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To Do: February 21–March 7, 2018

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

1. Watch Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.
Chasing the truth. 
From Anthony Hemingway, a celebrated director of The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, comes this similarly thorough ten-episode retelling of the murders of the Notorious B.I.G (Wavyy Jonez) and Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and the simultaneous investigations by detectives Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson). —Matt Zoller Seitz
USA, February 27.

2. Go to Women at Work: Labor Activism
Leading the charge.
This series kicks off with the 1954 strike drama Salt of the Earth, a collaboration between blacklisted filmmakers and Mexican-American zinc miners, with Rosaura Revueltas as a noble spouse. It’s chockablock with lectures, exhortations, and homilies, but as a specimen of ’30s-style communist propaganda it’s unparalleled. —David Edelstein
BAM, March 2 through 8.

3. Read An American Marriage
Gayle no doubt loves it, too. 
Oprah’s latest book-club pick, by Tayari Jones, has long been tipped as the most relevant novel of the winter. Celestial and Roy are barely married when Roy is wrongly imprisoned for rape, and while their love simmers in letters, she begins to fall for her friend Andre. The love triangle unfolds in alternating narratives, driven by the plot device of racial injustice but made flesh by a passionate writer. —Boris Kachka

4. See Judy Chicago: PowerPlay: A Prediction
Master class. 
Lightning-rod painter, sculptor, and feminist Judy Chicago, known for her great triangular dinner table and its 39 gorgeous place settings, exhibits a strong 1980s series of painted, drawn, and airbrushed images that turns her female gaze on the naked male body. Behold the twisted forms of masculinity, monstrous in exaggeration, distorted by self-consciousness, and felled by attempted projections of power. It’s important to have Chicago’s work in this art-world center stage; she belongs here more often. —Jerry Saltz
Salon 94, 243 Bowery, through March 3.

Classical Music
5. Hear Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Into the woods.   
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hunting was to concert music what the rodeo is to country and western: a sport so charged with romance and lore that even those who hated it knew how it was supposed to sound. The Danish String Quartet explores the music of pursuit in a program of Haydn, Mozart, Brahms — and their wildly sardonic 21st-century heir Jörg Widmann. —Justin Davidson
Alice Tully Hall, February 25.

6. See Three Tall Women
This one will be big.
The cast is the major draw for this revival of Edward Albee’s 1994 Pulitzer-winning drama, in which three nameless women of different ages let us in on the secrets of their lives and relationships. Alison Pill, Glenda Jackson, and the superlative Laurie Metcalf (who won a Tony last year for her performance in A Doll’s House Part 2) could probably just stand still doing nothing and create a trio of thrilling performances. —Sara Holdren
John Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street. In previews February 27.

7. Watch Forgotten
Head games. 
Netflix continues its investment in international film production with this mystery thriller, written and directed by South Korea’s Hang-Jun Chang (The Chronicles of Evil, Confession of Murder), about a young man whose older brother is kidnapped the day they move into a new house; he returns 19 days later with memory loss. —M.Z.S.
Netflix, February 21.

8. Read The Möbius Strip Club of Grief
A feminist counterpart to Lincoln in the Bardo
Poet Bianca Stone’s new collection submerges the reader in burlesque purgatory. Depicting a contemporary Hades, Stone revivifies ghosts of women poets long past and eulogizes their fierce genius.
Tin House Books, February 27.

9. See The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery
How could you not be intrigued?
What sounds like an HBO series or Umberto Eco novel is an exquisite assembly of 12 magnificent silver-gilt cups, each topped with a statue of a Caesar. Unreal levels of detail are packed into every inch, on every surface, wrapping over and around to tell fabulous tales of the victories, triumphs, and other great deeds of these autocrats. This is the Renaissance crawling into the guise of ancient Rome in decorative works that lift to bliss. —J.S.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through March 11.

10. See Black Panther
It’s just epic. 
Even Marvel skeptics should see Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which deftly mingles African folklore and futuristic gimmickry to tackle the subject of black militancy. The movie is against it, at least as embodied by Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. Danai Gurira all but steals the film as General Okoye, the “Grace Jones–lookin’ chick” with a samurai’s dexterity. —D.E.
In theaters now.

11. See The Amateurs
The show must go on.   
In this antic black comedy (as in: Black Death) from Jordan Harrison, the Pulitzer-finalist playwright of Marjorie Prime, a troupe of traveling actors in medieval Europe tries to escape the ravages of the bubonic plague. With traces of The Seventh Seal and Peter Barnes’s epic play Red Noses, The Amateurs looks to be an inventive, funny, searching new play about fellowship and creativity in a time of crisis. —S.H.
Vineyard Theatre, through March 18.

Classical Music
12. Hear Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Southern charm. 
Formed in 1991 from the rubble of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra and unbowed by Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana’s musician-run ensemble is a survivor. For its first visit to Carnegie Hall, led by the Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, the orchestra brings the saturated colors and insistent rhythms of Philip Glass’s Days and Nights in Rocinha and Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, plus Silvestre Revueltas’s irresistibly loud La Noche de los Mayas. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall, February 27.

