Top FiveInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Poetry & the Creative Mind, celebrating the arts of Japan at the Met and celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy at BAM. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 01, 2016 - Sun, Jan 22, 2017

    This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of fifty years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accoutrements of the tea ceremony; and the charming ...

    King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

    Brooklyn

    Thu, Mar 24, 2016 - Sun, May 01, 2016

    Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V—together they tell a tale of family drama-fueled political conflict that spans three generations of the crown. In this momentous six-week residency marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company present the epic four-play cycle in its entirety, offering a rare chance to experience the playwright—and his most fluent interpreters—on the grandest historical scale.

    Young Concert Artists features Ji

    Morgan Library & Museum

    Manhattan

    Wed, Apr 27, 2016, 12:00 pm

    Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” Ji has been praised from a young age for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command.

    Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women

    Kaufman Music Center

    Manhattan

    Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 8:00 pm

    New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

    Poetry & the Creative Mind

    Alice Tully Hall‚ Lincoln Center

    Manhattan

    Wed, Apr 27, 2016, 6:30 pm

    Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines. Poetry & the Creative Mind is held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems.

Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of fifty years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese ...

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings

30 Lafayette Ave

brooklyn N.Y. 11217

7186364100

Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V—together they tell a tale of family drama-fueled political conflict that spans three generations of the crown. In this momentous six-week residency marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company present the epic ...

Young Concert Artists features Ji

225 Madison Avenue

new york N.Y. 10016

2126850008

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” Ji has been praised from a young age for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command.

Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women

129 West 67th Street

new york N.Y. 10023

2125013300

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

Poetry & the Creative Mind

1941 Broadway

New York N.Y. 10023

2128755000

Each year during National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets presents a gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in other disciplines. Poetry & the Creative Mind is held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully ...