Richard Hell finds it "comforting" to deal with the artists he's engaged in his role as curator of the five-event Night Out series. Why? Because, he says, they're "all weird." The revered punker-author-journalist laughs. "I know I'm weird, and I thought it was weird to be weird, but it's not that weird to be weird." And he's both thrilled and surprised at how the creators he's tapped -- including singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, and singer/guitarist Donald Cumming (ex-The Virgins) -- have proved exceedingly accommodating. "That makes me feel a little weird, because I'm very demanding," he admits. "If I'm working for somebody else, if I'm doing a gig, I want to know everything that's happening and control it. But these guys have more or less let me do what I will."
Photo by Inez and Vinoodh, courtesy of Symphony Space Richard Hell