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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s cheat sheet to the top events include Voyagers, Illyria, The Fountainhead, 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.

    Misha Kahn: Midden Heap

    Friedman Benda


    Thu, Oct 26, 2017 - Sat, Dec 16, 2017

    Midden Heap is an immersive installation by Misha Kahn, born out of scavenging missions to Dead Horse Bay in the Rockaways, a stretch of beach where trash mounds cover the shoreline in the place of sand. Through a combination of weaving, metal cladding, glassblowing, and bronze casting, Kahn juxtaposes rich materials with found objects, discarded possessions and garbage, resisting the urge to categorize or prioritize one material over the other.

    Illyria: The Public Theater

    The Public Theater


    Mon, Oct 30, 2017 - Sun, Dec 10, 2017

    It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare ...

    The Fountainhead

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)


    Tue, Nov 28, 2017 - Sat, Dec 02, 2017

    Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s raw and layered reimagining of Ayn Rand's novel tells the story of a brilliant architect, Howard Roark, who refuses to compromise his creative vision. Pitted against colleagues who cave to popular and corporate interests, he pursues a relentless quest for individualism—which is tested when he falls in love with a kindred spirit, Dominique Francon.

    Winter Holiday Concerts

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall


    Sun, Nov 26, 2017 - Mon, Nov 27, 2017

    Known for their powerful choral appearances and world-class concert performances, Distinguished Concerts International New York celebrates the holiday season with two concerts: Messiah...Refreshed! and Appalachian Winter: A Bluegrass Christmas.