Art Comics Music

Up From the Stacks

If I still lived in San Francisco, I would be very excited about attending this pop opera by cartoonist Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy next week. Here’s the description from Katchor’s website:

Set in The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and in the environs of Times Square circa 1970, Up From the Stacks is the story of Lincoln Cabinée, a college student working part-time as a page, retrieving books for readers from the Library’s collection of 43 million items. This routine evening job inadvertently thrusts young Cabinée into the treacherous crossroads of scholarly obsession and the businesses of amusement and vice that then flourished in the 42nd Street area. The intellectual life of the city and the happiness of a young man hang in the balance.

Yes! Sleaze and libraries! Up From the Stacks will be performed at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on February 23rd.