Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Benjamin Clementine, A Portrait of Black Masculinity, On Site Opera and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    A Letter to My Nephew

    BAM Harvey Theater

    Brooklyn

    Tue, Oct 03, 2017 - Sat, Oct 07, 2017

    The latest from choreographer Bill T. Jones is an intimate, impressionistic collage for nine dancers, setting a portrait of his beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs — a talented dancer who struggled with illness and addiction — against the political landscape of the present.

    Benjamin Clementine: I Tell A Fly

    Carnegie Hall

    Manhattan

    Thu, Oct 05, 2017, 8:00 pm

    Benjamin Clementine headlines Carnegie Hall around the release of his sophomore album, I Tell A Fly. Inspired by his receiving a U.S. visa that described him as an “alien,” Clementine explores questions of identity, both personal and universal.

    Momenta Quartet: Momenta Festival III

    Dixon Place

    Manhattan

    Sun, Oct 01, 2017 - Wed, Oct 04, 2017

    The third celebration of the Momenta Festival comprises four distinctively themed concerts at four unique Manhattan venues, each one curated by a different member of the ensemble: violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, founding violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Michael Haas, and violinist Alex Shiozaki. With music by seventeen composers, and performances by eight guest artists, the festival reflects the ensemble’s celebration of contemporary music along with its abiding love for the classical canon.

    On Site Opera: Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

    American Museum of Natural History

    Manhattan

    Sat, Sep 23, 2017 - Sun, Oct 15, 2017

    "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt," a new opera at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather, Charles R. Knight. Knight was a famous naturalist artist who was commissioned by Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures for the American Museum of Natural History, many of which are still on display today. During the performances, ...

    The Peccadillo Theater Company presents “The Show-Off”

    Theatre at St. Clement’s

    Manhattan

    Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - Sat, Oct 21, 2017

    Notable for its masterly blending of comedy and drama and meticulous attention to the ordinary details of everyday life, "The Show-Off" revolves around a working class Irish family in North Philadelphia in the mid-1920s. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and their three adult children are thrown into a state of turmoil when Amy, their middle child, brings home a preposterous suitor named Aubrey Piper. A compulsive liar with delusions of grandeur, Aubrey meets his match in ...

A Letter to My Nephew

651 Fulton Street

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

The latest from choreographer Bill T. Jones is an intimate, impressionistic collage for nine dancers, setting a portrait of his beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs — a talented dancer who struggled with illness and addiction — against the political landscape of the present.

Benjamin Clementine: I Tell A Fly

881 Seventh Avenue

New York N.Y. 10019

2122477800

Benjamin Clementine headlines Carnegie Hall around the release of his sophomore album, I Tell A Fly. Inspired by his receiving a U.S. visa that described him as an “alien,” Clementine explores questions of identity, both personal and universal.

Momenta Quartet: Momenta Festival III

161A Chrystie Street

New York N.Y. 10002

2122190736

The third celebration of the Momenta Festival comprises four distinctively themed concerts at four unique Manhattan venues, each one curated by a different member of the ensemble: violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, founding violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Michael Haas, and violinist Alex Shiozaki. With music by seventeen composers, and performances by eight ...

On Site Opera: Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

Central Park West at 79th Street

new york N.Y. 10024

2127695200

"Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt," a new opera at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather, Charles R. Knight. Knight was a famous naturalist artist who was commissioned by Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn to ...