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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include STORMÉ: OUR LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX & DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT, Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, 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.

    Rapsody & Maimouna Youssef AKA Mumu Fresh

    Marcus Garvey Park

    Manhattan

    Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    This year, the talented wordsmith Rapsody was the only woman nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. But she’s hardly a newcomer; Rapsody’s been shaking up hip-hop for over a decade, and claimed the only guest verse on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, on “Complexion.” Fans can expect cuts from the Grammy-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom, where she tackles gnarled topics not limited to beauty standards and breakups, with the singular finesse that only a true star can do. ...

    Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism

    Museum of the City of New York

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jul 17, 2018 - Sun, Jan 06, 2019

     Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, on view at the Museum of the City of New York from through January 6, 2019, will explore the trailblazing women who challenged Victorian social norms in 19th-century New York City. Featuring photographs, garments, ephemera, and prints primarily drawn from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition will bring to light the compelling and often untold stories of these independent and unconventional women who had an indelible impact on New York’s society, culture, and ...

    STORMÉ: OUR LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX & DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT

    IFC Center

    Manhattan

    Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Poet, mother, and educator JP Howard presents two rarely screened must-see films that offer contrasting images of black lesbian identity and experience. DREAMS DEFERRED tells the story of Sakia Gunn, a masculine-presenting teen who in 2003 was stabbed to death on the streets of Newark in a brutal act of hate. STORMÉ, meanwhile, offers a portrait of 1950s male impersonator, civil rights pioneer, and emcee of the legendary Jewel Box Revue: Stormé Delavarie. “Gunn’s death ...

    Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman

    Morgan Library & Museum

    Manhattan

    Fri, May 18, 2018 - Sun, Sep 23, 2018

    Best known for his luscious paintings of pies and ice-cream cones, California artist Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) has been an avid and prolific draftsman since he began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist. Featuring subjects that range from deli counters and isolated figures to dramatic views of San Francisco’s plunging streets, Thiebaud’s drawings invariably endow the most banal, everyday scenes with a sense of poetry and nostalgia. The show is the first to explore ...

    Leslie Jimenez: Catch the Light!

    Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling 

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jun 27, 2018 - Sun, Sep 16, 2018

    Catch the Light! features a surprising mix of framed drawings, hand-painted murals, and glass sculpture installation. Each of the delicately fabricated works in Leslie Jiménez’s first solo museum exhibition uses everyday materials like thread, paint, fabric, mylar and glass to highlight moments from her daily life in Washington Heights. Presented at the culmination of Jiménez’s year-long residency at the Museum, this project transforms the artist-in-residence studio into a space that promotes curiosity, self-exploration and mindfulness. This ...

STORMÉ: OUR LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX & DREAMS DEFERRED: THE SAKIA GUNN FILM PROJECT

323 Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10014

2129247771

Poet, mother, and educator JP Howard presents two rarely screened must-see films that offer contrasting images of black lesbian identity and experience. DREAMS DEFERRED tells the story of Sakia Gunn, a masculine-presenting teen who in 2003 was stabbed to death on the streets of Newark in a brutal act of ...

Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism

1220 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10029

2125341672

 Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism, on view at the Museum of the City of New York from through January 6, 2019, will explore the trailblazing women who challenged Victorian social norms in 19th-century New York City. Featuring photographs, garments, ephemera, and prints primarily drawn from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition will bring ...

Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman

225 Madison Avenue

new york N.Y. 10016

2126850008

Best known for his luscious paintings of pies and ice-cream cones, California artist Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) has been an avid and prolific draftsman since he began his career as an illustrator and cartoonist. Featuring subjects that range from deli counters and isolated figures to dramatic views of San Francisco’s ...

Leslie Jimenez: Catch the Light!

898 St. Nicholas Avenue

new york NY 10032

212.335.0004

Catch the Light! features a surprising mix of framed drawings, hand-painted murals, and glass sculpture installation. Each of the delicately fabricated works in Leslie Jiménez’s first solo museum exhibition uses everyday materials like thread, paint, fabric, mylar and glass to highlight moments from her daily life in Washington Heights. Presented at ...