Richard da Silva is a cataloguing technician and the amateur archivist of the volunteers' archive at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, a collection of all documents related to the Kimmel. He also writes a column for the collection's newsletter. He is currently working on a book.
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Franklin Institute's Tuttleman IMAX theater presents Keith Melton's 'Mysteries of China'
The 2,000 year old men
The IMAX film 'Mysteries of China' arrives at the Franklin Institute just in time to accompany its 'Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor' exhibition. Richard da Silva reviews.
Celebrating independence at the Museum of the American Revolution
Visiting 1776 in 2017
What better time to consider the Museum of the American Revolution than in the midst of Philadelphia's Independence Day celebrations? Richard Da Silva visits.
Robert Kanigel's 'Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs'
City living through the eyes of its champion
Robert Kanigel's 'Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs' takes a new look at the urban champion. Richard da Silva reviews.
'Plutus' by Aristophanes at Plays and Players
Wealth and poverty for laughs
The youthful cast of Once More Theater embody high spirits, belly laughs, clever off-center meditations, and all-around comic anarchy in Aristophanes’s Plutus.
'SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome' by Mary Beard
By presenting a sampling of her insights into the history of Roman civilization in a spirited, learned, and accessible manner, Mary Beard's lecture was not just a good advertisement for and introduction to her long and massive study, it was good performance art.
Attis Theatre's 'Antigone' at the Wilma (second review)
From Greece with agony
The emotional scale of the Attis Theatre production of Antigone is outsized and overwrought, but that’s the nature of war and tragedy and the Greeks didn’t sugarcoat it.
Zhang Yimou’s 'Coming Home'
Family breakdown, Chinese-style
Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home moves like a strong poem — slowly and delicately, yet with power.
Orchestre National de France at Verizon Hall
The French impression
Is spring really as violent as Stravinsky imagined? Whatever— 98 years after its premiere, his Rite of Spring provoked not a riot but a standing ovation.
How Paris transformed T.S. Eliot
O, to be a young poet in Paris
In 1910, Paris was the world's intellectual and cultural center and T.S. Eliot was only 22. His year there served as life-long inspiration for his groundbreaking poetry, plays, and criticism.