Crystal Sparrow is a writer, editor, and educator based in Philadelphia. When she’s not writing media reviews, interviewing fascinating creatives, or covering myriad events; she is getting way too attached to video game characters, employing her encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to wow people at parties, or giving shouty pop-punk concerts in her living room to the—let’s go with “delight”—of her neighbors.
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The Delaware Art Museum presents ‘Posing Beauty in African American Culture’
‘Posing Beauty’ at the Delaware Art Museum is an especially important offering for Wilmington and beyond. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
The 25th anniversary of Philadelphia’s International Locks Conference
The Locks Conference is a beloved, important Philadelphia institution that promotes art, entrepreneurship, health, and wellness. Crystal Sparrow reflects on its history, and how it parallels her own journey.
Spotlighting the Philly creative scene with Anne Ishii
The art of moving and making
Anne Ishii talks hosting the new season of WHYY’s Movers & Makers, translating bara manga, and the power of art that takes its time. Crystal Sparrow profiles.
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center presents the Sakura Concert Series
Cherry blossoms and fusions of Asian and Black cultures
The Sakura Concert Series of the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival of Philadelphia captures the essence of spring and cross-culture. Crystal Sparrow previews.
Celebrating 45 years of the Philadelphia ODUNDE Festival
More than just a day
Crystal Sparrow speaks about the legacy of the ODUNDE Festival with Oshunbumi "Bumi" Fernandez-West as they celebrate its 45th anniversary.
Philly Fringe 2022: Marlen Puello presents Homo Femina
The brutal world of womanhood
This streaming Fringe experience from choreographer Marlen Puello explores society's treatment of womanhood. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Philly Fringe 2022: Nick Gillette Improv presents Reception
Just a guy from another galaxy
Fringe favorite Nick Gillette brings his latest improv concept to this year’s Cannonball Festival with Reception, an unusual alien encounter. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Museum of the American Revolution presents Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
Three generations of seeking justice
A new exhibition revealing 100 years and three generations of the Forten family in Philadelphia is a must-see. Crystal Sparrow visits.
Street Smart x 7: A Street Smart Series Omnibus, edited by Alison M. Lewis
Stories of cities
Seven stories that were originally published individually come together in this new collection from Philly indie publisher Frayed Edge Press. The diverse collection is unified by vivid characters and urban settings. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: James Haro presents GO AHEAD
Pop-punk, heartbreak, and belonging
James Haro joins this year’s Cannonball Festival with GO AHEAD, an interactive solo show incorporating poetry and live pop-punk on heartbreak, love, and belonging. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Philly Fringe 2023: Alex Marcus presents Waiting for Ganol
Behind the scenes of a gender-reveal party
Waiting for Ganol, a Cannonball Festival show that took us into the backyard of a gender-reveal party with mounting problems, allowed us to make our own approach to the thoughtful story. Crystal Sparrow reviews.
Creative menstrual hygiene with Maisha Ongoza and the PASHI project
Sewing together affordable, accessible solutions
Maisha Ongoza of the Pan-African Sisterhood Health Initiative talks about the project and its efforts to provide reusable menstrual pads, carry pouches, masks, and panties to schools and organizations in Africa. Crystal Sparrow profiles.