow Street Theatre, through August 30.

8. Read Sarai Walker’s Dietland
Don’t let the pastel cover fool you.
Walker’s first novel leaves chick lit in the pixie dust, treading the rougher terrain of radical critique and shadowy conspiracies. Plum is a 300-pound New Yorker, employed to answer a magazine’s depressing letters and dead-set on gastric-bypass surgery until she gets entangled with a feminist collective and a guerrilla group. Underneath the baggage is a character thoughtful, warm, and plausible enough to carry it off. —Boris Kachka
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

9. See Keith Edmier’s ‘Regeneratrix’
Train to the past.
A glimpse of lost pre-Landmarks-law splendor, in sculptor Keith Edmier’s Penn Station Ciborium: a skeletal fragment of the rail palace reconstructed (allegedly with holy-relic true parts) just a few blocks from the real thing.
Petzel Gallery, through June 20.

10. See Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Last dance.
Cedar Lake has exemplified the kind of voracious artistic vision more American companies should pursue, which made the recent news of its closure especially tragic. The troupe’s final program, with work by Crystal Pite and Jirí Kylián, is typically adventurous. —Rebecca Milzoff
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, June 3 through 6.

11. Go to Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Watch, then act.
Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center, this is the best place to watch gripping visions of man’s inhumanity to man without surrendering to despair: You can merge your howls with the howls of others—and act. Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman’s stunning portrait of the Mexican drug war, is the opening-night benefit screening, to be followed by 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, the chronicle of a black teenager’s death in a gas station at the hands of a man who thought he was playing his music too loud. —D.E.
June 11 through 21.

12. See Leidy Churchman’s ‘The Meal of the Lion’
Onetime student becomes a master.
This show of 19 impeccable paintings is a tour de force of animals, text, fish, and landscapes, all rendered in a jeweler’s palette of powdery color—especially in one work that should be bought by a museum, a lavender depiction of the New York view from the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. —J.S.
Murray Guy, through June 13.

13. Listen to Jamie xx
The debut to beat this year.
English producer Jamie xx makes club music for introverts. He is also the quietest member (no small feat) of British pop-whisperers the xx, but his first solo album finds him stepping out from the shadows and crafting his own universe of immersive, wistful beauty. —L.Z.
Young Turks/XL.

14. Read Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves
A genre master handles an outlandish premise.
Stephenson is hardly a harmless escapist, tackling moral and scientific knots of great complexity. With a protagonist modeled on Neil deGrasse Tyson and social allegory worthy of H. G. Wells, his novel delivers both techno-futurism and old-fashioned fun. —B.K.
William Morrow.

15. See Claude Sautet
A master of the daily drama.
French filmmaker Claude Sautet became known as a director of sensitive dramas for good reason: He took the messy, potentially melodramatic emotions of ordinary life and created intoxicating, astutely observed films out of them. On view here: new digital prints of five of them, including his masterpieces Les Choses de La Vie and Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud. —Bilge Ebiri
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, June 12 through 18.

New Music
16. Hear Lukas Ligeti at 50
Performing at his own birthday parties.
The composer, percussionist, jazzman, and Africa­phile weaves the various strands of his life in a dense pile of rhythmic patterns that can produce moments of startling clarity. He performs in a pair of programs that range from small-scale oldies to freshly written works for large ensemble. —J.D.
Austrian Cultural Forum, June 11; Roulette, June 14.

17. Listen to Eskimeaux
She’ll warm you up.
Songwriter-producer Gabrielle Smith makes what we might call Rory Gilmore pop: music that’s both youthful and wise at the same time. Her new album, O.K., sounds like Florence and the Machine crossed with Frankie Cosmos. A true gem.

Art/Classical Music
18. See ‘H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS’
This much is known: Light sculptor Philippe Parreno and pianist Mikhail Rudy will fill the Armory’s immense drill hall with coruscating light and music, and there will be film, animation, recorded music by Ligeti and Scriabin, and something involving Marilyn Monroe. Beyond that, the show will be an exciting unknown. —J.D.
Park Avenue Armory, June 11 through August 2.

19. See The Sleeping Beauty
Waking up a classic.
Alexei Ratmansky—ABT’s resident artist and the most inventive choreographic mind around—takes on a classical warhorse, deep-diving into the original 1890 production and, if early notices are accurate, bringing forth lush new detail. —R.M.
American Ballet Theatre, June 8 through 13.

20. Watch Behind the Story at the Paley Center
Candid on-camera.
Each episode of this show, which looks at the processes behind TV’s most fascinating series, avoids the usual “This is the best thing I’ve ever worked on/all of my colleagues are geniuses” fluffery. Watching it, you actually get a sense of how art is made: through craft. The freshman season ends with an in-depth portrait of Showtime’s Masters of Sex.
Sundance Channel, June 15 at 11 p.m.

21. See Tyler, the Creator
Odd Future’s grand pooh-bah rules.
Tyler’s latest album, Cherry Bomb, was much shorter than the rapper’s earlier releases (that’s a good thing), highlighting his peppery, staccato style; his harsh vocals and high-energy antics should read well on Irving Plaza’s smaller stage.
Irving Plaza, June 12.

Performance Art
22. See Creative Tensions: Sex
The Kinsey scale, in action.
Playwright-performer Taylor Mac is bound to flash his license to truth-tell at this experimental symposium hosted by IDEO and the Sundance Institute, in which speakers and participating audience members are asked to self-identify on a variety of spectra by physically moving about the room; he’ll co-lead this exercise addressing themes like pleasure, privacy, and boundaries.
501 Union, June 8.

23. Read Seth Rudetsky’s The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek
Stars of tomorrow.
A welcome recent mini-genre of YA novels features teens realizing their fabulous theatrical dreams by working on Broadway; now add this tart tale by Seth Rudetsky, Broadway’s most entertaining chatterbox, about a gay 11th-grader and his nearly disastrous apprenticeship with a star. —J.G.
Random House for Young Readers.

24. Hear The Barber of Seville
But not that one.
When the young Rossini wrote an opera about the exploits of the irrepressible Figaro in 1816, he was hoping to unseat the wildly popular, 25-year-old classic by Giovanni Paisiello. On Site Opera brings back the original, resetting it in the Gilded Age and performing it in the library and courtyard of a Fifth Avenue mansion. —J.D.
Fabbri Mansion, June 9 through 13.

25. See Brigitte Lacombe
Portrait of a portraitist.
The photographer (a sometime New York contributor), known for her exquisite portraits of the very famous, gets her first solo show; the pristine frozen moments range from an Edie Sedgwick–channeling Sienna Miller to Mick Jagger in drag.
Phillips Auction House, opens June 15.