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Tibet House and Poetry Project Announce Lineups For Their Annual Blowouts

Two long-standing annual fundraisers make for a constellation of downtown superstars; this year’s lineups are impressive as ever.

822164-250New Year’s Day Marathon at The Poetry Project
January 1, 3pm to January 2, 2am, at The Poetry Project, 131 E 10th St, tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The venerable Poetry Project is celebrating 50 years at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. As recounted in a history of the intellectual incubator in this week’s Village Voice, the Project has hosted the likes of William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Spalding Gray, Jim Carroll, Robert Lowell, Patti Smith, and countless others. The 43rd installment of its annual marathon will feature living legends Penny Arcade, Justin Vivian Bond, Grace Dunham (yes, Lena’s sis), Jonas Mekas, Thurston Moore and his Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo, Eileen Myles, Elliott Sharp, Lynne Tillman, Anne Waldman, and some 140 others. This is the only reason to work off that New Year’s hangover in a church.

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Enter This Fever-Dream Dance Melding Andy Warhol and Lana Del Rey

The Feath3r Theory. Photo: epfalck | Effyography

The Feath3r Theory. Photo: epfalck | Effyography

What’s it like to step into another person’s fever dream…if that person has been obsessed with Andy Warhol since childhood? That’s the premise behind Raja Feather Kelly’s the feath3r theory, the first and only dance company devoted to the great Factory master of celebrity. For his new show presented by Danspace Project, Andy Warhol’s Tropico, Kelly was inspired by Lana Del Rey’s short film by the same name, which follows a kind of Adam and Eve/Bonnie and Clyde narrative from original sin to redemption, with John Wayne standing in for the God figure. Melded with Warholianism, it makes for a (two-hour plus) surreal ride through a strange new land, recycling pop culture themes and touching on the power of celebrity as well as Kelly’s own identity.

“Seeing Lana Del Rey’s Tropico made me think of Warhol and what he would do, and how ideas are connected and have lived on from now, and where that interacts with what I’m thinking about and my relationship to pop culture and my relationship to religion and to my identity and how that instructs and becomes an eternal story,” said Kelly. “I feel like Lana Del Rey and Andy Warhol sometimes get a bad a rap as sort of vapid, and I really think they are doing something larger than people will give them credit for.” 

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St. Mark’s Poetry Project Announces Lineup For Its 41st New Year’s Marathon

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(Photo: Ted Roeder for St. Mark’s Poetry Project)

In case you couldn’t tell from all those “best of” lists, 2014 is just about dunzo, which means it’s time to clear New Year’s Day for the St. Mark’s Poetry Project’s annual marathon reading. Now entering its 41st year, the self-described “untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility” has lured the likes of Eric Bogosian, William S. Burroughs, Spalding Gray, John Cage, Yoko Ono, Amiri Baraka, Jim Carroll, Kathy Acker, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Suzanne Vega (who, by the way, did a song with Dev Hynes at Baby’s All Right earlier this week).
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At a 100th Birthday Reading of Sun Ra's Lost Works, Space Was the Place

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Phast Phreddie doing his saxophone thing. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

William S. Burroughs isn’t the only counterculture deity being feted with a centenial. The late Sun Ra would have been about a month shy of 100 years old, but his presence permeated St. Mark’s Church on Friday night.
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Help Make This Documentary About Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Spiritual Wife’ a Reality

While we honor the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs and mourn the loss of Amiri Baraka, one of their old colleagues, Anne Waldman, will be celebrated in an forthcoming documentary. But the filmmaker needs some help to make it happen.
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William S. Burroughs Junkies, Get Ready For the Ultimate Fix

Young Burroughs with old Ginsberg. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Young Burroughs with old Ginsberg. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Don’t expect him to trend on Twitter or anything, but William S. Burroughs might at least be the stuff of party chatter in the coming months, thanks in part to a meaty new biography by Beat chronicler Barry Miles and an upcoming celebration of the dapper degenerate’s 100th birthday. WSB100, as the month-long centenary blowout is being dubbed, won’t take place till April, but you’ll have a couple of glorious opportunities to bask in all things Burroughs in the next days.
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