The 14th Street Y Hosts Symposium on One of Rock and Roll's Most Powerful & Bewitching Collaborations

Only a few months away from Dylan’s 70th birthday, the 14th Street Y is proud to salute the legacy of one of the most powerful and creative periods of Bob Dylan’s career with What Kind of Love is This: Bob Dylan and the Band – a unique Symposium on the works of Bob Dylan and The Band on Sunday, December 5th.

The one-of-a-kind Symposium will feature scholars, critics, authors and artists discussing the work of Bob Dylan and The Band, including presentations and conversations with cultural critic and Dylan historian Greil Marcus (Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes), filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back), musicians Matt Friedberger (co-founder of The Fiery Furnaces) and Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding), scholar Christopher Ricks (Dylan’s Vision of Sin), novelists Dana Spiotta (Eat the Document) and John Niven (Music from Big Pink), curator/photographer William Scheele and the Executive Director of the 14th Street Y and writer, Stephen Hazan Arnoff.  The symposium begins at noon and runs through 6:30PM.  Tickets to the Symposium are $45 and are available directly from the 14th Street Y by calling 212-780-0800 or online at www.14StreetY.org/Dylan

“The example of Dylan and The Band demonstrates how powerful creative forces can use the tools of friendship, talent and raw creativity to transform the cultural landscape,” says Stephen Hazan Arnoff. “It’s an example that we take to heart.  Over the past three years, armed with art and determination, The 14th Street Y has built an ever more vital community in the heart of the East Village and doubled attendance for our organization.  This event captures the spirit of joy and camaraderie that we share with these fine artists and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our inspirations.”

Immediately following the Symposium, the 14th Street Y continues the celebration with an All-Star Tribute Concert at Le Poisson Rouge, beginning at 8:30PM on December 5th. An array of celebrity vocalists will join the all-star band in an exploration of Dylan’s catalog with The Band. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at http://lepoissonrouge.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006.  Specially discounted $75 combo tickets are available for entry to both the Concert and the Symposium.

A house band including Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band), Larry Campbell (Dylan’s Never Ending Tour band), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine), Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob), and Kenny Wollesen (John Zorn, Norah Jones, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob) hosts special guest vocalists and musicians: Jolie Holland, John Wesley Harding, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, and Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces. More special guests to be announced!

Lastly, the 14th Street Y will host a free gallery exhibition in their LABA Gallery, featuring Woodstock to California: 1973 – 1975, which spotlights the photographs of William Scheele, stage manager for The Band and Dylan from ’69 to ’76. The exhibition opening will be held on Friday, December 3rd at 7:00 – 10:00PM, and will be on display through January 29th.

All proceeds from What Kind of Love Is This: Bob Dylan and the Band will support the renovation of the LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y – an anchor for music, dance, performance art, theater, and fine arts in the heart of the East Village for decades.


Event:             WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS: BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND - The Symposium

Location:        The 14th Street Y – 344 East 14th Street

Date:               Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Time:              12:00PM – 6:30PM

Cost:                $45 per ticket

Website:         www.14StreetY.org/Dylan   

Phone:             212-780-0800

Directions:       L to 1st Avenue; 4, 5, 6, Q, N, R, or W trains to Union Square

About The 14th Street Y

The newly renovated 14th Street Y provides Manhattan’s East Village residents with a variety of community programs including a Fitness Center, Aquatics Program, a Preschool, Baby & Toddler classes, After School programs, Sports Leagues and Arts & Culture events and programming. The Y is part of The Educational Alliance, a non-profit Jewish agency that serves people of all ages from every ethnic, religious, and socio-economic background. The Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.


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