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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Alchemy, School Daze, The Masque of the Red Death, 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.

    The Masque of the Red Death

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jun 28, 2018 - Fri, Jun 29, 2018

    This summer at the Joyce Theater, the Vancouver and New York based company, MOVETHECOMPANY returns with the world premiere of Joshua Beamish's new full-length work The Masque of the Red Death, inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story. The work explores the different color palettes, moods, and social context presented in Poe’s gothic tale.

    Alchemy

    BRIC

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Jun 27, 2018 - Sun, Aug 12, 2018

    BRIC presents Alchemy, its major summer 2018 exhibition, featuring the work of seven artists conceiving non-conventional materials in a reflection on the ancient concept of alchemy—the transformation of matter (June 28 – August 12). Employing diverse media, these artists create visually layered statements about the body, gender, race, and the environment. Their work, which includes large-scale installations and work commissioned by BRIC, also manifests the potential for the spiritual to be drawn out from the quotidian world ...

    School Daze

    IFC Center

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jul 23, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    This early ‘deep cut’ from Spike Lee depicts political and emotional turmoil between radically conscious frat and sorority members of a fictional black college. Playwright Robert O’Hara remarks on the portrayal of “physical intimacy of men all up in each other’s faces, violating private space, paddling each other...and being--as my mother would say--‘tooted up’.” Despite its glittering cast of men, it is the struggles depicted by the women of SCHOOL DAZE that resonate most profoundly ...

    Everyone’s Fine With Virginia Woolf

    Henry Street Settlement-Abrons Arts Center

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jun 12, 2018 - Sat, Jun 30, 2018

    Due to popular demand, Elevator Repair Service, the Obie-award winning company, is pleased to extend the world premiere of Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf, a new play written by longtime company member Kate Scelsa and directed by Elevator Repair Service Artistic Director John Collins, to June 30.  A wildly hilarious take-down of an American classic, tailor-made for this #MeToo moment, Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf is, in turns, loving homage and fierce feminist take-down. In this reinvention of Edward Albee’s drama Who’s Afraid of ...

    Opera Italiana is in the Air

    Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jul 02, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Opera Italiana is a new series of free outdoor concerts in Central Park. Opera Italiana is presening some of the biggest names in Italian opera, to engage the diverse community of NYC and encourage people to learn, and enjoy Italian Opera firsthand in a casual, family-friendly outdoor environment.  This year's performances will focus on arias and ensembles from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Traviata, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's operas and others. Dani Bedoni is the producer and ...

The Masque of the Red Death

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

This summer at the Joyce Theater, the Vancouver and New York based company, MOVETHECOMPANY returns with the world premiere of Joshua Beamish's new full-length work The Masque of the Red Death, inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story. The work explores the different color palettes, moods, and social context ...

School Daze

323 Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10014

2129247771

This early ‘deep cut’ from Spike Lee depicts political and emotional turmoil between radically conscious frat and sorority members of a fictional black college. Playwright Robert O’Hara remarks on the portrayal of “physical intimacy of men all up in each other’s faces, violating private space, paddling each other...and being--as my ...