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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II”, Sacred Sites Open House, Beyond the Canon, 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.

    Sacred Sites Open House

    The New York Landmarks Conservancy

    Manhattan

    Sat, May 18, 2019 - Sun, May 19, 2019

    The New York Landmarks Conservancy is proud to host its Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House. The theme, Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture, highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout New York State. Hundreds of New York’s world-class houses of worship will open their doors to the public, giving visitors a glimpse inside remarkable religious institutions to view their artistic and ...

    Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

    The Jewish Museum

    Manhattan

    Thu, May 23, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8pm. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk (voice and keyboard) offers one of her more rare, intimate concerts in her premiere at the Jewish Museum, with renowned members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger (voice) and Allison Sniffin (voice, violin and keyboard). A long-time and ...

    Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Changes – the Energy of Music & Dance

    Flushing Town Hall

    Queens

    Sat, May 18, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom residing in the Book of Change (I-Ching), which explores the concept of Bagua (eight trigrams) and Yin-Yang, this music and dance work “Changes” demonstrates the Eastern thought of the power of changes, the relationship between changeable small units, and the big universal energy, that emanates from humans and nature. Performed by Zhou Yi and Ban Ban Chinese Music Society of New York.

    Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

    New York Philharmonic

    Manhattan

    Fri, May 17, 2019 - Sat, May 18, 2019

    The New York Philharmonic and Warner Bros. will present Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, a program celebrating classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons with the New York Philharmonic playing the music live while the animation is screened. Emmy Award winner George Daugherty will conduct the concerts, taking place Friday, May 17, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. Costumed Looney Tunes characters will greet audience members in the David Geffen Hall ...

    Beyond the Canon: Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling + All That Jazz

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)

    Brooklyn

    Sat, May 18, 2019, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    It is no secret that the cinema canon has historically skewed toward lionizing the white, male auteur. This monthly series seeks to question that history and broaden horizons by pairing one much-loved, highly regarded, canonized classic with a thematically or stylistically-related—and equally brilliant—work by a filmmaker traditionally excluded from that discussion. On May 18, BAM will screen Richard Pryor’s sole directorial effort, the inventive and deeply autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (1986) with Bob Fosse’s ...

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II

Avery Fisher Hall

New York N.Y. 10023

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The New York Philharmonic and Warner Bros. will present Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II, a program celebrating classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons with the New York Philharmonic playing the music live while the animation is screened. Emmy Award winner George Daugherty will conduct the concerts, taking place Friday, May 17, 2019, at 8:00 ...

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

1109 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10128

2124233200

Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing innovative music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8pm. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk (voice and keyboard) offers one of her more rare, ...

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Changes – the Energy of Music & Dance

137-35 Northern Boulevard

queens N.Y. 11354

7184637700

Inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom residing in the Book of Change (I-Ching), which explores the concept of Bagua (eight trigrams) and Yin-Yang, this music and dance work “Changes” demonstrates the Eastern thought of the power of changes, the relationship between changeable small units, and the big universal energy, that ...