City Arts & Lectures Special Events
Since 1980, City Arts & Lectures has presented events with leading figures in the world of art & ideas. Each season, there are more than fifty lectures and onstage conversations — and a few surprise performances — with outstanding figures in literature, criticism, science, and the performing arts, offering the most diverse perspectives about ideas and values. City Arts & Lectures programs can be heard in edited and delayed broadcasts on more than 170 public radio stations across the country. The broadcasts are co-produced with KQED 88.5 FM in San Francisco.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:30 PM
Musician, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, and author, Questlove is best known as the drummer of The Roots, Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his Roots crew serves as house band. He has held musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z, and is the author of Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. Questlove is also immersed in the culinary world, hosting a series of salons with world-renowned chefs at his apartment in New York, appearing as a Guest Judge on Top Chef, and co-authoring Something to Food About, a collection of conversations with ten chefs. In his new book, Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes the philosophies and practices of the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers on how to cultivate creativity.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 7:30PM
Dan Pfeiffer is Obama's former communications director and current co-host of the popular political podcast Pod Save America. His forthcoming book, Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump is part political memoir, part blueprint for progressives in the Trump era. Pfeiffer tells never-before-told stories from Obama's presidential campaigns to his time in the White House, providing readers with an in-depth, behind the-scenes look at life on the front lines of politics. The Decade of Obama was one of massive change that rewrote the rules of politics in ways we are only now beginning to understand.