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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Limón Dance Company at the Joyce, Split Screens Festival, Youssou NDOUR,  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.

    Youssou NDOUR

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Fri, May 31, 2019 - Sat, Jun 01, 2019

    Senegalese singer-songwriter-activist and legendary live performer Youssou NDOUR makes his eagerly anticipated return to BAM with his band Le Super Étoile and special guests. The engagement marks the Grammy Award-winning singer’s fourth time on BAM’s stage since headlining the historic Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas (2009 Winter/Spring Season). NDOUR is widely credited with creating and popularizing Senegal’s music style of mbalax, a blend of the country’s traditional griot percussion and praise-singing with Afro-Cuban arrangements and flavors. A music style which ...

    Celebrate Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday at Brooklyn Public Library

    Brooklyn Public Library

    Brooklyn

    Wed, May 22, 2019 - Sat, Jun 08, 2019

    2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, America’s literary radical and great poet of democracy. New York will be enlivened by conversations about his brilliant work and his complicated, imperfect legacy. For this occasion, Brooklyn Public Library will offer a variety of live programs and commemorative events, including publishing a series of Whitman’s poems with accompanying “responses” from other writers and poets. Brooklyn Public Library will also team up to produce several events celebrating Whitman’s ...

    Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall

    Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn

    Fri, May 03, 2019 - Sun, Dec 08, 2019

    Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. The exhibition draws its title from the rallying words of transgender artist and activist Marsha P. Johnson, underscoring both the precariousness and the vitality of ...

    Limón Dance Company

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, May 29, 2019 - Sun, Jun 02, 2019

    From May 29 - June 2, The Joyce Theater will feature two Limón Dance Company classics: The Moor's Pavane and Psalm, along with The Weather in the Room by company Artistic Director Colin Connor; and Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities by guest choreographer Francesca Harper, with an originial score composed and performed live by Nona Hendryx. Limón's seminal work The Moor's Pavane, drawn from Shakespeare's Othello, has been in the repertories of major companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish ...

    Split Screens Festival

    IFC Center

    Manhattan

    Wed, May 29, 2019 - Mon, Jun 03, 2019

    Presented by the IFC Center, the Split Screens Festival celebrates the art and craft of TV. Reflecting a moment when television has never been more innovative or accomplished, the festival will showcase the best of our current golden age of scripted shows, with directors, producers, showrunners and cast appearing in person for in-depth discussions about making great TV. Split Screens will also premiere episodes of eagerly anticipated new shows. For a full list of events, ...

Limón Dance Company

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

From May 29 - June 2, The Joyce Theater will feature two Limón Dance Company classics: The Moor's Pavane and Psalm, along with The Weather in the Room by company Artistic Director Colin Connor; and Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities by guest choreographer Francesca Harper, with an originial score composed and performed live by Nona Hendryx. ...

Split Screens Festival

323 Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10014

2129247771

Presented by the IFC Center, the Split Screens Festival celebrates the art and craft of TV. Reflecting a moment when television has never been more innovative or accomplished, the festival will showcase the best of our current golden age of scripted shows, with directors, producers, showrunners and cast appearing in ...

Youssou NDOUR

30 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

7186364100

Senegalese singer-songwriter-activist and legendary live performer Youssou NDOUR makes his eagerly anticipated return to BAM with his band Le Super Étoile and special guests. The engagement marks the Grammy Award-winning singer’s fourth time on BAM’s stage since headlining the historic Muslim Voices: Arts & Ideas (2009 Winter/Spring Season). NDOUR is widely credited with creating and ...

Celebrate Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday at Brooklyn Public Library

10 Grand Army Plaza

brooklyn N.Y. 11238

7182302100

2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, America’s literary radical and great poet of democracy. New York will be enlivened by conversations about his brilliant work and his complicated, imperfect legacy. For this occasion, Brooklyn Public Library will offer a variety of live programs and commemorative events, including publishing a ...