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 weapon 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
Lou Reed DRONES
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, Matt Sweeney, and Karen Waltuch
featuring Joan As Police Woman, David Johansen, Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, Kembra Pfahler, Felice Rosser, Harper Simon, Jon Spencer, Tammy Faye Starlite, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and more
Watch the livestream here

12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater, 144 West 65th Street
Films and Music
12:00 pm Red Shirley
On the eve of her 100th birthday, Lou Reed sits down with his cousin, Shirley, for a tête-à-tête.
1:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed
A visual record of Lou Reed’s legendary 1983 sold-out engagement at The Bottom Line in New York City.
3:00 pm Red Shirley
4:00 pm Rock and Roll Heart
An in-depth look at the evolution of Lou Reed’s remarkable career over three decades, filled with interviews with Reed, his friends, and some of the major artists influenced by his work.
5:30 pm A Night with Lou Reed

Selected recordings from the soon-to-be released 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 Weapon 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

7:00 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Lou Reed’s Love Songs
featuring Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Doveman, Emily Haines, Nona Hendryx, Garland Jeffreys, David Johansen, Mark Kozelek, John Cameron Mitchell, Maxim Moston, Jenni Muldaur, Jane Scarpantoni, Victoria Williams, Jim White, John Zorn, and more
Watch the livestream here

10:30 pm
Damrosch Park Bandshell
Lou Reed’s Berlin
A critically acclaimed film documenting Lou Reed’s 2006 performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. (Film screening with headphones)

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The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed

10:15 am Tai Chi Lesson

11:00 am–4:00 pm Lou Reed DRONES

11:30 am Rock & Roll with special guests and house band including Don Fleming, Sal Maida, Kenny Margolis, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Matt Sweeney, and Karen Waltuch

12:00 pm–7:00 pm Film screenings and selections of Lou Reed recordings

2:00 pm Tai Chi Weapon Demonstrations

3:00 pm Pass Thru Fire: Lyrics of Lou Reed

7:00 pm Lou Reed’s Love Songs

10:30 pm Lou Reed's Berlin

FREE

Saturday, July 30, 2016 – All day

Damrosch Park

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