Sand and waves provide the backdrop for this free summer series, which returns at 6 p.m. on Saturday with a pair of new works. “At Night” is a duet created in darkness by Jodi Melnick and Jon Kinzel, two mesmerizing movers allowing their solo dance practices to intersect. Also on the program is “Fun Young God,” created by an anonymous choreographer, in which Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge replicate the movements of rock and pop stars including Mick Jagger and Beyoncé, meshing those demeanors with their own to comment on celebrity, youth and faith. SIOBHAN BURKE
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Columbia University’s art gallery has a new home: a white pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, a shout away from the Fairway on 125th Street. It opened with this showcase, closing on Sunday, of contemporary art by the Wallach’s neighbors, and it’s got real Harlem terroir. Nari Ward reworks a liquor store sign into a flower-strewn altarpiece, as redolent of Afro-Caribbean rites as the French Rococo; the married artists Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin duet in a suite of allusive works on paper, an act of creation and an act of love. JASON FARAGO
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If you’ve read Greg Tate’s writing, you have a sense of what to expect from Burnt Sugar: psychedelic, groove-entrenched, blissfully Afropolitan catharsis. The collective pledges spiritual allegiance to Sun Ra, Prince and Betty Davis, and makes its intentions clear with prolix verbiage as well as tousled funk. Its new album is called “All You Zombies Dig the Luminosity.” Word. Mr. Tate will conduct a 15-piece synod on Wednesday. At 7 p.m., the group will perform a version of Max Roach, Oscar Brown Jr. and Abbey Lincoln’s “We Insist! Freedom Now” suite; at 10, it will play selections from the new album. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO
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Before “Okja” and “Snowpiercer,” the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made his mark with this thriller about the hunt for a serial killer, screening through Thursday. First shown in 2003, Mr. Bong’s police procedural, whose action begins in 1986, plays like a forerunner of David Fincher’s “Zodiac” (2007), which was also based on real events and similarly tracks a confounding investigation that continues for years. Part of “what distinguishes ‘Memories of Murder,’ setting it apart from rank-and-file thrillers, is its singular mix of gallows humor and unnerving solemnity,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The New York Times. BEN KENIGSBERG
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Meghan Kennedy’s drama about three Italian-American sisters in 1960s Brooklyn will serve its final Feast of the Seven Fishes on Aug. 27. Jesse Green called this play, which hinges on a historical disaster, “very eventful, often sweet but ultimately overwrought,” praising Alyssa Bresnahan’s “smoldering-volcano performance” as the family matriarch. ALEXIS SOLOSKI
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To find the closest parallels to the effect a Mary J. Blige concert has on audiences, you would need to look to group therapy, motivational seminars or church services. This summer, Ms. Blige is touring with set lists that tie highlights from her most recent album, “Strength of a Woman,” into a redemptive arc with older favorites such as “Real Love,” released in 1992; “No More Drama,” from 2001; and “Just Fine,” from 2007. Lalah Hathaway will open at this Saturday night show. SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON
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The works in this museum often cast a spell with their beauty, but the young people participating in this expedition are seeking evidence of even more powerful sorcery. Sponsored by e.t.c., a company whose initials stand for “events — tailor-made and customized,” this tour views the Met as filled with horcruxes and other mystical objects from the Harry Potter books. For an hour and 45 minutes, J. K. Rowling fans take part in scavenger hunts and games, as well as visit exhibits that evoke Harry’s adventures. These include the “Courtiers in a Rose Garden” medieval tapestry, the Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco and a chamber resembling a Hogwarts common room. The tour, currently on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (reservations are required), features activities encouraging children to think like wizards. “One,” said Evan Levy, e.t.c.’s founder, “is coming up with a fifth Hogwarts house using inspiration from the Met.” LAUREL GRAEBER
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Last season, the pianist Paul Lewis played Brahms with these younger players, with Andris Nelsons at the helm; at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, it’s Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from the same forces. Also on the bill, Strauss’s tormented, glorious “Alpine” Symphony. If you head up to Lenox, Mass., on Sunday, get there early: At 10 a.m., the composer John Harbison will conduct four of Bach’s cantatas. DAVID ALLEN
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This annual festival returns for a fifth year with more than two dozen shows, Monday through Aug. 27, around Brooklyn. This year includes festival editions of popular existing shows like “Night Train,” “Cheap Date” and “Backfat,” as well as special shows like “Bob the Drag Queen: Queen for the People” and a series of film festival presentations. Scheduled performers include Sasheer Zamata, Ilana Glazer, T. J. Miller, Liza Treyger, Roy Wood Jr., Hari Kondabolu, Cocoon Central Dance Team, Aparna Nancherla, Matteo Lane, Dave Hill and Jo Firestone. ELISE CZAJKOWSKI
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Eugen Gabritschevsky was well on his way to a successful career as a geneticist when a series of nervous breakdowns left him, in his late 30s, institutionalized. Unable to continue his research, he turned to his other childhood passion — drawing. The quality of the more than 3,000 gouaches he produced over the next five decades is mixed, but at its best, Gabritschevsky’s work, on view here through Sunday, presents a series of mesmerizing dispatches from some archetypal dream world. WILL HEINRICH
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