Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Patti Smith

In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with her beloved Land 250 Camera, Smith started posting selfies with her phone, portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows into Smith’s world, her daily coffee, the books she’s reading, the graves of beloved heroes: William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, and Albert Camus. Over the days and months, a coherent story of a life devoted to art took shape in the extraordinarily personal photographs that chart Smith’s passions, devotions, obsessions, and whims. Original to Smith’s new book, A Book of Days (Random House), are vintage photographs: anniversary pearls, a mother’s keychain, and a husband’s Mosrite guitar. Here, too, are photos from Smith's archives of life on and off the road, train stations, obscure cafés, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging yet intimate daily notations, Smith shares dispatches from her travels around the world. With more than 365 photographs that take you through a single year, A Book of Days is a new way to experience the expansive mind of the visionary poet, writer, and performer. Hopeful, elegiac, and playful, A Book of Days is a deeply generous and inspirational map of an artist’s life, by the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids and M Train.

Price includes a hardcover copy of Smith’s A Book of Days. Books distributed at event.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall : Upcoming Events

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Photo of Vadium Gluzman playing violin.

Oregon Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Violinist Vadim Gluzman, January 28-30 at...

Showing: 01/28 - 01/30
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Photo of Amor Towles sitting on a stone bench in green grass by Dmitri Kasterine

Literary Arts presents American novelist Amor Towles at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on...

Showing: 02/01
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Nina Totenberg photo

Oregon Historical Society presents the 2023 Hatfield Lecture with Nina Totenberg at Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 02/02
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Portrait of Emanuel Ax.

Oregon Symphony presents Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven, February 4-6, 2023 at Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 02/04 - 02/06
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Bluer

Portland'5 & Tobin Entertainment present theatrical presentation Bluey's Big Play at Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 02/07
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International Anime Music Festival

Cancelled: The International Anime Music Festival at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Thursday, February 9...

Showing: 02/09