‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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
Hulu presents ‘Love, Victor’
Does a ‘Love, Simon’ sequel move the conversation forward?
Like its predecessor ‘Love, Simon,’ the Hulu series ‘Love, Victor’ moves the conversation about LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media forward. But some voices still aren’t part of the conversation. Cameron Kelsall considers.
‘Ambushing the Void’ by James McAdams
Salvation in others?
The inhabitants of ‘Ambushing the Void,’ the debut collection by Philly native James McAdams, search for connection and meaning wherever they can find it, but the tables are always turning. Kirsten Bowen reviews.