Top 5 Picks for the week

| 21 Oct 2015 | 03:48


BalletNext at New York Live ArtsAmerican Ballet Theatre alum Michele Wiles premieres “Apogee in 3” with her company BalletNext during its two-week stint at New York Live Arts. Danced by six dancers to live music performed by jazz outfit the Tom Harrell Quintet, the three-part piece includes a section where Wiles improvises to trumpeter Harrell’s instrumental improvisation. Wiles also performs “Don’t Blink,” a duet with flex dancer Jay Donn.

BalletNext at New York Live Arts

Oct. 27-Nov. 7

New York Live Arts

219 W. 19th St., between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Assorted show times

Tickets $15-$40

For tickets, visit or call 212-924-0077

Coyote DancersChoreographer Maher Benham premieres her new work “A Song for Dudley” with her company Coyote Dancers. A tribute to Benham’s mentor, Dudley Williams, a dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater who performed with the company for 40 years and passed away earlier this year, the piece features live accompaniment, including spirituals sung by Henry Holmes. The program also includes repertory pieces, including Benham’s tribute to Martha Graham.

Coyote Dancers

Oct. 23-25

Martha Graham Studio Theatre

55 Bethune St., 11th floor, at Washington Street

8 p.m.

Tickets $25

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Moon HoochBrooklyn jazz trio Moon Hooch busked in subway stations, earning audiences for its rhythmic and energetic approach. The percussion and dual saxophone group also aspires to smart eating: the band maintains a food blog that explores healthy eating while on tour. Ahead of the performance, drummer James Muschler leads a cooking lesson.

Friday, Oct. 23

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th Street

7:30 p.m. cooking demonstration, followed by performance

Tickets $20

To purchase, visit or purchase at the venue


“Songbird”A country singer who’s seen her popularity wane returns home to Nashville where she hopes to help the child she left behind start his own music career. Written by Michael Kimmel and based on Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull,” “Songbird” includes music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, who was inspired by her own time in Tennessee.

Oct. 24-Nov. 29

59E59 Street Theaters

59 E. 59th St., between Park and Madison Avenues

Tickets $70

To purchase tickets, visit or call 212-279-4200