Live Ideas: Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir + Hal Willner and Chloe Webb’s Doing the Things We Want To

In this time of the Earth’s crisis we pursue the mysterious catalyst that ignites collective knowledge into collective will. How will we move across the brave line into activism? Post religious proselytizing? Punk madrigals? Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir will show us how to put our ears to the dirt and listen.

The second part of the performance—Doing The Things We Want To—features a ritual bash celebrating Lou Reed and Kathy Acker, two New York grown, transgressive and still-revolutionary artists of music, spoken word, novels and film. Willner, Webb and a band of New York's finest (with Lee Ranaldo, Doug Wieselman and special guests) slap back and forth with selected works on Reed and Ackers' favorite subjects including sex, love, rage, death and phosphorescent humanity. 

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