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Through February 8, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 212.570.3600

Dance

FORCES OF NATURE DANCE THEATER COMPANY

The 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Regeneration Night Concert, preceding the Third Annual Unity Ball, is graced by four of Abdel R. Salaam's ballets, including Seven, which celebrates the power, rhythm, and energy of that number in modern, African, and vernacular dance; Sea We, which journeys under the sea; and Hotand October Ashes, which touch on the fashion world. Earlier in the day there's a showcase and a marketplace. ZIMMER

At 7:30, Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, 212.650.7148

 

Music

'NORTON RECORDS SOUL SHAKE SPECTACULAR'

Norton loves its r&b obscurities, and it has dug up a bunch of ace old-timers for this revue: King Coleman (the DJ who hollered on "[Do the] Mashed Potatoes" in 1959), sleazemaster Andre Williams (of "Jail Bait" infamy), Nathaniel Mayer (what, you don't remember "Village of Love"? No. 22 in 1962!), Gino Washington, and the Mighty Hannibal. And the MC is Rudy Ray "Dolemite" Moore. WOLK

At 7:30, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718.230.0236

CHUCHO VALDEZ QUARTET

The Cuban piano virtuoso has always been impressive in a Tatum-esque sense—all those fingers, all those ideas. But his music has occasionally seemed technique driven. As James Carter knows, it's hard to downplay the flash when you're naturally flashy. But Valdez's New Conceptions suggests that editing and judiciousness have inched up his agenda. It contains a "You Don't Know What Love Is" that's a perfectly calibrated dynamic marvel. Expect a new level of depth on stage. MACNIE

At midnight, and Tuesday at 9 and 11, through January 4, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, 212.255.4037

 


SUNDAY

DECEMBER 28


Film

'THE SEVENTH VICTIM'

Now 60 years old, this hard-to-see Val Lewton production is one of the purveyors of literate horror's most effectively atmospheric B movies. The Seventh Victim also deserves to be a local favorite, dealing as it does with a coven of satanists in Greenwich Village. This downbeat cult favorite may be short, but it sure ain't sweet. Kim Hunter stars as the gothic heroine. HOBERMAN

At 7:15, Walter Reade Theater, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212.875.5600

Music

BUDDY GUY+DOUBLE TROUBLE+INDIGENOUS

Ahhh: a rare chance to see equally worthy representatives of the three latter generations of the blues. Not only do they wield mighty axes but they are almost shockingly diverse. Since Sweet Tea, Guy has deservedly been enjoying a bit of a renaissance. And one would much rather see him play elder statesman to Mato Nanji than the typical Southeastern suburban teen pretender. CRAZY HORSE

Tonight and Monday at 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212.777.6800

 


MONDAY

DECEMBER 29


Music

GOV'T MULE

Warren Haynes and Matt Abts continue their peerless tradition of rockin' out the old year and rolling in the new all along I-95. The Mule remain among the elite

best of what modern rock has to offer, so the real story here will be whether the support acts can keep up. Maceo's golden, Landreth probably, but the Spin Doctors' moment has likely passed. CRAZY HORSE

Tonight and Tuesday at 8, through December 31, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212.496.7070

PATTI SMITH & BAND+BACK IN SPADES

Other than the Times Square bash, we can always count on the return of the punk goddess to her old stomping grounds to ring in the New Year here. On album, she might never raise the roof as she did back in the day, but she's still got the spirit and her band to transport her (and you). GROSS

Tonight and Tuesday at 9, through December 31, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111


TUESDAY

DECEMBER 30


Theater

LOVE & TAXES

Solo performer Josh Kornbluth, applauded when he was last here with Red Diaper Baby, is back with this new piece, chronicling adventures of the heart that get mixed up with the more surreal adventures provoked by that favorite target of both red-diaper and super-patriot babies, the maze-like bureaucracy of the IRS. What better topic for producing both laughs and pain? FEINGOLD

Through January 11, Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank Street, 212.868.4444

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