Indie comic book artists Paul Pope, Nick Bertozzi, Dean Haspiel and Jessica Abel will discuss life and art in the gritty New York comics community in a colloquium hosted by Comparative Media Studies. Pope has been called the "Comics Destroyer." Bertozzi writes his own series, "Rubber Necker." Haspiel is currently developing "As Big as Earth," a two-man superhero anthology. Abel created "Artbabe." They will bring samples. Professor Henry Jenkins will moderate. Thursday, April 28, 5 to 7 p.m. Room 2-105. Free and open to the public.
The Longy Early Opera Project's performance of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," will use MIT talent: Ken Pierce, administrative assistant with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, is the stage director and choreographer and music Professor Ellen Harris will deliver a preconcert lecture at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 29. The production features period costumes and dance. Performances April 29-30 are at 8 p.m. at the Longy School (27 Garden St., Cambridge). For more information, call 617-876-0956.