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New York is once again full of must-see exhibitions and performances, but there are also new movies and TV shows to watch — it’s more than I can keep up with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here are five things I’ve been watching, listening to and seeing →
For the past few anxiety-inducing years, the music I listened to when I needed to calm down was often Khruangbin. The band teams up with the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré in “Ali,” a tribute to his father, the Grammy Award-winning Ali Farka Touré. A great album start to finish, but my favorite track is “Diarabi.”
When this play opened in 2001, I was relatively new to New York, and I missed it. Now I know that when there’s something by Suzan-Lori Parks on a nearby stage, you go. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II makes his Broadway debut, and Corey Hawkins gives a captivating performance.
Film: ‘Decision to Leave’
After “Parasite” seared itself into my brain, I’ve been eager to watch more Korean movies and TV. “Decision to Leave,” an enjoyably bewildering story with noir, romance and Tang Wei (unforgettable in “Lust, Caution”), is what I was waiting for.
Art: ‘Just Above Midtown’ at MoMA
If you’re into contemporary art, particularly the many Black artists making waves today, you will eventually read about this gallery. JAM helped launch the careers of people like David Hammons and Senga Nengudi, but it was around from only 1974 to 1986. This MoMA show reveals what most of us missed.
TV: ‘Love Island’
There are 66 episodes in Season 8 of this reality dating series brought to Hulu from across the Atlantic. Will it make any critic’s best-of list? Maybe not. But I will not be shamed for watching it, and as a bonus, I brushed up on my British slang, cheeky chappies.
Here are some more recent favorites: