Lower Manhattan Cultural Council hosts the first of two international summits focused on arts and culture after catastrophe this September 8-11. Artists, performers, writers, architects, lawyers, scholars, activists, community and political leaders directly affected and transformed by violence will gather in downtown Manhattan in a public exchange of stories, strategies, ideas, and memories.

Over three days of roundtable discussions, performances, films, and art installations in all media, “Cities, Art and Recovery” will consider how people remember and rebuild after tragedy and how the arts have been crucial to such recovery. As part of the event, iconoclastic vocalist, pianist, composer, and performance artist Diamanda Galás, returns to New York to perform her most ambitious and compelling work to date. An operatic, sacred mass, “Defixiones, Orders from the Dead” is a sweeping work of historical memory that excavates the Armenian, Assyrian, Anatolian, and Pontic Greek genocides that occurred between 1914 and 1923. September 8 and September 10, 8 p.m., The Michael Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, across from City Hall.

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— Brian McCormick

Diamanda Galas returns to NYC for two performances.

Austin Young