The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, March 23-29, 2023
Down North Pizza, Rising Sun at AAMP and PAFA, Philly Theatre Week opens, and more
Music, poetry, films, and even a joint artist exhibition set up a robust week in Philly. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Bringing Florence Price’s lost music to the stage with Nicole Jordan
More than just recordings
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal librarian Nicole Jordan talks Florence Price, a Black woman composer whose work fell into obscurity. Jon Caroulis profiles.
Profiles 2 minute read
Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Dance Up Close continues
Spring performances promise rare moments
Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Dance Up Close series continues through early April, offering unique perspectives in its performances. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Before international artists can hit the Philly stage, they face US immigration
The trouble with visas
Philly loves bringing international artists to our cultural scene. But whether they come from Brazil or China, England or Nigeria, they face a gauntlet of challenges from US immigration law. Camille Bacon-Smith gets an often-invisible story.
Features 7 minute read
Brandywine Museum of Art presents Andrew Wyeth: Home Places
Wyeth’s most enduring legacy
This new exhibition studies the way Andrew Wyeth saw his favorite buildings, honoring the artist’s abstract work, as well as the better-known representational. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Twelve Gates Arts presents Numb Images
Undoing the visual tools of oppression
Three artists with roots in Pakistan, the Philippines, and Iran offer reality checks on the stories we’re told in a powerful mixed-media exhibition at Twelve Gates Arts in Old City. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Curio Theatre Company presents Tim Crouch & Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths
The rest is silence
Three years into the coronavirus pandemic, Curio Theatre Company’s production of The Complete Deaths shows us that sometimes death can be a laughing matter. Jill Ivey reviews.
ICA Philadelphia presents Carolyn Lazard’s Long Take
Somatic and spiritual
Carolyn Lazard examines accessibility, care, and interdependence, with an interdisciplinary installation at ICA that de-emphasizes sight in favor of many other senses. Hanae Mason reviews.
Philadelphia Museum of Art presents House of Photographs
In the eye of the collector
House of Photographs is a visual treasure that wraps visitors in the collectors' point of view, ranging from a microscope to a Brooklyn sidewalk, from French gardens to Chinese arbors to outer space. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
UPenn’s Arthur Ross Gallery presents At the Source: A Courbet Landscape Rediscovered
One painting, many stories
A painting by Gustave Courbet, a fascinating 19th-century French artist, was lost in a Philly basement for decades. Now it gets its due at Arthur Ross Gallery. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
As a young trans woman, I honor my inner child by being true to myself today
Giving myself a girlhood
Joan Rittberg grew up as a boy, but from the time she was a teenager, she knew something wasn’t right. Now, instead of wishing she had transitioned earlier, she focuses on loving the woman she is today.
Essays 5 minute read
Irish Heritage Theatre presents Brian Friel’s The Bear and Afterplay
Chekhov with an Irish brogue
Brian Friel tackles the Russian master in The Bear and Afterplay, the latest double bill from Irish Heritage Theatre. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, March 16-22, 2023
Macbeth, OperaPHL, Celtic music for St. Patrick’s Day, and Freedom Seder
Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week, with events from Opera Philadelphia, Ritz Theatre Company, Uptown!, Asian Arts Initiative, and more.
BSR Classical Music Interludes, March 2023, part 2
The Duenna, The Fasch Files, concerts by The Crossing, and more
Gail Obenreder previews more of the classical music offerings in and around the city in March.
Philadelphia Ballet presents Dancing with Gershwin
A triple bill honoring George Balanchine
Camille Bacon-Smith previews the upcoming triple bill from Philadelphia Ballet, featuring three ballets from the late choreographer George Balanchine.
Passion at the piano with Kairy Koshoeva
From Kyrgyzstan to Philadelphia
Linda Holt profiles Kairy Koshoeva, an award-winning pianist who hails from Kyrgyzstan, as she prepares for a recital this week in Philadelphia.
Profiles 3 minute read
Rosine 2.0 In Practice: a love letter to Philly’s organizers
Healing takes practice
Rosine 2.0 is a community-driven art project that invites grassroots organizers to explore and engage in collective practices of harm reduction and healing in Philadelphia. Olivia J. B. Baxter previews their celebratory event.
Previews 2 minute read
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers presents KyLin’s Garden
KYL/D celebrates 25 years
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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, March 9-15, 2023
Lost Light Luv, Black Violin, Guess My Blood Sugar, and more
Music from Black Violin and TAK Ensemble, celebrate Women’s History Month with CultureFest! and Lost Light Luv, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Penn Live Arts presents Legacy on Broad
The next legends of Bollywood dance
Legacy on Broad, the east coast’s premier Bollywood-fusion dance competition, brings collegiate South Asian dance teams from across the country to Philadelphia to compete while celebrating culture and community. Melissa Strong previews.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest
A well-masked effort
Quintessence Theatre Group combines creative casting, minimalistic design, and a whole lot of masks for its ambitious production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Jill Ivey reviews.
The Print Center presents its 97th Annual International Competition
The Light Outside Home, and other works on trauma and memory
For its 97th Annual International Competition, the Print Center selected three artists out of 400 applicants. Each of them grapples with trauma, memory, and immigrant experiences. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.