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Patti Smith to Perform at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Musician and artist playing two sets as part of the gallery's 1st Thursdays series.

Patti Smith at a performance in London, England in September. Photo by {a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24365773@N03/7987600828/"}Man Alive!{/a}.

1st Thursdays: Patti Smith
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
March 7, 7:30 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.
$15 ($13 for gallery members)

A few months ago, the Art Gallery of Ontario launched 1st Thursdays, a series of monthly parties in the central Walker Court, while also including several floors of exhibition space. Crowd-control issues aside, they’ve been great successes: strong musical performers, innovative staging, and actual activities in the galleries to prove that it’s not just about drinking in a new venue—the art is still the point. Affordable tickets also don’t hurt.

Likely to move those tickets at record speed: today’s announcement that next month’s performer will be Patti Smith.

Smith will be doing two sets, and her performances will include both singing and poetry. Tickets will be a bit pricier than usual: $15 to access the show instead of the usual $10. (General admission tickets, which let you into the party but not the performance, will still be available for $10.) The performances are also a tie-in to an exhibition of Smith’s work on display at the AGO this spring. That exhibition, “Patti Smith: Camera Solo,” opens February 9, and features her photography—about 70 black-and-white images in all—and an audio tour narrated by Smith explaining her work and inspirations.

Tickets to the March installment of 1st Thursdays go on sale online on Friday, February 8, at 10 a.m.; there will be a limit of two tickets per order.

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