Still from Smithereens (1982), directed by Susan Seidelman. Courtesy of BAM.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Punks, Poets, and Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America, Blak Whyte Gray, Rave Theater Festival, 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.






     Blak Whyte Gray

     Blak Whyte Gray

    Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

    Manhattan

    Thu, Aug 01, 2019 - Sat, Aug 03, 2019

    Olivier Award-winning East London company Boy Blue returns to Lincoln Center with its electrifying dance-theater work Blak Whyte Gray following last fall’s critically acclaimed and sold out White Light Festival performances of the U.S. premiere. Driven by founders Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, Boy Blue creates virtuosic performances rooted in hip-hop music and dance. For Blak Whyte Gray, the company’s first full-length abstract piece, a charged electronic score, bold staging, and powerful imagery call forth a deeply-rooted ...

    CORIOLANUS

    CORIOLANUS

    The Public Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jul 16, 2019 - Sun, Aug 11, 2019

    For the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents CORIOLANUS, Shakespeare's blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery.

    Punks, Poets, and Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America

    Punks, Poets, and Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America

    Peter Jay Sharp Building (BAM)

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Aug 07, 2019 - Tue, Aug 20, 2019

    A new series from BAM, Punks, Poets, and Valley Girls: Women Filmmakers in 1980s America, spotlights the work of brilliant female filmmakers—working in Hollywood and the indie underground, the New York No Wave and the LA Rebellion—who defied the Reagan-era status quo to bring their stories to the screen. Films include Suburbia (Spheeris, 1983); The Decline of Western Civilization (Spheeris, 1981); The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (Spheeris, 1988); Smithereens (Seidelman, 1982); Born in Flames (Borden, 1983); Variety (Gordon, 1983); Desperately Seeking Susan (Seidelman, 1985); Twice as ...

    Rave Theater Festival

    Rave Theater Festival

    Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center

    Fri, Aug 09, 2019 - Sun, Aug 25, 2019

    The brand-new Rave Theater Festival will run between August 9 - 25 at Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side. The lineup will present a diverse selection of plays, musicals, family-friendly shows, and cross-disciplinary projects. Out of hundreds of applications, 20 shows have been selected for the inaugural festival. Among the highlights: a show written and directed by activist and vice president of the NAACP Brooklyn Branch (Sweet Lorraine), an immersive production (Noirtown), a ...

    WALL POWER! Quilts from the Werner and Karen Gundersheimer Gift

    WALL POWER! Quilts from the Werner and Karen Gundersheimer Gift

    American Folk Art Museum

    Manhattan

    Tue, Aug 06, 2019 - Sun, Sep 01, 2019

    The American Folk Art Museum has been at the forefront of the movement to bring recognition to quilts as a major art form with deep roots in American life and experience. The museum’s collection, featured in the new exhibition WALL POWER! is especially distinctive for unique, highly individualized expressions in this medium that is both yielding and unforgiving, challenging the maker to test the limits imposed by cutting and piecing bits of fabric. The museum is renowned ...

 Blak Whyte Gray

899 Tenth Avenue

New York N.Y. 10019

Olivier Award-winning East London company Boy Blue returns to Lincoln Center with its electrifying dance-theater work Blak Whyte Gray following last fall’s critically acclaimed and sold out White Light Festival performances of the U.S. premiere. Driven by founders Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, Boy Blue creates virtuosic performances rooted in hip-hop ...

WALL POWER! Quilts from the Werner and Karen Gundersheimer Gift

2 Lincoln Square

new york N.Y. 10023

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The American Folk Art Museum has been at the forefront of the movement to bring recognition to quilts as a major art form with deep roots in American life and experience. The museum’s collection, featured in the new exhibition WALL POWER! is especially distinctive for unique, highly individualized expressions in this medium ...