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Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings @ National Gallery of Art March 4 through May 28

One of the best art galleries in the world will be exhibiting one of the best photographers in the world and if you miss it you will regret it for the rest of your life. Well, maybe you wont, but I certainly will, which is why I’ll be there bright and early on Saturday morning to soak up all of Sally Mann’s ethereal goodness. A photographer for more than forty years, Mann’s work is deeply intimate with a sarcastic edge and an appeal to universal topics such as family, youth, sickness and memory. Mann’s work is deeply rooted in her southern upbringing and NGA’s A Thousand Crossings looks to examine how Mann’s photos are shaped by the history and shape of the land. Her haunting images evoke a timelessness that create a space for discussion about the south’s past and future. A Thousand Crossings will is also one of the largest Mann exhibitions and will include never before seen photos and other geeky shit I can’t wait to see. The real question is, do you think NGA will let me temporarily move into the exhibit? Just for a little while… -Kaylee Dugan

Women House @ National Museum of Women in the Arts March 9 through May 28

Things are about to get weird at the National Museum of Women In the Arts and we mean that in the best way. NMWA’s Women House is a sequel to the subversive Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro helmed Womanhouse exhibition from 1972. While the original exhibition took place in a dilapidated California mansion, it’s 2018 baby, which means the exhibit will be taking over a large swath of NMWA’s gorgeous building. Women House’s focus is to highlight the different ways female artists relate to the home, and while there are plenty of pieces that push back against the “housewife” status quo, Women House shows off a broader range of thoughts and feelings about domesticity than it’s 1972 counterpoint. With more than 30 artists (many of whom are international) you can expect a wide swath of art and ideas. NMWA’s exhibits always manage to surprise us, and we don’t think Women House is going to be any different. -Kaylee Dugan

Sculpture of a house sitting on a pair of legs, forming a half-house, half-woman creature

Laurie Simmons, Walking House, 1989; Collection of Dr. Dana Beth Ardi; Photo courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey @ National Bonsai & Penjing Museum March 10 through April 8

You could crowd around the Tidal Basin and fight your way through tourists to catch a glimpse of those fickle flowers, or you could spend some breezy, easy time in one of the most beautiful spots in D.C. From March 10 to April 8 the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum will be displaying the art of landscape architect Ron Henderson, whose work chronicles his time following the blooming of the cherry blossom trees around Japan on what must have been the most photogenic and tranquil road trip of all time. Check out the exhibition and then spend the rest of your afternoon exploring the gardens of the otherwordly Bonsai & Penjing Museum. It’s the most relaxing place in D.C. -Kaylee Dugan

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man @ Renwick March 30 through January 21, 2019

If someone asked you how to bring any element of Burning Man to Washington, D.C., a city that seems to have even more dry cleaners per city block than it does Starbucks locations, you’d probably assume you misheard the question. And yet, it can be done. Not surprisingly, the closest most DC residents will ever come to Burning Man is an art exhibit at the Renwick. Though to be fair, that exhibit is probably going to be a helluva lot more badass than those rocks in the Natural History Museum. -Trisha Brown

A photo of Shrumen Lumen, a faceted mushroom sculpture piece, installed in the desert at Burning Man 2017.

FoldHaus, Shrumen Lumen, 2016. Photo by Rene Smith.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman available March 6

Having seen almost all seventeen seasons of ABC’s hit reality dating show The Bachelor, thirteen seasons of The Bachelorette, and all of the episodes of the spinoff ensemble shows, I can say I’m a card-carrying member of Bachelor Nation and I’m definitely not the only one. Bachelor Nation encompasses the rapid fandom surrounding the show and also refers to the sorority/fraternity-esque club that exists of current and past show contestants. The obsession doesn’t end when the season ends. Contestants social media accounts rank in the six figures, many of them securing product endorsement deals and opportunities as TV show hosts. Some of these reality stars create careers akin to retired professional athletes. This phenomenon inspired Amy Kaufman to dig deeper into the cult status of the show’s fan and stars. L.A. Times reporter Kaufman used to cover the show for the paper and even after that ceased to be her professional beat, she still couldn’t stop watching. Kaufman, who gets amazing access to real star-studded events like The Golden Globes, is a master at catching celebrities in candid moments. I, for one, can’t wait to read about the behind the scenes dirt she uncovers. And unlike the show, there’s no right (or wrong) reason to read this book. If you’re a fan, you’re reading it STAT. -Diana Metzger

