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26 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix (Stranger Things), Courtesy of Prime Video (The Boys), Apple TV+ (Physical), Miya Mizuno/FX (Pistol), Mike Kollöffel / Netflix (Borgen)

To Do: May 25–June 8: Our biweekly guide on what to see, hear, watch, and read.


Stranger Things
Once more unto the Upside Down.
Netflix, May 27.
The show that made a generation of tweens feel nostalgic about the 1980s even though they never lived through them returns six months after the battle at Starcourt Mall, which was supposed to put an end to weird creatures emerging from the Upside Down but clearly did not, because here we are again. The second part of the fourth season will debut July 1. —Jen Chaney

The Danish answer to The West Wing returns.
Netflix, June 2.
About a decade ago, the pinnacle of being in on great, undersung TV was to have seen Borgen. Now it’s back — tune in to find out if Danish moderate coalition politics even exist anymore. —Kathryn VanArendonk

’Cause I, I wanna stream anarchy.
FX on Hulu, May 31.
Danny Boyle directs this limited series that traces the evolution of the Sex Pistols and the punk scene in late-1970s London with a cast that includes Game of Thrones vets Maisie Williams and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. —J.C.

The Boys
Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles joins.
Prime Video, June 3.
The Boys
are back in town. Expect gore, superhero nihilism, wry corporate commentary, possibly fewer exploding whales. —K.V.A.

New blood at the Pynk.
Starz, June 3.
Do not be confused by the sleazy strip-club setting: This returning drama about found families is as lovely and joyful and frightening and poignant as anything else on TV, and no one has ever shot strip-club scenes this well. —K.V.A.

The Real Housewives of Dubai
International wealth disparity.
Bravo, June 1.
The franchise about women with more money than sense sets up in Dubai, UAE, with its opulence, glamour, rampant human-rights issues, and migrant-labor abuse. —Roxana Hadadi

Ms. Marvel
Not Captain but Ms.
Disney+, June 8.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s expansion into more diverse narratives continues with a mini-series about a Pakistani American teen with superpowers, starring Iman Vellani. After so much apocalyptic content in the MCU, a return to high school sounds practically quaint. —R.H.

Let’s get …
Apple TV+, June 3.
Rose Byrne returns as ambitious ’80s leg-warmer-wearing Sheila. She’s also got a new nemesis: Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus). —J.C.


Vengeance Is Mine
Families are complicated.
Film Forum, May 27 through June 2.
Michael Roemer, whose classics Nothing But a Man (1964) and The Plot Against Harry (1970) were rediscovered in the ’80s and ’90s, is one of the masters of American cinema; now, here’s another unearthed work: a long-lost 1984 melodrama with Brooke Adams in a brand-new 35-mm. print. Don’t miss this. —Bilge Ebiri

The Cinema of James Wong Howe
The “How It’s Done” series.
Museum of the Moving Image, through June 26.
Pioneering cinematographer James Wong Howe helped usher film from the silent era into sound, and all while being denied U.S. citizenship until the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943.  Look for Howe’s collaborations with William K. Howard (The Power and the Glory), Alexander Mackendrick (Sweet Smell of Success), and Joshua Logan (Picnic).Alison Willmore

The life of a WWI poet.
In theaters June 3.
British director Terence Davies’s back with this film about poet Siegfried Sassoon and his experiences with war, homosexuality, and religion. —B.E.


Robert Rauschenberg
Post-minimalist sculpture.
Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street and 530 West 21st Street, through June 18.
Two great shows of his work from the 1970s that shine like a beacon of possibility for younger artists tired of high-priced, overproduced sculptures made by giant teams of assistants. Rauschenberg reintroduces us to the shamanic idea of generating art from whatever is around, but all made by hand from the core of obsession, driven by need and urge. —Jerry Saltz

Frederic Tuten
Spirited paintings.
Harper’s Apartment, 51 East 74th Street, through June 11.
Frederic Tuten overflows with visionary scenes right out of a fecund and ungovernable imagination. Done in an awkward, assured, cartoonish hand with undertones of Arshile Gorky’s teeming amorphic graphic fields, this is pigment, shape, and scene as abstract language. —J.S.


