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Things to do this week in NYC May 4-May 11: Cultural Arts

Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

4th Jewish Heritage Festival - LESJC Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center
May 05, 2013 - New York

This activity-packed day of exploring and learning about the Jewish history of Manhattan's Lower East Side includes an exhibit by photographer Marisa Scheinfeld, three walking tours of the neighborhood, a vintage goods benefit sale and special presentations by renowned guest speakers.

2013 Spring Gala - New York City Ballet
May 08, 2013 - New York

Award-winning singer, rapper, and actress Queen Latifah and the legendary clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will appear as guest artists at the New York City Ballet 2013 Spring Gala on Wednesday, May 8 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

The Downtown Festival - Various locations
Through May 11, 2013 - New York

Taking place over May 10th and 11th, Downtown will take over New York's Lower East Side with new, influential artists playing shows at intimate venues like Element, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, and more. Unlike any other festival of it's kind, the focus of Downtown Festival is on providing the audience with the most intimate, rewarding concert experience possible, keeping fans up-close and personal with the rising artists they love.

Encores! On Your Toes - New York City Center
Through May 13, 2013 -

Rodgers & Hart's On Your Toes, an improbable mix of gangsters, vaudeville and classical ballet, was the first musical to successfully integrate classicaldance into the Broadway musical format. It has a book by George Abbott, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. The original production was choreographed by George Balanchine and starred Ray Bolger, Tamara Geva and Monty Woolley. It opened on April 11, 1936, at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 315 performances. Songs include "Glad to be Unhappy," "There's A Small Hotel" and the legendary ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." Former Encores! music director Rob Fisher returns for this production.

Frieze Art Fair - Randalls Island
Through May 13, 2013 - New York

Frieze New York presents the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe, bringing an international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in New York. In addition to being able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world's leading artists, visitors can experience Frieze Projects, the fair's program of artists specially commissioned projects and Frieze Talks, a program of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures. The fair also includes Frame, a section dedicated to solo artist presentations by emerging galleries and Focus galleries which present curated projects and artworks specially conceived for Frieze New York. The Sculpture Park, located beside the East River's waterfront, exhibits new selected works by established and emerging artists and is free to the public. Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by New York-based SO - IL architects. Located in the unique setting of Randall's Island Park, Manhattan, and overlooking the East River, the fair is easily accessible. New 2013 Opening Hours Friday, May 10: 11am-7pm Saturday, May 11: 11am-7pm Sunday, May 12 : 11am-7pm Monday, May 13: 11am-6pm

Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature - Rockefeller Center Plaza
Through June 07, 2013 - New York

For seven weeks this spring, nine 16-to 20-foot-tall, human-shaped stone figures by Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone, will transform Rockefeller Center, inhabiting the plaza between 49th and 50th Streets as if transported from another time. The work, Human Nature, will be free to the public and, is on view April 23 through June 7, 2013. Presented by Nespresso, the exhibition is organized by Public Art Fund and Tishman Speyer. Human Nature is on view in Rockefeller Center Plaza in Midtown Manhattan between Fifth & Sixth Avenues and 49th and 50th Streets. Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week Subway: F, D, B, V to 47-50th Street Rockefeller Center; N, R, W to 49th Street; 1 to 50th Street; 6 to 51st Street

Body Worlds: Pulse - Discovery Times Square
Through April 27, 2014 - New York

The newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.

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