Monday, May 11
The culture of the Sámi — the northernmost indigenous people of Europe — is on show for two days this week at Scandinavia House in the Sámi Performing & Visual Arts Festival - A Celebration of Sámi Culture & Arts. Between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evening, immerse yourself in a full program of theater and dance, storytelling, traditional joik (a traditional Sámi form of song), poetry, and films from leading Sámi artists. $15 per day or $20 for a festival pass. 58 Park Ave., Midtown.
Tuesday, May 12
“One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North,” now showing at the Museum of Modern Art, details through paintings, photography, music, film and poetry the mass movement of some 6 million African-Americans from the rural South to the industrial North between 1915 and the 1970s. It covers the Great Migration’s profound economic, cultural and social impact on New York City and the nation. This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Migration. 11 W. 53rd St., Midtown. $25.
Wednesday, May 13
Brooklyn-based librarian and avid music and literature aficionado Christopher Bussmann is presenting a “Hard Bop, Heroin, & Heartache: Lee Morgan's Jazz Story,” Wednesday evening — sharing the story of gifted jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. Morgan first picked up a trumpet at 13, turned pro at 15, signed a record deal at 18 and joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at 20. As his career took off, so did his heroin addiction. He was shot and killed by his wife in between sets at Slug's Saloon, a jazz club in New York City's East Village in 1972. He was 33. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights. $10.
Thursday, May 14
Contemporary visual art fair Frieze New York, is back, returning to its big tent on Randall’s Island Park from Thursday until Sunday. Frieze’s scope encompasses all facets of contemporary visual art, with over 1000 artists showing some of their best work. 200 galleries from 30 countries will be represented alongside Frieze Sounds and Frieze Talks, a daily program of keynote lectures, panel debates and discussions. The Frieze Ferry Service ($18 round trip), departs from the 35th Street Ferry Dock on the East River from 30 minutes before and after the fair opening hours. Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $44.