Top FiveInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events includes: “Segregation Story” by photographer Gordon Parks, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, all-female cast in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Tosca

    Metropolitan Opera

    Manhattan

    Fri, Oct 16, 2015 - Tue, Dec 01, 2015

    The many facets of Puccini’s eternal diva are explored by three charismatic sopranos: Maria Guleghina, Oksana Dyka, and Liudmyla Monastyrska. They star opposite two champions of the Italian verismo style—tenors Marcello Giordani and Roberto Aronica—who share the role of Tosca’s lover, the artist and revolutionary Cavaradossi. James Morris and Marco Vratogna are the baritones portraying the sadistic police chief Scarpia. Plácido Domingo and Joseph Colaneri share conducting duties.

    “Segregation Story” by Gordon Parks

    Salon 94 Freemans

    Manhattan

    Wed, Nov 04, 2015 - Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Parks’s images vividly chronicle the day-to-day life of the Thornton, Causey, and Tanner families facing the realities of living in the Jim Crow South. The poignant photo essay proved to be a national catalyst for opposition to the systemic racial inequalities in the South and directly impacted the lives the subjects. The images were thought to be lost for decades, but in 2012 The Gordon Parks Foundation recently came across hundreds of transparencies, most never ...

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Nov 17, 2015 - Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. For its Joyce season, the company performs the world premiere of an evening-length work by Rhoden—a provocative romance exploring dark desires, beauty, dominance, obsession and control, all set to an eclectic musical mash-up ranging from bebop to rap and trance.

    Henry IV

    St. Ann’s Warehouse

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Nov 06, 2015 - Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    On the heels of the Donmar’s revelatory production of Julius Caesar, which empowered women to play Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men, director Phyllida Lloyd has set a second play, Henry IV, against the backdrop of women in prison. Harriet Walter, “one of the best Shakespeareans alive” (The Guardian), will once again lead a diverse and exciting all-female cast in Shakespeare’s monumental history play which travels to the heart of family, duty and country.

Tosca

Lincoln Center Plaza

New York N.Y. 10023

2123626000

The many facets of Puccini’s eternal diva are explored by three charismatic sopranos: Maria Guleghina, Oksana Dyka, and Liudmyla Monastyrska. They star opposite two champions of the Italian verismo style—tenors Marcello Giordani and Roberto Aronica—who share the role of Tosca’s lover, the artist and revolutionary Cavaradossi. James Morris and Marco ...

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. For its Joyce season, the company performs the world premiere of an evening-length work by Rhoden—a provocative romance exploring dark desires, beauty, dominance, obsession and control, all ...

Henry IV

45 Water Street

bronx N.Y. 11201

7182548779

On the heels of the Donmar’s revelatory production of Julius Caesar, which empowered women to play Shakespearean roles normally reserved for men, director Phyllida Lloyd has set a second play, Henry IV, against the backdrop of women in prison. Harriet Walter, “one of the best Shakespeareans alive” (The Guardian), will ...