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08/13/2013 01:31 pm ET Updated Oct 13, 2013

NYC-ARTS Top Five: Gladys Knight & The O'Jays, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

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Here are our picks for the week of August 13 through 19:

1. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot—Richard III.

Richard III

Commemorating the fact that the bones of Richard III were recently found in an English parking lot, The Drilling Company Theatre presents Shakespeare's tragedy of the crook-back king in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets. See the final dates of the production this week.

2. American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe at MoMA.

Drawn from MoMA's collection and opening this week, the exhibition "American Modern" features art made between 1915 and 1950. The selection of works considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society. Artists represented include George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others.

3. Labyrinthitis at Eyebeam.

Labyrinthitis

In what could be the most unusual sensation of the summer, Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard presents an interactive sound piece consisting entirely of tones generated within his inner ear, which in turn spark audible emissions (Tartini tones) within the audience's own ears. Sound blends with science at this performance inside a floating cube within Eyebeam's main gallery. Kirkegaard is also part of Soundings: A Contemporary Score at MoMA.

4. Brothers Hypnotic at DCTV.

You've heard them playing the New York City subways, now see them on screen. "Brothers Hypnotic" is a coming of age story of eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Hailing from Chicago, the sons of legendary trumpeter Phil Cohran are determined to succeed on their own terms. The film tackles the challenges of maintaining an independent music career, as well as deciding whether their father's principles really are their own.

5. Gladys Knight and the O'Jays at Wingate Field.

Gladys Knight

The big finale of the outdoor Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series features the "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight, as well as the equally legendary group, The O'Jays, in a free concert in Brooklyn.