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I wish I was living in New York next month cause this is something I wouldn’t want to miss for the world.

I occasionally have some really funny private conversations with John Lurie and that’s such a great honour for me. He ranks as one of the coolest people there ever was. Not only has he been a brilliant Actor and Musician but he is now also making a great name for himself as an exceptional Painter.

A man of so many unique talents who has lived a life so equally unique!

You might recall we did an exclusive interview with him last year, which ranks as one of my all time favourite posts in our brief history for obvious and personal reasons:

A Brief & Exclusive Q&A With John Lurie

Next month he kicks off with his own Music & Art Festival!

All the information can be found on the Le Poisson Rouge site but we have reiterated it below.

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MUSIC EVENTS

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9th – Le Poisson Rouge

Strange and Beautiful: Ensemble LPR performs string quartets by John Lurie and his compositions re-imagined for string quintet.

Immediately following the opening of John Lurie’s “The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck” on September 9 there will be a performance of Lurie’s string quartets alongside arrangements of his music for string quintet performed by Ensemble LPR. The performance will give a unique turn on Lurie’s music with The Lounge Lizards, which the New York Times’ Robert Palmer described as “staking out new territory west of Mingus, east of Bernard Herrman.” The quintet will perform arrangements by John Medeski, Evan Lurie, Ensemble LPR co-founder David Handler, Anthony Coleman, Doug Wieselman, Jane Scarpantoni and others.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 16th – Le Poisson Rouge

Strange & Beautiful: SexMob plays film music of John Lurie:

“On September 16 LPR will host Sexmob performing Lurie’s film music with special guest openers Inner Greatness. Sexmob, featuring Lounge Lizards collaborator Steven Bernstein, will perform music from Lurie’s vast catalog of film music that includes music from the films Stranger Than Paradise, Get Shorty, Animal Factory, Mystery Train, Down By Law, and many others. Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof) will bring his erratic trio to LPR as the opener. The trio features Adam Brisbin and frequent Lurie collaborator and ex-Lounge Lizard Doug Wieselman. They will perform Lurie’s music as well.”

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25th – Le Poisson Rouge

Strange & Beautiful: Antibalas and Hellbent perform the music of John Lurie & The Lounge Lizards.

September 25th will feature renditions of The Lounge Lizards’ music performed by the great Antibalas and Hellbent (Michael Blake, Steven Bernstein, Marcus Rojas, and Calvin Weston). Stemming from Lurie’s interest in African music, the concert will feature Antibalas performing afrobeat interpretations of Lurie’s music.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27th – The Town Hall

Strange and Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac @ The Town Hall
w/ John Zorn,Flea, John Medeski,Evan Lurie,Billy Martin,Michael Blake, Calvin Weston and many more

Strange & Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac will feature a star-studded litany of guests including John Zorn, Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), John Medeski(performing sextet renditions of Lounge Lizards music), Evan Lurie, Billy Martin, Michael Blake, Calvin Weston, Steven Bernstein, Curtis Fowlkes, Mauro Refosco, Doug Wieselman, Smokey Hormel, Tony Scherr, Jesse Harris, Sofia Rei, Jane Scarpantoni, Kenny Wolleson, EJ Rodriguez, Tony Garnier, Bryan Carrott, Shanir Blumenkranz, Todd Clouser and many more* to be announced in the coming weeks. This night will be a knockout evening that is sure to be one of the most memorable nights of music in New York this fall.

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ART EXHIBITIONS

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9th – Le Poisson Rouge

The first of the two art exhibitions – John Lurie “The other side of The Great Wall of Fuck”opens in Le Poisson Rouge’s gallery the same night as the first music event and runs through Nov. 30.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18th – OCTOBER 25th – Cavin-Morris Gallery

 The other show runs at the Cavin-Morris Gallery, Sept. 18 to Oct. 25.

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