Through December 11 - Root Connection: 20 Years of the Patti Smith Collection at Mills College Art Museum. In these very sad and troubled times it can be therapeutic to pay tribute to a bona fide goddess, and the current exhibition at the Mills College Art Museum gives Bay Area denizens the chance to do just that. Vitrines of an extensive collection of Patti Smith ephemera are a ton of fun to peruse at leisure, as are the collection of historic gig posters and album covers. A screening room loops key performances and videos, and photos of Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe when they were living together at the Chelsea Hotel in 1970 line one wall right next to Smith's own luminous Polaroids. Ms Smith has long given zero fucks about traditional notions of femininity, of rock 'n' roll, or relationships, and is a constant inspiration to those who tread similarly unconventional paths.