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Yoko Ono appears in a still from the 2008 film, The Universe of Keith Haring. - Provided courtesy of Arthouse Films

Yoko Ono headlining shows for Japan relief efforts

03/27/2011 by Olivia Allin

Yoko Ono will be playing a charity show on Sunday, March 27 at The Miller Theater in New York with Sonic Youth, her son Sean Lennon and Japanese duo Cibo Matto, with proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan.

Ono will also be headlining "To Japan With Love" on Tuesday, March 29 at 10 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. The tickets will cost $100 each, with all proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan and featuring the musical skills of Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto.

Ono, who is the widow of Beatle's front-man John Lennon is also working to keep the Sure Start Center at Dovendale Infant School open. Lennon, Ono and George Harrison all attended Dovendale Infant School as children and the Sure Start Center is a community gathering place which was opened in 2010, but government budget cuts are threatening to end the program. In 2001, Ono also donated $30,000 for school refurbishments.

Ono is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author and peace activist. Ono collaborated with Lennon on several albums and had their son Sean Lennon in October, 1975. Lennon was killed in December 1980 and Ono witnessed his death at close range.

After Lennon's death, Ono went into seclusion for an extended period but continued to produce music, most recently releasing "Between My Head and the Sky" in 2009 with the Plastic Ono Band which includes Japanese artist Cornelius, Yuko Honda (from Cibo Matto) and Sean Lennon.

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