Oct 9, 2014

A Night Out With Richard Hell begins October 17

Richard Hell by Kate Simon
I was pleased to find an email from Mr. Hell in my inbox - actually it ended up in my spam folder so I'm glad I checked! Anyway, he's going to be hosting a series of events here in NYC beginning October 17 at the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space. Here's what he had to say:

My New Performance Series
Night Out with Richard Hell
in the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, NYC (southwest corner of 95th St. and Broadway)
I’m curating and hosting a series of events at Symphony Space for which I’ve dragooned one youngish artist per evening to sit still to be interviewed on stage by me before he or she performs. The interviews will be 25-30 minutes and the performances 45-50 minutes (with the exception of Kelly Reichardt’s 1:40 movie--projected via celluloid, not digitally, incidentally). These will happen in a beautifully equipped venue, seating only 168. There will be bonuses—surprise supplements to the interviews and some ace giveaways. The main thing though is that all these people are interesting and talented and this is a unique chance to see them so intimately exposed…

First off will be LYDIA LOVELESS, Fri 17 Oct, 2014 
Lydia is the only singer/songwriter the power of whose music and voice consistently makes me cry.
Check her out: YouTube link

In November ARIANA REINES, Fri 14 Nov, 2014
Ariana is an ever fresh through-and-through true poet who is also funny and challenging and rivets from the stage.
I wrote about her for Bookforum: Bookforum link
Next up, filmmaker KELLY REICHARDT, Thu 4 Dec, 2014
Kelly, the acclaimed director of five features so far will be presenting what I consider her filmic apotheosis to date, the astonishing 2011 Meek's Cutoff, a western unlike any prior, as much like Robert Bresson as John Ford.
Read A.O. Scott's NY Times review of the movie: NY Times link

In the winter, DONALD CUMMING, Thu 12 Feb, 2015 
Along with Karen O. and Julian Casablancas, D. is one of the most innately talented NYC rock and roll/pop musician/singer/songwriters to come up in the oughts--he founded and led the Virgins 2007-2013, and will have a new solo album out just about the time of the "Night Out" event.
See him with the Virgins as filmed by Ryan McGinley: Video link

A more current shot of Richard Hell by Iniz & Vinoodh

Kate Simon during a night out with Richard Hell

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