Nightcrawling, byLeila Mottley
Poetic injustice in a debut novel.
Knopf, June 7.
Kiara, 17, is trying to make a life in the East Oakland flat she shares with her mostly absent older brother, who dreams of rap stardom; she just wants to scrape by but gets entangled with the deeply corrupt local police. By Leila Mottley, Oakland’s 2018 youth poet laureate. —Emma Alpern

Everything Abridged, by Dennard Dayle
Overlook Press.
Dennard Dayle’s 17 speculative tales, girdled by a Devil’s Dictionary of 501 satiric definitions (literary, political, what-have-you), are by turns prescient of our anxious, conspiracy-fraught times and mournful of majestic worlds to come ruined by all too familiar hatreds. But the post-WWIII stand-up riffs? Truly funny stuff. —Carl Rosen


Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade
Slate, June 1.
This four-part miniseries hosted by Susan Matthews covers the landmark abortion-rights ruling Roe v. Wade, diving into events that laid the foundation for it — including the case of the first woman in the country to be convicted of manslaughter owing to an abortion. —Nicholas Quah


Wilco, Cruel Country
Wilco’s 12th album — and second double set.
dBpm Records, May 27.
Anxious for a more live-sounding, back-to-basics release, Chicago roots-rock lifers Wilco holed up in their home studio to workshop a batch of country songs with a minimum of overdubs and produced laid-back gems like “Falling Apart (Right Now).” —Craig Jenkins

Bon Iver
On tour.
Forest Hills Stadium, June 3.
Singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s flagship band Bon Iver’s show promises immersive sound courtesy of French speaker manufacturer L-Acoustics. Come early to catch a set from the folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman. —C.J.

Drive-By Truckers,Welcome 2 Club XIII
Drive-By Truckers’ 14th set.
ATO Records, June 3.
The nostalgic mood of “Every Single Storied Flameout” and the nightclub reminiscences in the title track suggest a more playful and reflective tone than the quiet terror of recent songs by the storied southern rockers. —C.J.


Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks
Thumbs up, way up.
The Wild Project, May 20 to July 2.
Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks is the best place to spot rising playwriting talent, returning in triumph after two summers of shutdown. The fest’s ethos is “funny, strange, provocative,” so you’ll need to hang onto both your hat and your socks for: California by Trish Harnetiaux, directed by Will Davis with downtown MVP Pete Simpson (May 20–May 31). Gab Reisman’s Spindle Shuttle Needle, directed by Tamilla Woodard, with theatrical supertroupers Tina Benko and Mia Katigbak (June 6–16). Angela Hanks’s Bodies they Ritual, directed by master-of-elegant-oddness Knud Adams, with Off Broadway superstars April Matthis and Lizan Mitchell (June 22–July 2). —Helen Shaw


Dance like Brooklyn is watching.
BAM, May 27 to 30.
For its 45th year, artistic director Abdel R. Salaam curates the long-lived (and long-loved) celebration of African dance, focusing this year on guest companies from New York and Washington, D.C., that use and reshape traditional forms from Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, and elsewhere. Visiting performers include Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Farafina Kan, Harambee Dance Company, Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, and the LaRocque Bey School of Dance. The festival includes a performance by the RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble and an outside bazaar. —Helen Shaw


Louis Vuitton x Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh
An American streetwear savant’s sneakers.
Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse.
Sneakers — 46 pairs! — made with materials from the late Abloh’s Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2022 men’s collections, are on display — an ode to his enduring legacy. —Asia Milia Ware


The Cleveland Orchestra
Carnegie Hall, June 1.
There may be no more satisfyingly retro full-immersion experience than settling into a plush velvet chair and letting the reliably immaculate Cleveland Orchestra wrap you in Schubert’s “Great” C-major symphony. The ensemble’s forever conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, leads a program that includes music by George Walker and Karol Szymanowski. —J.D.

Secular Sacred Harp
A singing lesson of sorts.
Merkin Hall, May 26.
Composer Kamala Sankaram invites the public to join a performance of songs she’s written, guided by an app she developed that emulates the Sacred Harp choral tradition. —J.D.

Josquin des Prez Marathon
Instrumental and vocal consorts.
Met Cloisters, June 8.
Josquin bounced around Renaissance Italy and France, following the choral-master job market. The Clarion Choir and Orchestra move around a compressed version of the same terrain for five hours of his sacred and secular music. —J.D.


The Rake’s Progress
Between London and the countryside.
Metropolitan Opera, opens May 30.
The Met’s production of Stravinsky’s neoclassical opera is a multi-throwback. Inspired by Hogarth’s 18th-century engravings and set in the early 20th century, it opened 25 years ago under the direction of Jonathan Miller (who died in 2019) and was last seen in 2015. Even so, everything about it can still feel fresh, starting with the principals, Ben Bliss and Golda Schultz. —Justin Davidson

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26 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks