Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in it's 174th season Opening Night concert, 9/24/15. Photo by Chris Lee

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in it’s 174th season Opening Night concert, 9/24/15. Photo by Chris Lee

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Counting Sheep, Wynton Marsalis, St. Bart’s and more. Check out our Holiday Guideget the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Counting Sheep

    Times Square


    Thu, Dec 01, 2016 - Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    For the year’s end, Counting Sheep shepherds us into a soothing American pastiche of expansive Wyoming landscapes. The film follows the Meike brothers, octogenarian sheep ranchers, through the arc of the year’s natural seasons, from the winter fields to the Big Horn Mountains in summer before trailing home in the fall.

    Wynton Marsalis’ “The Jungle”


    Wed, Dec 28, 2016 - Tue, Jan 03, 2017

    Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in Wynton Marsalis’s The Jungle.

    Great Music at St. Bart’s: Holiday Events

    St. Bartholomew’s Church


    Tue, Dec 13, 2016 - Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    The December events presented by Great Music at St. Bart’s are among New Yorkers’ favorite holiday traditions. A Joyous Christmas Concert offers choral, orchestral, and organ music of the season along with a Christmas carol sing-in. Adoration of the Magi is an intimate visual and musical celebration of the holidays in the St. Bart’s Chapel. A Concert for the New Year, a holiday gift to the city, is a late evening organ concert by William ...

    New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon

    St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery


    Sun, Jan 01, 2017, 12:00 am

    The Poetry Project, the legendary downtown mecca for working poets and experimental artists since the days of Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with its signature event, the New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, which will feature poets and other artists from throughout its storied history alongside new and emerging poets.

    Noche Flamenca: Antigone, Creación & La Ronde

    West Park Presbyterian Church


    Mon, Dec 26, 2016 - Sat, Jan 28, 2017

    Noche Flamenca presents a five-week showcase of their signature spellbinding flamenco. The series begins with La Ronde, which moves between a series of duets that explores issues of desire, humiliation and loneliness. Creación follows the life-journey of two female dancers coming together from their alternate disciplines in a fusion of Flamenco and hip-hop. Antigona is a visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’ story, lead by Barrio who brings her usual fire to the role of Antigone, ...