Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Jane’s Walk NYC, Flushing Town Hall, the New York Polish Film Festival, 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.

    Jane’s Walk NYC: 2017


    Fri, May 05, 2017 - Sun, May 07, 2017

    Jane’s Walk NYC kicks off its annual weekend of free walking tours led by New Yorkers who love their neighborhoods. Whether you're a seasoned Jane's Walk participant or new to the celebration, join in and lead a walk this year. Jane's Walks are 60-90 minutes long on any topic that inspires someone as an urban enthusiast. What better way to celebrate the city you love?

    Shanghai Memories: Golden Songs from the 1930’s and 1940’s

    Flushing Town Hall


    Sat, May 06, 2017, 7:30 pm

    Flushing Town Hall and Ba Ban Chinese Music Society bring a performance narrated and hosted by Zhou Yi that's a demonstration of the cultural melting pot that existed in Shanghai during World War II. The show presents traditional Shanghai music infused with western influences from jazz and popular music of the day. It paints a vintage scene, depicting Shanghai as the Paris of the East.

    New York Polish Film Festival

    Anthology Film Archives


    Tue, May 02, 2017 - Sun, May 07, 2017

    The annual New York Polish Film Festival honors the memory of world cinema legend, Andrzej Wajda, who passed away just a few days after the premiere of his latest film Afterimage (Powidoki).

    NYU Percussion Ensemble: Child of the Earth

    NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development


    Mon, May 01, 2017, 7:30 pm

    NYU Percussion Ensemble presents Brooklyn composer/performer Thomas Kozumplik's Child of the Earth, a collaboration with percussion soloist and chamber musician Jonathan Haas, who has also collaborated with Broadway legend Joe Passaro, and folk rocker/experimentalist Glenn Kotche. The show is a cerebral, visceral and romantic 40-minute percussion symphony written for 16 musicians on pianos, marimbas, drums, gongs, chimes, and more.

    Read Russia: Russian Literature Week 2017

    Read Russia


    Mon, May 01, 2017 - Sat, May 06, 2017

    At a time of heightening tensions between the United States and Russia, this week-long literary festival offers increased understanding across cultures with a citywide series of panels, screenings, and in-person conversations. Guests include some of Russia’s most acclaimed new authors, famed translators of Russian fiction, and several of the world’s leading Russian literature scholars and critics.