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Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang by U-God available March 6

Music memoir fans will likely find lots to love in U-God’s new autobiography Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang. While not the most iconic member of the visionary hip hop collective, U-God has been with the Clan since the beginning, and has a unique insight into the group’s ascent to the upper echelons of music history. As with any memoir along these lines, expect equal parts insane, over-the-top anecdotes and charmingly unreliable first-person narration. There’s going to be enough here to please anyone from Wu-Tang Clan fanatics to total rap dummies. -Matt Byrne

Jim Gaffigan @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor March 3 and 4

There was a point in my life when I actually liked Hot Pockets (so did you, don’t lie to yourself), but Jim Gaffigan changed all that in 2005 with his famous line “You can have a Hot Pocket for breakfast, a Hot Pocket for lunch, and be dead by dinner.” Gaffigan calls out the lunacy of everyday life unlike anyone else in stand up comedy. His dry witty delivery—one that immediately establishes him as an “everyman” to his audience—only serves to make lines like “skiing is really the only time you will see rich people wait in line” resonate in a way that makes you feel dumb for not thinking of it first. -Ruben Gzirian

Cherry Blossom PUB March 1 through April 29

Sure, the trees at Drink Company‘s Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar (or PUB if you’re feeling real casual) aren’t real, but they’re as luscious and breathtaking as anything you’d find outside. See more photos in our First Look. -Kaylee Dugan

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Tequila & Mezcal Festival @ Oyamel March 5 through 18

This annual event is how I determine what mezcal to purchase in liquor stores for the next 12 months. I’m a novice mezcal drinker and do not want to be a novce mezcal drinker. But since learning about the spirit is much more difficult than Bourbon or another U.S. based liqour, I use this as my refresher course. Last year I took photos of the Mezcal Joven produced for Illegal Mezcal and Siete Misterios Mezcal Joven. Whenever I’m in a store, I pull out my phone to look for these. I didn’t have much luck finding these in retail establishments. I’m looking to expand my preferences so I’ll be back at the fests kick-off party March 5. We suggest you do the same. Knowing what you’re enjoying enhances your enjoyment. -Brandon Wetherbee

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Eavesdrop Brewery Opens March 9

There’s a new kid on the block. Eavesdrop is located in an old racing pigeon loft out near Bull Run Regional Park. That’s where they have 20 taps, a rooftop bar, and “plenty of comfortable seating.” (Big if true.) Outside of the brewery, they ‘re cultivating a “hop garden, apple trees, [and] berry bushes” – the fruits of which will likely be going into their beers in some capacity. Read more in our Draft Picks: March’s Best Beer Events feature.

St. Baldrick’s Day @ Boundary Stone March 11

If you’ve ever visited a brewery, you know that the people who work in them love two things: beer and hair. And tattoos, I guess. Also, heavy metal. But, really, beer and hair.

So, when brewers part ways with their flowing locks, it’s no trivial matter. But that’s exactly what a handful of folks from the local beer scene will be doing at Boundary Stone on March 11. Why? To raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research. Read more in our Draft Picks: March’s Best Beer Events feature.

Malt Madness @ Port City Brewing March 31

If you like getting competitive whilst consuming malty beer, holy shit, you are in luck: The event features a cornhole tournament and a “giant yard pong” tournament. It costs $25 to enter a team of two (that fee cover two beers and two “limited edition team bandanas”), while additional team members may be added for $5 each. To kick up the competitive spirit a notch, the winners of the cornhole and yard pong tournaments will face off in basketball shoot off for a grand prize. (This whole thing will play out three separate times over the course of the day.) Team sign-up begins March 1 at noon, so don’t drag your feet. Read more in our Draft Picks: March’s Best Beer Events feature.


