October 7, 2003 |
When Patti Smith was growing up in Germantown, the rock poet-to-be went on a grade-school trip to the Franklin Institute. "I had a quarter in my pocket to spend," says Smith, recalling the decision that would affect her in more ways than she could imagine. "It was either cotton candy or a copy of the Declaration of Independence. They were parchment copies that looked real, especially to a little kid, so cotton candy lost. " The singer, songwriter, activist and visual artist, now 56, still has her souvenir copy of the document she calls "our organic law," and four black-and-white photos she took of it this year are included in "Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith" at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibition collects more than 30 years of Smith's illustrations and photographs, including a series of large-scale drawings inspired by the terrorist attacks of Sept.
September 29, 2012 |
American poet and rocker and mommy and onetime South Street Philadelphia denizen Patti Smith will receive Bryn Mawr College's 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal (Kate graduated from there in 1928) at a Feb. 7 ceremony. Smith "was a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock and roll, and conveys enormous passion and continues to transform herself throughout her artistic journey," the college says in a statement. Smith will be in town a few weeks earlier for a Nov. 29 show co-headined by Neil Young & Crazy Horse . Divorce hardball Aren't divorce negotiations fun?
May 5, 2000 |
Since returning to regular music-making with 1996's Gone Again and '97's Peace and Noise, Patti Smith has reveled in abstract noise and solemn lyricism. On those records, poetess Smith painted elegiac portraits of loss - beautifully splattered, like Pollock, across the canvas of mourning that was the death of husband/MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, friend/photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain - that stood as towers of strength. The music, though often mesmerizing, whisked by like rain clouds briskly passing.
December 7, 2010 |
When Patti Smith won the National Book Award last month for Just Kids , her tenderly evocative memoir of her friendship and love affair with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in late-'60s-early-'70s New York, the poet-rocker made an impassioned plea to the big shots of the publishing world. Recalling the years she spent working as a clerk at Scribner's bookstore in Manhattan, Smith said: "I dreamed of having a book of my own, or writing one that I could put on a shelf. Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book.
July 30, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actor Colin Farrell; Thenewno2 performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Jack Hanna; Patti Smith performs; Bootsy Collins performs with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Emma Roberts; comic Paula Poundstone.
November 24, 2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Patti Smith Patti Smith is rarely an opening act. After all, she's one of rock-and-roll's greatest performers. Throughout her career, her shows have been affirming, liberating, and inspiring. Nearly 66, she's still a commanding punk-rock matriarch, an iconoclast who became an icon. On her sometimes-great new album Banga , she pays homage to novelist Mikel Bulgakov, singer Amy Winehouse, and explorer Amerigo Vespucci. And to Neil Young, whose "After the Gold Rush" she covers and whom she will precede at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night.
November 19, 2012 |
When they catalog everything Hurricane Sandy washed away, Patti Smith may be the only victim to lose feather boas and fur microminis she never wore. So goes storm cleanup for the beloved seamstress and den mother to Atlantic City's legendary drag queens. South Jersey's second-most-famous Patti Smith does not sing. She sews gloriously over-the-top frocks for male divas - mivas? - voguing in competition and for charity. When Sandy approached, Smith, 49, evacuated her canal-side apartment in the city's Venice Park section.
May 13, 2008 |
Keep your eyes open for Ellen Barkin , who starts work today on Happy Tears , the family drama starring Demi Moore and Parker Posey as sisters. Barkin plays the girlfriend of their father ( Rip Torn ). Shooting has been bouncing around the area, including Prospect Park, Old City, Washington Square West, and Warminster. Cast members have been quite visible over the weekends in the Rittenhouse Square area. Considering that Happy Tears is a modest-budget independent film, Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher have been doing their part to pump up the restaurant economy.
June 14, 2014 |
Sharon Van Etten's surpassingly pretty songs are so all-in emotionally, so completely committed in their epic sweep, it can be tiring just to read their names: "Afraid of Nothing" . . . "I Love You But I'm Lost" . . . "Your Love Is Killing Me. " So imagine what it must be like for Van Etten, who plays Union Transfer on Wednesday with her band in support of her new album, Are We There , to sing them every night. "My songs are cathartic, and they can be exhausting, for sure," says the 30-year-old singer, talking on the phone from her apartment in Manhattan this week.
April 8, 2015 |
Philip Glass has been such a constant compositional presence over the last 40 years that only with the arrival of his memoir, Words Without Music (W.W. Norton & Co. $29.95), do you realize how long overdue it is. The book chronicles his Baltimore upbringing, education in Paris, and travels in Europe and India. But it rightly touches on only the major works of his early and middle periods, gracefully leaving the reader to conclude how much the 78-year-old Glassv - who will appear at the Free Library on Tuesday evening - has changed the cutting-edge music world, how that world is run, how pieces are made and disseminated, and the value of his having saved serious music from the hegemony of modernism.