Photos by Arnaud Falchier

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include River to River Festival, the Dance Caribbean Collective, the Human Rights Watch 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.

    River to River Festival: 2017

    Governors Island


    Wed, Jun 14, 2017 - Sun, Jun 25, 2017

    This year's River to River Festival presents 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts — 100 + performances and events spanning 17 projects at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The Festival also offers opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.

    Bryant Park Presents Contemporary Dance

    Bryant Park


    Fri, Jun 16, 2017 - Fri, Jul 14, 2017

    Fresh, original, and innovative artists showcase exhilarating works of modern dance (curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher) and ballet (curated by Donna Salgado).

    Dance Caribbean Collective | New Traditions Festival 2017: Our Caribbean Spirit

    Mark Morris Dance Center


    Fri, Jun 16, 2017 - Sun, Jun 18, 2017

    Dance Caribbean Collective's "New Traditions Festival 2017: Our Caribbean Spirit" is a three-night festival offering a platform for Caribbean dance artists to tell their stories and share their choreography during Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each night of the festival presents dance performances by local Caribbean choreographers and a signature collaborative community dance project titled, “Our Caribbean Spirit”.

    Human Rights Watch Film Festival: 2017

    Film Society of Lincoln Center


    Fri, Jun 09, 2017 - Sun, Jun 18, 2017

    In an era of extremism, assaults on the free press, and the rise of “citizen journalism,” festival organizers hope that the films in this year’s "Human Rights Watch Film Festival" can serve as inspiration and motivation for the audience. The festival will include 21 feature documentaries and panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience in challenging times and is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center.

    P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids

    Metropolitan Museum of Art


    Tue, Jun 13, 2017 - Sun, Oct 29, 2017

    "P.S. Art" is an annual celebration of achievement in the arts in New York City public schools. This juried exhibition of the work of talented young artists showcases the creativity of more than 100 prekindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs and includes paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings. Each work demonstrates personal expression, imaginative use of media, the results of close observation, and an understanding of artistic processes.