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Brooklyn, N.Y.

No, you didn’t just walk into a Lady Gaga video circa 2009. The Brooklyn Museum is putting a new spin on the phrase “those shoes are to die for” with Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. Curated by Lisa Small, this pump-tastic exhibition examines the power of the elevated shoe and its artistic and architectural potential, from fetish fodder to fashion statements, with more than 160 stilettos, thigh highs and other daring footwear dating back to the mid-17th century; plus, six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. Through Feb. 15, 2015. brooklynmuseum.org

Washington, D.C.

While it pains us this event is happening in D.C. instead of Charm City, we can’t wait for the world premiere of Diner, the musical adaptation of Barry Levinson’s first film at the highly regarded Signature Theatre. Directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall—and set to 1950s rock music written by Sheryl Crow—the stage adaptation stays true to Levinson’s semi-autobiographical tale, which revolves around five childhood friends who reunite as 20-somethings at their beloved late-night hangout (inspired by the Hilltop Diner on Reisters- town Road) for a Christmastime conversation about the perks and struggles of adult life. Suddenly we’re craving gravy fries. Dec. 9-Jan. 25, 2015. signature-theatre.org

Philadelphia

With Showtime’s recent announcement that it will revive the cult classic “Twin Peaks” in 2016, it’s a perfect time to check out some of the earliest, mind-bending works from the show’s creator, David Lynch, at the place where he acquired his artistic vision. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts—Lynch’s alma mater—presents David Lynch: The Unified Field, featuring 90 of the surrealist filmmaker’s paintings and drawings that date back to 1965, many of which haven’t been seen in public. Don’t miss the room devoted to 1967’s “Six Men Getting Sick,” the 68-year-old director’s bizarre, experimental animated short film. Through Jan. 11, 2015. pafa.org

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