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March 21, 2011
California Lectures cancels 'An Evening with Art Spiegelman'

The April 29 appearance of artist and editor Art Spiegelman at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento has been canceled, it was announced today.

The literary-arts organization California Lectures was to have sponsored "An Evening with Art Spiegelman" as part of its subscription series, but canceled the event "due to a lack of ticket sales," said founder and director Suzette Riddle.

"Like many other local arts organizations, California Lectures is experiencing a decrease in both donations and ticket sales," she wrote in an email. "The (Crest) theater has been averaging 50 percent capacity for events, and this decrease in sales has necessitated this change to the programming."

California Lectures subscribers have been offered four options to make up for the cancellation: They can receive a tax-deductible letter for the value of their tickets; exchange tickets for additional tickets to the Terry McMillan lecture on Thursday or to the Thomas McGuane lecture April 3; exchange tickets for the May 24 special-event lecture by Roy Blount, Jr.; or exchange tickets for half-price tickets to "A Grand Night for Singing" at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret, running through May 8. No deadline has been given for ticket exchanges.

Spiegelman, a longtime advocate and promoter of graphic novels, is best-known as the creator of the two-volume graphic novel "Maus," a Holocaust memoir that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. It was built mostly around the experiences of Spiegelman's father, a Holocaust survivor. In it, Jews are shown as mice, and their Nazi tormentors as cats.

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Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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