Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events features singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a new take on opera for the young and new creative class. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.
After finding his voice, 26-year-old Leon Bridges has completely immersed himself in soul. The Fort Worth, Texas native and Columbia Records artist released his debut album, ‘Coming Home,’ in June of 2015 to critical and public acclaim. "I'm not saying I can hold a candle to any soul musician from the '50s and '60s," Bridges says, "but I want to carry the torch."
LoftOpera presents its own version of Puccini's classic "Tosca," featuring young, gifted singers in unconventional venues, aiming to make it more "inexpensive and enjoyable" than traditional opera.
Since 2007 Michele Brody has been serving tea to the public through the interactive community-based project Reflections in Tea. The ritual performance of preparing loose-leaf tea within special paper filters is shared with individuals and groups. The participants’ conversations are then preserved by being transcribed onto the stained tea bags that have been dried and flattened, culminating in the creation of an ever-growing set of fluttering paper quilts.
“Childhood" is photographer Robin Cracknell's longterm series documenting the real and staged moments of his son’s early life.
The exhibition explores the multifaceted intersections between photography and crime, from 19th-century “rogues’ galleries” to work by contemporary artists inspired by criminal transgression.