A collage featuring images of Prince, Star Trek, family photos, and buildings. Flowers populate the image

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, December 7-13, 2022

Markets and festivals abound

Miniball keeps the spirit of Fringe alive, In Between comes to Philly, and the Moth hits a GrandSLAM. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
A man shouting, his arms extended out, bodies lie on the floor around him. Fog fills the dim stage.

The reprise of Rome & Jewels marks 30 years for Puremovement

A rare chance to see Rennie Harris’s classic dance work

The award-winning take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from Rennie Harris returns to Philly this weekend. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 2 minute read
Gaffney as Poppins, wearing a red jacket with black lapels & a flat-brimmed straw hat with goggles on it. She holds a letter

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Mary Poppins

A jolly holiday

A Mary Poppins for the stage at Quintessence, based on the original stories by P. L. Travers and the 1964 film, marries a book by Julian Fellowes with the original Sherman Brothers music (plus some new songs). Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Reviews 4 minute read
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In one section of a white-walled gallery, six people with their backs to the camera examine several colorful artworks.

AAMP presents Vision & Spirit: African American Art

Quintessential American stories on loan from Bank of America

A spectacular collection of work is on display at AAMP, including Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, and Carrie Mae Weems, thanks to an exhibition loan from Bank of America. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

Reviews 5 minute read
The title text with “an immersive experience in complete darkness’ over an airplane window looking out to the sky

Teatro Ciego and Company C present Odd Man Out

Other ways to see

Odd Man Out from Martín Bondone, Carlos Armesto, and Facundo Bogarin is an immersive experience in complete darkness, following the story of a blind jazz musician. David Block previews.
David Block

David Block

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5 dancers of different gender/race line up in identical pose, lunging forward with 1 knee bent & arms outstretched, palms up

BalletX presents its 2022 Fall Series

Ballet for the future

BalletX returns to the Wilma with world premieres by Darrell Grand Moultrie and former BalletX dancer Caili Quan, along with the Philadelphia premiere of Become a Mountain by Justin Peck. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read
Book cover. An abstract illustration in purple, yellow, blue, and orange, with author and title in white.

The Book of I.P., by Chris Courtney Martin

Poetry against the machine

In The Book of I.P., a poetry-and-essay chapbook collection, Philly native Chris Courtney Martin breaks from the strictures of Hollywood to craft a blazing manifesto of art on its own terms. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
PAFA gallery view showing three almost life-sized, full-body portraits of women, mounted on a rust-covered wall.

PAFA presents Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1776-1976

Then and now, a center for contemporary art

What makes art American? PAFA explores this question in a major exhibition that spans 200 of our artistic years, debuting at home before a national tour. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
A portrait photo with the trio. Jie Jin stands by a cello, Yamazaki is centered, Mazzochchi holds a violin.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: December 2022

Messiah, Tuba Christmas, and more holiday cheer

Decking the halls with holiday concerts throughout December in the Philadelphia area. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Film still with actor Bruce Willis close to the camera in a ventilation duct, a lighter close to the edge of the frame

The BSR December 2022 movie repertory roundup

Christmas with Die Hard and the Muppets

Holiday cheer at the cinemas, and screenings outside of the Christmas fare coming this month in the Greater Philadelphia area. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 7 minute read
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Adhyâropa Records presents soma schema from Joshua Stamper and color as time

Schemes for sleepiness

Philly composer/guitarist Joshua Stamper’s new album, soma schema, with his color as time sextet, presents an hour of orchestral easy-listening-meets-jazz-fusion, perfect for cleaning your house to. Aaron Pond reviews.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

Reviews 3 minute read
Aerial photo of Philly’s center city skyscrapers, with a mellow blue sky and the setting sun glinting off the buildings.

Three immigrants to Philadelphia share their journeys, and what the city means to them

“What is Philadelphia?”

As we continue to welcome buses of asylum-seekers from Texas, we know immigrant communities are vital to Philly. Emily Savidge speaks with three people who came here from very different parts of the world. What does Philly mean to them?
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Emily Savidge

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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 30-December 6, 2022

Holiday festivities, interdisciplinary audio-visual arts, and This Is the Week That Is

December kicks off with plenty of holiday cheer—perfect if you celebrate. And there’s plenty for those who don’t. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Art Alliance at UArts presents New Typologies

Our convulsive moment

This interdisciplinary mosaic of work by David Hartt, James Hoff, and Kahlil Robert Irving challenges, interrogates, and transforms visitors at the Art Alliance galleries at UArts. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gustav Holst’s The Planets

A trip through the solar system

The Philadelphia Orchestra summoned the majesty of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, while remembering the legacy of a departed friend. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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Cameron Kelsall

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10 actors sing in sumptuous costumes, with Jaffe in drag as a voluptuous white cat in furry gown & headdress with pointy ears

People’s Light presents Jennifer Childs and Alex Bechtel’s Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto

A land where everything is possible

Alice in Wonderland, the jubilant new holiday panto by Jennifer Childs and Alex Bechtel, engages both our children and our inner child. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

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Brown, a bald Black man in a white tank and black shorts, takes a wary stance, holding a wooden stool in one hand.

Lantern Theater Company presents Marco Ramirez’s The Royale

An emotional punch

Now onstage at the Lantern, The Royale tells the true story of Jack Johnson, who defied Jim Crow laws with his historic boxing career. Gary Day reviews.
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Gary L. Day

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Painting of a man & woman in luxuriously draped garments. The man sits at a table and the woman looks longingly out a window

Delaware Art Museum presents A Marriage of Arts & Crafts: Evelyn and William De Morgan

Rediscovering a Victorian power couple

Sidelined by art history, the works of Evelyn and William De Morgan, a Victorian power couple who integrated their artistic practice with social advocacy, make a stunning debut. Gail Obenreder reviews.
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Gail Obenreder

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Woodmere Art Museum presents George Biddle: The Art of American Social Conscience

A mirror on the world

George Biddle, born into wealth and prestige in Philadelphia, made a career of traveling the world and showing it as it really was, from underrepresented figures to the ravages of war. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 16-22, 2022

cinéSPEAK, River Devil II, and a Pre-Fost Bloom

Philly-made films, writing with Blue Stoop, a new vast exhibit at the Penn Museum, and a new quartet hits the scene this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Kyle V. Hiller

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Science and Survival at the Science History Institute

Preserving more than just pioneering science

The outdoor exhibition from the Science History Institute presents the story of Georg and Max Bredig, their scientific accomplishments, and their escape from Nazi Germany. Gary Day previews.
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Gary L. Day

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Penn Live Arts presents Terence Blanchard and Andrew F. Scott’s Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens

A vision in sound

Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens uses music and images to celebrate a legendary artist. Melissa Strong reviews.
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Melissa Strong

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