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Beatles Exhibition Opening at NYPL for the Performing Arts

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the U.S. and appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS, The New York Public Library is displaying the exhibition Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center until Saturday, May 10, 2014. The Library for the Performing Arts (L.P.A.) is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023-7498.

The NYPL states, "Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. at the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers—at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us."

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

The NYPL provides a more nuanced narrative here. The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits created Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and Fujisankei Communications Group helped sponsor the exhibition in New York.

Tickets are are sold out for the Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! Symposium on Sunday, February 9, 2014. It is being held in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center.

Another sold out event is WNYC's Soundcheck Presents A Soundcheck Smackdown: “Beatles vs. Rolling Stones” on Thursday, February 27, 2014. WNYC's show Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, in 2010 hosted an epic “Smackdown” debate, pitting the Beatles against the Rolling Stones and the LPA felt it was "time for a rematch.!"

Filmmaker Albert Maysles will screen his eighty-one-minute-long documentary What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964) in the Bruno Walter Auditorium on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.. This screening is courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.

A second film directed by Albert and David Maysles (joined by Charlotte Zwerin) will be screened in the Bruno Walter Auditorium on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. This one is Gimme Shelter (1970), a ninety-minute-long documentary about the Rolling Stones concert tour that started in Madison Square Garden in New York City and culminated with a concert for 3,000 people in Altamont, California that was supposed to be Woodstock West. This film also features Ike and Tina Turner and Jefferson Airplane.

For both films, admission is free, on a first come, first served basis.Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person.

Note that tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. Call (212) 642-0142 for more detailed information. The LPA states, "All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellation."

Meanwhile, the GRAMMY Museum, which developed the exhibit Ringo: Peace & Love with Ringo Star, has extended the exhibition to April 27, 2014. The exhibit opened on June 12, 2013.

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