By Lorraine O’Grady.
Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, The Prisoner, 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.

    Ailey’s 60th Anniversary Holiday Season

    New York City Center

    Manhattan

    Wed, Nov 28, 2018 - Sun, Dec 30, 2018

    The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the New York City Center stage for an extraordinary 60th Anniversary holiday season from November 28 through December 30. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will share inspiring artistry with premieres, new productions, repertory favorites by some of today’s prolific choreographers, along with a variety of special programs including "Lazarus," the Company’s first two-act ballet by Rennie Harris, inspired by Alvin Ailey’s life and ...

    New Literature from Europe Festival

    Instituto Cervantes New York

    Manhattan

    Tue, Nov 27, 2018 - Thu, Nov 29, 2018

    From November 27 through 29, The New Literature from Europe Festival is returning to New York City for three days of conversations, panel discussions and readings. Now in its 14th installment, the festival brings together leading and emerging voices from 14 different countries with some of today’s foremost authors, editors and translators to celebrate cultural diversity and heritage while addressing the current challenges of globalization and migration. The New Literature from Europe Festival encourages attendees to hear ...

    Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

    Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Sep 14, 2018 - Sun, Feb 03, 2019

    "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Black artists across the country worked in communities, in collectives, and individually to create a range of art responsive to the moment—including figurative and abstract painting, prints, and photography; assemblage and sculpture; and performance. Many of the over 150 ...

    The Prisoner

    Theatre for a New Audience

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Nov 24, 2018 - Sun, Dec 16, 2018

    From November 24 through December 16, Theatre for a New Audience will present the New York Premiere of C.I.C.T. –Théâtre du Bouffes du Nord’s "The Prisoner," continuing Peter Brook’s collaboration with playwright/director Marie-Hélène Estienne. "The Prisoner" recounts an experience director Peter Brook had when he traveled to Afghanistan prior to the Soviet Invasion in 1979. There, he saw a man commanded to sit in the open, outside a prison, until his sentence was served. Brook never found out what the ...

    Handel’s Israel in Egypt

    Carnegie Hall

    Manhattan

    Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    On November 28, Mastervoices and its 160 choristers will offer the New York Premiere of a multi-media version of Handel’s "Israel in Egypt" at Carnegie Hall, led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling. The timely oratorio of exile and displacement reflects on the flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red Sea. The program will feature Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, who will create a combination of pre-composed film and in-the-moment paintings that bring a personal perspective to the ...

New Literature from Europe Festival

211 East 49th Street

New York N.Y. 10002

2123087720

From November 27 through 29, The New Literature from Europe Festival is returning to New York City for three days of conversations, panel discussions and readings. Now in its 14th installment, the festival brings together leading and emerging voices from 14 different countries with some of today’s foremost authors, editors and translators ...

The Prisoner

Polonsky Shakespeare Center

brooklyn N.Y. 11217

2122292819

From November 24 through December 16, Theatre for a New Audience will present the New York Premiere of C.I.C.T. –Théâtre du Bouffes du Nord’s "The Prisoner," continuing Peter Brook’s collaboration with playwright/director Marie-Hélène Estienne. "The Prisoner" recounts an experience director Peter Brook had when he traveled to Afghanistan prior to the Soviet Invasion in ...

Ailey’s 60th Anniversary Holiday Season

131 West 55th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2125811212

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the New York City Center stage for an extraordinary 60th Anniversary holiday season from November 28 through December 30. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will share inspiring artistry with premieres, new productions, repertory favorites by some of today’s ...

Handel’s Israel in Egypt

881 Seventh Avenue

New York N.Y. 10019

2122477800

On November 28, Mastervoices and its 160 choristers will offer the New York Premiere of a multi-media version of Handel’s "Israel in Egypt" at Carnegie Hall, led by Artistic Director Ted Sperling. The timely oratorio of exile and displacement reflects on the flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red ...