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  • Critic's Notebook: Patti Smith's 'Woolgathering'

    Critic's Notebook: Patti Smith's 'Woolgathering'
    One thing I've always admired about Patti Smith is her refusal to be characterized. Rocker, poet, artist, mother: She seems to inhabit each of these roles almost effortlessly, moving among them as if the only difference was in our heads. And why not? For Smith, they all come out of the same impulse, a kind of ecstatic self-engagement, in which the line separating life and creativity, the mundane and the mystical, is an illusion, a border we create to bound ourselves. "Oh, God, I fell for you," she sings at the end of her 1979 song "Dancing Barefoot," and since the first time I ever played that record, I've heard this as a prayer, a benediction, as if it were God she had fallen for.
  • Exploring culture, history, art along Tacoma's museum row

    Exploring culture, history, art along Tacoma's museum row
    TACOMA, Wash. - This may be the time to stop teasing Tacoma. The longtime home of the paper-mill-made "aroma" has blossomed into Seattle's cultural cousin to the south, with a museum district that just got a significant boost from the completion of the...

    Helen Frankenthaler dies at 83; abstract painter

    Helen Frankenthaler dies at 83; abstract painter
    Helen Frankenthaler, a New York artist whose bursts of color achieved by pouring thinned paint onto canvas from coffee cans helped point art in fresh directions after the initial post-World War II explosion of Abstract Expressionism, has died. She was 83....

    Calvin Hicks dies at 71; his photos chronicled black life in L.A.

    Calvin Hicks dies at 71; his photos chronicled black life in L.A.
    Calvin Hicks, a photographer who documented the nuances of daily African American life in Los Angeles and co-founded an association and gallery to preserve and display the work of black photographers, died May 20 at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center after...

    Personal Playlist: Patti Smith listens to opera — and Adele

     
    Patti Smith can’t stop listening to Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep.’ She’s been busy touring, accepting awards for ‘Just Kids,’ acting in a Law & Order’ episode and writing a crime novel.