Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Alvin Ailey ADT’s Holiday Season, a Bill Traylor exhibition, AMNH’s 22nd Butterfly Conservatory and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.






    Bill Traylor

    Bill Traylor

    David Zwirner Art Gallery

    Manhattan

    Tue, Oct 29, 2019 - Sat, Feb 15, 2020

    Born into slavery and illiterate all of his life, Bill Traylor worked on the Traylor plantation in Benton, Alabama, for over 70 years and then for a year in a Montgomery shoe factory until rheumatism prevented him from continuing. At age 84, Traylor began to draw, working on discarded cardboard with a small straight stick, a pencil and castoff poster paint. In just over three years, he produced an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 works, some ...

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2019 Holiday Season

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2019 Holiday Season

    New York City Center

    Wed, Dec 04, 2019 - Sun, Jan 05, 2020

    Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition. The repertory features more than two dozen diverse works by some of the world’s preeminent choreographers, including world premieres by Donald Byrd and Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, company premieres by Aszure Barton and Camille A. Brown, and new productions by Judith Jamison and Lar Lubovitch.

    The Baylor Project

    The Baylor Project

    Harlem Stage Gatehouse

    Manhattan

    Thu, Dec 05, 2019, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    When "The Baylor Project" performs, you’ll see why the husband-and-wife team of vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Deeply rooted in jazz—Jean has performed with such stars as Marcus Miller and Buster Williams, while Marcus is a former member of the legendary Yellowjackets—their eclectic musical style is also steeped in gospel, blues, and soul. Whether it’s a soulful ballad or an up-tempo classic, "The Baylor Project" will ...

    The 22nd Annual Butterfly Conservatory

    The 22nd Annual Butterfly Conservatory

    American Museum of Natural History

    Manhattan

    Sat, Oct 12, 2019 - Mon, May 25, 2020

    “The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter,” an annual favorite, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. Celebrating its 22nd year at the Museum, this popular attraction transforms the coolest day into a summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. Inside a 1,200-square-foot vivarium, a freestanding transparent structure aflutter with activity, visitors interact with butterflies as ...

    David Byrne’s American Utopia

    David Byrne’s American Utopia

    Hudson Theatre

    Manhattan

    Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - Sun, Feb 16, 2020

    This theatrical concert delivers “an experience unlike anything else” (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theatre. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with an ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. With staging and choreography by Annie-B Parson and with Alex Timbers serving as production consultant, David Byrne and the ensemble deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune). “David Byrne’s American Utopia” features David ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 2019 Holiday Season

131 West 55th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

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Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers during this annual five-week engagement, which has become a joyous holiday tradition. The repertory features more than two dozen diverse works by some of the world’s preeminent choreographers, including world premieres by Donald Byrd and Ailey dancer and newly announced Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, company premieres by Aszure ...

The 22nd Annual Butterfly Conservatory

Central Park West at 79th Street

new york N.Y. 10024

2127695200

“The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter,” an annual favorite, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. Celebrating its 22nd year at the Museum, this popular attraction transforms the coolest day into a summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming ...

David Byrne’s American Utopia

141 West 44th Street

new york NY 10036

This theatrical concert delivers “an experience unlike anything else” (Billboard) and marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theatre. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with an ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. With staging and choreography by Annie-B ...