Maurice Sendak's original `Wild Things'


Trips: road trips, regional events

April 10, 2003

Parents and children alike remember reading Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. After an evening of mischief, Max was "sent to bed without eating anything. That very night in Max's room a forest grew and grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are."

Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts the exhibit Let the Wild Rumpus Start!: Maurice Sendak's Original Drawings for Where the Wild Things Are until June 29. This is the first exhibit to feature Sendak's original artwork. The artist's preliminary sketches, alternate drawings, manuscripts and proof materials are included.

Forty years after its original publication, HarperCollins Publishers is presenting Let the Wild Rumpus Start!, and Battledore Ltd. and the Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation are helping to support the exhibition.

Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for challenging the norms of children's literature and opening up a world of fantasy and fear for both children and adults.

"It is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis," Sendak, author and illustrator of the book, said.

Martial arts ballet

Martial arts and ballet might seem like quite the odd couple, but, besides differences in costuming, the two have more things in common than one might imagine. The martial arts ballet Voice of the Dragon -- Once Upon a Time in Chinese America shows that both art forms require discipline in performance yet have beautiful results.

Writer, composer and jazz musician Fred Ho created Voice of the Dragon, which fuses a 17th-century Chinese fable of betrayal and intrigue with American jazz, pop culture, Chinese opera and ancient martial arts. Ho used his experience as the leader of both the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble and the Journey Beyond the West Orchestra in this musical movement extravaganza.

Influenced by jazz legends Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Cal Massey, Ho used a 20th-century African-American base to combine folk elements from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Voice of the Dragon is part of the Times-Dispatch Many Worlds, One Community concert series. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Carpenter Center for the Perfoming Arts in Richmond, Va. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and cost $27.50-$29.50.

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