Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Night at the Museum, School Girls, Edvard Munch, 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.

    Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

    The Met Breuer

    Manhattan

    This exhibition features 43 of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch's landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch's personal collection and remained with him throughout his life.

    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

    David H. Koch Theater

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 08, 2017 - Sun, Dec 31, 2017

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production: children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets.

    School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

    Lucille Lortel Theatre

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 15, 2017 - Sun, Dec 31, 2017

    In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter -- and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would ...

    Night at the Museum: Artist Holiday Party

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Celebrate the holiday season with artists and friends at this year-end Night at the Museum. Explore our acclaimed lineup of exhibitions, including Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting and Cathy Wilkes, after hours while enjoying treats by M. Wells, seasonal cocktails, and the VW Dome re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe. Featuring DJ sets by Kindness, USHKA, and GORGON.

    Carnival of the Animals

    Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts

    Manhattan

    Sat, Dec 16, 2017, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Miller Theatre reimagines its holiday favorite, bringing new puppets and new surprises to celebrate “feathers, fur, and fins.” A peek behind the painted red curtain will charm and enchant, as director and designer Lake Simons returns to bring a sense of magic and fantasy to the Miller stage.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Lincoln Center Plaza

New York N.Y. 10023

2128705500

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production: children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets.

Night at the Museum: Artist Holiday Party

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

Celebrate the holiday season with artists and friends at this year-end Night at the Museum. Explore our acclaimed lineup of exhibitions, including Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting and Cathy Wilkes, after hours while enjoying treats by M. Wells, seasonal cocktails, and the VW Dome re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe. ...