Now celebrating its sixth birthday, the Under the Radar Festival has quickly grown up to become the most thrilling theatrical event of the year. Curated by former PS 122 director Mark Russell, a man with impeccable taste and ultra-long artistic antennae, Under the Radar gathers genre-bending performers from around the world for a twelve day envelope-pushing extravaganza. Tickets are cheap ($15), so it's worth sampling as many of these productions as you can, because most of them will never return. (This year Under the Radar is also giving New Yorkers a chance to catch some recent hits they may have missed, with work from command performances from such innovative companies as Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, The National Theater of the United States of America, and Pig Iron.)

Most of the productions are staged under one roof at the Public Theater, creating an electrifying sense of temporary community, but there are also performances hosted by 3LD Art & Technology Center, The New Victory Theater, The Ohio Theater, PS 122, and the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, where for four days in January multidisciplinary artist MK Guth and 24 volunteers will "transform giant cords fashioned from New Yorkers’ donated clothing into geometric shapes inspired by the spectacular architecture of the Winter Garden." Click on the images here for details of some of this year's highlights, and buy tickets (which tend to sell out) here. It all starts January 6th!