BEAT & BEYOND: A Gathering
June 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - June 8, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Friday, June 3–Wednesday, June 8
Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project and Bowery Arts + Science present a Six-Day Celebration Honoring the Poets, Musicians, Bookstores, and Significant Individuals Whose Voices and Energy Transformed America Forever.
Featuring key figures in the beat movement, music, film, panel discussions, happenings, personal reminiscences and…beyond!
The Last Poets
The Beats changed everything. Literature, art, music and social justice—they led the way, questioning tradition, giving voice to the “other” in U. S. culture, and bringing to light the hypocrisy, conservatism, and dark side of post-World War II America. They instigated changes that mark the beginning of the counterculture and are at the intersection of the freedoms we now see as the essential through-line of contemporary life in this country: freedom of expression, the sexual revolution, identity and multiculturalism, the hippies and drugs, the introduction of Eastern culture and Buddhism, and the political movements of today. All of these can be seen to have been influenced by the Beat zeitgeist.
Howl! Happening and Bowery Arts + Science are pleased to present a week-long, multi-venue celebration of the Beats and their influence on American culture. Beat & Beyond honors the poets, musicians, bookstores, publishers, and other significant individuals whose voice and energy transformed the U.S. forever. Bringing together many of the originators of the movement with artists who follow in their lineage and contemporary cultural commentators, Beat & Beyond includes readings, personal reminiscences, music, and appearances by contemporary commentators who give voice to the tectonic shifts in the arts and politics resulting from this historic period in American history, and showcases the many threads and lineages that continue through the art of today.
Friday, June 3rd:
Howl! Happening – Happy Birthday, Allen!
Wednesday, June 8th:
Poetry Project – A Gathering at St. Mark’s Church