PATHWAY TO PARIS AT THE ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA

So many fantastic performers and speakers—including Karen O and Bill McKibben—one vital message. But the night belonged to Patti Smith. She commands the stage like no other. And her voice—her voice is as passionate as ever, her delivery rousing. We got in a little bit late and worried we had missed her, entering just as she was walking off the stage having read a poem. But she came out many times during the night, holding the show together as the gaps between acts sometimes went too long and later performing in that earthbound majestic way that is all her own. She held it all together and she lifted us all up.