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NYC-ARTS Top Five | Munch & Warhol, Brave Writers and Fantasia Live

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Here are our picks for the week of April 23 through 29:

More than 30 original works -- some of which will be seen in public for the first time -- reveal remarkable affinities between Edvard Munch and Andy Warhol: a preoccupation with themes of anxiety and alienation, ideal beauty, sex and mortality, and an ability to skillfully mine the iconic power of the image to craft their own mythic identities in self-portraits and in life.

2. Souleymane Badolo at New York Live Arts.

Souleymane Badolo's African heritage is a driving force in his work. This evening will include a new untitled work guided by the Gurunsi divination system bagger, a ritual where form and structure are suggested through the meaning inherent in thrown cowrie shells. Also on the program is "Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO," a piece inspired by Badolo's rich family legacy.

Watch the classic animation from the 1940 and 2000 feature films come alive on a giant screen while the Little Orchestra Society performs the iconic music live. Friday night's show is a special performance for adults.

Chaired by Salman Rushdie, the theme of the 2013 World Voices Festival is bravery and will feature such luminaries as Eduardo Galeano, Sapphire, Fran Lebowitz, along with writers from Palestine, Burma, and South Africa, to name just a few. Haiti and South Africa are two countries that have dedicated events, and for the first time ever, there will be a panel on Palestinian literature.

5. Tokyo String Quartet at 92nd Street Y.

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. For its farewell season, preparations have been made in every hall in the U.S. and abroad to properly celebrate what has been an extended love affair with the quartet. This program presents works by Haydn, Kodály and Bartók.

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