I'll be making various appearances in the next week or two. On April 22, I am giving a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, on the topic "Wind from Another Planet: Music, Words, and Images at the Dawn of Modernism." Then I'll go on the road with Ethan Iverson, the pianist of The Bad Plus, perpetrating a words-and-music program on the theme of The Rest Is Noise. Longtime Noise readers may remember that Ethan joined me for an Evening of Spooky Modern Music back in October 2007. This will be an expanded version of that (if I may say) very fun night. I'll read passages from the book while Ethan plays music of Schoenberg, Bartók, Jelly Roll Morton, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Webern, Charlie Parker, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Babbitt, and Ligeti. On the morning of April 24, we'll be at Herbst Theater in San Francisco, as guests of San Francisco Performances; on April 25, we will appear at Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor, as part of the University Musical Society series; and on April 26, we will join the Gilmore Festival in Kalamazoo.