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by Shawn Stone on February 6, 2013


COMICS, ART  Attention fanboys and fangirls: If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., be aware that it ends in a couple of weeks, on Feb. 24. In conjunction with the last days of the show, the NRM will be hosting a seminar/workshop titled “The Business of Art: Careers in Comics” on Feb. 16 (a week from Saturday) from 1 to 4 PM. The event will be presented by artist Daniel Cooney, who “will discuss the narrative, artistic, and technical skills required and explore the range of opportunities available to aspiring creators.” Cooney authored The Complete Guide to Figure Drawing for Comics and Graphic Novels, and created and illustrated the graphic novel series The Atomic Yeti and Valentine. The event costs $25 ($20 if you’re a museum member), and pre-registration is required. Participants will be asked to bring five examples of their work. For more info, call (413) 931-2221 or e-mail rsvp@nrm.org.

SUMMER WILL COME, EVENTUALLY  However much I may be enjoying winter—and, looking out my office window at the big snowflakes, I am enjoying it a lot—the first harbingers of summer have arrived: press releases for summer arts programs.

In 2013, Chatham’s well-loved Mac-Haydn Theatre will be celebrating their 45th anniversary season, and just sent out a revised schedule. The season will open with the legendary Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks (May 23 through June 2), followed by Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 (June 6-16), the classic drag farce La Cage Aux Folles (June 20-30), and the Hollywood coming-of-sound fairy tale Singin’ in the Rain (July 4-21). Somewhat mysteriously, the next show (July 25-Aug. 4) “can’t be revealed until after May 5.” Hmm. Then it’s another show that, via a film adaptation, has a Dolly Parton connection, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aug. 8-18), followed by the ultimate “stage mother” musical, Gypsy (Aug. 22-Sept. 1) and, finally, an Elvis Presley jukebox musical, All Shook Up! (Sept. 6-15). For info about full season and multi-show ticket packages, call the Mac-Haydn folks at 392-9292 and visit machaydntheatre.org for updates—and that “big reveal” on May 5.

Moving from the musical stage to the concert hall—in fact, to one of the fanciest concert halls in the Hudson Valley—Bard College has announced the programs for Bard SummerScape 2013 (July 6-Aug. 18). This year’s theme is Russian, and at the festival’s heart is the music of Igor Stravinsky; the 24th Bard Music Festival will be Stravinsky and His World. For SummerScape, Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart will showcase New Rite, a choreography for the Rite of Spring to be performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company; the first American production of Sergey Taneyev’s opera Orestia; a new stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita; a film festival; and a 10th anniversary celebration of the opening of Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center. For complete details and dates, visit fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2013.

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