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Democratic Vistas by Walt Whitman

Posted on 26 May 15:05 (about 1 month ago)

Written 150 years ago, Democratic Vistas was Walt Whitman's vision of America, its meaning and its significance on the global stage.  As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution form the basis of the government and legal foundation of the USA, with Democratic Vistas Whitman attempted to erect a spiritual outlook upon their foundation and as such could so with a dusting off and a fresh look.  21st century Americans stand to gain a fresh appreciation of their country's potential.  Start in reading right now, below...

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DEMOCRATIC VISTAS by Walt Whitman 1867-68; revised 1891

As the greatest lessons of Nature through the universe are perhaps the lessons of variety and freedom, the same present the greatest lessons also in New World politics and progress. If a man were ask'd, for instance, the distinctive points contrasting modern European and American political and other life with the old Asiatic cultus, as lingering-bequeath'd yet in China and Turkey, he might find the amount of them in John Stuart Mill's profound essay on Liberty in the future, where he demands two main constituents, or sub-strata, for a truly grand nationality—1st, a large variety of character— and 2d, full play for human nature to expand itself in numberless and even conflicting directions—(seems to be for general humanity much like the influences that make up, in their limitless field, that perennial health-action of the air we call the weather—an infinite number of currents and forces, and contributions, and temperatures, and cross purposes, whose ceaseless play of counterpart upon counterpart brings constant restoration and vitality.) With this thought—and not for itself alone, but all it necessitates, and draws after it—let me begin my speculations. 

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Continue reading Democratic Vistas with a downloadable PDF of the complete text, which may be found HERE.

The complete works of Walt Whitman may be found HERE.

Whitman around the time of the composition of Democratic Vistas.  Photograph by Matthew Brady.

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Dash Shaw w/ Frank Santoro – in Person on Tuesday 25 April

Posted on 17 April 21:04 (2 months ago)

On the evening of Tuesday 25 April 2017, Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro will introduce the Pittsburgh Premiere of Shaw's new independent animation hit, "My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea" at the Row House Cinema, located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (15201).  Things get started with a live interview beginning at 7:15pm.  One night only. Seating is limited.  Don't miss it!

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PIX 2017 is THIS Sunday, April 9!

Posted on 05 April 18:04 (3 months ago)

Pittsburgh's premiere independent comics event is this Sunday, April 9.

PIX is devoted solely to creator-owned, self-published, small press, and handmade comics, artists' books and other visual works.

PIX will be taking place at a NEW LOCATION in 2017: The August Wilson Center, which is located at 980 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh – directly across the street from The ToonSeum, where this year's programs will take place.  In addition, Comics Workbook will be running a series of workshops at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, locatred around the corner at 810 Penn Ave.

Admission is FREE and the event is open to the public. And, as this year PIX is taking place on a Sunday, all public street parking is FREE!

PIX 2017 is a tripartate event:

Exhibition: 11am - 6pm @ the August Wilson Center 

Programming: noon - 5pm @ The ToonSeum

Workshops: noon - 5pm @ GPAC

The event will give Pittsburghers the opportunity to survey and sample a wide variety of works produced by the far ranging talents of independent comics artists, cartoonists and illustrators from around the country, with a primary focus on the flourishing Pittsburgh scene. Attendees will not only take in the works but also be able to meet and interact with the creators themselves.

Eveything you need to know about PIX 2017 (and more!) can be found at http://www.pixcomix.org

 
And that's not all!  On the eve of PIX  – THIS Saturday night – the Pre-PIX Party will take place at The ToonSeum, from 7pm to 10pm. This party is also the Opening Reception for the ToonSeum exhibition, "Hermetically Sealed: The Art of Ed Piskor."  This too is a FREE event.  Don't miss it! 
 
 

Michael Tisserand @ Point Park - 7pm Friday, March 31 - FREE EVENT

Posted on 24 March 11:03 (3 months ago)

 The ToonSeum presents author/historian Michael Tisserand who will discusses his new and acclaimed biography of legendary Krazy Kat cartoonist George Herriman, A Life in Black and White.

The event will take place on March 31st at 7:00 PM at Point Park University Library, 414 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. There will also be screening of several rare Krazy Kat cartoons, which date back to 1916 and are among the very earliest examples cartooning cinema.

Tisserand’s talk is co-sponsored by Point Park’s Department of Cinema Arts. It is free and open to the public.

 

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R. Sikoryak at The Toonseum - Friday, March 17!

Posted on 06 March 17:03 (4 months ago)

Please join is welcoming the inimitable imitator, R. Sikoryak to The Toonseum , located at 945 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh (15222), on Friday, March 17, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, to celebrate the release of the Drawn & Quarterly publication of iTunes Terms and Conditions (copies of which will be on sale; check out a PDF preview here).  At 7:00pm, Sikoryak will present one of his famous  Cartoon Slide Shows.  Don't miss it!

This event is a co-production of The ToonSeum and Copacetic.  

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