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Maeve is the star of the family, but not for her own sake. (Cover art by Noah Saterstrom; image courtesy of Harper.)

‘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.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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Still worth standing for: the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir offer a 2019 ‘Messiah.’ (Photo by Pete Checchia.)

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.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

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Desperate for something fresh at the holidays? Here comes Chris Davis. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

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.
Gary L. Day

Gary L. Day

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2018’s ‘Christian on his birthday, Northampton, PA,’ by Sasha Phyars-Burgess. (Image courtesy of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.)

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.
Katy Scarlett

Katy Scarlett

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The Crossing’s Christmas-time show is less festive than you might expect. (Image courtesy of The Crossing.)

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.
Aaron Pond

Aaron Pond

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Bach as he was meant to be heard: members of the Gamut Bach Bach Ensemble at the Church of the Holy Trinity. (Photo by Michelle Shirk.)

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.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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A feast for the eyes and even the ears: Sonny Leo and April Woodall in Act II’s ‘Souvenir.’ (Image courtesy of Act II Playhouse.)

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.
Ellen Wilson Dilks

Ellen Wilson Dilks

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Still going strong: Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, and Will Calhoun of Living Colour. (Photo by Travis Shinn.)

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.
Vena Jefferson

Vena Jefferson

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Close enough to get splashed: ‘Swimming Pool at Hunting Park’ (1975-1976). (Image courtesy of Woodmere Art Museum.)

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.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Articles 5 minute read
The holidays bring youthful excitement at PHILADANCO. (Photo by Deborah Boardman.)

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.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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