New TV shows, museum openings, film releases and concerts — it’s a lot to keep track of. Let us help you. For the week of March 11, seven events in New York and elsewhere not to be missed:
Film: Al Pacino’s Homecoming
March 14-30; quadcinema.com.
Al Pacino, the quintessential New York actor for many, will be the toast of his hometown with “Pacino’s Way,” a 16-day retrospective of more than 30 films starting Wednesday, March 14, at the Quad Cinema.
“It’s particularly heartwarming because Greenwich Village, where the Quad is located, is the place where I went to live as a teenager and where I developed as a young actor,” he said in a statement. “In a sense this is a homecoming for me.”
The lineup includes his first leading role in 1971’s “The Panic in Needle Park”; his Oscar-nominated turns in “The Godfather,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Dick Tracy” and “Glengarry Glen Ross”; his winning one in “Scent of a Woman”; and “Looking for Richard,” his 1996 directorial debut.
The survey also leads up to the U.S. premieres on March 30 of “Wilde Salomé,” his 2011 documentary exploration of the Oscar Wilde play; and “Salomé,” his 2013 dramatic companion piece, both starring Jessica Chastain. Mr. Pacino will be on hand at Q & As following a sneak peek of those films on March 28, as well “Sea of Love” and “Revolution” on March 29. KATHRYN SHATTUCK
Pop: Yo La Tengo’s New Album and Tour
March 16; yolatengo.com.
In their 30-plus years as one of indie-rock’s most reliable acts, Yo La Tengo have hopscotched merrily between whirling noise and tender whispers, setting a fine example for scores of younger musicians in both modes along the way. Their fifteenth and latest studio album, “There’s a Riot Going On,” out this Friday, March 16, tends toward the softer side of their sound: The singles “Shades of Blue” and “She May, She Might” are up there with their sweetest reveries.
The name of the album, of course, nods to Sly Stone’s 1971 masterwork “There’s a Riot Goin’ On,” released at another time of sociopolitical turmoil. The thematic link is clear to the band, if not to listeners: “I will say that I know the title in our minds is a direct reflection of the record, it’s not meant ironically or humorously,” the singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan has said. Fans will have ample opportunity to puzzle out the implications on Yo La Tengo’s next tour, which starts on March 28 in Minneapolis and reaches New York on April 6 with a show at Brooklyn Steel. SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON
Classical: Meredith Monk at BAM
Mar. 14-18, bam.org.
Every few years for the past half-century, the indefinable composer and multimedia artist Meredith Monk has unleashed a new production that ritualistically fuses experimental music, movement, light and film. The most recent example was the ecological meditation “On Behalf of Nature,” which had its acclaimed premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014.