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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 30-December 6, 2023
World AIDS Day, Philly Zine Fest, This Is The Week That Is and more
Rounding up this week with classic shows from Quintessence and 1812 Productions, a pair of events happening in the spirit of World AIDS Day, and a decades-old zine fest. Kyle V. Hiller previews.
The BSR December 2023 movie repertory roundup
Schindler’s List, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the five best films of all time
Holiday classics abound, a milestone anniversary for Spielberg, and wrapping up the Sight and Sound top 100 films of all-time. Stephen Silver previews.
Has Philly lost touch with the true musical roots of tap dance?
Tap dance is much more than learning the steps
The true art of tap, including historic Philly dancers, has its roots in collaboration and improvisation, not recorded music or memorized choreography. Philly tap dance leader Pamela Hetherington explains.
Menstruation is a part of life, but pain doesn’t have to be
Why don’t we take women’s pain seriously?
Despite studies that show women experience pain more acutely, we wait longer for diagnosis and pain relief than men do—if we get relief at all. Isabel Soisson considers.
The Delaware Art Museum presents The Rossettis
A new look at some old radicals
The Delaware Art Museum has the biggest collection of British Pre-Raphaelite artworks outside the UK, and this exhibition, which opened at Tate Britain and now lands stateside, honors the radical Rossettis. Gail Obenreder reviews.
BSR Behind the Scenes: Why do we need arts criticism?
Going backstage at BSR: The truth about reviewing
In our experience, some people opine that the critics are just dragging the cultural scene down—especially when a review is mixed or negative. But is that true? Not at all. Alaina Johns explains in this BSR Behind the Scenes editorial.
Remembering Stan and Jan Berenstain, the Philly artists who created the Berenstain Bears
The makers of America’s favorite bear family
Stanley Melvin Berenstain met Janice Marian Grant when they were both studying art in Philadelphia—ostensibly to join the army, but their career took a very different turn. Emily Zarevich considers.
The Lantern Theater presents Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Feasting on Crumbs
Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a lesser-known early work by Lynn Nottage, one of America’s most popular playwrights, still feels relevant in this Lantern Theater production. Krista Mar reviews.
BSR Classical Interludes November 2023, part 2
Market Street Music, Wister and More, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and more
Another serving of November classical music offerings popping up in the Greater Philadelphia area. Gail Obenreder previews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 16-22, 2023
Table Sessions, local Philly films, and music with Ruth Naomi Floyd
A short film festival from cinéSPEAK, music at the Weitzman and Bartram’s Garden, new play Shoptalk, and more highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.