Image courtesy of Laurence Miller Gallery.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Nut/Cracked, HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES, 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.






    Under the Mistletoe

    Under the Mistletoe

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 21, 2018 - Sat, Dec 22, 2018

    The New York Pops is celebrating the holidays, joined by Ashley Brown (Broadway's original Mary Poppins, and Belle in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast) with two concerts on Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The concert, "Under the Mistletoe," features classic and contemporary carols including “Deck the Halls,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Winter Wonderland”, and “O Holy Night.” Ashley and The New York Pops will also ...

    HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES

    HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES

    Laurence Miller Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Nov 08, 2018 - Sat, Dec 22, 2018

    Until December 22, Laurence Miller Gallery is presenting "HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES," featuring vintage prints gifted by Levitt to James Agee and his family between 1940 and ca. 2000. These include several of Levitt’s most famous New York images, pictures from Mexico City, and never before exhibited portraits of James Agee. Helen first met James Agee at Walker Evans' apartment in New York City in 1938, and the two formed a deep friendship. Helen later traveled to ...

    Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

    Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

    New-York Historical Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Nov 02, 2018 - Mon, May 27, 2019

    Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960–70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. Over the years, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in our culture by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle ...

    Nut/Cracked

    Nut/Cracked

    Flea Theater

    Manhattan

    Thu, Dec 20, 2018 - Sat, Dec 22, 2018

    "Nut/Cracked," The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker has delighted audiences for more than 16 years. "Nut/Cracked" takes its inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco and Chinese take-out noodles. In "Nut/Cracked," choreographer David Parker finds beauty in the ridiculous, waltzing through many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, including versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, as well as the traditional orchestral suite.

    Carnival of the Animals

    Carnival of the Animals

    Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts

    Manhattan

    Sat, Dec 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    One of Miller Theatre's annual holiday shows returns, a playful production that brings Camille Saint-Saëns’s beloved work to life—"Carnival of the Animals." Experience the magic, as everyday objects take on new lives as lions, elephants, and birds, through the incredible vision of director Lake Simons and some of New York’s best puppeteers. Just about an hour in length, this family-friendly presentation is a wonderful holiday tradition for imaginative audiences of all ages.

Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960–70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. ...

Nut/Cracked

41 White Street

New York N.Y. 10013

2122260051

"Nut/Cracked," The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker has delighted audiences for more than 16 years. "Nut/Cracked" takes its inspiration from all corners of the dance canon, from tap riffs to en pointe ballet, by way of bubble wrap, disco and Chinese take-out noodles. In "Nut/Cracked," choreographer David Parker finds beauty in ...