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Texture, wit, and whimsy: Andrew Rudin in the early 1970s, when he was composing the works now on ‘Synthesizer Pioneer.’ (Image courtesy of the artist.)

‘Synthesizer Pioneer: The Early Electronic Music of Andrew Rudin’ from Centaur Records

When the Moog was young

‘Synthesizer Pioneer’ from Centaur Records offers a survey of the quirky music for Moog Synthesizer from veteran Philadelphia composer Andrew Rudin. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

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An intimate history you never knew. (Image courtesy of Liveright Publishing Corporation.)

‘The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History’ by Kassia St. Clair

Looking through the loom

It touches us from birth to death, but how much do we really think about fabric? Kassia St. Clair’s ‘The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History’ unspools an exciting world, from mummies to spacewalks. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Author Christina Rosso-Schneider and her dog Atticus Finch celebrate her debut story collection, ‘She is a Beast,’ at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

A Novel Idea’s Christina Rosso launches her debut book ‘She is a Beast’

Women take all

Local author Christina Rosso-Schneider’s debut is a collection of feminist fairy tales in which women fight against the “beasts” of the patriarchy—even by becoming beasts themselves. The co-owner of A Novel Idea on Passyunk talks to Kirsten Bowen about launching a book in the pandemic.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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Two hundred breathtaking pages: Jacqueline Woodson’s ‘Red at the Bone.’ (Image courtesy of Riverhead Books.)

‘Red at the Bone’ by Jacqueline Woodson

Destiny beyond family

How do the past and present influence the lives of three generations of a Black family? Jacqueline Woodson’s novel, ‘Red at the Bone,’ looks at a mother-daughter relationship from a unique perspective. Andrea Smith reviews.
Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

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Boundary-pushing premieres like ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’ will be accessible online. (Image courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.)

Opera Philadelphia goes online with five major streams for Digital Festival O

Opera on your couch

With its spring season canceled and its return date uncertain, Opera Philadelphia moves to make five recent productions available for streaming. Cameron Kelsall considers.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Is Chris Morales (Carlos Santos) a “real Mexican”? America Ferrera directs an episode of ‘Gentefied’ that heads to a high-end kitchen. (Photo by Kevin Estrada, for Netflix.)

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ rings true in my own immigrant family experience

Podemos prosperar

‘Gentefied,’ now streaming on Netflix, captures the duality of the immigrant experience, reminding us that life is about not just surviving, but thriving. Christina Anthony considers.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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This world-premiere recording from DSO and Brasil Guitar Duo is a gorgeous combo of guitar and orchestra. (Image courtesy of Naxos Records.)

DSO and Brasil Guitar Duo present ‘The Book of Signs’ and ‘Concerto Caboclo’

A showcase for solo and symphony

Music of our times, for our times: Gail Obenreder reviews an album from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra featuring stellar solo sounds from Brasil Guitar Duo.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Some of du Pont’s “children”: peonies outside the old du Pont home, now Winterthur Museum & Library. (Photo by Lois Mauro, courtesy of Winterthur Museum.)

‘The Winterthur Garden Guide: Color for Every Season’ by Linda Eirhart

The wilds at Winterthur

Horticultural inspiration is growing this spring with Linda Eirhart’s ‘The Winterthur Garden Guide: Color for Every Season.’ Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Illustrating the impact of color: Danish artist Olafur Eliasson on Netflix’s ‘Abstract.’ (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Scott Dadich’s ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ is streaming on Netflix

Inventing the future

Brilliant designers make for brilliant television. Gail Obenreder reviews ‘Abstract: The Art of Design,’ an original Netflix documentary series.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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The cast of EgoPo’s ‘Curse of the Starving Class,’ together before the pandemic descended. (Photo courtesy of EgoPo.)

EgoPo faced disaster once before. How is the company coping in the pandemic?

The day they left

EgoPo Classic Theater relocated successfully to Philadelphia after hurricane Katrina destroyed its former home in New Orleans. Artistic director Lane Savadove talks to Jill Ivey about surviving a second disaster.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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