The Weekly Roundup, January 12-19
Finding the blueprint with MLK speeches
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, Kyle V. Hiller considers what the blueprint will be for 2022 and beyond via a series of speeches from the civil rights activist.
The Weekly Roundup: A 2021 retrospective
Contemplating some of this year’s favorite BSR stories
Kyle V. Hiller writes about some of his favorite stories published by BSR this year in the final weekly roundup of the year while contemplating 2022 and beyond.
McCarter and Round House Theatre present Adrienne Kennedy’s ‘He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box’
Dreams and nightmares
An online festival dedicated to the life and legacy of playwright Adrienne Kennedy commences with ‘He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box,’ a lyrical and brutal chronicle of interracial romance in the segregated South. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Netflix presents Radha Blank’s ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’
The power of your own voice
Radha Blank’s semi-autobiographical film debut, ‘The Forty-Year-Old Version,’ follows a Black woman playwright as she balances the production of her new play in the predominantly white New York theater scene, and her desire to become a rapper. Kelly Conrad reviews.
BalletX Beyond presents ‘Saudade,’ ‘The Cycle,’ and ‘New Heights’
Dancing with the camera
BalletX dances with the camera in three very short films that explore collaborations between choreographers, dancers, filmmakers, and the urban and natural landscapes of the city and its exurbs. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters & Objectors to America’s Wars’ by Chris Lombardi
'I Ain’t Marching Anymore' explores the long history of protests by US military members. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
PAAFF 2020: Panels on Asian American cinema are free to stream
Movie magic and history, through an Asian American lens
A new resource for film fans and a magic show were part of this year’s Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Both events are still available to stream free online. Rachel Bellwoar tuned in.
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Resident Ensemble Players present Carlyle Brown’s ‘Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…’
The poet's testimony
An audio production of ‘Are You Now or Have You Ever Been,’ from the University of Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players, sheds light on the moment poet Langston Hughes faced the senate inquiry that led to the Red Scare. Josh Herren reviews.
The Annenberg Center presents Boaz Yakin’s ‘Aviva’
Love plus four
Sex, gender, and dance collide in ‘Aviva,’ a film about love and identity written and directed by Boaz Yakin, with choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith, formerly of Batsheva Dance Company. Melissa Strong reviews.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents Jeremy Denk
Bringing the concert hall to you
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s reimagined fall season brings live recitals from world-class artists, like pianist Jeremy Denk, directly to viewers at home. Cameron Kelsall considers.