Gather 'round for a night of highbrow art appreciation this Friday at the New York Public Library, which is celebrating the 70th birthday of avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson, with a little help from some of his famous friends. Wilson collaborators like musician/author/elder statesman Lou Reed, operatically inclined singer Rufus Wainwright and dancer/choreographer Lucinda Childs will all be on hand to toast to Wilson's life and works.

Wilson, who has been called "America's—or even the world's—foremost vanguard 'theater artist,'" is best-known for his collaboration with Philip Glass on the hugely successful opera Einstein on the Beach, as well as works such as The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud, and, in addition to his work with Reed, Wainwright and Childs, has also paired up with Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and David Byrne. Tickets to the event are $15 for Friends of the Library and $25 for general public.