Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the New York Philharmonic, POLLOCK, Inside Rikers Island, 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.

    New York Philharmonic Ensembles

    Merkin Concert Hall

    Manhattan

    Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Since 1984 the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series has allowed audiences to experience the artistry of the Philharmonic’s virtuosos in an intimate setting. The 34th season of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series — chamber concerts showcasing musicians from the Orchestra performing classical masterpieces and modern compositions in the intimate setting of Merkin Concert Hall — will continue on Sunday, February 18, 2018. The concert will include Beethoven’s “String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1,” Debussy’s ...

    Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

    New-York Historical Society

    Manhattan

    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the New-York Historical Society presents an exhibition of photographs and artifacts honoring these visionary leaders who irrevocably changed the United States.On view February 16 – May 20, 2018, “Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.” showcases approximately 60 photographs and 30 documents and artifacts that uncover the relationship between these historic figures.

    POLLOCK

    Abrons Arts Center

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 15, 2018 - Sun, Feb 25, 2018

    In this play, acclaimed French playwright Fabrice Melquiot highlights how it is impossible to fully understand the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock without studying his marriage to artist Lee Krasner. POLLOCK explores the charged empty space between Pollock (performed by Jim Fletcher) and Krasner (performed by Birgit Huppuch).

    Aizuri Quartet: Japan Across the World

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 23, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Aizuri Quartet offers a sampling of Japanese composers—including Akira Nishimura and Paul Wiancko, as well as guest artist Umezaki—who have developed distinct musical voices in different parts of the world. Japanese-Danish performer and composer Umezaki, a member of the Grammy Award–winning Silk Road Ensemble, joins the quartet on shakuhachi—a traditional Japanese bamboo flute—for a fascinating look at the diversity of Japanese music around the globe.

    Inside Rikers Island

    Aperture Photography Gallery

    Manhattan

    Wed, Feb 21, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    A movement to close New York’s Rikers Island jail facility is gaining momentum. This panel brings together two former corrections officers/photographers who worked at the facility in the 1980s and ’90s, as well as a documentary filmmaker who has taught filmmaking to incarcerated youth and adults, to discuss their work around the facility and criminal justice reform. Panelists include: Jamel Shabazz, Lorenzo Steele Jr., Katherine Cheairs, moderated by Janos Marton, Director of Policy & Campaigns ...

Rebel Spirits: Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the New-York Historical Society presents an exhibition of photographs and artifacts honoring these visionary leaders who irrevocably changed the United States.On view February 16 – May 20, 2018, “Rebel Spirits: Robert F. ...

New York Philharmonic Ensembles

129 West 67th Street

New York N.Y. 10023

2125013330

Since 1984 the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series has allowed audiences to experience the artistry of the Philharmonic’s virtuosos in an intimate setting. The 34th season of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series — chamber concerts showcasing musicians from the Orchestra performing classical masterpieces and modern compositions in the intimate ...

Aizuri Quartet: Japan Across the World

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

2125357710

Aizuri Quartet offers a sampling of Japanese composers—including Akira Nishimura and Paul Wiancko, as well as guest artist Umezaki—who have developed distinct musical voices in different parts of the world. Japanese-Danish performer and composer Umezaki, a member of the Grammy Award–winning Silk Road Ensemble, joins the quartet on shakuhachi—a traditional ...

POLLOCK

466 Grand Street

New York N.Y. 10002

2125980400

In this play, acclaimed French playwright Fabrice Melquiot highlights how it is impossible to fully understand the brilliance and madness of Jackson Pollock without studying his marriage to artist Lee Krasner. POLLOCK explores the charged empty space between Pollock (performed by Jim Fletcher) and Krasner (performed by Birgit Huppuch).

Inside Rikers Island

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

new york N.Y. 10001

212.505.5555

A movement to close New York’s Rikers Island jail facility is gaining momentum. This panel brings together two former corrections officers/photographers who worked at the facility in the 1980s and ’90s, as well as a documentary filmmaker who has taught filmmaking to incarcerated youth and adults, to discuss their work ...