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.
Presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors