Top 5 for the Week

| 17 Mar 2015 | 10:34


“Chinese Food, American Story”Sarah Lohman, a “historic gastronomist” who recreates old recipes and blogs about her culinary experiments at, teaches a historic cooking class at the New-York Historical Society. Tied to the museum’s current exhibit, “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion,” the workshop will teach children how to make handmade dumplings, as well as chop suey, one of the earliest Chinese takeout dishes, from a 100-year-old recipe. Appropriate for ages eight and up.

Saturday, March 21

DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society

170 Central Park West, at 77th Street

2 p.m

Tickets $16

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Midtown Gallery TourRafael Risemberg, a former art critic and college professor, has led regular gallery tours throughout the city’s art districts for 12 years, performing exhaustive and regular research on the exhibitions at New York’s more than 600 galleries and highlighting only the most worthy shows. On March 21, he leads a tour of Midtown’s “skyscraper district,” visiting seven high-end contemporary art galleries. Tours take place rain or shine.

Saturday, March 21

Starts at 24 W. 57th St., near Sixth Avenue

1 p.m.

Tickets $25

To purchase tickets, visit or call 212-946-1548 for more information


Diwan Saz Interfaith EnsembleNine musicians from Israel of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths make up Diwan Saz, an interfaith ensemble that performs Middle Eastern music in Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish, accompanied by traditional stringed instruments and percussion, including a lyre, which resembles a hand-held harp.

Sunday, March 22

B’nai Jeshurun Sanctuary

257 West 88th St., between Broadway and West End Avenue

7 p.m.

Tickets $30-$50

To purchase tickets, visit or purchase at the door


La Vita Duo and “Occupy the Farm”Paradigm Shifts 2015, a weekend-long music and film festival at Baruch Performing Arts Center, couples a performance by classical guitar and vocal pair La Vito Duo, playing selections by Leonard Bernstein and Pete Seeger, among other composers, with a screening of Todd Darling’s “Occupy the Farm.” The 2014 documentary follows the efforts of 200 community members and college students in northern California’s East Bay who took over the sole farmland left in the urban area in an effort to feed their neighbors and divert plans to build a mall in its place.

Friday, March 20

La Vita Duo and “Occupy the Farm”

Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Ave., at 25th Street

Tickets $20

To purchase tickets, visit or call 212-352-3101


Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane’s first feature film “Court,” which debuted in 2014 to much acclaim, winning top prizes at both the Venice and Mumbai Film Festivals, receives its U.S. premiere as part of Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual New Directors/New Films series. Tamhane’s film follows the arrest of a folk singer in India for inspiring a sewage worker’s suicide, and a trial impeded by the court’s adherence to outmoded colonial laws. In Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi with English subtitles.

Thursday, March 26

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Walter Reade Theatre

165 W. 65th St., near Amsterdam Avenue

9 p.m.

Tickets $16

To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 212-875-5367