The 10-episode series, with Jeremy Renner among its executive producers, reunites Mr. Cullen with a couple of other “Downton” alums: Julian Ovenden (Lord Gillingham’s rival for Mary’s affections) as the king’s Machiavellian counsel; and Jim Carter (beloved Mr. Carson, the Crawleys’ ever-loyal butler), lording over a kingdom as Pope Boniface VIII. KATHRYN SHATTUCK
Art: Basel and NADA in Miami Beach
Art Week in Miami is almost too much to list, let alone describe. The Miami Beach edition of the international Art Basel art fair alone fills half a million square feet with half a dozen thematic sections of bright, ambitious projects from galleries around the world.
Another 200 galleries will appear at the scrappier nonprofit New Art Dealers Alliance, or NADA. Opening the same day is a large solo show of the systems-fixated video artist Mika Rottenberg at the Bass. And if you get to town early and don’t like the beach, don’t worry — check out the Chris Ofili show at the ICA Miami’s new building, opening the 1st. WILL HEINRICH
Classical: Labadie’s Debut With St. Luke’s
Dec. 7; oslmusic.org.
Although all eyes will be on how Jaap van Zweden transforms the New York Philharmonic when he becomes music director there next year, the 2018—19 season also marks another significant passing of the baton for New York orchestras: the Québécois conductor Bernard Labadie will assume the position of principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Founder of the ensemble Les Violons du Roy, Mr. Labadie has a remarkable back story — three years ago, he was in a medically induced coma for a month while fighting lymphoma — and plans to reinvigorate the stellar local chamber orchestra with his commitment to historically informed performance.
A Thursday, Dec. 7, concert at Carnegie Hall marks his first performance with St. Luke’s players in New York City, and provides the chance to hear Labadie’s approach to Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony; a classical-era rarity by the composer Joseph Martin Kraus; and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which will feature the fiercely compelling soloist Augustin Hadelich. WILLIAM ROBIN
Dance: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in Manhattan
Dec. 6-9; abronsartscenter.org.
A performance by the Nigerian-American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, whose mix of poetry and dance conjures a supernatural world, can make you feel like you’re leaving one dimension for another.
Take his latest, “Séancers,” in which he continues his ongoing investigation into loss. A follow-up to “#negrophobia” — a powerful, personal work inspired by the murder of his younger brother — “Séancers” looks at ritualistic practices of resurrection and paranormal activity. How, he asks in the piece, can loss act as a creative force?
Some context helps: Before he turned 16, Mr. Kosoko lost most of the women in his life, including his sister, his mother and his grandmother; he describes that experience, as well as the recent death of his father, in the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.”
In “Séancers,” he also hopes to connect with deceased members of his family. It’s a risk, but this is part of what grief has taught him: To be daring in his art. GIA KOURLAS
Theater: ‘The Children’ on Broadway
Opens Dec. 12; manhattantheatreclub.com.
In the quiet disaster drama that is Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children,” the younger generations are neither seen nor heard.
Their inheritance is what’s at stake, though, when Rose, a nuclear physicist in her 60s, shows up unexpectedly at the seaside cottage of her old friends Hazel and Robin. Retired scientists turned farmers, they worked with Rose years ago at a nuclear power station, recently hit by a tsunami and now spewing radiation. However peripherally, all three of them contributed to this current toxic havoc.
Ms. Kirkwood, an Olivier Award winner for “Chimerica,” makes her Broadway debut with “The Children,” directed by James Macdonald and featuring the cast from last year’s run at the Royal Court Theater in London. In previews at Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater, the play pits self-indulgence against self-sacrifice and asks: If you’ve fouled up the world, do you hand it down to your children that way or try to set it right? LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES
Pop: Tanya Tagaq in Brooklyn
Dec. 6-10; nationalsawdust.org.
There’s no half-listening to a Tanya Tagaq song: This fiercely charismatic, Canadian Inuk singer’s throaty voice demands full attention, whether she’s whispering in her softest register or howling at the sky.
This week, Ms. Tagaq teams with the cellist Jeffrey Zeigler to curate Winterreise Nights Festival, a four-night flowering of avant-garde music and indigenous activism at the Brooklyn venue National Sawdust. Events include a screening of “We Breathe Again,” a film about Alaskan native life, with live accompaniment by Ms. Tagaq; a solo violin recital by the Apache composer Laura Ortman; and an operatic work about the painter Edvard Munch.
The highlight comes on Saturday, Dec. 9, when Ms. Tagaq and Mr. Zeigler will perform together in National Sawdust’s small, spaceshiplike main room — a devotional space for far-out sounds. The two artists’ complementary backgrounds in art-rock, metal, modern classical and jazz promise to make for a riveting evening of unrestrained improvisation. SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON