From challenging ideas of gender and race throughout the conservative ‘80s to slapping TV presenter Russell Harty on air, Grace Jones has lived a life. And today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that we’ll be able to see Jones tell us a bit more about that life at the inaugural New York Times TimesTalks Festival.
The Jamaican singer, supermodel, and actress is 69, but honestly, she could be 27 — she’s just that kind of timeless. The talk titled Grace Jones: Fierce and Fabulous will coincide with the April 13 release of the new documentary by Sophie Fiennes, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Made up of footage shot over a decade, the film looks at Jones’s tightly controlled performance persona from a day-to-day perspective.
“The performer takes the risk, it’s a lonely place,” Jones told Rolling Stone. “Fascinating, lonely place.” She told Screen Daily, “This is the first time people will see me in this way. They will see a very candid portrayal. It is raw. It will be like seeing me almost naked.”
Other TimesTalks events will feature a pre-release screening of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, Episode 1 and Katie Couric talking about her upcoming National Geographic series America Inside Out. There will also be a panel called “Women of the Senate” with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Heidi Heitkamp, Joni Ernst and Susan Collins speaking.
Tickets for the Grace Jones event will be $65 and you can purchase them here. And if you can’t make it in person (or, well, don’t really want to pay $65) each talk will be live-streamed on Facebook and also on the TimesTalks YouTube channel. And in the meantime, refresh yourself on Jones’s excellency by watching her interview with Joan Rivers, where the iconic duo go over everything from what Jones wore to PTA meetings to the time she laid on the runway because of a fight with a pilot.