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To Do: November 16–November 30, 2016

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

1. Watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Back to Stars Hollow.
You can argue all you want that dead shows should stay dead, but if there’s ever been a convincing argument to the contrary, it’s this limited-run candidate for the title of Most Influential Series That Didn’t Feel Influential at the Time. Split into four 90-minute movies, the entire reboot is written and directed by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, so rest assured it comes straight from the heart. —Matt Zoller Seitz
Netflix, November 25.

2. Hear The New York Philharmonic
New beginnings.
Jaap van Zweden makes his first guest appearance with the orchestra since he was picked as its future music director, a job he’ll ease into slowly over the next two years. The program gives him a chance to show off his chops in the juiciest Romantic repertoire (Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony) and in a new viola concerto by Julia Adolphe. —Justin Davidson
David Geffen Hall, November 17 to 19.

3. See Implosion 20
A visionary gallerist looks back.
Before leaving Chelsea for midtown, one of the greatest galleries of the last 20 years celebrates these two tremendous decades. Come see artists like Jim Lambie, Ellen Berkenblit, John Bock, Nicole Eisenman, and many others. This is what the A-list looks like. —Jerry Saltz
Anton Kern Gallery, 532 West 20th Street, through December 22.

4. See Terms of Endearment
Forty-eight candles.
Brat Pack sweetheart Molly Ringwald is about the same age today as Shirley MacLaine was when she played Aurora Greenway, the world’s most overbearing mother. Now Ringwald stars as Green­way in a stage adaptation of the James L. Brooks screenplay the film was based on. —Jesse Green
59E59, through December 11.

5. & 6. Hear Meredith Monk and Ani Choying Drolma
After a brutal and sordid election season, we may all need a little spiritual succor. The New York artist and the Nepalese nun oblige by appearing in an evening of incantatory chants and musical rituals that should keep your thoughts on a higher plane. —J.D.
National Sawdust, November 17.

7. Read Truevine
Heartbreak in the Jim Crow South.
In telling the sad and incredible true story of two albino African-American brothers forced into a 1920s freak show and separated from their family for 28 years, Virginia reporter Beth Macy could have succumbed to the circus sensationalism. Instead, she takes her time putting the horror in context. —Boris Kachka
Little, Brown

8. Listen to Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings
A rebirth.
Country superstar Miranda Lambert’s latest album is a double, and for good reason. Her divorce from fellow Nashville heavyweight Blake Shelton last year ended what appeared to many on the outside to be one of the scene’s storybook romances; his quick rebound with fellow The Voice star Gwen Stefani means there’s likely loads of untold dirt that’s been mined for lyrics. —Craig Jenkins
RCA Records Nashville, November 18.

9. Watch American Horror Story: Roanoke
A kitschy good scare.
Just when you think you’re out, AHS pulls you back in. Roanoke is the best season since the second one, Asylum, using a reality-show–documentary format modeled on “found footage” horror but springing all sorts of formal surprises, keeping you off balance right until the end. —M.Z.S.
FX, season finale November 16.

10. See Total Verhoeven
Unwholesome fun.
Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven is either the trashiest master or the most masterly trash-monger. To commemorate his new film, Elle, the FSLC is showing back-to-back-to-back Verhoeven classics, from the satirical fascist excesses of RoboCop to the erotic Nazi counterspy movie Black Book. —David Edelstein
Film Society of Lincoln Center, through November 23.

11. See Norah Jones
Rainy-day melodies.
At the Newport Jazz Festival this past summer, Norah Jones told the Times she felt like a “jazz dropout” after a gap decade exploring honky-tonk country and Danger Mouse–produced soul. Jones has now reenrolled in the form, touring in support of her new record, Day Breaks.
Beacon Theatre, November 29.

12. See Theatre for One
Face to face.
In a small booth, one actor performs one short play for one audience member: That’s the radically distilled idea behind Theatre for One, the brainchild of scenic designer Christine Jones. The booth takes up residence this month at the Signature Center, eight of whose playwrights have been commissioned to respond to this year’s theme: “In This Moment.” —J.G.
Pershing Square Signature Center, through November 21.

13. Listen to Until the Hunter
Bittersweet sounds for fall.
On her latest release with the Warm Inventions, Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval builds on the airy, ethereal sound that made her a star of the ’90s alt-rock scene. Additional vocals by Kurt Vile.
Tendril Tales.

