Voices Breaking Boundaries presents
Author of the memoir Just Kids
at the E. Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston
$5 general admission at door, no one will be turned away
$35 with pre-signed copy of Just Kids + preferred seating
or, to avoid online fees, call or come by Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet, 713-523-0701)
On this special evening, Patti Smith, a writer, performer and visual artist who gained recognition in the 1970’s for her revolutionary mergence of poetry and rock, will be reading from her new much acclaimed memoir, JUST KIDS (Harper Collins, NY: 2010), as well as performing a few songs. The memoir, an honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, is a chronicle of friendship in its truest sense, a portrait of two innocents who, in a chance meeting in 1967, become lovers and then friends, and went on to fulfill their mutual dream of becoming great artists. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe.
Patti Smith has released numerous albums including Horses, bearing Mapplethorpe’s renowned photograph, that has been hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. Her art work has been exhibited world-wide, and her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering, The Coral Sea, and Patti Smith Complete 1975 - 2006. On July 10, 2005, she received the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest grade awarded by the French Republic to eminent artists and writers who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts throughout the world. Smith resides in New York City and is the mother of two, Jackson and Jesse. In spring 2003, VBB's founding director Sehba Sarwar met Patti Smith at New York's LaGuardia airport following a rally protesting the US invasion of Iraq. Once they landed in Houston, Sarwar (along with VBB Board Member Michael Woodson), interviewed Smith on KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, and the two have remained in touch since then.
Tune in for a live interview on KPFT Pacifica 90.1 FM with Patti Smith at noon on Monday, April 19, 2010.
Patti Smith's visit is supported in part by UH's Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and Nina + Michael Zilkha. The show is cosponsored by UH-Creative Writing Program, English Department, Women's Studies Program, and History Department; Brazos Bookstore; Free Press Houston; Houston Independent Media Center; Houston Institute for Culture; Inprint Inc.; KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM; and Students for a Democratic Society. Books will be available for sale from Brazos + signing after the event. Please note that Ms. Smith will sign only those books bought from Brazos Bookstore. Paid parking at UH Visitor Center (Entrance 1 off Calhoun).
VBB's Cultural Narratives series features international figures who share personal writings, films, radio shows etc., about social justice issues. Featured Cultural Narrative Artists include Tariq Ali, Imran Aslam, David Barsamian, Beena Sarwar and many more.