The Week in Arts: Chris Thile, J.K. Simmons, Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Pop Music: Chris Thile With St. Vincent and Jon Batiste

Dec. 15 and 22; ticketmaster.com.

Yes, Chris Thile relies in New York City, and sure, he’s the voice of the nation’s folksiest selection present. Since 2016, he’s been host of American Public Media’s “Live From Here,” a revamped model of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor’s decades-long paean to storytelling and Midwestern values. But the dissonance dissolves when contemplating that Thile is a virtuoso mandolinist for the teams Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers.

For the month of December, Thile and his band, led by super-producer Mike Elizondo, have been broadcasting reside weekly from Town Hall in Manhattan. The two remaining reveals will star indie rock favourite St. Vincent and “The Late Show” bandleader Jon Batiste; and classical ensemble The Knights.

There are nonetheless tales advised and winkingly political sketches carried out, however these musical A-listers type the present’s core. Expect all of the visiting artists to step exterior their musical consolation zones. NATALIE WEINER

TV: J.Ok. Simmons’s Double Duty in ‘Counterpart’

Dec. 9; starz.com.

Can there ever be an excessive amount of of J.Ok. Simmons? For followers of “Counterpart” — with the masterful character actor Simmons doing leading-man double obligation — the reply is a walloping no.

In its first season, “Counterpart” chased Simmons round Berlin, enjoying two variations of Howard Silk which can be subtly, but strikingly distinct. One is a meek workplace drone at a global company known as the Office of Interchange, whereas his badass doppelgänger operates in a secret parallel realm known as the Other Side. Their mission: to swap identities and maintain the gentler Howard’s comatose spouse, Emily (Olivia Williams), alive. Then a terrorist assault sends the portal doorways slamming shut, leaving the Howards stranded in one another’s world.

Season 2 of Justin Marks’s sci-fi espionage thriller, returning to Starz on Sunday, Dec. 9, finds an woke up Emily bewildered by her faltering reminiscence and the nagging sense that one thing about her husband isn’t fairly proper. It additionally sends Peter Quayle (Harry Lloyd), the Office’s deputy director of technique, in the hunt for evildoers inside his group — whereas attempting to save lots of himself from his spouse, Clare (Nazanin Boniadi), now revealed to be the opposite, deadlier model of the lady he fell in love with. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

CreditTina Fineberg for The New York Times

Classical: ‘Messiah’ Season Is Here

Dec. 11-17; nyphil.org; trinitywallstreet.org.

The holidays are upon us, which signifies that a lot of the world’s classical music organizations are devoted, sooner or later this month, to performing Handel’s “Messiah.” Two organizations in New York this week provide noteworthy approaches.

Billed, flatteringly, because the “Messiah” of all “Messiahs,” the New York Philharmonic’s run options the conductor Jonathan Cohen overseeing a robust forged that features the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, recent off his far more outré method to Baroque arias with the glittery “Glass Handel” venture.

The Trinity Wall Street church has been presenting “Messiah” because the 1770s, and its choral and orchestral forces, led by its music director Julian Wachner, ought to present an invigorating and unorthodox tackle the vacation staple. (The Trinity performances may also be livestreamed). WILLIAM ROBIN

Credit scoreEmily Mae Smith, through Perrotin

Art: A Two-Woman Show Full of Contradictions

Through Dec. 22; perrotin.com.

Through rigorous executions of distorted or surreal types, Emily Mae Smith’s oil work and Genesis Belanger’s ceramics dramatize the painful contradictions of inhabiting a feminine physique. The excessive level of “A Strange Relative,” their astute two-woman present at Perrotin Gallery in Manhattan, is an set up through which a sculpture and a portray, each with regards to a lady at her dressing mirror, additionally mirror one another.

On Belanger’s desk are a unfastened eyeball, crushed cigarettes, a wad of gum and a tongue rising from a lipstick tube; in Smith’s portray “Medusa Moderne,” a disconsolate broomstick with a serpentine inexperienced hairstyle hunches over a lineup of comparable objects. With so many layers of efficiency and reflection, how are you going to inform what’s actual? WILL HEINRICH

CreditPaula Lobo for The New York Times

Dance: Getting Political With Dancenoise

Dec. 12-15; newyorklivearts.org.

In 1983, the dancers Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton joined forces because the irreverent duo Dancenoise. Regulars on the East Village efficiency scene, they rapidly grew to become recognized for his or her hard-core feminism and gory, kitschy comedy. Knives and pretend blood have been recurring equipment, as indispensable as fight boots and lingerie.

Their appearances grew extra sporadic after Ms. Iobst moved to San Francisco within the late ’90s, however in recent times they’ve regained momentum, with a program on the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2015 and now a 35th-anniversary present at New York Live Arts in Chelsea.

While repurposing some tried-and-true materials, the Dancenoise of at the moment dives into the vortex of our present political second. “Lock ’em Up!,” because the Live Arts night is titled, options the performers Tyler Ashley, Laurie Berg, Heidi Dorow, Connie Fleming, Greta Hartenstein and Madison Krekel, together with movies by Charles Atlas and dramaturgy by the choreographer Sarah Michelson. SIOBHAN BURKE

Lucia Roderique in “The Turn of the Screw.”CreditKrannert Center for the Performing Arts, through University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theater: A Ghostly ‘Turn of the Screw’ at BAM

Dec. 12-15; bam.org.

There is a few probability that the younger governess was overeager for the job. At 20, a parson’s daughter, she didn’t ask many questions of the disarmingly good-looking Londoner who employed her to take care of his younger niece and nephew within the nation — not even when he stipulated that her chief obligation can be to go away him undisturbed.

So when she begins recognizing ghosts across the grand outdated home, in Henry James’s spine-tingling novella “The Turn of the Screw,” she doesn’t hassle her employer about it. She says not a peep, both, about her conviction that these menacing spirits are eyeing her suspiciously angelic prices.

Is she imagining it? Have her sleepless nights despatched her over the sting? With onstage cameras rolling, the governess (Lucia Roderique) recounts the eerie episode in “Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw,” a brand new multimedia adaptation by the Obie Award-winning experimental firm the Builders Association. Directed by Marianne Weems, the present arrives on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on the BAM Harvey Theater as a part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

Film: After a Cannes Ovation, ‘Capernaum’ Arrives

Dec. 14.

When Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” had its premiere on the Cannes Film Festival in May, it obtained a 15-minute standing ovation and predictions of a Palme d’Or win. (It misplaced out to Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Shoplifters,” however took residence the Jury Prize.)

Heart-rending and uncooked, “Capernaum” chronicles the chaotic existence of Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), an impoverished 12-year-old supply boy filled with brooding and bravura in Beirut who’s determined to save lots of his youthful sister Sahar (Haita “Cedra” Izzam) from marriage to a a lot older man. Fleeing his callous mother and father’ overcrowded residence, he finally ends up residing with Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw), an unlawful immigrant from Ethiopia, and caring for her child. When Zain is sentenced to 5 years in jail for a stabbing, he sues his mom and father for, he says, “giving me life.”

Labaki shot 520 hours of footage throughout six months as she coaxed inhabitants of the town’s slums — together with Zain, a Syrian refugee now resettled together with his household in Norway — into re-enacting their struggles. “Capernaum,” Lebanon’s Oscar entry for finest foreign-language movie, opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 14, earlier than a nationwide rollout. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

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