The season’s festivities kick off with one of our city’s greatest living artists and a true Renaissance woman. For this extraordinary evening, the writer behind celebrated memoirs Just Kids, which won the National Book Award, and the “achingly beautiful” M Train (New York Times) presents an evening of poetry, prose, and acoustic music. In moving between these forms, Smith will channel the city’s creative energy as only she can, bringing a folk-informed approach to experimentalism that has endeared her to artists and audiences the world over.

The all-female, Latin Grammy–nominated group Mariachi Flor de Toloache underscores the cosmopolitan, only-in-New York vibe of the evening with their virtuosic ranchera interpretations of traditional Mexican songs, Latin dance tunes, jazz standards, and pop hits, sung in both English and Spanish.

A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

FREE

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park

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