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06/04/2013 02:05 pm ET Updated Aug 04, 2013

NYC-ARTS Top Five: Concerts in the Parks, All New Talent Fest in Midtown West

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Here are our picks for the week of June 4 through 10:

1. First Fridays at the Noguchi Museum.

This free First Friday begins with "Center of Attention," an extended conversation around a single work of art, followed by the screening of "Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center & the High Line" from WNET's Treasures of New York series. The film explores the work of design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, especially how it integrates architecture with the arts.

2. Celebrate Brooklyn! Opening Night with Patty Griffin at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Patty Griffin and her soulful voice kicks off the 35th year of warm summer nights at the Bandshell. This annual, free celebration of music, dance, film and spoken word in Prospect Park features world famous performers from New York City, the United States and around the globe. Griffin will perform her classic Americana hits as well as new songs from her just released album, "American Kid."

3. All New Talent: ANT Fest 2013 at Ars Nova.

ANT Fest 2013

Ars Nova's sixth annual celebration of All New Talent features New York's most exciting emerging artists performing fresh, new work -- from trapeze thrillers to hip-hop basketball musicals. ANT Fest 2013 will be the biggest yet, heating up Ars Nova with four weeks of comedy, music, theater, and all for just $15 a show.

4. AIDS in New York: The First Five Years at the New-York Historical Society.

During the early '80s, grief, fear and mystery pervaded New York as a new and fatal epidemic tore through the nation, and no one knew how to combat it. This exhibition of posters, photographs and artifacts tells the story of the early years of HIV/AIDS in New York and the impact it had on personal lives, public health, medical practices, culture and politics.

5. SummerStage 2013.

Year after year, SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. The first concerts take place in Brooklyn this week, followed by events at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, then the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

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