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Jo Koy enjoys a jeepney ride. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix presents ‘Jo Koy: In His Elements’

Celebrating Filipino identity

Stand-up comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines with a variety show featuring all Filipino artists spotlighting the Filipino experience. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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The Relâche ensemble in the late 1980s and early 90s: Kathleen Carroll, Chuck Holdeman, Laurel Wyckoff, Doug Mapp, John Dulik, Lloyd Shorter, Helen Carnivale, and Ken Ulansey. (Photo courtesy of Joe Franklin.)

A dance critic’s musical journey

The relâche summer

With stages dark around the world, dance critic Merilyn Jackson remembers the path of her musical education, rooted in the sounds of Philadelphia.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

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Robin Wasserman's new Philadelphia-set novel traverses the slippery territory of memory and female identity. (Image courtesy of Scribner.)

‘Mother Daughter Widow Wife’ by Robin Wasserman

The mysteries inside

In Robin Wasserman’s new novel, a woman arrives in Philadelphia with no memory. Years later, her daughter sets out to find out what happened to her there, and why she has left again. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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Sowing the air with notes of gold: an oriole, a bird immortalized in Gene Stratton-Porter’s writing. (Photo by mdf, via Wikimedia Commons.)

‘A Girl of the Limberlost’ by Gene Stratton-Porter

Revealing nature, redefining women

City dwellers and suburbanites tired of staying home should try ‘A Girl of the Limberlost,’ an early 20th-century treasure ripe for rediscovery by pandemic-weary readers. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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A powerful statement: Theresa Chromati’s ‘One Step and I Shall Form Again (Trust Your Movement),’ one panel of the triptych ‘Stepping Out to Step In.’ (Photo courtesy of Delaware Contemporary.)

The Delaware Contemporary presents Theresa Chromati, Ellen Priest, and Cheryl Warrick

Return to contemporary art

With four striking exhibitions and more to come, Delaware Contemporary reopens with a spotlight on three beguiling artists alongside a new community feature. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Still resonating: dancer Matt Turney performed the Pioneer Woman in an early production of ‘Appalachian Spring.’ (Photo by Martha Swope, courtesy of the New York Public Library.)

A 1944 recording of Martha Graham’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ is streaming for free

Modern dance, then and now

Best known as a work for orchestra by American composer Aaron Copland, 'Appalachian Spring' originated as a ballet of the same name. A 1944 recording of this Martha Graham Dance Company performance is now streaming for free, and Melissa Strong says it’s worth revisiting.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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This offering from longtime composer colleagues James Primosch and John Harbison has some major musical contributions. (Image courtesy of Albany Records.)

Albany Records presents ‘Descent/Return: Music of John Harbison and James Primosch’

A musical friendship

An album of music for solo piano and songs for soprano includes works by long-time Penn faculty member James Primosch, as well as music from one of his revered mentors, John Harbison. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

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How long until we can breathe in the same space? Kun-Yang Lin in class before the pandemic. (Photo by Ellen Rosenberg Photography.)

How are Philly dance companies surviving the COVID arts lockdown?

Hearts, minds, and bodies

Perhaps more than many other art forms, dance relies on the physical energy between dancers and their audience. Adapting to life in a pandemic is a special challenge for these companies. Leaders at Kun-Yang Lin Dancers and Koresh Dance spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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A capsule of the moment: Anthony Martinez-Briggs and Ross Beschler in ‘Code Blue.’ (Photo by Kristin Finger.)

The Wilma presents ‘Code Blue,’ a digital performance open to all

A step forward in shutdown

With ‘Code Blue,’ the Wilma Theater engages a national dialogue and offers a possible step forward for filmed theatrical performances amid the ongoing shutdown. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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What's your score? (Image courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.)

‘QualityLand’ by Marc-Uwe Kling, translated by Jamie Lee Searle

A customized world—for whom?

What if a nationwide rating system governed our lives? Marc-Uwe Kling’s dystopian 'QualityLand' imagines a world that might be right around the corner. Elisa Shoenberger reviews
Elisa Shoenberger

Elisa Shoenberger

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