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To Do: February 24–March 9, 2016

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

1. Hear Ty Segall
Hot fuzz.
The prolific San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall has a gift for creating breezy pop melodies — which he then loves to warp and bury under avalanches of fuzz. For two nights, he’ll play from his new record, Emotional Mugger, an electrifying jolt of psychedelic mayhem that sounds a bit like a vinyl copy of Pet Sounds left to warp in the California sun. —Lindsay Zoladz
Webster Hall, February 27 and 28.

2. Watch Prey
You’ll fall for it.
Do we really need another show about a brilliant but troubled detective rooting around in the muck of violent crimes and possible police corruption? Sure, if it’s as attuned to psychology as Prey, in which Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt (Rosie Cavaliero) medicates her post-­divorce depression with food and extra work, including investigations of a runaway detective who’s gone all Richard Kimble while trying to clear himself of sinister charges, and of a prison officer who’s suspected of aiding an inmate escape. —Matt Zoller Seitz
BBC America, February 25 at 10 p.m.

3. Watch A War
In theaters. With the powerful but plodding Son of Saul the favorite to win a foreign-language Oscar, many folks won’t pay enough attention to Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s A War. It’s a bitter tragedy wrapped in a too-familiar tale of combat in Afghanistan, where a battered but fiercely loyal squad leader makes a decision to save one of his men that inadvertently leads to the deaths of innocent civilians. He’s in the wrong place at the wrong time calling for bombings on people he can’t see for increasingly murky reasons. Who are we to judge? —David Edelstein

4. See Adam Stennett
Think urban Revenant.
The New York gallery scene is always growing, showing us how porous, open, and promising it is, and this artist-operated Red Hook space is one of its brighter spots. Right now, venture out behind the building to see magical modern-day Robinson Crusoe Adam Stennett, living out­doors for the month in an igloo-teepee thing, collecting water from snow, composting his own feces (back inside, don’t miss Charles Harlan’s masterly, simple sculptures). —Jerry Saltz
Pioneer Works, through February 29.

5. See Sense & Sensibility
Lord help the mister …
Bedlam’s brisk highlights reel of the Jane Austen classic may not capture the original’s dry wit and penetrating insight, but with its madcap pace and dancing furniture, it sure is rollicking fun. Andrus Nichols stars as the pragmatic Elinor Dashwood, Kate Hamill (who wrote the adaptation) as her hyper­romantic sister Marianne. —Jesse Green
The Gym at Judson, through April 10.

6. Read Forty Rooms
Olga Grushin’s mystical tapestry.
A young female poet leaves Soviet Moscow for America, wanting only “to live in a timeless poem,” but time catches up to her with brutal stealth, subsuming her in suburban banality. Grushin spins her Bovary plot with ghostly harbingers, jarring shifts in perspective, and linguistic fillips most native-born writers would envy. —Boris Kachka
Putnam, February 16.

7. Watch Chelsea Does
Asking the tough questions.
This borderline vanity project — in which Chelsea Handler travels, interviews people, and witnesses various facets of global life — has an effective blend of breeziness and seriousness. The show’s curiosity and smarts buoy it during times of less credibility, and there’s almost a sense of determination radiating out of the episodes: We’re doing this. Luckily, she’s doing it pretty well. —Margaret Lyons

8. See Don Pasquale
A new Don is born.
The Met rolled out Otto Schenk’s production in 2006 for star tenor Juan Diego Flórez. It returns, part of an undeclared, season-long Donizetti festival, with Flórez’s sometime cover and now rival in the high-C’s department Javier Camarena, plus the extravagantly charismatic comic baritone Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. —Justin Davidson
Metropolitan Opera, opening March 4.

9. See Shen Wei Dance Arts
Rendering the artist’s hand visible.
Who hasn’t stared at a pristine museum wall longing to leave an impression? In freethinking choreo­grapher Shen Wei’s Connect Transfer, the dancers make literal marks: Their undulating bodies, like human calligraphy pens, drag paint across the floor. At the “Works & Process” series, viewers will stare from rotunda perches while Wei’s dancers create a work of real-time visual art. —Rebecca Milzoff
Guggenheim Museum, February 28 and 29.

10. Listen to The 1975
Fresh from SNL.
Imagine if One Direction had a more adventurous record collection (INXS, Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine) and a penchant for Rimbaud, and — voilà! — you understand the 1975. There’s nothing subtle about these guys, but (despite the title) it’s hard not to admire their sophomore album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, for its sheer romantic bombast and outsize ambition. —L.Z.
Polydor, February 26.

