Don't Let Me Down: Paying Homage to a Working Class Hero
Judging by the approximately 400 biographieswhich cover the entire sinner-to-saint spectrumthere are almost as many versions of John Lennon available for public consumption as there are ways to mark the I-remember-where-I-was-when-I-heard-the-news-oh-boy moment on December 8, 1980, when a deranged fan, "inspired" by The Catcher in the Rye, assassinated the ex-Beatle in the archway of the Dakota. Perhaps a better way to remember John than by, say, dropping a tab of acid and spinning "Revolution 9" backward would be checking out the Theatre Within Workshop's 25th Annual Lennon Tribute, a benefit for homeless children. The show's creator and director, Joe Raiola, who contributed an essay to Yoko Ono's latest book, Memories of John Lennon (HarperEntertainment), promises a celebration of Lennon as "a man, a neighbor, and an artist," and an exploration of the central themes of his life: peace, love, rebellion, spirituality, and personal transformation. Acts include singer-songwriters Jen Chapin (Harry's daughter), Cliff Eberhardt, and Anais Mitchell; the Wendy Osserman Dance Company; and dramatic performances "in the spirit of John" by members of the Theatre Within Workshop.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.