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JANUARY 27, 2017 (BROOKLYN)

sawdust

I curate an evening of music at the artist-led nonprofit music space National Sawdust around the theme of heroes — the musicians I invite perform original compositions paying homage to luminaries, from Amelia Earhart to James Baldwin, and covers of songs by their own greatest musical heroes. Starring Dawn Landes, Morley, Gracie Folds, Warren Malone, 13-year-old electric guitar prodigy Gibson Malone, and composer Mohammed Fairouz, along with some thrilling surprise appearances.

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FEBRUARY 8, 2017 (NEW YORK)

Italo Calvino: Quickness, Enchantment, and the Felicity of Storytelling — at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, MoMA curator Paola Antonelli and I discuss the beloved writer’s work and legacy, focusing on “The Art of Quickness” — the second of the six Harvard lectures he wrote shortly before his death and never got to deliver. Free event.

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