13. Watch Good Girls
Ladies get in formation. 
The action taken by this show’s three legitimately cash-hungry moms, played by Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, and Retta, is not exactly advisable — they rob a grocery store in order to free themselves from their challenging financial situations. But watching these talented actresses as they face the increasingly dicey ramifications of what they’ve done is definitely a good idea.
NBC, February 26.

14. Read Asymmetry
The transformation of life into fiction.
Come, if you must, for the chattered-about roman à clef tucked into this novel by an author who had an affair with Philip Roth 20 years ago. But stay for Lisa Halliday’s story, composed ingeniously out of three disparate parts. In the first Alice loves the much older Ezra as the Iraq War rages in the background; in the second an Iraqi-American is trapped in Heathrow’s Kafkaesque passport control. In an epilogue, Ezra muses on love and inspiration for an episode of the BBC’s Desert Island Discs. —B.K.
Simon & Schuster.

15. See The Party
Getting tipsy.
Director Sally Potter (Orlando) returns with this Brit party movie, and it comes with bracing injections of politics, national and sexual, and a dream international cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Cherry Jones, and Cillian Murphy. —D.E.
In theaters now.

16. See Black Panther Women
Charting the resistance.
Written and directed by Jacqueline Wade and presented in honor of Black History Month, this play tells the oft-overlooked story of the women in the Black Panther Party (who at one point made up two-thirds of it).        
Sanctuary Theater at the Center at West Park, 165 West 86th Street, through March 4.

17. Listen to All Nerve
Back in the fray. 
Alt-rock idol Kim Deal reunites her flagship band, the Breeders, for this new album, a short, tart collection of ripping power-pop tunes and crushing slow songs that matches the quartet’s last outing, 2008’s Mountain Battles, for biting riffs and sugary hooks. —Craig Jenkins
4AD, March 2.

Classical Music
18. Hear New York Philharmonic
Winter thaw.
Pianist Yuja Wang, best known for rocketing through the biggest, fastest, toughest repertoire, tackles the more ruminative complexities of Brahms’s Piano Concerto. Jaap van Zweden, keeping the podium warm for the day he officially becomes the Philharmonic’s music director, leads Prokofiev’s even more thunderstorming wartime Symphony No. 5. —J.D.
David Geffen Hall, February 28 through March 3.

19. Listen to A Productive Cough
Things get loud.
New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus follow 2015’s ambitious double album The Most Lamentable Tragedy with this new offering, which trades sinewy punk-rock nuggets for a 45-minute batch of messy barroom brawlers. —C.J.
Merge Records, March 2.

20. See King of Hearts
Doughboy greatness.
Many people groan when I tell them how much I still love this 1966 antiwar comedy. The tale of a World War I Brit soldier (Alan Bates) who finds himself in a French town where (thanks to an evacuation) the inmates literally run the asylum is the old R. D. Laing conceit: The sane — who make war — are mad; the mad are blessed. —D.E.
Quad Cinema, opens February 23.

21. See Returning to Reims
A sinister homecoming.  
The German director Thomas Ostermeier is known for his radical work on the classical canon, but here he creates a new play from a philosophical memoir by Didier Eribon. Returning to Reims moves Eribon’s meditation on the current rise of frightening right-wing nationalism in Europe into a sound studio, where a lone actress (Homeland’s Nina Hoss) struggles to record a voice-over for a documentary on the author’s unsettling, all-too-relevant themes. —S.H.
St. Ann’s Warehouse, through February 25.

22. See Elvis Costello & the Imposters
Tender ballads meet New Wave classics.
Head out to Brooklyn in March to hear the all-grown-up punk as he powers through party jams like “Pump It Up” and “Radio, Radio,” then brings the house down with “Alison” and “I Want You.” —C.J.
Brooklyn Steel, March 7.

23. Read Heart Berries
A way out of madness.
There is plenty of misery in Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir, but also something fresh: a sort of lived-in, jargon-free intersectionality. Mailhot grew up on a reservation in British Columbia, and Canada’s shameful legacy of marginalization undeniably fueled the abuse that raged through her household, ultimately triggering a mental breakdown that caused her to commit herself to an institution. The incidents she recounts are horrific, but they’re rendered with a sense of self-knowledge that rarely emerges from happier lives. —B.K.

Classical Music
24. Hear Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan
Twice as grand.
Playing the piano is a discipline, its traditions passed down from teacher to student in a carefully cultivated line. Still, it’s a rare young virtuoso who has the confidence to share one of the world’s most august stages with the mentor whose approval he has always craved. Trifonov and his hero Sergei Babayan will face off across two pianos for a program of Schumann, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Arvo Pärt. —J.D.
Carnegie Hall, March 1.

25. See The Low Road
It’s the economy, stupid. 
Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Bruce Norris and acclaimed director Michael Greif bring an epic new play to the Public: a sprawling 18th-century yarn, featuring 17 actors in 50 roles, in which Norris examines the encounters and ideas that sent Adam Smith (and all of America) down the path toward the free market. —S.H.
The Public Theater, through April 1.