Lou Reed Tai Chi Day is August third. Laurie Anderson & John Zorn have a good time in Brooklyn
The late one Lou Reed studied tai chi for 30 years and was a passionate advocate of the practice of promoting mental and physical well-being. In honor of the opening ceremony International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day is celebrated on Saturday 3rd August with simultaneous celebrations to take place in NYC, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, San Francisco and Washington DC Large lobby of the central library of the Brooklyn Public Library from 8:30 a.m. Ren Guang Yi, Reed’s teachers for 12 years, and other teachers from various disciplines will lead a morning meditation followed by demonstrations and classes representing many forms of tai chi. This event is free and open to the public. No previous knowledge is required to participate. More information is available here.
Later that evening, International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day will be celebrated at Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with a demonstration by Master Ren accompanied by a live performance of Reed’s “Drones” Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and Sarth Calhoun and Stewart Hurwood. This is followed by a demonstration of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Celebrate Brooklyn! The event is also free and the gates open at 6 p.m. (more information).
Reed’s library of tai chi books and some of his weapons are currently on display in the central library.