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Stay home and get ready to go. (Image courtesy of Yannick Trapman-O'Brien.)

SoLow Fest 2020: Yannick Trapman-O’Brien presents ‘The Telelibrary Travel Agency’

Theater, trivia, experiment

This globetrotting choose-your-own-adventure experience is interactive theater through your phone, running as part of this year’s SoLow Fest. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Articles 2 minute read
Memories of better days, and a hope for the future: 2015's 'Bridal Party Joy.' (Photo by Marvin Greenbaum.)

DVAA presents ‘Colors of Hope’ in its new virtual gallery space

Almost like being there

South Philly’s Da Vinci Art Alliance debuts an exhibition for the COVID era. ‘Colors of Hope,’ now up in the all-digital Gallery X, reminds us that better times are ahead. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Articles 3 minute read
Defiant during Rizzo’s last days: Roderick Phifer and Stanley in ‘The Under Way.’ (Image courtesy of BalletX.)

BalletX presents the Virtual Works & Process Series

Dance for our moment

Originally commissioned to be performed at the Guggenheim, this series of short dance films features BalletX artists finding their way on unexpected stages. Merilyn Jackson reviews.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

Articles 3 minute read
Behind the scenes of the original ‘Rocky’: Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown on the set with Sylvester Stallone. (Image courtesy of Garrett Brown.)

As the Rizzo statue goes down, ‘40 Years of Rocky’ reflects on Philly’s past

A tale of two statues

A new short documentary, ‘40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic,’ examines a movie that tells one story of Philadelphia. Are we writing a new history this month? Stephen Silver considers.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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Funny but stressful narratives of an Egyptian American family: Hiam Abbass, Ramy Youssef, and Amr Waked in ‘Ramy.’ (Image courtesy of Hulu.)

Hulu presents season 2 of ‘Ramy’

Muslims in America

The second season of Hulu’s hit drama series ‘Ramy’ follows an Egyptian American family in New Jersey. Ramy Youssef’s protagonist makes a compelling antihero navigating violence, bias, and his own challenges with sex and love. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Articles 3 minute read
A perfect breakfast routine. (Photo by Christina Anthony.)

‘Little Weirds’ by Jenny Slate

Permission to wander

Actor, comedian, and writer Jenny Slate’s Little Weirds, a vulnerable and tender collection of offbeat essays, explores friendship, self-love, divorce, freedom, and just being a total weirdo. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Articles 3 minute read
‘Identidad’ follows the sunrise on a new national dream. (Image courtesy of Quechua Films.)

PHLAFF presents José Carlos García and Carlos Granda’s ‘Identidad’

Unity through fútbol

‘Identidad (As We Are),’ screened online at the 2020 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, reflects on Peru’s tumultuous history leading up to its 2018 return to the FIFA World Cup. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Articles 2 minute read

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Baritone Grant Youngblood made his parking-lot debut with OperaDelaware’s ‘Drive-Through Arias.’ (Photo by Gail Obenreder.)

OperaDelaware presents ‘Drive-Through Arias’

The drive to listen

OperaDelaware made its first foray into pandemic-era performance with ‘Drive-Through Arias,’ a three-performance program featuring a trio of singers bringing opera’s greatest hits to the parking lot. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Articles 3 minute read
It’s out there, if you know how to look: nonprofit arts funding. (Photo of Azuka Theatre’s ‘Boycott Esther’ by Johanna Austin/AustinArt.org.)

Scrambling to understand nonprofit arts funding? Here’s what you need to know

The creativity to survive

Nonprofit arts funding can be confusing and daunting, especially as City Council debates eliminating the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in a COVID-19 austerity budget. But there are possibilities and resources. Alix Rosenfeld busts the myths and provides the facts.
Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld

Articles 6 minute read
‘Storm’ is a window on city life in a pandemic starring dancer Sara Mearns. (Photo by Kathryn Marshall, for Works & Process Artists.)

Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission Series presents ‘Storm’

Dancing when the days keep coming

‘Storm,’ a performance of the Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission Series, packs emotional punch into a short solo dance now streaming free on YouTube. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Articles 4 minute read