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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include The 2019 Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The 2019 Animation First Festival, Riyaaz Qawwali, 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.

    Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

    Brooklyn

    Mon, Jan 21, 2019, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

    BAM will host the free annual “Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Monday, January 21, starting at 10:30am in the Howard Gilman Opera House. The celebration will bring together artists and civic leaders that will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The 33rd edition will feature activist and policy maker Tarana Burke as keynote speaker. Founder of the Me Too movement and currently the senior director for Girls for Gender Equity, ...

    2019 Animation First Festival

    French Institute Alliance Française

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Wed, Feb 27, 2019

    Celebrating France’s rich tradition as a pioneer of animation, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) announces the 2019 Animation First festival. Building on its wildly successful inaugural year, the second edition of Animation First showcases the vast history, enduring ingenuity, and diversity of France’s renowned animation studios and schools. This year’s schedule includes 17 premieres, provoking feature-length films, exciting shorts, immersive exhibits, video game demonstrations, panels with filmmakers, a special spotlight on the City of Bordeaux's animation industry, and ...

    Riyaaz Qawwali

    Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Riyaaz Qawwali represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the U.S., hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and sing devotional music. While they are ethnically diverse, they also represent multiple spiritual backgrounds, which they incorporate into their music. Trained in both Eastern and Western classical music, the musicians have been professionally performing qawwali for the past ten years. With conservative growth and heightened attention to ...

    Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

    The Riverside Theatre

    Manhattan

    Sat, Jan 19, 2019 - Sun, Jan 20, 2019

    Following a year of worldwide political and social activism, spearheaded by young people in this country and around the world, the new play with gospel music “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” begins its 2019 tour with a special engagement at The Riverside Church of New York on January 19 and 20, in celebration of Martin Luther King’s Birthday. This poignant and inspirational new play is a reminder that young people have used the ...

    44th Annual Thunderbird American Dancers’ Dance Concert and Pow Wow

    Theater for the New City

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Sun, Feb 03, 2019

    Theater for the New City will present its “44th Annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow” from January 25 to February 3, 2019. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of the first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous ...

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

30 Lafayette Avenue

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

7186364100

BAM will host the free annual “Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Monday, January 21, starting at 10:30am in the Howard Gilman Opera House. The celebration will bring together artists and civic leaders that will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. The 33rd edition will feature ...

2019 Animation First Festival

22 East 60th Street

new york N.Y. 10022

2123556100

Celebrating France’s rich tradition as a pioneer of animation, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) announces the 2019 Animation First festival. Building on its wildly successful inaugural year, the second edition of Animation First showcases the vast history, enduring ingenuity, and diversity of France’s renowned animation studios and schools. This year’s schedule includes 17 ...

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

91 Claremont Avenue

New York N.Y. 10027

2128641760

Following a year of worldwide political and social activism, spearheaded by young people in this country and around the world, the new play with gospel music “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” begins its 2019 tour with a special engagement at The Riverside Church of New York on January ...

Riyaaz Qawwali

1047 Amsterdam Avenue

new york N.Y. 10025

2123167540

Riyaaz Qawwali represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. The ensemble’s musicians, who are settled in the U.S., hail from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and sing devotional music. While they are ethnically diverse, they also represent multiple spiritual backgrounds, which they incorporate into their music. Trained in ...