2016_11_14_TopFiveBoxInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Picasso’s Picassos, Honoring Our Veterans, the New York Philharmonic 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.

    Evidence Dance Company



    Thu, Nov 17, 2016 - Sun, Nov 20, 2016

    Ronald K. Brown presents a program of works that focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The series is themed around the expression of love, joy and community connection and includes: Truth Don Die, She is Here, Ife/My Heart and Ebony Magazine: To A Village.

    Picasso’s Picassos

    Gagosian Gallery


    Thu, Nov 10, 2016 - Sat, Dec 17, 2016

    Gagosian presents an exhibition of works from the collection of Maya Ruiz-Picasso, the daughter of Pablo Picasso. Her personal collection is the result of an extraordinary legacy: Picasso died in 1973, leaving behind a vast body of work including paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, engravings and lithographs, but also personal archives and photographs which were divided between his surviving heirs.

    Words With Wings

    Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space


    Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 2:00 pm

    From the National Dance Institute, Words With Wings offers an afternoon of kids dancing for kids and features over 200 dancers. The show is full of choreography and music inspired by poets including Langston Hughes, Aja Monet, X.J. Kennedy, and Walt Whitman.

    Park Avenue Chamber Symphony: Honoring Our Veterans

    Carnegie Hall


    Sat, Nov 19, 2016, 8:00 pm

    A gala concert honoring veterans of the United States Armed Forces will premiere "Dreams of the Fallen" — a new work by composer Jake Runestad and poet and United States Army veteran Brian Turner. The work probes the way veterans are forever psychologically changed by their experiences of war, and the program concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s uplifting Symphony No. 9.