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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “The Obama Portraits,” Ballet Hispánico’s performance at Bryant Park, The Met Opera’s “Summer HD Festival,” 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.






    Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

    Beach Sessions Dance Series Returns to Rockaway Beach

    Rockaway Beach

    Queens

    Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    "Beach Sessions Dance Series" is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its seventh season of free beach-front outdoor performances with a new live site-specific work by New York choreographer Moriah Evans entitled "REPOSE." This season’s programming continues to support Beach Sessions’ commitment to presenting free public performances in the Rockaways as well as offering beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat. On Sunday, August 29th from 1pm-7pm, ...

    The Obama Portraits

    The Obama Portraits

    Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Aug 27, 2021 - Sun, Oct 24, 2021

    The groundbreaking portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama—painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Transforming traditions of American presidential portraiture, the paintings document two unprecedented occasions: the election of the first Black president of the United States, and the selection of the first Black artists to receive the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s commission for portraits of a president or first lady.  In ...

    Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

    Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Mon, Aug 16, 2021 - Sun, Nov 28, 2021

    The exhibition "Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo" explores the intercultural exchange between American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889), born and trained in France, and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. Investigating Tavernier’s life and career, the exhibition is centered on his rediscovered masterwork, "Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878)," which depicts the "mfom Xe," or “people dance,” of the Elem Pomo in an underground roundhouse. The exhibition ...

    Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

    Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

    Bryant Park

    Manhattan

    Fri, Aug 27, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    On August 27 at 7pm, Ballet Hispánico will perform alongside Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet as part of Bryant Park's free, outdoor Picnic Performances. The performance will culminate Bryant Park's showcase of New York City-based dance companies and will celebrate Latinx culture and social justice. The Picnic Performance is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis; no ticket is necessary. For anyone unable to attend in person, a free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant ...

    The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

    The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival

    Restart Stages at Lincoln Center

    Manhattan

    Fri, Aug 27, 2021 - Sun, Sep 05, 2021

    The Met’s popular "Summer HD Festival" returns on Friday, August 27, featuring a lineup of eleven free encore presentations from the company’s popular "Live in HD" series, as well as a special pre-festival screening of Susan Froemke’s acclaimed documentary "The Opera House." Running through September 6, the festival features unforgettable performances from many of opera’s greatest singers, including Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez in Verdi’s "La Traviata" and Peter Mattei in Berg’s "Wozzeck," both ...

Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

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The exhibition "Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo" explores the intercultural exchange between American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889), born and trained in France, and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. Investigating Tavernier’s life and career, the exhibition is centered on his rediscovered masterwork, "Dance in ...

Ballet Hispanico: Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10110

2127684242

On August 27 at 7pm, Ballet Hispánico will perform alongside Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet as part of Bryant Park's free, outdoor Picnic Performances. The performance will culminate Bryant Park's showcase of New York City-based dance companies and will celebrate Latinx culture and social justice. The Picnic Performance is accessible on a ...