Real hush-hush, as there are no announcements for this anywhere that I have seen, St Marks Church is having its annual all-night benefit marathon this coming Sunday, the first of the year, featuring poetry and music by a large number of individuals and groups including Patti Smith and Philip Glass… and an Arthur Russell tribute and band reunion with Steven Hall, Peter Zummo, Mustafa Ahmed, Ernie Brooks and yours truly plus new recruit Jonathan Hirschman (10PM or thereabout, Second Avenue and 10th Street, $8 admission)

On Thursday, January 5, we may bring on the new year with an unusual string event at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia (Symphony Space) on January 5, 2006… at 7:30PM (careful it’s early). The Ying string quartet will perform some yin and some yang, i.e. a selection of pieces for traditional strings and electronically-enhanced strings. The program was curated by Tod Machover, and will include a 15-minute premiere by him, entitled “…but not simpler…” after the famous statement by Einstein: One should always make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Food for thought.

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