Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

David Byrne (author, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, cofounder of Talking Heads) and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drummer, DJ, culinary entrepreneur, member of The Roots) come together for a one-on-one conversation.

““The Public Forum series is a significant and exhilarating incarnation of the Theater of Ideas. As a participant and an audience member, I’ve found it a source of great pleasure and value. Thinking is entertaining! Learning is entertaining! Who knew?” Tony Kushner

They will discuss what we're taught--and how we learn--about music, and the way that our ideas shape the songs we create and consume.  ?uestlove is teaching a course on classic albums at NYU this spring. 



The PUBLIC FORUM presents the theater of ideas. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, this series of conversations and performances features leading voices in politics, media, and the arts. Alec Baldwin, Liev Schreiber, Cynthia Nixon, and Sam Waterston have hosted its programs, which have featured the insights of Kurt Andersen, David Brooks, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Nathan Englander, Tony Kushner, Rachel Maddow, Suzan-Lori Parks, Francine Prose, Salman Rushdie, David Simon, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Sondheim, the culture writers of New York Magazine, and young veterans of the war in Afghanistan - plus performances by Michael Cerveris, Michael Friedman, Anne Hathaway, and Gabriel Kahane, among others.