This is kind of like New York last week, nasty winter suddenly giving way to mild spring… Though we don’t have the same sort of majestic natural setting… One stereotype I’ve formed about Vancouver thanks to Angela is the importance of extreme outdoor sports… so will bust out my hiking boots! Or walking boots at least…
Maybe she’s the only Vancouverite cartoonist I know, actually… But you can see her depiction of her town by looking through her Vancouver tag!
If you’re more interested in the Shackleton side of things than the opera side of things, you could also watch the 3-part Chasing Shackleton documentary starting tonight on PBS. It follows that failed 1914 Antarctic expedition, focusing on the improbable rescue mission led by Shackleton that ultimately saved every member of his crew. Check your local listings.
New York-based artist & cartoonist James Romberger and his son, the musician Crosby will discuss their collaboration on the book Post York, a post-apocalyptic comic by Romberger set in a submerged NYC that’s sold with a song by Crosby that expands on the story. The meeting will include slide shows of Romberger‘s work and a performance by Crosby, so perfectly interdisciplinary for our interests.
Here is Estonian soprano Margarita Voites singing an aria on TV in 1977. Going further back, here’s Alma Gluck, a Romanian-born American soprano who was one of the world’s most famous singers at her peak around 1910.
The painting up top is by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, who designed sets and costumes for a production of The Snow Maiden (click here for other designs from that production). He was a real renaissance man, traveling the world, advocating for preservation of art during wartime, and a frequent Nobel Peace Prize nominee. If you’re in New York, he has a small, free museum on the Upper West Side, on 107th Street just off Riverside Drive. Well worth a visit.
Written and drawn by Jon Cairns with superb color symbolism from Renee Keyes, Alpha Flag is “about a man who has lost his mind and is trying to reclaim its scattered pieces in a hostile environment”. It’s beautifully drawn and colored, very mysterious, and there are about 5 chapters up already for you to catch up with. Good reading as long as you’re snowed in : P