Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Manifesto, The Orchestra Now, Paul Giamatti 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.

    Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto

    Park Avenue Armory


    Wed, Dec 07, 2016 - Sun, Jan 08, 2017

    Artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt is known for not only for his photography, but also for his meticulously staged films that investigate the language and conventions of cinema. He continues this exploration with the film installation Manifesto, a collage of artistic declarations from the past century reinterpreted as poetic monologues for a contemporary audience.

    Selected Shorts: Paul Giamatti

    Symphony Space


    Wed, Dec 07, 2016, 7:30 pm

    Between takes on the set of Billions, Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti will sift through stories from the collections of Auden, Chekhov, Saki, du Maurier, Hardwick, and more to present us with humorous and enchanting short fiction selected from the NYRB Classics' magnificent library. Performers include Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), and Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).


    Carnegie Hall


    Fri, Dec 09, 2016, 7:30 pm

    The Orchestra Now (TŌN) launches one of its New York City series with Denounced!, a program focusing on Russian composers whose music was viewed as inappropriate during the communist regime. Leon Botstein will conduct the performance with soprano Ilana Davidson, mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner, and tenor Sergey Polyakov as soloists.

    Max and Alan

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Sat, Dec 10, 2016, 7:00 pm

    A tycoon, a trapeze artist, a nightclub owner, a sailor. German Expressionist Max Beckmann saw himself as an actor on the stage of life and often painted himself in disguise. Tony Award-winning Alan Cumming has created this personal musical work drawing on his own experience as an émigré to New York, channeling an artist who fled his native land after he was famously denounced as a "degenerate" by the Nazis.