Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Mark Mothersbaugh, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, Pioneer Works, 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.

    Pioneer Works: Grand Ole Opera

    Pioneer Works


    Mon, Jul 10, 2017 - Sun, Jul 30, 2017

    "Grand Ole Opera" is a large-scale installation by Tennessee-born artists Willie Stewart and Brent Stewart. Raised by a strong matriarchy, Willie was born into a motorcycle club where all his male influences were indefinitely incarcerated. Brent was raised in a strict Christian household and is a filmmaker. They met in a bar years ago and connected over a shared interest in cinematic space—equal parts B-movies and home video memories. This exhibition, their institutional debut in ...

    Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

    Grey Art Gallery‚ New York University


    Wed, Apr 26, 2017 - Sat, Jul 15, 2017

    A founding member of the trailblazing band DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh has been a visual artist since before the group’s formation. Beginning in the early 1970s, he created a large body of work — paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, decorative arts, video, film, and performance — which often originates from his visual diaries of over 30,000 postcard-sized drawings.

    Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: The Knights

    Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park


    Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts has presented free, outdoor classical music concerts to New Yorkers of all walks of life. The series seeks to stimulate and encourage new and expanded audiences for classical music in the informal and beautiful setting of Central Park. It is the oldest continuous free outdoor western classical music concert series in the world.

    Tap Ellington

    Jazz at Lincoln Center


    Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Duke Ellington's contribution to the world of tap dance will be celebrated at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The production, "Tap Ellington," will feature a big band concert with tap dance accompaniment to honor Ellington's role in introducing tap dance to audiences all over the world. Live music will be performed by the Duke Ellington Center's Big Band, conducted by Eli Yamin.

    2017 Rubin Block Party: Sounds of the Street

    Rubin Museum of Art


    Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Celebrate the spirit of our community at the Rubin Museum’s annual Block Party. Come make some noise with thousands of other New Yorkers with art and activities for all ages inspired by the exhibition "The World is Sound."