Thoroughbreds in theaters March 9

After getting a ton of critical buzz over a year ago at Sundance, the black comedy/thriller Thoroughbreds is finally getting a wide theatrical release. The movie features huge performances from Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy, who star as a pair of childhood friends from the upper-crust of society that have grown apart but rekindle their friendship after hiring a hitman to kill Taylor-Joy’s stepfather. Anton Yelchin’s turn as the grifter-y drifter that’s been commissioned to kill is unfortunately his last, filmed shortly before his untimely death. The film’s been praised for its relentless, brutal humor and perfectly disengaged lead performances, looking like a mix between American Psycho and Heathers. -Matt Byrne

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Strangers: Prey at Night in theaters March 9

It’s been ten years since the masked strangers terrorized horror movie fans across the world, but they’re back and taking some clearly modern cues. The Strangers wasn’t the first home invasion horror movie (nor was it the most gruesome, you can look to the French for that), but it brought the genre to the masses and for a little while it seemed like everyone was talking about the gory, cruel, and most importantly, senseless horror film. While the movies of the 90s strove to overly explain and / or poke fun at the monster (see Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and any Halloween sequel) this new brand of horror movie came with no explanation by design. There’s no better example than the most famous scene of the first film, when the pursued family breaks down and asks the masked strangers, “Why us?”, they cooly respond with that now classic line, “Because you were home.” The Strangers: Prey At Night seems to continue this trend of senseless violence, but with a slightly satirical bent. The inclusion of Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” infuses the trailer with a wink wink nudge nudge feel and the parallels between this and Adam Wingard’s You’re Next are clear. What’s not clear is how they’ll be able to set themselves apart from the home invasion films of the early aughts. The Purge already tried to reclaim the genre and considering how quickly they pivoted to a larger scale, social justice tinged franchise, just focusing on old genre tricks didn’t seem to go too well. Regardless, I’m excited to see the story revived. I’ll never say no to a horror film with a fun soundtrack. -Kaylee Dugan

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Isle of Dogs in theaters March 23

A new Wes Anderson film is an event. Even if his sensibility is twee to some, it’s hard not to find something to love about his films. Especially his sense of creating almost storybook design elements in his films. The look is very similar to his 2015 animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox. This project is also written and directed by Anderson. Though this time the story is wholly original. Conceived by Anderson and his close collaborators Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura, Isle of Dogs is the story of a young boy in Japan who goes in search of his missing dog aided by a group of rogue dogs. Typical of an Anderson film, this one also doesn’t lack star power as the voice actors are a massive troupe of Hollywood’s who’s who; Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson are just a handful of the bold faced names giving voice to Anderson’s characters. Oh, and Yoko Ono also lends her voice to the film. No big deal. -Diana Metzger
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Espita Turns Dos! March 8

If you love good food and better cocktails, you’ve probably spent some time in Espita. The mezcal focused bar has been a smash hit since it opened in 2016 and while there have been plenty of changes, they’re still pumping out good drinks and food. The week of their anniversary they’ll have a special roasted cauliflower taco on the menu and part of the sales from the meal will go to local charity Ayuda. On their actual anniversary, they’ll be keeping it chill with an all day mezcal happy hour and complimentary cupcakes. Get drunk, have fun and be sure to thank the awesome people who work there. -Kaylee Dugan

Espita Mezcaleria Fall Menu-14

Kelela @ 9:30 Club March 1, Irving Plaza March 2, Pitchfork Music Festival July 20

The first time I heard Kelela’s “All the Way Down” off her seminal 2015 album Hallucinogen I was immediately hooked to the amorphous nostalgia her sonic presence stirred in my mind. Hints of late career Aaliyah superimposed onto low-fi electronic production reminiscent of South London’s Burial, Kelela’s ability to traverse negative space and tonal fluctuations is—dare I say—unmatched. The D.C. native is at the forefront of an R&B revival that counts fellow collaborator Solange as one of its stalwarts, and possesses a talent that’s so authentic that one can’t help but feel that even her critically-acclaimed 2017 album Take Me Apart was nothing more than an appetizer of what’s to come. -Ruben Gzirian

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Lil Xan and $teve Cannon @ Highline Ballroom March 2, U Hall March 4, Brooklyn Steel March 30

2017 was the year of sad rap; the type of rap that deceptively plays to the sonic narratives of heavy bass as a vehicle for lyrics that suggest something a little more sinister. Lil Xan and $teve Cannon fall into this category, and their meteoric rise to the rap consciousness is a product of just how well they deliver in this niche. If you’re looking for lyrical complexity and showmanship then probably look elsewhere. But if you’re interested in all concepts of rap and looking for a prime example of how vocal distortion wraps itself to primal beats, then these two guys are your best bet. -Ruben Gzirian

