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Fri

11/24

Theater

Curiosities

Photo: CAITLIN SPIESS OF ILL PRODUCTIONS

At 627 5th Avenue in South Slope, Brooklyn, stands a generic, white-brick building, the kind you’d probably never notice if not for the message scrawled in black paint on its side: “Are you curious?” It’s hard to imagine who wouldn’t be. This is the home of Curiosities, an immersive theater production that opened earlier this month and is in residence through November 26. The era, 1930s; the setting, the Menagerie, a jazz club out of which “the Professor” (played by Anthony Logan Cole) and his coterie of misfits operate an underground sideshow full of sins and secrets. The ambience is a little bit speakeasy, a little bit David Lynch. The plot is refracted across ten separate storylines, each anchored around a different character who might at any point beckon you into the hazy darkness backstage.

Molly Fitzpatrick

Music

Slaughter Beach, Dog

Jake Ewald has a lot more free time than he used to. His main band, the emo revival outfit Modern Baseball, went on hiatus last year, citing the mental-health troubles of one of the band members, Brendan Lukens. Now, Ewald has released the second album by his solo band, Slaughter Beach, Dog, a quieter, indie folk effort with intimate lyrics that tell quasi-autobiographical stories about love, substance abuse, and ennui. This music is strong enough that it could succeed without the draw of Ewald’s other group’s fame. Fans of that outfit are encouraged to check this out.

Sophie Weiner

Music

Shellshag + Math the Band + Teenage Halloween + Nervous Dater

Another great option for the generally quiet Thanksgiving week is this show at Silent Barn, which features several standout local acts alongside touring bands. Math the Band are a bonkers chiptune act whose music defies explanation — you need to see them live to get a feel for their overactive enthusiasm. The Brooklyn two-piece punk group Shellshag will also play, along with the instantly lovable New Brunswick garage poppers Teenage Halloween and the Brooklyn pop rock act Nervous Dater.

Sophie Weiner

Music

Laurel Halo + SHYBOI

In her own productions, the electronic musician Laurel Halo combines warped vocals, synths, and drum beats to stretch and bend fragments of dance music into something altogether stranger. Her DJ sets are often more straightforward, though her offbeat sensibility shines through nonetheless. She’ll headline this night at Elsewhere alongside the rising Brooklyn DJ SHYBOI, a member of the collective #KUNQ who uses dance music to explore her identity as a Jamaican woman and the historical dynamics between Caribbean and American culture.

Sophie Weiner

Sat

11/25

Music

David Crosby

Photo: HENRY DILTZ

Hip-hop-hating hippie harmonizer David Crosby, 76, has been enjoying an exceptional late-in-life career revival. After leaving the Byrds, which he cofounded in 1964, he played in various combinations with Steve Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young until last year, when Nash declared he’d had enough of his old friend’s cranky ways. While Crosby has recorded only six solo albums, beginning with his weird and willowy 1971 masterpiece If I Could Only Remember My Name, the three most recent of the bunch have all appeared since 2014. With its inventive musicianship, relaxed self-assurance, and gently cantankerous autumnal wisdom, 2016’s Lighthouse is the keeper, but his new Sky Trails isn’t half bad, either. This show is a strictly solo affair, though — just Croz and a guitar delivering idealist anthems like “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Long Time Gone,” and “Triad,” along with a helping of fresher fare.

Richard Gehr

Music

Nina Kraviz

The international superstar techno DJ Nina Kraviz headlines this bill of incredible female DJs at a Brooklyn warehouse party. Kraviz, who emerged from Russia to dominate the global underground techno scene over the last few years, is known for her willingness to take risks in her big-room sets. The rest of the bill is just as impressive. Umfang, a local DJ on the Discwoman roster, plays pounding techno that often closes out the best local raves. Experimental artist and modular synth pro Antenes will play b2b with Mary Yuzovskaya, another of underground techno’s greatest hopes. This party is where you’ll find the hippest raver kids working off their Thanksgiving dinners until dawn.

Sophie Weiner

Sun

11/26

Theater

Uncommon Sense

Photo: Joan Marcus

Tectonic Theater Project, long at the forefront of documentary drama, opens a new show this week about the underexplored subject of life with autism. (The group, under Moisés Kaufman’s leadership, is famous for consciousness-raising through the telling of real stories — from The Laramie Project, which documented the 1998 hate-killing of Matthew Shepard, to Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize–winning I Am My Own Wife.) Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris’s Uncommon Sense, running at the Sheen Center, explores the experiences of four people living on the autism spectrum, and is accompanied by an educational program, including panels of experts and an exhibit of visual works by artists with autism. Maybe most importantly, Tectonic will offer two “relaxed performances,” which mellow the lighting and sound, and lift the usual mandate to sit still and stay quiet — modeling what accessibility can look like in the theater.

