Street Pianos Returning Next Week

A man plays a public piano as part of the "Play Me, I'm Yours" art display in New York, June 23, 2010. Touring internationally since 2008, "Play Me, I?m Yours" is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram, in which street pianos are appearing in cities across the world. Jerram has set 60 pianos across New York City, located in parks, squares, bus shelters and train stations, for any member of the public to enjoy. AFP PHOTO/Theo Zierock (Photo credit should read THEO ZIEROCK/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: AFP/2010 AFP

Is there any better way to impress a lady friend than to casually stroll up to a piano on the sidewalk, say off-handedly, "Oh, a piano ... guess I'll try it out," and then bang out some flawless Chopin? There isn't. She will have sex with you, on the spot, in front of everybody. This is probably not the motivation behind the street piano program, which is returning next week with even more pianos than last year (but without the artist who inspired the original project, Luke Jerram, who says he was unceremoniously booted out this time around). But the art of seduction is part of "the arts," right? [City Room/NYT]