Laurie Anderson

Live Ideas, "an annual arts and ideas festival offering artists of all disciplines an opportunity to engage audiences and come together for lively discussion and exploration under a new theme each year," returns for its third year from April 15-19 at New York Live Arts Theater (219 W. 19th St), and this year's curator will be the great Laurie Anderson.

Highlights of this year include an early look at Anderson and Deborah Hay's evening-length work, Figure A Sea; original compositions by John Zorn; a day-long exploration of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's life-work and music; and an evening with Hal Willner, Chloe Webb and special guests featuring rarely heard works by Lou Reed. Plus: a performance of John Cage's 1976 Lecture on the Weather, and a film series featuring works by Julian Schnabel, Chris Marker and more.

Tickets are on exclusive member presale now and go on sale to the general public on February 16.

Full schedule of events below...

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Live Ideas 2015 Schedule

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
12:00 pm NOON TALK: TIMOTHY FERRIS'S BEYOND BELIEF

4:00 pm LAURIE ANDERSON: A SELECTION OF WORKS

6:00 pm WHERE ARE WE GOING? LAURIE ANDERSON AND BILL T. JONES IN CONVERSATION

7:30 pm BETH GILL'S PORTRAIT STUDY + LAURIE ANDERSON AND DEBORAH HAY

11:00 pm THE BLUE ROOM

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
ARVO PÄRT: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE

12:00 pm NOON TALK: ARVO PÄRT PANEL

4:00 pm ARVO PÄRT: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE - 24 PRELUDES FOR A FUGUE

7:30 pm ARVO PÄRT: JOURNEYS IN SILENCE - A SELECTION OF CHAMBER WORKS

11:00 pm THE BLUE ROOM

FRIDAY, APRIL 17
12:00 pm NOON TALK: LOU REED'S DRONES

4:00 pm JULIAN SCHNABEL FILM SCREENING

6:00 pm MASTER REN: TAIJIQUAN DEMONSTRATION AND PANEL FEATURING LOU REED'S DRONES

7:30 pm REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR + HAL WILLNER AND CHLOE WEBB'S DOING THE THINGS WE WANT TO

11:00 pm THE BLUE ROOM

SATURDAY, APRIL 18
12:00 pm NOON TALK: MARJORIE MORRISON - PROACTIVE MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH

4:00 pm CHRIS MARKER'S LA JETÉE

7:30 pm PAULINE OLIVEROS AND IONE'S WATER ABOVE/SKY BELOW NOW! + JOHN CAGE'S LECTURE ON THE WEATHER

11:00 pm THE BLUE ROOM

SUNDAY, APRIL 19
12:00 pm NOON TALK: VITO ACCONCI - WORD/ACT/SIGN/DE-SIGN

4:00 pm VITTORIO DE SICA'S MIRACLE IN MILAN

6:00 pm ANNE CARSONS'S SKYWRITERS I HAVE KNOWN

7:30 pm JOHN ZORN: MUSIC FOR PIANO, STRINGS AND PERCUSSION