Collage-style portrait Daily Practice #17 described in text below, incorporating paint, photo, threads & many small objects

Philadelphia Magic Gardens presents Ritual of Self: Isaiah Zagar’s Self-Portraits on Paper

Never the same man twice

Philly’s Isaiah Zagar is famous for his mosaic murals swirling on hundreds of public walls. Now, fans are invited home to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for a new show selected from thousands of Zagar’s daily self-portraits. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

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Archibald, a Black woman in black leggings & sweatshirt, strikes an angled pose in the gray-floored BalletX studio.

Go behind the scenes with BalletX choreographers Jennifer Archibald and Nicola Wills before the 2024 Spring Series

BalletX’s Choreographic Fellowship stands out on the US dance scene

Before this year's Spring Series debuts, Eileen Fisher goes behind the scenes with BalletX 2024 Choreographic Fellowship artists Jennifer Archibald and Nicola Wills to talk dance, mentorship, and a rare openness in ballet.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

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In a blue dress, Lewis-Michelson as Cline sings spotlit on a yellow lightbulb-framed wooden stage in front of the band.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Ted Swindley’s Always… Patsy Cline

Live country all the way

Delaware Theatre Company’s new production of Always… Patsy Cline, with spot-on casting and design, feels like a night in the company of the real country-music legend. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Three Black women in modest bathing suits & sarongs dance together in a living room, washed with blue light.

People’s Light presents Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home

A deep dive into the fight for desegregation

Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home, which explores a family on the front lines of desegregation in Kansas, gets its regional premiere at People’s Light. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

Reviews 3 minute read
Candid photo of the musicians chatting onstage with approaching fans, instruments and music books around them.

Filament presents The Muse’s Prism

Bach, Buxtehude, and other baroque favorites

Filament, a young early-music trio of violin, viola de gamba, and harpsichord, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a concert of crystalline and perfectly balanced music at Gloria Dei Church. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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B&W photo, Andrade and a younger student in classroom review large prints on a desk. Another student is at a desk behind them

(Re)FOCUS: Then and Now honors a historic 1974 Philly feminist arts festival

A citywide celebration of 50 years of impact

(Re)FOCUS connects a landmark feminist arts festival from 1974 with a new set of exhibitions and celebrations in 2024 throughout the city. Emily Schilling previews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Previews 2 minute read
Close-up on Dardaris, a white woman with curly gray hair, standing with arms ecstatically outstretched, in a red blouse.

Hedgerow Theatre Company Presents Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom

A haunting nightly dance

With Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom, Hedgerow Theatre spotlights women characters with existential storylines, a relative rarity in absurdist theater. Melissa Lin Sturges reviews.
Melissa Lin Sturges

Melissa Lin Sturges

Reviews 3 minute read
A museum display of small glass vintage chemical pigment jars, including blue, yellow & red arranged on white blocks.

The Science History Institute presents BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile

A colorful history

A new exhibition at the Science History Institute explores how and why we naturally colored our clothes, bodies, and environments for millennia—and what changed when we created color in a laboratory. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Group portrait shot. Jin has a cello, Yamazaki is between them, Mazzochi has a violin, as they look up at the camera

BSR Classical Interludes, February and March 2024

Haitian Creole music, Orchestre Métropolitain, Market Street Music, and more

More classical music happening in and around the city in the coming weeks of February and early March. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 4 minute read
Black and white photo of a large tent in a snowy, wooded area, cords holding it up

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the travels of Washington’s war tent

A travelin’ soldier

Casting light on an installation that sits at the centerpiece at the Museum of the American Revolution, and building a narrative around more than just a tent. Lowry Yankwich explores.

Lowry Yankwich

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Alt Text:  Painting. Faces, eyes appear through a colorful mashing of shapes in a surrealist style.

The artistic life and legacy of James E. Newton

Timeless artistry and mentorship from a local legend

A series of exhibitions from University of Delaware and Delaware Art Museum celebrates the work of artist and mentor James E. Newton. Dara McBride previews.

Dara McBride

Previews 3 minute read
In a worn, dark suit, Peakes sits and gestures broadly in a wooden folding chair on a darkened stage of wooden planks.

Lantern Theater Company presents Brian Friel’s Faith Healer

Acts of faith

The line between truth and memory blurs in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, given a riveting revival by Lantern Theater Company. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
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Romantic favorites with a top violinist

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