by Andrew Frisicano
After canceling his October 19th appearance at MoMA because of a "sports-related injury," John Cale has rescheduled his talk at the museum for Monday, February 15th. The event connects with the museum's now-closed Looking at Music: Side 2 exhibit. Tickets for the event, billed as a film screening, must be purchased in person. Information on how to get them is posted below.
John Cale won't be playing any music there (that we know of) but he did have a show recently - he played his 1973 album Paris 1919 in full on Friday, November 21st in Cardiff, UK. Videos from that are posted below too.
Some other Velvet Underground members (Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule) are appearing at NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Tuesday, December 8th. Hopefully you already have a ticket because, as documented in the comments, not only is the event sold out, but due to a human error, some people who bought tickets were later informed that the event had sold out before their purchase
While at NYPL, get in the holiday spirit by checking out Charles Dickens' own copy of "A Christmas Carol", marked-up by the author for his own public performances of the book.
Brooklyn Central Library has events coming up as well (which are free). It hosts a conversation between Suicide's Alan Vega and music writer Tony Fletcher on Thursday, December 10th. The event, in lower level of Dweck Center, is free. (The VU event promotes "The Velvet Underground: New York Art," while this one coincides with Fletcher's new book "All Hopped Up and Ready to Go," described as a "history of the NYC music scene from 1927 to 1977.") Vega & Suicide played ATP NY in September. They're going to be at ATP UK (with Iggy & the Stooges) in May.
The Brooklyn Library event is one of a few upcoming promotional appearances for Tony and his new book (another is at Cake Shop). Flyer below.
The BK Central Library has some noteworthy live music too (vs. these talks about music): on the afternoon of Sunday, December 20th (4pm) it presents "Classical Interludes: yMusic"...
This uniquely configured chamber ensemble, comprised of string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet, is equally comfortable in the often overlapping classical and pop music worlds. This concert is the premiere of Gabriel Kahane's Concerto for Trumpet and Small Ensemble and a new work by British composer, Simon Hale. The rest of the program will draw on contemporary classical works by composers such as Arvo Part and Nico Muhly and arrangements of instrumental pieces by Sufjan Stevens and Ryuichi Sakamoto.yMusic is a sextet whose members have backed Sufjan, The National, Doveman and many others. Rob Moose of the group plays a solo show at the Stone two days before. The group will be at Archipelago series at Galapagos in April (the next Archipelago on December 18th features NOW Ensemble, which shares flutist Alex Sopp with the group).
John Cale videos, MoMA ticketing info and more, below...
John Cale "Paris 1919" in Cardiff 2009
John Cale "Fear is a man's best friend" in Cardiff 2009
MoMA film ticketing
Film admission tickets can be purchased in person only.
Screenings are held in the Museum's Theaters 1 and 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 1 and 2) and Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater). Tickets for film programs in Theaters 1 and 2 are available at the lobby information desk (beginning at 1:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. on weekends) and the film desk (beginning at 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 1:00 p.m. on weekends). Tickets for film programs in Theater 3 are available at the lobby information desk (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) and at the lobby desk of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building (beginning at 1:00 p.m.).
Admission for a day of screenings: Adults $10; Seniors (65 and over with ID) $8; Students (full-time with current ID) $6; Children (16 and under) and members free, but a ticket is required. During Target Free Friday Nights, tickets are free from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. For complete ticketing policy, film calendar, and other information, visit the lobby information desk, the film desk, or call (212) 708-9480. Sound-enhancement systems are available free of charge at the film desk.
Film tickets may be obtained for same-day screenings at no charge by presenting your Museum membership card or your Museum admission ticket stub at the film desk.
A limited number of advance tickets are available, no more than one week in advance of a film, to Museum members for a $.50 service fee and to the general public for the film ticket price plus an additional $1.50 service fee.
All MoMA members (Individual, Dual, Family, Student National/International, Fellow, Supporting, Sustaining, Patron, Benefactor, and above) attending a film screening must be prepared to present their MoMA Membership Card for scanning, in addition to a screening ticket, to gain admittance to the theaters. As a reminder, Individual, Dual, Family, Student, and National/International membership cards admit one person only.
Guests accompanying Individual, Dual, Family, Student and National/International Members must present a Member Guest Ticket for scanning, in addition to a screening ticket, to gain admittance to the theaters. Tickets for guests of Individual, Dual, Family, Student, and National/International members may be purchased for $5.00, either at the time of the film or up to one week in advance of the film, along with a screening ticket.
Guests of Contributing Level Members need only a screening ticket, but must be accompanied by the member.