TopFiveBox_2016_10_24Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include BalletCollective, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, Ai Weiwei 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.

    Orchestra Underground: Contempo-Scary Music

    Carnegie Hall


    Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 7:30 pm

    American Composers Orchestra opens its 40th season with music from The Shining, Psycho and Dracula at Carnegie Hall’s subterranean Zankel Hall. Orchestra Underground continues as ACO’s subversive and entrepreneurial redefinition of the orchestra as an elastic ensemble. Celebrate Halloween with music inspired by all things sinister and suspenseful, including two world premieres by composers Paul Moravec and Judith Shatin, and performances by Nancy Allen Lundy.

    Brooklyn Talks: Ai Weiwei and Tania Bruguera

    Brooklyn Museum


    Sat, Oct 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Join Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists, for a conversation with Cuban-born artist Tania Bruguera that is timed to coincide with Ai's first visit to Brooklyn after a four-year ban on international travel. Ai discusses his current projects and his ongoing quest for greater worldwide social and civic justice. Together, Ai and Bruguera also explore their mutual interests in positioning their work as a catalyst for change.

    13 Cats

    BAM Rose Cinemas


    Fri, Oct 21, 2016 - Thu, Nov 03, 2016

    Fear, kitty kitty... Spend your Halloween with some of cinema’s freakiest felines. From demonic Japanese furballs to sexy, supernatural shape shifters to beloved pets turned sharp-clawed psycho-killers, there's nothing cuddly about some of these hellcats.