Ono at 80: Busy year on tap for Yoko Ono, with concert, exhibits, reissues and retrospectives

Yoko Ono is set to celebrate her 80th birthday with a concert featuring her ever-evolving Plastic Ono Band on February, 17, 2013 in Germany.

The band is led by son Sean Ono Lennon, who worked with Ono on her 2009 album Between My Head and the Sky, named one of the top albums of that year by Mojo. They will appear at Berlin’s legendary Volksbühne.

More recently, Ono has collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon on the improv project YOKOKIMTHURSTON, and seen her dance remix group Ono reel off nine No. 1 Billboard dance hits in a row. Up next, musically, for Ono are a series of reissues of albums released between 1968 and 1985, many of them in collaboration with her late husband, John Lennon of the Beatles.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: For those who only think of her - wrongly - as the lady who broke up the Beatles, 'YOKOKIMTHUSTON' offers a window in Yoko Ono's unique artistic vision.]

A retrospective of Ono’s art, called the Half-a-Wind Show, is set to open on February 15, 2013, at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kuntshalle. The exhibit will then tour to other museums in Austria, Denmark and Spain through 2014. Also on tap is a book that focuses on Ono’s six decades of art, called Infinite Universe at Dawn.

She will also serve as curator at the 2013 Meltdown Festival, to be held in June at London’s Southbank Centre.

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