All (The Shows) In The Neighborhood

Music, theater, rock n’ roll: Roll them all up into a ball, and you’ve got downtown Manhattan in a nutshell. You just need to decide what flavor of performance you’re in the mood for

If you’re feeling syncopated, check out the 2017 Winter Jazzfest NYC, which is coming together January 5–10. The theme this year is social justice, with an accent on Thelonious Monk, who would have turned 100 this year. The lineup is beyond eclectic—everyone from Pharaoh Sanders to the Baylor Project to violinist Scott Tixier to composer Jacob Garchik to vocalist Kandace Springs to pianist Aaron Goldberg to Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians will be popping up south of Union Square. (Most of the venues are in the Village, SoHo, and Little Italy.)

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If you’re feeling, well, under the radar, then go whole hog and spend your month at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival, which runs January 4 through 15 at the Public’s Lafayette Street headquarters, as well as at other stages around town. Like the name of the festival says, these productions represent the avant-est of the country’s—and the world’s—avant-garde theater. Catch them here long before they reach the mainstream.

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If you’re waiting on a friend, wander over to the Industria photo studio and (now) event space to kill some time at Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones. It’s a weird but fascinating mélange of art exhibition, memorabilia collection, and natural history museum, only with recording studio mockups instead of wilderness dioramas. (Come to think of it, Keef always did remind us of a dissolute cheetah.)

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