Did all of you already know this? I missed it until I saw an ad for the 2009-2010 Seattle Arts and Lectures series in the newspaper this morning. As Lily would put it, “OMG, Patti Smith is my BFF!”
The details: Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall. It’s a “special event” rather than part of the regular season of events.
I just bought two main floor tickets online. I almost bought “patron” tickets that include a post-event reception with Ms. Smith, but couldn’t quite justify the cost because I know I would simply stand there and stare at her without being able to speak. I told Andy I would probably drool or cry or both and I wasn’t kidding. I have a long history of becoming a total idiot when I’m around people I admire, especially rock stars, and I’m sure I’ll never grow out of that stupidity. (I think I’ve told a few of you about my recent ridiculous behavior — I crossed paths with Peter Buck in Ballard and oh-so-smoothly yelled, “Oh my god, it’s Peter Buck!” Andy was kind of mortified. So was Peter Buck, I’m sure.)
Here’s the text from the SAL web site about the event:
Songwriter/punk rocker/poet Patti Smith blazed onto the rock scene in the 1970s with the seminal album Horses. She had nine additional releases—becoming known as the “Godmother of Punk”—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Writing in the New York Times last year, Terrence Rafferty referred to Smith as “…a passionate autodidact whose idiosyncratic style is a kind of homemade concoction of Bob Dylan [with whom she has performed], William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, Allen Ginsberg, Little Richard and Buddha…” In addition to her musical career, Smith is a visual artist and a writer. She has written poetry for decades, including The Coral Sea, a book of prose poems written after the death of longtime friend, the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; her most recent collection is Auguries of Innocence. She has completed a memoir, Just Kids, about her relationship with Mapplethorpe, to be released shortly before her event with SAL, which will include a reading of her poetry and memoir, Q&A, and end with a few songs.
Maybe if you’re lucky, Kenneth, she’ll bring her clarinet.