Cuz Baby you’re a Firework-Maker’s Daughter

Sort of short notice, as I am wont to do, but an exciting new opera crossed the pond and will open tonight at New York’s kid-friendly New Victory Theater

David Bruce‘s Firework-Maker’s Daughter, based on Philip Pullman’s novel of the same name, was commissioned by The Opera Group and the Royal Opera House and premiered in London just last month.  Too soon for state-side reviews, but Bruce has collected the reviews so far on his site, and they seem to have loved it, even if the low-tech stagecraft got mixed reviews…

I’m sort of intrigued by the presence of a countertenor, and generally interested in any new opera performed in the city, so maybe this will be an end-of-semester gift to myself  : P    Even if I have to be surrounded by children…

Performances this weekend and next, with prices from $14 to $38.

FCBD is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!  In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, on the first Saturday of May, participating comic shops give away free pre-selected comics to any and all visitors!  You can find your local participating comic shop using FCBD’s store locator.

Free Comic Book Day 2013

To prepare, here is a list of the free comics that’ll be available, ranging from DC to D&Q, brand new to classic reprints, mainstream to independent, all-ages to mature, not to mention lots of TV, cartoon, and video game tie-ins.

I’m personally intrigued by Drawn & Quarterly‘s offering, an excerpt from their forthcoming Gilbert Hernandez semi-autobiographical comic, Marble Season (planning ahead, Gilbert will be at Housing Works in NYC on April 16th to promote its release!).  Also, FCBD is probably as good a time as any to try out Hindu comics, even if Liquid ComicsRamayan Reloaded is written by American Ron Marz

Plenty of good stuff to get (for free), so check out their offerings and find your favorites…

PS: This is my 200th post.  Go me!