David Lynch’s Wild at Heart at 92YTribeca: Wed, Feb 22, 8 pm
No one paints on the blank canvas of Laura Dern’s all-American girlishness quite like David Lynch. He robbed her of her innocence for good in Blue Velvet, and let her, pardon my French, crap out on an LA sidewalk in the most miserable manner in Inland Empire. I have inexplicably never seen Wild at Heart (it’s not available on Netflix), so I don’t know what exactly Dern is put through in it but it can’t not be painful and tragically American. This screening is part of the Y’s intriguing and mostly sold out series of Lynch events celebrating Twin Peaks.
Hilary Hahn plays Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall: Sun, Feb 26, 3 pm
The Prokofiev 1st is a curious exercise in restraint, simmering with tension right below the boiling point for most of its duration, only to quietly evaporate with some of the most magical wood wind lines this side of Tchaikovsky. Foregoing a bombastic ending is a true master’s prerogative, and I never get tired of this one. Listen to Hahn’s precise and quite introspective 2005 rendition of that last movement below. Pretty, but I’m hoping she has learned to inject a bit more reckless Russian abandon.