Lucy Dacus Historian available March 2

I interviewed Lucy Dacus back in 2016 following the release of her stunner debut LP No Burden. Historian, her sophomore record, is set to be released on Matador March 2, and if the glowing reviews are any indication of what we’re in for, this is gonna be REAL GOOD. Ten tracks total, which she describes as a narrative “progression of loss”. 100% in my wheelhouse. -Megan Burns

Jeezy and Tee Grizzley @ PlayStation Theater March 2, Fillmore Silver Spring March 4

The first WorldStarHipHop video I ever saw was in 2010, and it featured Jeezy (formerly Young Jeezy) walking through the streets of Miami with a mob of people while bragging about—and I’m serious—the Levis he had on and the gun that was in said Levis. That episode should really communicate two things: (1) Jeezy is about as real a rapper as you’ll find, and (2) he’s been doing this for a while. Oh, and he’s the genius behind the lyrics “My president is black, my Lambo’s blue.” On the other hand, Tee Grizzley’s first hit “First Day Out” came out in late-2016, but the Detroit rapper exudes all of the tantric urgency you’d imagine from a young man who is less than two years removed from serving time in jail. -Ruben Gzirian

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Little Big Town, Kasey Musgraves, Midland @ The Anthem March 3

Hating on country music is SO passé, but this triumvirate power lineup is one even the haters will love. Together since 1998, Little Big Town has put out hit album after hit album. In a time when it’s all about singles, LBT still makes albums that beg to be listened to all the way through. Their latest, The Breaker, is a gorgeous album that begs to be listened to on a road trip with the windows down. They do have strong, standalone singles, such as their Taylor Swift penned “Better Man.” It is truly one of the greatest breakup songs. That song along with “When Someone Stops Loving You” and title song “The Breaker” are best served on repeat with whiskey or wine in a bathtub. It’s pretty impressive that an album can simultaneously make a lister feel full of longing and a need for freedom all in twelve tight tracks. That feat isn’t surprising coming from a band who’s previous album was a trippy collab with Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Justin Timberlake. Oh, by the way, they also have 8 ACM awards, 1 AMA award, 8 CMA awards, 3 CMT awards, 1 Emmy award, 3 Grammy awards, and 1 People’s Choice Award. Pretty much Little Big Town is a pretty big deal in any musical genre.
Kasey Musgraves, a hugely talented singer-songwriter, is never afraid to speak her mind. She was singing about gay rights before it was the “cool” thing to do in country music with her 2013 hit single “Follow Your Arrow.” Her massive musical talent and pro-recreational marijuana use has made her a close friend and collaborator with Willie Nelson and Katy Perry. She also has a boat load of awards, which is pretty impressive for someone who released her first hit album Same Trailer, Different Park only five years ago. Her latest album Golden Hour comes out the end of this month (another best thing to happen in March), but she’s already released two songs “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies” that are already on constant repeat for me.
The first opener band Midland is only a few years old, but they’ve already made major music moves. Known for a classic country meets yacht rock sound and serious sartorial style. Even Vogue magazine has taken notice. -Diana Metzger
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1000Mods, Telekinetic Yeti, Alms @ Black Cat March 3, Saint Vitus March 5

As someone who really stopped following rock music a few years ago, it really flutters my heart when I know that bands like 1000Mods, Telekinetic Yeti, and Baltimore’s Alms continue to exist. Each band delivers music best enjoyed in tight confines reeking of stale beer, and that’s exactly what rock is sort of missing right now. The slow-paced opening echoes of a subterranean guitar lifted by the controlled chaos of drums in 1000Mods’ “Above 179,” or the layered cacophony of Telekinetic Yeti’s “Lightbearer” all bring back memories of that one time my cousin and I had to fight our way out of a mosh pit at a Stone Temple Pilots concert. Those were good times. -Ruben Gzirian

MGMT @ Riviera Theatre March 3 and 4, The Anthem March15, King’s Theatre March 24, Brooklyn Steel March 25 and 26

MGMT’s 2007 album Oracular Spectacular came at a time when indie pop was bursting through a watershed moment; weird synth experimentation with fingers in the 80s with an extra side of 60s psychedelic was the rage. In 2018 that allure has lost its initial luster, but continues to provide an option B in a pop landscape largely devoid of “out there” mainstream acts. MGMT’s recent album Little Dark Age dropped the same day as the Black Panther soundtrack, but even then a close friend of mine sent me this album with the cryptic text “listen to this if you want something else.” That’s a good way to describe MGMT—refreshingly something else. -Ruben Gzirian

