Last week we made the trip out to the newly re-opened Fort Tilden in Queens, NY. MoMa PS 1 held a festival, Rockaway! complete with art installations, James Franco and Patti Smith (my idol). Franco and Smith did a reading of Walt Whitman and then Patti played a few songs with her daughter Jesse Smith on the keyboard and Lenny Kaye on guitar. They finished off the night with a high energy "People Have the Power" and were joined on stage by Michael Stipe among others. I need to go back and explore the art - I got side-tracked by the beautiful, graffiti-covered decaying structures on the beach. Patti rocked, as always.