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January Arts Festivals

Eight arts festivals to catch this week.


Vijay Iyer  

New York Jewish Film Festival
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater; 1/13 to 1/26; 165 W. 65th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-875-5601
Now in its 25th year, this festival showcases the Jewish experience in all its diversity, from coming-of-age films like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Lost Embrace, by Argentinean director Daniel Burman, to 1943 propaganda film The Autobiography of a Jeep to a free panel on engaging audiences, featuring film curators and programmers including Thomas Beard, Stuart Comer, Chrissie Iles, and Dennis Lim.

Winter Jazzfest
Various venues; 1/13 to 1/17
The city’s most comprehensive jazz festival began as a one-day event. Today, the festival runs four days with over 100 performers and acts an an immersion for jazz beginners and a menu of delights for those who know what they’re looking for. On that menu: the renowned Vijay Iyer and his band, Sunny Jain and his Red Baraat, virtuoso guitarist Kaki King, and a tribute to John Coltrane featuring Nels Cline.

COIL 2016
PS122; 1/5 to 1/17; 150 First Ave., at 9th St.; 212-352-3101
Forward-thinking live performance is the focus of COIL. Pay for individual tickets or buy a COIL pass of eight tickets for $122 to see works like the multidisciplinary, music-focused Shanghai / New York: Future Histories 2 by Chinese artists Xi Ban and Pi Huang Club, and the one-off dance event Excavation Site: Martha Graham U.S.A., featuring former, current, and future performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company and organized by Austrian choreographer Michael Kliën.

Under the Radar
The Public Theater; 1/6 to 1/17; 425 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 212-539-8500
The Public Theater’s festival of new theater showcases innovative works from around the world. Stop by The Library bar for a special pop-up collaboration with Strand Books, with book collections curated by the festival artists, and also the adjacent Joe’s Pub for the In Concert collaboration, featuring the trans spoken-word duo DarkMatter and blues-and-soul singer Martha Redbone.

Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now
Various Venues; 1/6 to 1/17
The hybrid music, opera, and theater festival charges in for its fourth season, featuring the premiere of the punk-inflected multidisciplinary Angel’s Bone at 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center; the New York premiere of the existential Dog Days at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; and the U.S. premiere of Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s opera The Last Hotel, at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Webster Hall; 1/17 at 6 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
One of the most all-inclusive global-music events, globalFEST brings 12 artists to three stages, taking over one downtown venue. Included in the mix is the soulful Mexican cabaret of Astrid Hadad, the smooth stylings of U.S. singer Somi, and the energetic bhangra of the U.K.-based Dhol Foundation. This will be a party.

VisionIntoArt Ferus Festival
National Sawdust; 1/14 to 1/17 .; 80 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 646-779-8455
This is where you go to see works in progress, in a workshop setting. At the newly established National Sawdust, you can catch works like contemporary classical composer Agata Zubel paired with a choreographer; Home Within, an audio-visual work pairing composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with visual artist Kevork Mourad; and Breath & Hammer, with composers David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg.

American Realness
Abrons Art Center; 1/7 to 1/17.; 466 Grand St., at Pitt St.; 212-598-0400
What is real? Will we find out at this dance, theater, and performance festival, with satellite events at Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 and Gibney Dance Center? We can try to find out, especially with a $100 festival pass that includes tickets to six performances.

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