TopFive_Square_11_7_2016Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods, Battle of the Big Bands, the Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair 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.

    Latin American Cultural Week

    Manhattan

    Thu, Nov 03, 2016 - Sun, Nov 13, 2016

    Pan American Musical Art Research presents a diverse and dynamic showcase of the rich culture of Latin America throughout New York City, including Celebracion de la Cultura Hispana and Shall we Tango NYC. Explore more than 60 theater, music, dance, film, auctions and visual arts presentations, including groups like Orquesta Victoria, Eddy Marcano Acoustic Quartet, Bandoneorama and Manhattan Camerata (shown above).

    Sounds to Summon the Japanese Gods

    Japan Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Nov 11, 2016, 8:30 pm

    Never have distilled spirits and period instruments shared much common ground, but if that combination strikes a chord with you, mark your calendars for an immersive, evening-length survey of ancient and contemporary Japanese music. This ritualistic performance threads together the sounds of imperial courts in 9th Century Japan, Patterns of Plants (the magnum opus of composer Mamoru Fujieda), and amplified shochu fermentation.

    Battle of the Big Bands

    Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Manhattan

    Fri, Nov 11, 2016 - Sat, Nov 12, 2016

    This feel-good, interactive jazz experience is akin to those that originated in Harlem's swing era. Two of New York's hottest young big band leaders - Sammy Miller and Evan Sherman - come together on one stage for some fast-paced music, audience participation, and a bit of comedy.

    Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair

    Brooklyn Museum

    Sat, Nov 12, 2016, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This year's fair features more than fifty Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators and includes a series of author readings, illustrator demonstrations, and hands-on art-making activities with Brooklyn illustrators. See a selection of storybooks, picture books, graphic novels, and both fiction and nonfiction books for young children to young adults.

    Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”

    Manhattan

    Fri, Nov 11, 2016 - Sat, Nov 19, 2016

    Now in its 93rd season, the Blue Hill Troupe offers a fresh take on The Pirates of Penzance. This perennial audience favorite tells the story of a pirate named Frederic, who at the age of 21, has completed his apprenticeship and is ready to seek his fortune as an upstanding citizen. Proceeds from the company’s 2016-2017 season will benefit Rocking the Boat, a nonprofit organization in the South Bronx, where students work together to build ...