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OCTOBER 23rd, 2016

OCTOBER 9th, 2016

Saturday, July 30th. 10:15am - Midnight


Lou Reed’s art drew its energy from the worlds of poetry, pop music, experimental composition, and much more—so naturally Lincoln Center’s all-day celebration of this New York icon will be inspired by a diverse range of creative fields. Curated by two of Reed’s closest collaborators, musician and wife Laurie Anderson and friend and producer Hal Willner, The Bells offers revelers the chance to join a 360-degree Lou Reed experience. Begin the day as Reed would have, with an open class led by Reed’s tai chi instructor, Master Ren Guangyi, who will also offer an advanced weapons demonstration later in the afternoon. The commemoration then continues with live performances of Reed’s music by notable bands, an immersive installation of his six-guitar drone music, and readings of his lyrics by noted authors and actors.

When night falls, friends and admirers come together for a set of Reed’s love songs, given fresh voice by a cross-genre cast of musicians who are keen to pay tribute to this visionary solo artist and founding member of The Velvet Underground. To close out the evening, grab a pair of headphones for a late-night screening of Julian Schnabel’s Berlin, a critically acclaimed film documenting Reed’s 2006 performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.


The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed

10:15 am

Josie Robertson Plaza

Tai chi lesson with Master Ren GuangYi

11:00 am–4:00 pm

Alice Tully Hall Morgan Stanley Lobby


(An immersive sound installation created from six of Lou Reed’s guitars and amps in a feedback loop.)

11:30 am

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Rock & Roll

House band with Don Fleming, Sal Maida, Kenny Margolis, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Matt Sweeney

Guest singers: Joan As Police Woman, David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Kembra Pfahler, Felice Rosser, Harper Simon, Jon Spencer, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

12:00 pm–7:00 pm

Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street

12:00 pm Red Shirley

1:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed

3:00 pm Red Shirley

4:00 pm Rock and Roll Heart

5:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed

Selections of Lou Reed recordings from Lou Reed – The RCA & Arista Album Collection(Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment)

A Night with Lou Reed is presented courtesy of Lightyear Entertainment.

2:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Tai chi chuan and weapon demonstrations by Master Ren GuangYi

Eagle claw weapons demonstration by Masters Emmanuel Sam and Paul Lee

3:00 pm

Hearst Plaza

Pass Thru Fire: Lyrics of Lou Reed

Readings by Elizabeth Ashley, Steve Buscemi, Anne Carson, Kim Cattrall, Willem Dafoe, A.M. Homes, Natasha Lyonne, Julian Schnabel, Fisher Stevens, and Anne Waldman

7:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Lou Reed’s Love Songs

featuring Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Emily Haines, Garland Jeffreys, David Johansen, Mark Kozelek, Bill Laswell, John Cameron Mitchell, Maxim Moston, Jenni Muldaur, Jane Scarpantoni, Victoria Williams, Jim White, John Zorn, and more

10:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Lou Reed’s Berlin

(Film screening with headphones)


SUNDAY, JANUARY 10th, 2016

Taking Off
directed by Milos Foreman, will be showing on Sunday, January 9th at The Cinefamily, as part of the weekend celebrating the films of Buck Henry. Harper will be moderating the Q + A with Buck. Screening at 8:45. The Cinefamily is located at The Silent Movie Theater at 611 N. Fairfax in Hollywood.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Third Annual Gala
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