If you are in or around New York, the Miller Theater at Columbia University will host a benefit concert for the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 27. Lots of downtown icons will appear or perform, including Yoko Ono, John Zorn, Sonic Youth, Mike Patton and a reunited Cibo Matto. Of course, the music promises to be enrapturing, but the cause alone is worthwhile. Ticket prices range between $50 to $100, with (very reasonable) $25 student rates available.
According to the Miller Theater web site, “both the performers and the theater are donating their services, ensuring that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit near Sendai on March 11. Funds will be donated to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.”
New York’s Japan Society, a Japanese cultural programming group and center that has been in existence since 1907, recently set up a disaster relief fund. More information about this fund can be found here.
On a related note, there have been a massive amount of scams taking advantage of Japanese relief efforts. If you feel inclined to donate, as always, please use caution.
P.S.: The NY Times blog just posted this event and invited readers to leave comments about other benefit events related to the recent events in Japan. As of writing, no comments have been left yet, but make sure to check out the original post to see if any other events get listed.