14. See Bad Santa 2
Ho ho ho.
Terry Zwigoff’s gonzo near-classic Bad Santa is all over premium cable these days, doubtless to get us excited for Bad Santa 2 (unseen at this writing), which has some mighty big boots to fill. Alas, Zwigoff isn’t back, but the clammy, toilet-mouthed Billy Bob Thornton is, along with Tony Cox as his venal elf. —D.E.
Opens November 23.

15. Listen to DΔWN’s Redemption
She deserves to win.
The dance-pop starlet Dawn Richard caps a decade of unpredictable evolution this fall with a hard left: accessibility. Her third solo album pulls off the noble feat of streamlining the cosmic pop-warrior stylings of the first two into a formidable stab at reaching a wider audience, without ever coming across as pandering. —C.J.
Local Action, November 18.

16. See Benny Andrews: The Bicentennial Series
A dazzling survey.
Made in the six years before the 1976 birthday bash, the work in this show gives us breezy color figures floating in air, slapstick, and more than a few allusions to the terrible racial history of this great country. A firsthand look at what America looked like to a black artist trying to get into the white art world. —J.S.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 11th Avenue, through January 7.

17. See Doc NYC
Truth in cinema.
New York’s annual DOC NYC festival is back with a slate of mouthwatering treasures. Just camp out in the Village and Chelsea to see docs on the New York Philharmonic’s resident cat lady (Feral Love), the Jewish Defense League (Mother With a Gun), and retrieving the bodies of lost scuba divers (Diving Into the Unknown) plus a slew of great panels. —D.E.
Various locations, through November 17.

18. See A Gun Show
Turning weaponry into music.
Drums, cymbals, and timpani all have long histories as instruments of war; now the ever-inventive ensemble So Percussion deploys those tools to comment on lethal violence. The group’s members can’t actually beat swords into plowshares, but they can do the next most literal thing: bang on a disassembled sniper rifle they ordered online. —J.D.
BAM, November 30.

19. Listen to The Weeknd’s Starboy
Is he trying too hard?
The Canadian pop-EDM sensation attempts to repeat the breakout success of last year’s Beauty Behind the Madness with this month’s Starboy. The downcast New Wave pallor of lead singles “False Alarm” and “Starboy” signals a restless taste for reinvention sometimes won at the cost of quality. —C.J.
Republic Records, November 25.

20. See Pop-Up Magazine
Taking the show on the road.
This offshoot of The California Sunday Magazine combines music, photography, and multimedia performance for an evening of true stories artfully told. See appearances by Ira Glass, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and a journalist from BuzzFeed.
Kings Theatre, November 17.

21. Read Another Day in the Death of America
Tragedy reflected.
After learning that seven American minors are killed by guns on an average day, British journalist Gary Younge went digging for the life stories of ten children and teens shot on a particularly bad one: November 23, 2013. —B.K.
Nation Books

22. See Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
An Austrian affair.
You can’t get much more Mozartian than an ensemble founded in the master’s hometown by his children and widow. The 175-year-old orchestra brings its brand of authenticity to Lincoln Center for an Olympian program of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, filled out by the earthly charms of his Horn Concerto No. 3. —J.D.
Alice Tully Hall, November 30.

23. See Othello: The Remix
The green-eyed monster, yo.
The Chicago-based Q Brothers basically invented the hip-hop-Shakespeare genre with The Bomb-itty of Errors in 1999. Now they turn their explosive verbal dexterity on a tragedy, with an 80- minute take on Othello commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe in London and produced here by John Leguizamo. —J.G.
Westside Theatre.

24. Read You Must Change Your Life
Like a Rilke-and-Rodin buddy pic.
Check out the mask of Auguste Rodin’s wife and first muse at the Met, then read Rachel Corbett’s exhaustively researched chronicle of the artist’s intense and fruitful May-December friendship with poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who was 35 years Rodin’s junior when they first met.

25. See Mitski
Your best American girl.
A firebrand of 20-something anxiety and wall-of-sound distortion, Mitski Miyawaki is one of the few musicians who could share artistic DNA with both Laurie Anderson and Rivers Cuomo. On her fourth record, Puberty 2, the New Yorker is emotionally threadbare, ambitious in tone, and quite funny.
Webster Hall, November 21.