Ilgaz Reviews Patti Smith @ Minetta Lane Theatre

Ilgaz Reviews Patti Smith @ Minetta Lane Theatre

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NYC’s true punk, Patti Smith, enchanted a small crowd in a small theatre off of MacDougal Street during a four-night run in September for Amazon’s Audible. For those who don’t know of Patti Smith, she’s a writer, a musician, a poet, a mother to three children and a cat owner. She was a pioneer in the NYC Beat Generation and was a part of the seminal poetry happenings on St. Mark’s Place. She is best known for “Just Kids”, an eloquent account of life in 70s NYC among beatniks, artists, writers, and musicians such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Alan Ginsberg, at the iconic CBGB’s.

Patti opened with a beautiful poem for the Autumn equinox and is as captivating in person as her words are in her books. Her voice is peppered with love and loss as she reads passages about the late Mapplethorpe and Fred Smith from Just Kids and M Train. In between, she sang, her voice ringing and filling the spaces of the theatre, with her children and the entirety of the crowd, songs like “People Have the Power” and “Because the Night” (!!).

To say seeing her was incredible is an understatement. She not only embodies power energy that makes you warm inside, she’s an original member of an era of music and art that I have the strongest feelings of connection to. She performed at CBGB’s and attended Max’s Kansas City. She’s a time portal into grimy NYC. Her eloquent writing inspired me to share my own experiences, happenings, thoughts, and tribulations naturally embedded in the trajectory of our lives.

One of her quotes holds particular resonance in the every day, and a reminder perhaps of the little things in life: “For everything bad, there’s a million really exciting things, whether it’s someone outs out a really great book, there’s a new movie, there’s a new detective, the sky is unbelievably golden, or you have the best cup of coffee you ever had in your life.”

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