If you could somehow harness the indefatigable energy of artist/musician/author/activist David Byrne, we imagine you could light the whole city with it—and then some. When the former Talking Head isn’t out riding his bike somewhere in the world and convincing you to do the same (see his new book Bicycle Diaries), he’s playing buildings with his ingenious organ, performing sold-out concerts, racking up Grammy nominations (most recently three for Everything That Happens Will Happen Today), and collaborating with countless artists (next month, he and Fatboy Slim release their long-awaited concept album inspired by, oddly enough, Imelda Marcos). Today, he’ll be acting as your art professor at the Bell House, where he’ll give a free video/audio lecture called “Creation in Reverse,” which covers the ways that venue and context shape artistic creation. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Our first question: Where do you find the time?

Mon., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2010

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