Nada Surf @ Black Cat March 7, Brooklyn Steel March 8, Metro March 13

I’ve seen Nada Surf at least half a dozen times over the past 13 years, but I’ve never been more excited for one of their concerts than I am for next Wednesday’s. On March 7, the New York-based indie rock group goes back to old material with a stop Washington’s Black Cat on the 15th anniversary tour of their best album, Let Go. Rarely has a band reinvented itself so beautifully — and they plan to play the LP in its entirety. You probably remember the lilting, Snow Patrol-esque “Inside of Love,” but also not to be forgotten are the less-is-more opener “Blizzard of ’77,” the slow-burn stalker “Killian’s Red,” and, my personal favorite, “Treading Water,” an exuberant deep track that alternates between bustling and meandering, but does both with joy. Whether you’re an old fan or new to the party, this is the Nada Surf show to see. -Tristan Lejeune

Alex Cameron @ Lincoln Hall March 7, Rock & Roll Hotel, March 9, Music Hall of Williamsburg March 10 and 12

When I saw Alex Cameron at Songbyrd in late-2017, I really wondered if the dude was from this Earth. His delivery, body movement, and total belief in his persona of a hybrid of Leonard Cohen and dude who is paid to cover Leonard Cohen is entrancing. Songs like “Candy May” off of 2017’s Forced Witness are driven by production notes you’d find in an off-the-strip Vegas lounge, while his voice is a double-edged sword of buttery smooth and toxic abrasiveness. I had no idea who Cameron was when I saw him live off a whim, and I bet most of you will be the same, but I left completely sold. I think you’ll be the same. -Ruben Gzirian

G-Eazy, Trippie Redd, Phora, Anthony Russo, @ Aragon Ballroom March 9, DAR Constitution Hall March 17, Radio City Music Hall March 20

Let’s get this out of the way now: G-Eazy is a fine rapper. It’s tough sometimes to swallow his “woe is me” narratives of fame, especially when it’s not really backed by lyrics that explore the trappings of fame in any substantive way. But with that being said, the dude is clearly talented; he understands the limits of his voice, and in a way that elevates his craft. In my opinion, the real draw is Trippie Redd, a young rapper from…Canton, Ohio…the same town as Marilyn Manson. Redd is from a burgeoning class of young rappers who blur the line between rap and something else, and his firm grip on the genre of trippy emo (no pun intended) rap is growing by the day. -Ruben Gzirian

Yo La Tengo There’s A Riot Going On available March 16

My pick for the Great American Band, Yo La Tengo, is back with There’s A Riot Going On, their perfectly titled fifteenth studio album. Thirty plus years into their career, they’re still finding ways to innovate and expand their sound, this time by taking bits and pieces of previously unreleased recordings from the last decade or so and assembling them into expansive, drifting sketches. A self-produced collection of song-scrap experiments would sound inessential if it wasn’t coming from a band as visionary and creative as YLT. The five (!) tracks that have been released so far have been a diverse bunch of atmospheric pop nuggets, hinting at the dense, intriguing full-length waiting ahead. -Matt Byrne

Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign @ Fillmore Silver Spring March 22, Irving Plaza March 23 (without Ty Dolla $ign)

Big K.R.I.T. and Ty Dolla $ign: two guys who couldn’t be further apart on one ticket. Big K.R.I.T. made a splash with his 2010 mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, delivering a surgical combination of tight lyrics and melodies that resuscitated memories of early UGK and Outkast. The momentum, at least in notoriety, has fallen off since then, but his appeal to rap purists is as strong as ever. Tracks like “Big Bank” off his 2017 4eva is A Mighty Long Time remind you why that is. As for Ty Dolla $ign, his appeal is damn near universal. Whether it’s “Dawsin’s Break,” “Ex,” or “When I See Ya,” Ty Dolla’s appeal is in the embodiment of a crooner vitmaixed with a dude with all of the memories and swagger of being raised in South Central Los Angeles. -Ruben Gzirian

SheBelieves Cup March 1 through7

The SheBelieves Cup is back at it again with a series of soccer matches starting this afternoon; the USWNT will face off against France, Germany and England over the course of a week, and YA GURL IS GOING TO SUNDAY’S DOUBLE HEADER AT RED BULL ARENA! I have never been this amped in my entire life, for real. I hope Jill Ellis’ chosen lineup will pull off a more impressive showing than at the last SheBelieves Cup, because we’re starting to get a little too close for comfort to the 2019 Women’s World Cup to be looking as shaky as we have. Either way, I’ll be rooting for the USA for the next seven days in hopes my psychic powers are of assistance. -Megan Burns