Miriam FeltonDansky

Film

Fat Girl

Not even one of Catherine Breillat’s top-five most provocative films, this 2001 breakthrough (at least in terms of its renown in the United States) has nevertheless acquired some emblematic value, and maybe that’s for the best. Those paying the film a revisit may still find the final curveball alarming, if no longer surprising; the heart quickens as Breillat turns the wheel ninety degrees into oncoming traffic, but foreknowledge may help reveal the concluding seconds as not arbitrary or grafted-on, but a continuation, a thematic disrobing of flesh only briefly covered. Nor are the preceding 85 minutes chopped liver: Aided by cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis (also a favorite of Theo Angelopoulos), Breillat makes a sun-dappled sororal rivalry the stuff of queasily pleasant melodrama, and, in the film’s centerpiece, a sober and exquisitely nuanced depiction of sex (and the talk that surrounds it) worthy of Eustache.

Jaime NChristley

Mon

11/27

Film

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Photo: COURTESY JANUS FILMS

Joan, the Maid of Orléans, a/k/a “La Pucelle,” was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920, meaning that her admission to sainthood still more or less qualified as breaking news when Carl Theodor Dreyer went into production on what would become the definitive cinematic representation of her trial, her execution, and, what’s more, her piety. Dreyer was already one of the best movie directors in the world by the time he began production on The Passion of Joan of Arc, but in its aftermath, he became something else, something greater. Words indeed run aground when trying to assess the enormity and sophistication of this 1928 film. Dreyer’s subsequent work during the sound era — about one feature per decade until his death in 1968 — indicate preoccupations with a group of themes (spirituality, the body, faith, memory) for which The Passion of Joan of Arc, the subject of a new 4K restoration being released by Janus Films, helped to render the blueprints.

Jaime NChristley

Talks

Astro Poets: Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov

The poets Dorothy Lasky and Alex Dimitrov have been doling out astrological analysis via emojis, memes, and poetry on Twitter for almost a year now, gaining a cult following in the process. As of this writing, their Twitter account has 219k followers; the pair have nabbed a book deal; and they are also regular contributors to W magazine’s advice column, “Ask the Astro Poets.” To celebrate the Astro Poets’ birthday (the account is a Sagittarius, if you were wondering), Lasky and Dimitrov will be reading at the Mid-Manhattan Library and talking about the connections between poetry, astrology, and pop-culture. Lasky will read from her forthcoming book, Milk, to be published by Wave Books, and Dimitrov will be reading from a collection that was released earlier this year, Together and by Ourselves. Stick around after for a Q&A with this viral duo. Make sure you get there early, as seating is first-come, first-served, and registration won’t guarantee admission.

—Alana Mohamed

Tue

11/28

Music

Laurel Halo

Photo: Phillip Aumann

Ann Arbor–raised, Berlin-based electronic musician Laurel Halo resides in the imaginary. Like a curious cephalopod, Halo, whose dangerously giddy 2012 debut, Quarantine, was deemed album of the year by The Wire, extends her tentacles into different sectors — feminine post-pop, bristly techno, cool/free jazz, ambient robotics — without ever languishing in an obvious comfort zone. Literary influences include science fiction, Sappho, and concrete poetry, all of which bubble to the surface of her most recent album, Dust, which she’ll dip into here — with the help of percussionist sound installer Eli Keszler — as part of the Kitchen’s ongoing “Synth Nights” series. While Halo delights in confounding expectation, she has a comedy fan’s sense of timing, so her deadpan moments often turn out to be the most deadly of all.

Richard Gehr

Wed

11/29

Film

Modern Matinees: The Coen Brothers

Photo: Fargo (1996) / Courtesy MoMA

From New York to California, Mississippi to Minnesota, spanning genres like a Turner Classic Movies marathon, Joel and Ethan Coen have introduced us to ordinary people whose actions spin out of their control. Their characters are left with insoluble questions: Why has this happened to me? What does it all mean? The Coens’ movies can drive viewers similarly mad with the search for meaning. But despite plots denser than a Sarah Palin endorsement speech, it’s a mistake to impose a grand narrative theory on their films. The forces that propel the brothers’ plots are random, not designed, and their people don’t triumph over those forces so much as wade through them, frantic for answers.

Lara Zarum

Thu

11/30

Film

Pictures From the Revolution: Bertolucci’s Italian Period

Photo: 1900 / PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PHOTOFEST

“He who has not lived in the years before the revolution cannot know what the sweetness of living is,” goes the quote from Talleyrand that inspired the title of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution — a hell of a thing for a young Italian Marxist to call a film in 1964. As youth and countercultural movements across the world were beginning to reimagine a radical new future, here was a brief evocation of what might be lost — of a world that, for all its iniquities, still had a wistful romance to it. The film followed a young Parma man (Francesco Barilli) whose revolutionary activities conflicted with his bourgeois milieu, but it largely focused on his amorous relationships. The director was fervently political, but he had feet planted firmly in both revolution and nostalgia. And he made that tension the central animating force in his work, as the Quad’s brief but packed retrospective of the director’s Italian movies, “Pictures From the Revolution,” makes abundantly clear.

Bilge Ebiri