Will Wilson’s How the West Is Won, described in the article text. Wilson’s expression in both profiles is engaged and serious

The Delaware Art Museum presents In Conversation: Will Wilson

A new Indigenous archive

An important new exhibition of portraits by Diné photographer Will Wilson at the Delaware Art Museum is both strongly historic and strikingly contemporary. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
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Exploring Philly Nature: A Guide for All Four Seasons, by Bernard S. Brown

The wild things are here

Philadelphians don’t have to leave the city—even its most urban corners—to enjoy a wealth of wildlife. Exploring Philly Nature, a new book by Bernard S. Brown, is an accessible and eye-opening guide. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 4 minute read
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The BSR Podcast: RestART with BSR, episode 5, Intercultural Journeys

The arts are back! Learn about the return with Intercultural Journeys

BSR is excited to team with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's RestART Initiative on this special podcast episode about Intercultural Journeys.
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Remembering home, history, and culture with Brandon Leung and Baisun

Scents that reconnect

Baisun Candle Company founder Brandon Leung finds inspiration in trips to Philadelphia’s H Mart and memories of Hong Kong summers. Dara McBride profiles.

Dara McBride

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Winterthur Museum presents From Winterthur to the White House: Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont

How the White House became an American museum

A new Winterthur exhibition revives the historic collaboration that turned the White House into the museum it is today, thanks to the vision of Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Francis du Pont. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
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Why a trip to Kentucky’s Creation Museum makes me worry about Pennsylvania’s future

Because the Bible says so

Nowadays, Kentucky’s Creation Museum is starting to feel awfully familiar to the Christian battleground looming in Pennsylvania, thanks to far-right politicians like Doug Mastriano. Rob Laymon considers.
Rob Laymon

Rob Laymon

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The BSR Podcast: RestART with BSR, episode 4, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

The arts are back! Learn about the return with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers

BSR is excited to team with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance's RestART Initiative on this special podcast episode about Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers.
Darnelle Radford

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These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things, by Shannon Frost Greenstein

The sound of my anxieties

Philadelphia writer Shannon Frost Greenstein’s new poetry collection, These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things, chronicles a 21st-century life in which terror is part of daily existence. C.M. Crockford reviews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

Reviews 3 minute read
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Jayson Musson: His History of Art and the Philadelphia Wireman are worth exploring together

Art history as human history

Jayson Musson launches His History of Art at the Fabric Workshop and Museum while the anonymous Philadelphia Wireman’s work appears at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. Emily Brewton Schilling suggests visiting both.
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Emily Schilling

Features 6 minute read
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A walk in the woods, with the wrens, makes me wonder: if things were simpler, when?

Where do house wrens go home?

A photo of a common bird gives flight to Kile Smith’s thoughts on technology and gratitude. Were things really simpler “back then”? What do we witness nowadays, and how?
Kile Smith

Kile Smith

Essays 5 minute read
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As Pennsylvania moves to ban abortion, fight the rhetoric that threatens our rights

We need language and the law

Alaina Johns has found that even in pro-choice spaces, the rhetoric around abortion can be hard to separate from the facts. But we all need to sharpen these skills, especially as Pennsylvania legislators work to ban abortion here.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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School reunions in a pandemic make us wonder what could have been, but are we looking in the wrong direction?

The universe inside

A pair of school reunions this year, plus emerging from the shutdowns of the pandemic, restarted Michelle Chikaonda’s habit of wondering who she would be in an alternate universe. But this time, something is different.
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Michelle Chikaonda

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents August Wilson’s Fences

Uneven ‘Fences’

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Fences has been waiting in the wings since 2020. Josh Herren reviews.
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Shakespeare in Clark Park presents The Taming!

It was the patriarchy all along

For its 16th production, Shakespeare in Clark Park presents one of Shakespeare’s most problematic plays … and a refreshing antidote. Jill Ivey reviews.
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The Weekly Roundup, July 27-August 2

‘I Look at the World,’ ConsenSIS, 'The Taming!,' and more

Kyle V. Hiller rounds up offerings from Da Vinci Art Alliance, ConsenSIS, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Weitzman.
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Maori Karmael Holmes talks the 11th annual BlackStar Film Festival

Celebration of storytelling traditions

Stephen Silver spoke with BlackStar's founder, artistic director, and CEO Maori Karmael Holmes about this year's film festival.
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The 2022 Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

Art and wellness for the “Head and HeART”

The 2022 Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival focuses on mental health with seven new plays by local playwrights, a wellness fair, and a works-in-progress presentation addressing parenting artists. Melissa Strong previews.
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‘Band Together’, ‘Get Pegged’, and more this week

Cabaret, punk rock, children’s theater, summery ensemble music, and a powerful photography exhibit decorate the area this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Delaware Art Museum presents Indigenous Faces of Wilmington

Many faces, many stories

Indigenous Faces of Wilmington at Delaware Art Museum focuses on representation and explores varied expressions of Indigenous identity. Dara McBride previews.

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Delaware Shakespeare presents The Tempest

Something rich and strange

Delaware Shakespeare celebrates its 20th year of the Bard in Rockwood Park with a strange and satisfying production of The Tempest. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents the national tour of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Shockingly relevant

A new, nonlinear retelling of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, stopping in Philly on its national tour, makes us face an America that never really changed. Marta Rusek reviews.
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BalletX presents its 2022 Summer Series

Dancing from the heart

BalletX returns to the Wilma for world premieres by three star choreographers: New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck, TITOYAYA director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alvin Ailey resident choreographer Jamar Roberts. Melissa Strong reviews.
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