On My Block released on Netflix March 16

Netflix’s new coming of age comedy On My Block is the latest series from Lauren Iungerich, creator of MTV’s popular teen dramedy Awkward. The show follows a quartet of teenagers navigating life in South Central LA, combining high-school antics with a gritty-yet-goofy take on growing up in a rough inner city neighborhood. The cast includes Teen Wolf’s Diego Tinoco and Jason Genao from another beloved Netflix series, The Get Down. This stylish, semi-lighthearted ensemble comedy will be an instant binge for all you Awkward heads out there. -Matt Byrne

The Standups released on Netflix March 20

Netflix’s collection of half-hour standup specials returns for a second season with sets from a diverse and solid batch of comics. I’m most excited to catch the gruff goofball Kyle Kinane, charming weirdo Aparna Nancherla, and British breakout Gina Yashere this season, which also features performances from Joe List, Brent Morin, and Rachel Feinstein. This three hour block of extremely good standup comedy is another step towards Netflix solidifying their position as the go-to places for reliably great comedy specials. -Matt Byrne


The Americans’ final season begins on FX March 28

This FX espionage drama is rough on my throw pillows. After sequence upon intense sequence of sharply choreographed Cold War no-good-ery — typically scored either with Russian-influenced string music or early ’80s synth pop — The Americans cuts away to commercial break, and I look down to find some sofa cushion or another in my hands wadded up tighter that the hair under Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys’s endless collection of wigs. This is some high-strung stuff. My pillows will be glad when it ends later this year.
I, however, won’t be. The sixth and final season of The Americans, which premieres March 28, will bring to a close the tale of two Russian spies living in deep cover in Reagan-era Washington (well, Falls Church). And it could, horrifyingly, go anywhere. Phillip and Elizabeth could die. They could go to jail. They might flee back to the motherland — and they might have to leave their children behind. So strong is the show-running here that these and other possibilities could all be made to feel like the natural end of the story. But I don’t want it to end at all. -Tristan Lejeune
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New, quality theatrical comedies are truly rare, but Familiar, a heartfelt story of an intra-family culture clash ahead of a winter wedding in Minnesota, makes you laugh so hard that by the time it turns to drama, you’re in it all waist-deep.

How good is this play? You somehow wish that EVERYone’s part was bigger. Especially Inga Ballard, so exquisite as an African-born matriarch fiercely defending the world she’s built. No, wait, but especially especially Shannon Dorsey, the heart of the piece as a sick-of-the-shadow younger sister. And particularly especially Andy Truschinski, the last to join the fun and a charming fish out of water. Read more in our review.

Detective Pikachu available March 23

Yeah, it’s as bonkers as it sounds. Remember Columbo? It’s like that, only it’s a video game, not a TV series. And instead of Peter Falk, it stars everyone’s favorite little yellow electric rat-type thing. It’s an adventure game in which players control a protagonist by the (incredibly white) name of Tim Goodman. Tim teams up with a talking Pikachu called Detective Pikachu to solve various mysteries. Basically, you just walk around and solve puzzles with a talking Pokémon. It’s gonna be great. Originally released on the Nintendo 3DS Japan more than TWO FUCKING YEARS AGO, Detective Pikachu will finally find its way to the U.S. on March 23.
Also, get a load of Detective Pikachu’s gruff American accent. -Norm Quarrinton
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Far Cry 5 available March 27

Not all of the games in the Far Cry franchise are good, but they are all interesting. Each game takes place in a different setting with its own set of characters, and there are no shared narrative elements between any of them. But they do all share similar themes and gameplay mechanics. Players often take control of a protagonist caught up in a civil war or a feud with a despot in an unstable region. The regions in question are usually fictional. Until now. The franchise’s most recent release, Far Cry 5, takes place in fucking Montana! Player take control of a local cop who becomes embroiled in a brutal conflict between a doomsday cult called Eden’s Gate, and the resisting residents of the area. The villains are literally gun-toting, bible thumping hicks. It couldn’t have come at a better time. -Norm Quarrinton
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