nyc-arts-top5_20160118Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events includes a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History, and last chance to see Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom at the Metropolitan Museum of 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.

    Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2016

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 12:00 am

    BAM presents the 30th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s main event features a keynote address by prominent intellectual, professor, author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, with musical performances by Kimberly Nichole and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

    Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Sat, Oct 24, 2015 - Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    The reunification of ancient Egypt achieved by Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II—the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom—was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly 400 years. During the Middle Kingdom (mid-Dynasty 11–Dynasty 13, around 2030–1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old Kingdom were revived and reimagined. This transformational era is represented through 230 powerful and compelling masterworks (individual objects and groups of objects) in this exhibition. ...

    Living History Days: MLK, Jr. Weekend

    New-York Historical Society

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Rally around the 26th United States Colored Troops at the New-York Historical Society all weekend, and find out what it was like to fight for racial equality during the American Civil War 150 before the Civil Rights Movement. Get a close-up look at their clothing, gear, and training to decide for yourself if you would have been ready for battle.

Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, Soldier, Spectre, Shaman presents a range of artistic responses focused on the human figure, with the body serving as subject and object, mirror and metaphor.

Living History Days: MLK, Jr. Weekend

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

Rally around the 26th United States Colored Troops at the New-York Historical Society all weekend, and find out what it was like to fight for racial equality during the American Civil War 150 before the Civil Rights Movement. Get a close-up look at their clothing, gear, and training to decide ...

Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

2125357710

The reunification of ancient Egypt achieved by Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II—the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom—was followed by a great cultural flowering that lasted nearly 400 years. During the Middle Kingdom (mid-Dynasty 11–Dynasty 13, around 2030–1650 B.C.), artistic, cultural, religious, and political traditions first conceived and instituted during the Old ...

The Titanosaur at American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

new york N.Y. 10024

2127695200

In January 2016, the Museum added another must-see exhibit to its world-famous fossil halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.