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A concert for dogs is coming to Times Square

Written by
Kristen Zwicker

Cats are so 2015. Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson will be serenading dogs in a free concert honoring 9/11 first-responder canines on Monday, January 4 at 11pm as part of Times Square's ongoing Midnight Moment series. Human attendees will wear "silent disco" headphones, while canines listen via low-decibel speakers. Headphone distribution is first-come, first-served and begins at 11pm, with the show commencing at 11:30pm and culminating with a three-minute adaptation of Anderson's Academy Award–nominated feature film, Heart of a Dog, at 11:57pm. The shortened version of film will show in Times Square every night at 11:57pm through the end of January.

It's not the first time Anderson has put on a show for our furry friends. In 2010, she played a concert at the Sydney Opera House as part of the city's Vivid arts festival, which she curated alongside her husband, late rock & roll icon Lou Reed. Originally, she had planned to perform material that was entirely above the range of human hearing, but ultimately decided to bring everything down a few octaves, so the pups' parents could have a little sonic entertainment, too. Peppered with electronic swoops and high-pitched whale sounds, it ain't exactly pop hits, but hell, we would listen to ice in a blender if it meant we could sit amongst a bevy of pooches.

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