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The Works:Comic book rental shops, Duan Zhengqu's “Mahuangliang” & in the studio: Bel Canto Singers

For the younger generation of comic book readers, the idea of renting comics might be an alien concept. But before internet distribution and eBooks brought prices down and made them easier to get hold of, comic book fans had to go to shops to rent them. Because of that, comic book rental was once a thriving business, with people queueing to get the latest books from their beloved comic series. Now such shops have become a rarity.

Duan Zhengqu, born in Henan province, has an abiding affection for rural life and culture. His oil paintings often feature the landscapes and people along the Yellow River. On show at Tang Contemporary Art, “Mahuangliang” is a solo exhibition that spans 15 years of his works depicting the lives of Northern Shaanxi peasants and the rural villages in which they live.

Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini’s most popular works include “La Boheme”, “Tosca”, “Madama Butterfly” and “Turandot”. They have become standards and inspired countless contemporary interpretations and, sometimes, novel approaches. Produced by the Bel Canto Singers, “My Beloved” presents some of Puccini’s most iconic work in a new way. Tenor Henry Ngan, soprano Candice Chung and music director David Quah came to our show this week to tell us more.
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