‘The Dutch House’ by Ann Patchett
At home in Elkins Park
Ann Patchett’s latest novel brings the ingredients of a 20th-century fairy tale to the Philly suburb of Elkins Park. Michelle Nugent reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Jane Glover conducting Handel’s ‘Messiah’
Sweetness, anguish, and ecstasy
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, under conductor Jane Glover, presented Philly’s annual dose of Handel’s Messiah at Verizon Hall with quiet truth and exuberant glory. Linda Holt reviews.
Chris Davis presents ‘One-Man Nutcracker’
A welcome holiday tonic
With ‘One-Man Nutcracker,’ Chris Davis brings some welcome grown-up wit to the hoary holiday chestnut. Gary L. Day reviews.
PPAC presents its Contemporary Photography Exhibition IX
New narratives of the American dream
A pair of photographers emerge as the top talents of PPAC’s annual juried contemporary photography exhibition, which explores holes in the American dream and fresh real-life narratives. Katy Scarlett reviews.
The Annenberg Center and The Crossing present ‘The Crossing @ Christmas’
Death, devastation, and birds
‘The Crossing @ Christmas’ came to Rittenhouse Square for an evening of death, devastation, and birds. Aaron Pond reviews.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the Gamut Bach Ensemble
The music of the season
An evening of cantatas, presented by Gamut Bach Ensemble and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, put critic Cameron Kelsall in a Christmas mood.
Act II Playhouse presents Stephen Temperley’s ‘Souvenir’
The music she heard
Act II’s ‘Souvenir’ celebrates the joy of doing what you love with the story of the infamously beloved Florence Foster Jenkins. Ellen Wilson Dilks reviews.
Living Colour celebrates 35 years of Black rock at Ardmore Music Hall
A rocking personality
Black rock icons Living Colour will hit the Ardmore Music Hall stage on December 21. Vena Jefferson has been a fan since the beginning.
Woodmere Art Museum presents ‘Our Town: A Retrospective of Edith Neff’
Painting life in Philly
Philly's own Edith Neff didn't just paint what she saw. She brought you into the life of the painting, as viewers discover at a new retrospective at Woodmere. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Annenberg Center Live and NextMove Dance present PHILADANCO’s ‘Xmas Philes’
X marks the season
PHILADANCO’s 'Xmas Philes' at the Annenberg reminded dance lovers of the full spectrum of holiday emotions. Melissa Strong reviews.