At 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212.777.6800






Carrying dance genes from both of her parents—Graham dancers David Wood and Marnie Thomas—Wood with her all-female ensemble, shows two works in progress: Joan in the Mud, which filters the struggles of Joan of Arc through the medieval elements of air, fire, earth, and water; and a new solo, A Spirit Serves a Small Breakfast. A Q&A with the artists will follow. ZIMMER

At 3, Harkness Dance Center, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212.415.5500



Goethe's hyper-expanded reading of the old tale about the academic who sold his soul to the devil, and got into both physical and metaphysical trouble as a result, gets a new redaction in this Target Margin production. Douglas Langworthy adapts Part I of Goethe's epic; David Herskovits directs, and that devilishly clever multiple Obie winner David Greenspan plays Mephisto. Expect bright lights and buzzers. FEINGOLD

Previews today, opens Tuesday, HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, 212.868.4444





To kick off the new year, the Unterberg Poetry Center is featuring Brooklynite Jonathan Lethem, author of VLS fave The Fortress of Solitude; Colson Whitehead, who followed his philately-inspired John Henry Days with 13 meditations on the Big Apple (The Colossus of New York); and the lesser-known (but not for long) Edgardo Vega Yunqué. In recent months, Yunqué has vaulted into prominence with his epic No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook and Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Coming Home Again, chronicling a Puerto Rican-Irish teenager's search for her father amid the chaos of city life. A night designed expressly for those who are still inspired by the city, or those who want to be. REIDY

At 8, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212.415.5500



The lineup for this tribute to the long-running radio show looks more like Woody's metaphorical siblings, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren's boyfriends, but with the revisionist right showing new enthusiasm for re-evaluating the 1950s and rehabilitating Joe McCarthy, maybe our extended folkie family will cohere around the old theme of resistance. Most interesting are the three guys and a gal of the newly formed Weavers Imitators-Revivalists-Chroniclers. 35th Anniversary Concert with Oscar Brand, Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Work o' the Weavers. SMUCKER

At 8, Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, 212.501.3330





Thrusting right through the glass wall into the lobby, "Urban Myths Part II (Return of the Hypenaholics)" grafts platinum chains and schematic wall drawings onto a sprawling plywood construction. It's big, bold, raw, and utterly banal until you sit down, feel the pounding music in your bones, and tap into Gispert's baroque hip-hop tactics. Alluding to boom boxes, bling-bling, and minimalist design, he's addressing class, the economics of excess, and consumer addictions. LEVIN

Through March 12, Whitney Museum at Altria, 120 Park Avenue, 917.663.2453



A smaller festival—fewer artists, shorter runs, two weeks instead of three—nevertheless promises both old favorites and new surprises. Leading off is a 20-year retrospective of work by that master of disguises John Kelly, whose The Skin I'm In features new material as well as excerpts from such dazzlers as Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte and Love of a Poet. Coming in subsequent weeks are dances by Rebecca Stenn, Peter Pucci, Margie Gillis, and Ben Munisteri. ZIMMER

At 8, and other artists, dates, and times through January 18, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212.242.0800



Making a clean start for the new year, the Pearl Theatre Company begins the second half of its season with the oldest piece of dramatic literature extant, Aeschylus's elegiac drama of defeat in battle as seen from the home front—by a compassionate poet who fought on the winning side. The scene is adjacent to the land we call Iraq today; attentive theatergoers can compare artistic director Shepard Sobel's Pearl production to the one staged last summer by Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre. FEINGOLD

In previews, opens January 11, Pearl Theatre, 80 St. Marks Place, 212.598.9802

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