Credit: Catalina KulczarFormer Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is curating a special event June 1 in honor of the recently published updated edition of his 2012 book How Music Works. The How Music Works Variety Show, at New York City’s Town Hall, will feature various music acts handpicked by Byrne, as well as magic, theater, dance, science and comedy performances.

In How Music Works, Byrne delves into the external influences that affect the creation of music, as well as how we listen to it. The latest edition of the book, which was published on May 2, includes a new chapter about what David describes as “the latest developments in music discovery.”

Meanwhile, Byrne will take to Reddit for an hour-long online chat about the new edition of his book and other topics on Thursday, May 11, starting at 2 p.m. ET.

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In other news, Byrne will perform at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Witness human-rights organization on Thursday, May 11, at the Edition Ballroom in New York City. The event will honor a number of activists, including Witness co-founder Peter Gabriel. The organization supports activists and concerned citizens around the world who use video to document human-rights abuses.

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