Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7:30pm, Hal Willner will present a celebration of Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL, featuring a cast of characters almost as surreal as the poem itself. The event is billed as “part comedy show, part concert.” Performers as diverse as Devendra Banhart, Nick Cave, Macy Gray, Petra Haden, Courtney Love, Van Dyke Parks, Amy Poehler, and Tim Robbins will bring HOWL to life. Plus, we are promised surprise special guests!
The backdrop of this tribute to one of the greatest literary works of the Beat Generation will be the beautifully restored 1920s movie palace in the Ace Hotel downtown. Proceeds will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which brings Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering with PTSD. Order tickets here.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
Angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection
to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
Every time I go to San Francisco I make sure to stop at Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Bookstore, hoping to catch a reading of HOWL. It is truly a classic and this looks like a cool event!
It has definitely piqued my curiosity