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(photo by Alejandro Fajardo)

Eva von Schweinitz’s The Space between the Letters is part of Incoming! section of Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (photo by Alejandro Fajardo)

Public Theater and other venues
425 Lafayette St. by Astor Pl.
January 3-13

The Public Theater’s annual Under the Radar Festival invites adventurous theatergoers to experience cutting-edge, experimental theater and music from around the world. The 2019 iteration features works from twenty-one artists from nine countries, with most tickets costing a mere thirty bucks. Below are some of the highlights.

Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True, by Ifeoma Fafunwa, January 3, 5, 6, 7, Public Theater, Martinson Theater, $30

Frankenstein, by Manual Cinema, concept by Drew Dir, January 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, Public Theater, LuEsther Theater, $30

Minor Character, New Saloon adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, January 4-13, Public Theater, Martinson Theater, $30

BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! The Penny Arcade Sex and Censorship Show, by Penny Arcade, January 3, 6, 10, 12, 13, Joe’s Pub, $35

Incoming! Macbeth in Stride, by Whitney White, Public Theater, Shiva Theater, $25


(photo by Charlie Gross)

Meshell Ndegeocello is artist-in-residence for 2019 Winter Jazzfest (photo by Charlie Gross)

Multiple venues
January 4-12

Winter Jazzfest is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary with special tributes, talks, listening sessions, and events supporting social justice. As always, it’s highlighted by amazing marathons, taking place January 5, 11, and 12 at such venues as LPR, the Bitter End, Subculture, Zinc, the Sheen Center, the Bowery Ballroom, and the Mercury Lounge. This year’s artist-in-residence is Meshell Ndegeocello. Below are only some of the highlights.

We Resist!, with Fandango at the Wall with Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with special guests Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance, Samora Pinderhughes Transformations Suite, Word*Rock*Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives featuring Toshi Reagon, Allison Miller, Ganessa James, and others, Le Poisson Rouge, January 6, $25, 7:00

The Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science, Le Poisson Rouge, January 7, $30-$35, 7:00

Medeski Martin & Wood, Alarm Will Sound, Brooklyn Steel, January 9, $55, 8:00

Meshell Ndegeocello Catalog — An Intimate Set, with Chris Bruce, Jebin Bruni, and Abraham Rounds, Nublu, January 10, $35-$45, 7:00

Winter Jazzfest Marathon, multiple artists at numerous venues, January 11-12, $50-$60 one day, $90-$105 both days, 6:00


(photo by Maria Baranova)

Joanna Kotze’s what will we be like when we get there returns to New York Live Arts for encore performances (photo by Maria Baranova)

New York Live Arts
219 West 19th St.
January 4-7, $10-$20

The annual Live Artery winter performance festival at New York Live Arts brings back popular shows from the previous year as well as advance looks at works-in-progress. This year’s creators include such fab dancers and choreographers and twi-ny faves as Jack Ferver, Kimberly Bartosik, Yanira Castro, Netta Yerushalmy, and Joanna Kotze, with tickets between twenty and thirty bucks.

what will we be like when we get there, by Joanna Kotze, January 4, 8:00, and January 5, 12 noon, $20

Last Audience, by Yanira Castro / a canary torsi, January 5, 5:00, $10

I hunger for you, by Kimberly Bartosik / daela, January 5, 7:00, January 7, 5:00, $10

Body Comes Apart, by Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith, January 6, 2:00, $10

Paramodernities (3 Installments), by Netta Yerushalmy, January 7, 7:00, $10