Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include The Jim Henson Exhibition, Androboros, the New Yorker Festival 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.

    Chihuly Nights: New York Botanical Garden

    New York Botanical Garden

    Manhattan

    Sat, Apr 22, 2017 - Sun, Oct 29, 2017

    Chihuly Nights is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. After sunset, the atmosphere is thrilling: experience the heightened drama and luminous quality of Dale Chihuly’s colors and forms when lit under the evening sky. In the Visitor Center plaza, a rotating lineup of performing artists and musicians provides entertainment while visitors relax and enjoy shopping, food, and Avión Tequila cocktails available for purchase.

    Androboros: Villain of the State

    Fraunces Tavern Museum

    Manhattan

    Mon, Oct 09, 2017 - Sun, Oct 29, 2017

    In 1710, the New York colony had already suffered a slew of appalling leaders. As the new Governor, Robert Hunter was thwarted at every turn by a hostile assembly. After silently enduring this political gridlock, he later vented his frustrations by writing a clever satire to strike back at his enemies. "Androboros" remains a biting critique of early civic unrest when New Yorkers demonstrated little faith in their government.

    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.

    The New Yorker Festival

    SVA Theatre

    Manhattan

    Mon, Nov 06, 2017 - Sun, Oct 08, 2017

    The New Yorker Festival comes around at just the right moment each year: lazy summer has ended, and it’s time to wake up your brain. There’s more to choose from than any single human can digest, and the range of speakers is as wide as Montana. At this year’s festival, see Glenn Close, Nathan Lane, Ryan Murphy, Emily Nussbaum, Ava DuVernay and Jelani Cobb, just to name a few. For Michael Schulman's top picks this ...

    The Jim Henson Exhibition: Museum of the Moving Image

    Museum of the Moving Image

    Queens

    Ongoing

    This dynamic experience explores Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on culture. The Jim Henson Exhibition features a broad range of objects from throughout his remarkable career. It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s experimental ...

Chihuly Nights: New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard

bronx N.Y. 10458

7188178700

Chihuly Nights is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. After sunset, the atmosphere is thrilling: experience the heightened drama and luminous quality of Dale Chihuly’s colors and forms when lit under the evening sky. In the Visitor Center ...

Androboros: Villain of the State

54 Pearl Street

New York N.Y. 10004

2124251778

In 1710, the New York colony had already suffered a slew of appalling leaders. As the new Governor, Robert Hunter was thwarted at every turn by a hostile assembly. After silently enduring this political gridlock, he later vented his frustrations by writing a clever satire to strike back at his ...

The New Yorker Festival

333 West 23rd Street

new york N.Y. 10011

2125922980

The New Yorker Festival comes around at just the right moment each year: lazy summer has ended, and it’s time to wake up your brain. There’s more to choose from than any single human can digest, and the range of speakers is as wide as Montana. At this year’s festival, ...

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Avenue

queens N.Y. 11106

7187776888

This dynamic experience explores Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on culture. The Jim Henson Exhibition features a broad range of objects from throughout his remarkable career. It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly ...

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.