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Forget what you thought you knew about colors. (Image courtesy of Penguin Books.)

‘The Secret Lives of Color’ by Kassia St. Clair

Hues you can use

Who knew hues could be so riveting? Gail Obenreder reviews Kassia St. Clair’s colorful book.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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The cover of ‘Stan Hochman Unfiltered’ shows Hochman in his role as a sportswriter in ‘Rocky V.’ (Image © 1990 Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc. All rights reserved. Courtesy of MGM Media Licensing.)

‘Stan Hochman Unfiltered,’ edited by Gloria Hochman

More than sports

‘Stan Hochman Unfiltered’ highlights an iconic Philly voice that took readers beyond the stats. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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BoJack helps us look honestly at ourselves. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Streaming in quarantine: ‘BoJack Horseman’ vs. ‘The Good Place’

Your guide to two TV gems

Picking the right philosophical approach to your TV-in-isolation experience can be a daunting task. With zero spoilers, Mina Reinckens helps you choose the show that’s right for your quarantine.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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Loss, survival, and witnessing in an absorbing story from Appalachia. (Image courtesy of Hachette Books.)

‘The Third Rainbow Girl’ by Emma Copley Eisenberg

The only way to cope with loss

Philly author Emma Copley Eisenberg’s debut, ‘The Third Rainbow Girl,’ discovers the aftermath of a murder in Appalachia that resonates throughout America. Katy Scarlett reviews.
Katy Scarlett

Katy Scarlett

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An album that absorbs you. (Image courtesy of No Rent Records.)

Philly's No Rent Records presents new albums from Kyle Press and Boy Dirt Car

DIY music for the home and the heart

Quarantined at home but craving the one-of-a-kind music of Philadelphia’s illustrious DIY scene? Aaron Pond is, too, with Kyle Press’s ‘Overtones, Drones, and Saxophones’ and Boy Dirt Car’s ‘Venice Beach.’
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

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The show will go on: People’s Light artists gather to film one more run of ‘Shakespeare in Love.’ (Photo by Alix Rosenfeld.)

Theater artists are at work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here’s how—and where to find them

Quarantine has never killed theater, and it’s not about to

With theaters all over the country going dark indefinitely because of the coronavirus, how will live art continue to thrive? Dramaturg Alix Rosenfeld has news for you.
Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld

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Be ready to meet homegrown piano star Orrin Evans, whenever he’s back in town. (Photo by Salvatore Corso.)

Your Philly guide to reclaiming Jazz Month in the age of social distancing

Singing the coronavirus blues

Suzanne Cloud sings the blues about the sounds of silence in the city, just as we were looking forward to all the Philly concerts for Jazz Month in April. But there’s hope for homebound jazz lovers—and neophytes who want in on the fun.
Suzanne Cloud

Suzanne Cloud

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It's not Verizon Hall, but there are benefits to this. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a live-stream of Beethoven’s 5th and 6th

Orchestra for one, your stream is ready

The COVID-19 pandemic and Mayor Kenney’s prohibition of large gatherings forced the Philadelphia Orchestra to live-stream a Beethoven concert from an empty Verizon Hall. Cameron Kelsall reflects on catching the concert from home and the effect of social distancing on the performing arts.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Like a tower of Babel: the ‘Foreign Tongues’ ensemble in the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza. (Photo by Camille Bacon-Smith.)

Liquid Loft presents ‘Foreign Tongues’ at the Kimmel Center

We are each other

In ‘Foreign Tongues,’ Austrian dance company Liquid Loft mingled with the audience to explore communication through space and gesture and the spoken word. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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The girls of ‘The Crucible’: Grace Nardo, Charlotte Kalilec, Maria Guiver, Izabel Mar, and Jenna Dorrian. (Photo  Evan Krape.)

The Resident Ensemble Players present Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’

A chilling distillation

Irish director Ben Barnes takes on American troubles with REP’s ‘Crucible.’ Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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