For more than two decades, Chip Kidd has dazzled readers with book-design work for Alfred A. Knopf, but he knows a thing or two about moving letters around, too. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, The Learners, was published in February. Kidd will participate in the SCAD-Atlanta Writer Series on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, and free parking, is available on-site. For more info call 404-253-3100.
Final Crisis, by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones (DC Comics): "This epic series starts in May. The entirety of the mouth-breathing Geek Nation is awaiting this event, eager to see if Morrison the Master can pull off a cast-of-thousands-it's-the-end-of-the-universe-apocalypto-cosmo-fest. I wouldn't bet against him."
Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier (Abrams): "Finally, the definitive coffee-table book treatment of one of comics' greatest artists, (many would say the greatest). With design assistance by the genius Paul Sahre."
Our Town, the opera by Ned Rorem, adapted from Thornton Wilder's play by J.D. McClatchy. Playing at Juilliard in New York City April 23, 25 and 27: "OK, it's by the person I wake up next to every morning, so I'm biased, but this really is a brilliantly moving work of art. Only two years old, it's already been staged at over half a dozen companies around the country. If it's ever playing near you, definitely go."
Xanadu: "Seriously — or hilariously, as the case may be. All I can say is that if you hated the movie (hey, who didn't?) then you will love this show. Really. They somehow made a silk purse out of a sow's ear with this one, then covered it with sparkle spray. Now we are here!"
Fear(s) of the Dark, by various directors including Richard McGuire and Charles Burns: "This won't be officially released in the U.S. until the fall, but it's been screened at many festivals already. It's an anthology of six animated shorts by comics artists, all black-and-white and relating in different ways to the subject of the title. Any serious fan of animation simply must see it. I thought McGuire's and Burns' pieces were particularly astounding, but all of them are worth a look. For more visit www.primalinea.com/pdn."
Bands: “Mine! OK, I know this is cheating, but I couldn’t help myself. It’s art-breaking, oh, yes: www.myspace.com/artbreakwonderground.”