What to Do This Month in L.A., Miami, and NYC

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What does 2019 hold? Who knows. January, though—we got that covered. Below, you’ll find six events in L.A., Miami, and NYC that are sure to be fine kickoffs to a brand new year. Our resident man about town Scott Heins has selected the month’s best of the best, from a striking exhibition of 20th century photographs to DJ set that’ll have you dancing. Herewith, your guide to a fabulous January.

NEW YORK CITY: January in New York City can be a cold, dark affair but thankfully the town is heating up thanks to Winter Jazz Fest. Spread out across the best live music venues and clubs in Manhattan, the eight-day concert series always features the best local and national acts from the jazz world and beyond. Jazz Fest 2019 will bring in R&B troubadour Bilal, global DJ phenomenon Gilles Peterson, saxophone legend Phaorah Sanders, neo-soul trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, and so many more. Each night of performances stretches long into the a.m. hours, and for good reason: the after-hours sets are always loaded with surprise sit-ins and legendary moments. You don’t need to be a jazzhead to enjoy this one, but the city’s jazzheads will be out in full force. Buy a ticket in advance and get ready to get blown away. Friday, January 4th through Saturday, January 12th // Venue information and showtimes here // Ticket info here

NEW YORK CITY: NYC’s arts scene makes it easy to catch the works of living legends, and that’s exactly what Eugene Richards is. One of the masters of documentary photography, Richards’s work has shaped our very notion of what great photography can be. This month marks your last chance to see some of the best images of his career displayed at the ICP Museum’s stunning exhibit The Run On Of Time, a newly-curated chronicle of poverty, mental health battles, prejudice, and resilience in America. Writing and brief video pieces complement the photographs, creating a truly immersive look at lives lived at the margins from as far back as the 1960s. Seeing such a broad survey of Richards’s work would usually require you to spend many hours (and dollars) on his various photobooks, but, for now, it’s all here in one place. Runs through Sunday, January 20th; Museum hours here // ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, Manhattan // Admission $10 and up

LOS ANGELES: It was only a matter of time until art world luminary Jeffrey Deitch touched down in L.A., and with Zodiac, a new project by Chinese legend Ai Weiwei, his new Hollywood gallery is already making waves. Put on in collaboration with other art spaces across the city, Zodiac is Weiwei’s first major show in Los Angeles and features many, many stools. Over 5,000 stools from the Ming and Qing dynasty gathered from villages in northern China currently fill Deitch’s gallery, rendering an entire room absurd and disorienting thanks to the stockpile of precious artifacts. The show’s namesake, however, comes from twelve custom LEGO figures made by the Weiwei to represent the Chinese zodiac—a take on both childhood play and age-old tradition that perfectly encapsulates the constructed wonder of astrology. The show ends rather quickly, so make your trip quick before it’s gone. Display runs through Saturday, January 5th // Deitch Los Angeles, 925 N Orange Drive, Los Angeles // More info here 

LOS ANGELES: It’s always 85 and sunny in Washed Out’s world. The Georgia songwriter and multi-instrumentalist helped define late-aughts chill-wave music (you may remember one of his cuts as the theme song to Portlandia), but he’s been especially busy of late, carving out a punchier new sound that’s more in line with the avant-R&B of Stones Throw records. And, like roughly 68% of Angelenos, Washed Out dabbles in DJing, offering up sets that build a heady world of wispy techno and synth funk. His upcoming DJ set at Exchange LA will be a night to remember, and with Jungle sharing the bill, you can bet the crowd will be feeling it. Saturday, January 5th, 10 p.m. // Exchange LA, 618 South Spring Street, Los Angeles // Tickets $20 and up

MIAMI: Miami isn’t just club shows and lazy beach hangs—the city’s burgeoning arts and culture scene is a force to be reckoned with. One of the annual pillars of that scene is the Miami Jewish Film Festival, which boasts a staggering 80-plus film premieres, dozens of international speakers, and several classic repertory screenings (2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen, anyone?). This year, the can’t-miss items include Joshua Sinclair’s A Rose in Winter, which tells the story of a Jewish woman who chose to enter the Catholic faith as a nun in order to resist the Holocaust, and Cellfish, a patient and beautiful documentary on the life of artist Shelly Federman, as seen through the eyes of her filmmaker sister Tammy. All this, plus classics like Eyes Wide Shut, Little Shop of Horrors, and a selection of short films means that this fest has something for everyone–goys and gentiles welcome. Festival runs Thursday, January 10th through Thursday, January 24th // Venue and showtime information here // Tickets here

MIAMI: Born out of the ashes of Joy Division, New Order has been carrying on for over thirty years, turning out some of the best rock and roll this side of 1980. You know their hits, from “Age of Consent” to “Blue Monday,” and this month the Manchester quintet it coming to Miami. Get your year set right from the start by seeing them at the Fillmore. It’s ok to cry as you dance at this one—in fact, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Saturday, January 12th, 8:30 p.m. // The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami // Tickets $78 and up

Photo via Library of Congress

Scott Heins

Scott Heins

Scott Heins is a writer and photographer living in New York City. Born in Minnesota, he currently works in Brooklyn as a journalist and portrait artist. He's fascinated by anything in the world that's strange, futuristic, or forgotten.

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