Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include LoftOpera, Wild Project, The People Speak, 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.

    The Play Company: Villa

    Wild Project


    Wed, Mar 01, 2017 - Sat, Apr 01, 2017

    Presented by The Play Company, "Villa" is a humorous and heart-wrenching story about director Guillermo Calderón's homeland, Chile. The play premiered at the demolished site of the Villa Grimaldi, an infamous detention camp located just outside Santiago, Chile. In Villa, three women have been tasked with deciding the fate of the historical site, where about 4,500 people were held and disappeared during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship during the late 1970s.

    Congolese Plantation Workers Art League



    Sun, Jan 29, 2017 - Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    Creating sculptures with cacao as a primary material, the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) seeks to move beyond the underpaid and undervalued plantation worker, using material sourced from cacao plantations worldwide to make artwork and occupying a place in the global value chain that is normally reserved for middle class artists.Many of the sculptures created by CATPC members are future, present, and ancestral self-representations, taking up symbolic figures. First molded from clay, ...

    A Taste for Chocolate

    Morris-Jumel Mansion


    Fri, Feb 17, 2017 - Mon, May 29, 2017

    "A Taste for Chocolate" is a special exhibition exploring cacao and chocolate as a commodity and emerging breakfast tradition in colonial and post-colonial America. The exhibition focuses on how cocoa—typically sold in “cakes” and served as a hot drink flavored with vanilla, honey, and spices—became a popular beverage in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century.

    LoftOpera: Othello



    Thu, Mar 16, 2017 - Mon, Mar 27, 2017

    See the classic, Othello, performed at LoftOpera which offers an alternative experience to a standard concert hall or opera house. Attendees sit close together on benches for sold-out productions, watching the next generation of operatic talent sing only inches away from their faces in a variety of settings, ranging from a warehouse to a circus school. LoftOpera scraps the way opera is produced nowadays, instead sharing excitement and putting on a show for friends. ​The ...

    The People Speak

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)


    Tue, Mar 21, 2017, 7:30 pm

    Building on the work of historian Howard Zinn, "The People Speak" highlights little known voices from U.S. history, including those of women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and laborers. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—the piece works to educate and inspire a new generation of people working for social justice. The program will consist of readings and musical performances by some of today’s leading artists.