North of Dallas, South of Houston

Manhattan's avant-garde conquers the country

For all his startling imagery and elemental, manic drive, David Byrne is not alone. In fact, Byrne is only the most visible member of a movement that has recently vacated its artist-loft digs in lower Manhattan and joyfully taken up residence right next door to the American mainstream. Call it a celebration of specialness: SoHo has come uptown.

A collection of adventurous theater directors, dancers, composers and rock musicians that has been bubbling south of Houston Street since the 1960s has wedded high art to pop culture. Composer Philip Glass has brought the pulsating idiom of rock into the sacred precincts...

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