The celebration is October 16, 2010, 7:30 PM at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Dix Hills, NY. How do I know this?
My husband and I went to the world premier of a new musical on Long Island last weekend. I plan to write about that is a separate post. It was staged at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center on the campus of Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY.
The performing arts center is a lovely 500 seat theater. Since we were early, we spent some time reading the literature about the center and the college. It was then that I thought of an old friend.
In May 2005, Five Towns College (FTC) opened and dedicated a new technology wing, which is named the John Lennon Center for Music & Technology. Yoko Ono, widow of Lennon, gave a speech at the dedication. The hope is to expose a whole new generation to Lennon’s music.
According to the NY Times, the center expanded it’s offerings in 2009 ( http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/nyregion/long-island/15lennonli.html ).
In 2010, they are having a birthday party, according to the advertisements. It would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday, had he lived. The cost to attend this celebration: $20.
You’re right – because right now you are wondering why I’m writing about this when I started off by noting that reading the literature made me think of an old friend. I should explain . . .
Back in college, I had a friend who was really into the Beatles. He liked Lennon (I was personally into Paul & George at the time). I thought Lennon was . . . odd, I guess. In those days, I shied away from odd and different. So go figure – he was right about the genius of Lennon, at least as far as music goes.
When I saw the ad for the Birthday Party which is called Come Together to Celebrate John Lennon’s 70th Birthday, that friend immediately came to mind. This just seemed like the kind of shindig he would enjoy. I will admit I could be wrong about that – we haven’t spoken in quite some time. But if I could, I’d tell him about it, just in case.
I can’t tell him about it – directly anyway. We’ve had a falling out of sorts. That’s why I’m writing this small post. Perhaps he’ll read it if he does a search on Lennon near the time of the party in October (though I would encourage everyone to get their tickets early). Perhaps he’ll Google his name and find it in this post. Perhaps someone else will forward the ad to him.
These days he goes by the name Cyberlarson and has a radio show (One O’Clock Radio) that is broadcast on WRIU. He takes requests at firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope he sees the ad. I won’t be the one to let him know.
I will leave you with the ad in case any of you can get to Long Island in October. If you do, enjoy the show. Lennon was better that I thought 40 years ago.