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Five Things I’ve Learned About the Creative Legacy of Leonard Cohen

John Zeppetelli

Tuesday, February 9th | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal (MAC), shares the five essential lessons of his time curating the remarkable, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada.

In this session, John will describing the making of this remarkable exhibition,  which includes commissioned artworks by a range of international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and recurring themes in his work, a video projection showcasing Cohen’s own drawings, and an innovative multimedia gallery where visitors can hear previously unreleased covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians such as Lou Doillon; Feist; Moby; and The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Richard Reed Parry, among others.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Beautiful Songwriting from Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, February 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Matt Berninger is a celebrated singer-songwriter, primarily known as the frontman for the indie rock band The National. Together with his band and with musicians including Lou Doillon; Feist; Moby;  Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Richard Reed Parry, Matt recorded previously unreleased covers of Cohen’s songs in conjunction with the Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything exhibition.

In this session, he’ll consider the impact of Leonard Cohen’s songwriting, providing personal considerations of five beautiful songs from across Cohen’s remarkable body of work. Collectively, these readings will help share Matt’s own sense of the ways that songwriting, musical collaboration, and the songwriter’s essential voice and vision come together to create lasting art.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Stillness and Solitude from the Poetry of Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, March 9th | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Pico Iyer is obsessed with the big questions of life. He’s written books about the Dalai Lama; about how to approach the end of life with grace; about how to embrace silence and solitude; and about Leonard Cohen’s life and work.

In this session, he’ll consider the impact of Leonard Cohen’s poetic work, providing personal considerations of five remarkable poems from across this remarkable body of work. Collectively, these readings will help share Pico’s lasting image of Cohen as “a wise person who’s really worked hard to figure out how to say goodbye to everything, including himself.”

Five Things I’ve Learned About the Life of Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Peggy Guggenheim, Art Addict

Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Lisa Immordino Vreeland is a director and producer, known for Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011), Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) and Love, Cecil (2017).

In this session, Lisa will share the unique perspective she developed while researching, writing, and directing the recent, already definitive documentary on the life of Peggy Guggenheim. She’ll share the most essential elements and influences of Guggenheim’s life, present this extraordinary patron of the arts core preoccupations and obsessions,  and she’ll describe the way in which this pioneering figure transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.

The session includes access to a free on-demand online screening of the film Peggy Guggenheim: Art of This Century, either before or after the live session takes place.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Life and Writing in Wartime

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.

Five Things I’ve Learned About Happiness, and How to Keep It

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.

Five Things I’ve Learned About How to Be an Artist

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.

Five Things I’ve Learned About the Daughters of Yalta

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.

Five Things I’ve Learned About How to Be a Travel Writer

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Don George is the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing. (It’s actually the best-selling travel writing guide in the world!) He has been a travel writer for his entire professional life, more than three decades. He has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, Salon, and Lonely Planet, and he is currently Editor at Large for National Geographic Travel. He has visited more than 90 countries and has written more than a thousand articles for publications around the world. He has won 17 awards in the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism competition.

In this session, he will share answers to the five key questions of the profession: What does it take to be a travel writer? How do you get started? What are the secrets? What are the pitfalls? Can you actually make a living as a travel writer? Is it all as good as it sounds?

Don will also talk about his life and career as a travel writer, his most unforgettable adventures and misadventures, and the most important lessons he has learned, including how to research a story before a trip and on the ground, how to shape a story for maximum effect, things you should never do, how to work most effectively with editors and travel industry professionals, and other field-tested tips that will help distinguish your writing from everyone else’s and give you the best possible chance for success in this dream-inspiring but highly competitive profession.

Five Things I’ve Learned About the Art of the Interview

Tuesday, March 23rd | 8:00pm eastern/5:00pm pacific

Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ’n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen. Here acclaimed biography, I’m Your Man is considered the definitive Leonard Cohen biography.

In this session, Sylvie will share the key insights of her time writing and researching I’m Your Man, as well as her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen’s ambitious life, his personal loves and obsessions, and his lasting cultural legacy.