‘Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay,’ by Todd Zolecki
What fans didn’t see
In his new biography of late Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, longtime local baseball writer Todd Zolecki shows how even the best athletes are facing more struggles than you know. Stephen Silver reviews.
DreamWorks and Netflix present the final season of ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’
Chicken soup for the queer soul
Unlike those in many other movies and TV shows, the queer characters in the new ‘She-Ra’ are not sidelined or disposable. They’re central to the adventure. It gives Mina Reinckens hope for the future.
How Netflix’s ‘The Lovebirds’ could change the film industry
When the movies go to us
Michael Showalter’s ‘The Lovebirds’ debuted last month on Netflix after its originally scheduled premiere at SXSW and theatrical release were canceled. Is it a harbinger of the post-pandemic film industry? KC Wingert reviews.
Seven tips for transforming in-person conferences into irresistible online experiences
If you stream it, will they come?
Conference veterans and networking mavens Neil Bardhan and Marta Rusek have your guide to organizing virtual gatherings that don’t suck (unless they involve Dracula).
Swarthmore College presents Sophocles’ ‘The Women of Trachis,’ sans audience
Theater without witnesses
If a demigod burns and no one hears about it, does it make a catharsis? Walter Bilderback investigates a pandemic-era production of ‘The Women of Trachis’ at Swarthmore dubbed “theater without witnesses.”
The Crossing presents ‘Carthage’
A journey you must take
‘Carthage,’ the latest recording from The Crossing, dwells on spirituality and doubt and musical riches. Gail Obenreder reviews.
‘Now Your Colors Sing’ by Gerald Levinson
A 48-year suite
A new double album from Swarthmore-based composer Gerald Levinson is a retrospective of a leading light of the Philadelphia new-music scene and beyond, bursting with bright hues and grand sonorities.
‘Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right’ by Michael Smerconish
Stuck in the middle with us
Doylestown native and national pundit and author Michael Smerconish staked his career on a middle ground in an increasingly polarized world. ‘Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right’ collects his columns between 2002 and 2016. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
What I miss most about going to movie theaters
Streaming isn’t the same
Film critic Stephen Silver has been arguing for years that Philadelphia's movie theaters are insufficient. What he wouldn't give to get back to them.
How Hulu’s ‘PEN15’ let me open up to my own teenage years
What we learned at school—and what we didn’t
The 7th-grade besties of Hulu’s ‘PEN15,’ played by real-life adult friends looking back on their teen years, help us see the past with compassion and humor—and recognize racism. Christina Anthony remembers her own school years.