Top FiveInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events includes Lunar new year celebration, another interpretation of The Velveteen Rabbit, and an exciting new exhibition at Whitney Museum of American Art. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Flatlands

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jan 14, 2016 - Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    This exhibition brings together paintings by five artists—Nina Chanel Abney, Mathew Cerletty, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Caitlin Keogh, and Orion Martin. Highlighting an engagement with representation among some emerging artists, the works in this group conjure a sense of space that is dimensionless and airless, like the illusionistic scenery flats used on stage and movie sets.

    Trisha Brown Dance Company: “Proscenium Works” Tour

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Concluding the company's three-year retrospective “Proscenium Works, 1979—2011” tour, Trisha Brown Dance Company presents three of Brown’s iconic, postmodern masterpieces— Set and Reset which premiered at BAM in 1983 , PRESENT TENSE (2003), and Newark (Niweweorce) (1987). The engagement marks 40 years of collaboration with BAM, where the company first performed in 1976.

    The Astronaut’s Tale

    Encompass New Opera Theatre

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    With multi-media projections of the cosmos enhancing the percussive score, The Astronaut’s Tale tells the story of a young man (Abel/Ab) who dreams of becoming an astronaut and exploring the galaxy. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to travel into space, he discovers romance and a drive to succeed which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life.

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    New Victory Theater

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 22, 2016 - Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    Told and lovingly retold in books, movies, illustrations, ballets, and plays, Williams’ emotionally riveting and gently moral tale will see yet another deserved new life when London’s award-winning Unicorn Theatre brings the American premiere of Purni Morell’s celebrated production to The New Victory Theater.

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration

    Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    Brooklyn

    Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 3:00 pm

    This festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, playful dancing lions, beautiful melodies performed on authentic Chinese instruments, and special guest artist Gu Feng, a principal performer from the Beijing Kunqu Theater, performing his award-winning interpretation of the role of the Monkey King.