Top FiveInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet to the top events includes a free screening of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the 50th anniversary of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and an exhibit by Center for Jewish History that challenges the common ways we think of American Jewishness today. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Imagining the Imaginary Invalid

    La Mama Galleria

    Manhattan

    Tue, Feb 02, 2016 - Sun, Feb 07, 2016

    Using Moliere’s seminal play about the evils of the medical industry as a backdrop, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid takes you backstage as the cast prepares the set and tries to rehearse scenes from the play amidst personal discussions about money, medicine, politics, loss and the nature of inspiration. As the audience watches the action unfold in layers, ballets spontaneously spring out of costume fittings, scenes devolve into arguments about art, money, and health and ...

    Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Sat, Nov 07, 2015 - Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    New Photography, MoMA’s longstanding exhibition series of recent work in photography, returns this fall in an expanded, biannual format. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, New Photography is expanding to 19 artists and artist collectives from 14 countries, and includes works made specifically for this exhibition.Probing the effects of an image-based post-Internet reality, Ocean of Images examines various ways of experiencing the world: through images that are born digitally, made with scanners or lenses ...

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    Apollo Theater

    Manhattan

    Sun, Feb 07, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people.

    Vanguard Jazz Orchestra 50th Anniversary Week

    Village Vanguard

    Manhattan

    Mon, Feb 01, 2016 - Mon, Feb 08, 2016

    2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, first established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis in 1966. They will performing the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their library of over 300 tunes.

    Shmattes

    Center for Jewish History

    Manhattan

    Tue, Dec 08, 2015 - Tue, Mar 15, 2016

    The exhibit presented by the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History surveys the ways hip, secular, young American Jews wear their Jewishness on their sleeves – literally.With various contemporary, funny, edgy Jewish-themed T-shirts on display, “Shmattes” challenges the common ways we think of American Jewishness today. Featuring T-shirts ranging from celebrated brands such as Los Angeles-based Unkosher Market, politically savvy independent artists selling their work globally, “Shmattes” has a special ...

Imagining the Imaginary Invalid

6 East First Street

new york N.Y. 10003

2124757710

Using Moliere’s seminal play about the evils of the medical industry as a backdrop, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid takes you backstage as the cast prepares the set and tries to rehearse scenes from the play amidst personal discussions about money, medicine, politics, loss and the nature of inspiration. As ...

Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

New Photography, MoMA’s longstanding exhibition series of recent work in photography, returns this fall in an expanded, biannual format. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, New Photography is expanding to 19 artists and artist collectives from 14 countries, and includes works made specifically for this exhibition.Probing the effects of ...

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

253 West 125th Street

New York N.Y. 10027

2125315301

Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people.