Classical Music
11. Hear the Minnesota Orchestra
Blowing into town.
Maybe it’s the climatological sympathy that links Finland and Minnesota, or the tradition of immigration that brought Osmo Vänskä to Minneapolis, but either way, the torch of Finnish music burns bright on the prairie. Violinist Hilary Hahn joins for an all-Sibelius concert, including the unconventional but relatively reticent Third Symphony. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall, March 3.

12. See Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope
Return of the breakthrough.
With book, music, and lyrics by Micki Grant, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope was the first Broadway show written entirely by an African-American woman. It ran for two years starting in 1972, then disappeared from town. Now comes a rare chance to see the vibrant revue, in a simply staged concert format from the “Musicals in Mufti” series. —J.G.
York Theatre at Saint Peter’s, February 27 through March 6.

13. Watch Law & Order
The hard-to-find early days.
The original Law & Order left Netflix long ago, and the only way to stream all episodes digitally is to buy them. But for the few remaining days of February, fans of old-school L&O can revisit the first five episodes of Dick Wolf’s long-running franchise online. That this is TV’s greatest crime procedural should be reason enough to watch.
Streaming on

14. See I Sing the Body Electric
Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s poetic power and pathos.
In two large projections, twisting, fit, stark naked, crimson-painted Reynaud-Dewar mesmerizingly moves, dancing through art spaces, seeming to create bubbles in reality. This song of the human body is carried into the next gallery, where wrinkled fabric is printed with segments of Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric.” ­Reynaud-Dewar certainly does! —J.S.
Clearing, through March 6.

15.–19. Watch the Oscar Docs
Riveting realities onscreen.
If you can ignore the Academy’s iffier aspects, the Oscars do offer documentary filmmakers a chance to reach an audience of awards completists (all docs now available on demand). Asif Kapadia’s Winehouse bio, Amy, is the favorite, with stunning footage and a chilling portrait of the singer’s opportunistic dad. But I ultimately found it too much of an autopsy compared to Liz Garbus’s Nina Simone portrait, What Happened, Miss Simone? Evgeny Afineevsky’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is straight-up agitprop with frontline footage of the recent revolution; more nuanced is Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, the less-sensationalist sequel to the story of Indonesian mass murderers who still enjoy a place of honor in their country. Tops is Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, in which the director tracks both American vigilantes on the Mexican border and the far more sympathetic Mexicans who’ve been pushed to their limits by the killing of their countrymen. —D.E.
Available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu (Amy, The Look of Silence, Cartel Land), and Netflix (Miss Simone, Winter on Fire).

20. Go to Muslim in America
Voices above the noise.
Hear three American Muslim writers — Pulitzer-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, memoirist-scholar Haroon Moghul, and journalist Rozina Ali — talk about refugees, publicly sanctioned hate speech, ISIS, and identity politics in a time of terror. —B.K.
The Greene Space, February 29.

21. Watch Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll
Remembering a pioneering shredder.
In a segue from Black History to Women’s History Month, “American Masters” features the genius guitar goddess who inspired everyone from Elvis and Chuck Berry to Dylan, with plenty of electrifying footage. One of Tharpe’s closest friends, paraphrasing her eulogy from Sister’s 1973 funeral, puts it best: “She would sing until you cried, and then she would sing until you danced for joy.” —L.Z.
Streaming on

22. See Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
What rhymes with “climate degradation”?
Baba Brinkman’s (his recent Rap Guide to Religion was a hit) one-man show takes on global warming: “There’s a debate, but it’s not against the few who doubt it / The debate is what to do about it.” —J.G.
Soho Playhouse, February 25 through April 24.

23. Watch A Girl in the River
Short but powerful.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s heartbreaker got a Best Documentary Short Oscar nom last year. It’s about the “honor killings” inflicted on about 1,000 Pakistani women each year; the focus is on Saba, 18, who eloped with her boyfriend and was targeted for death but lived to tell what ­happened. —M.Z.S.
HBO, March 7 at 9 p.m.

Classical Music
24. Hear Deluxe Chamber Music
Consider the chamber-music conundrum.
Zankel Hall, February 24. As soon as chamber ensembles achieve some fame, they graduate from actual chambers to big halls that swallow the music. That’s what makes it special to hear the starry trio of violinist Christian Tetzlaff, his cellist sister Tanja, and pianist Lars Vogt play Schumann, Dvorák, and Brahms piano trios in a more intimate setting. —J.D.

25. Listen to Ultimate Care II
The electronic duo Matmos’s new album is made up of sounds generated entirely by a washing machine (it’s named for a Whirlpool model). Don’t roll your eyes: Tracks like “Excerpt Three” comprise amazing sounds that somehow feel both mechanical and organic.
Thrill Jockey.