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Most of the art world spends the holidays catching its breath, but it’s a great time for dedicated viewers to catch up. Whether it’s a fall blockbuster like Michelangelo at the Met or Louise Bourgeois at Museum of Modern Art, the Neue Galerie’s show of fabulous objets d’art from the Wiener Werkstätte, the Guggenheim’s small but gorgeous “Josef Albers in Mexico,” or the New Museum’s of-the-moment “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” the city’s museums are full of soon-to-be last-chance exhibits. But start with Mike Kelley’s provocative, multichannel, high-school flashback fantasia on view at Luhring Augustine in Bushwick through January. WILL HEINRICH

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Alisa Weilerstein will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” with the New York Philharmonic in January.

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Chris Lee

Classical: Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Haydn

Jan. 4, 5, 6, 9; nyphil.org.

In its first run of concerts in the new year, the New York Philharmonic takes a turn toward the Classical era. On Jan. 4, the ebullient Jeffrey Kahane, who recently concluded an invigorating tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, returns to the Philharmonic’s podium and keyboard to conduct and play Mozart’s buoyant Piano Concerto No. 17. For Tchaikovsky’s graceful, Mozart-infused “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Kahane and the orchestra will be joined by the outstanding young cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Foundation grant. Rounding out a musically rewarding if conservative program is Haydn’s burnished Symphony No. 98, written for London audiences not long after the composer learned of Mozart’s death. WILLIAM ROBIN

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The actress known as Micari in “Mugen Noh Othello.”

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Takuma Uchida

Theater: The Public’s Under the Radar Festival

Jan. 4-15; undertheradarfestival.com.

The New York theater season used to pause after the holidays. Now it takes approximately a single breath, and then the wealth of work keeps coming. Some of the most intriguing of it alights at the Public Theater’s dependably enticing Under the Radar Festival, whose panoply of contemporary performance stokes the appetite for the year ahead.

Highlights of the 12-day festival — starting on Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Public, and overflowing to several other spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn — include the British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau performing in “Re-Member Me,” a meditation on Hamlet and the actors who have played him; Nature Theater of Oklahoma examining the American dream with the Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup in “Pursuit of Happiness”; Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon morphing science fiction into a black-music opera with “Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower”; and the Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi harnessing classical noh drama to retell Shakespeare in “Mugen Noh Othello.” The extensive lineup includes much more, and rewards adventure. LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES