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PAC streams a reading of Alice Childress’s ‘Trouble in Mind,’ which was unjustly overlooked in its time. (Image courtesy of PAC.)
PAC streams a reading of Alice Childress’s ‘Trouble in Mind,’ which was unjustly overlooked in its time. (Image courtesy of PAC.)

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Alice Childress’s ‘Trouble in Mind’

Good “Trouble”

Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents a sharp digital staging of ‘Trouble in Mind,’ a much-revered but underproduced exploration of racism in the theater. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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A state historical marker across the street from 212 North 12th Street commemorates Sigma Sound Studios achievements. (Photo by Aaron M. Cohen.)
A state historical marker across the street from 212 North 12th Street commemorates Sigma Sound Studios achievements. (Photo by Aaron M. Cohen.)

Champions of Philly’s music legacy fight to save the site of Sigma Sound Studios

Honoring the Philly sound

The building that gave birth to the legendary Philadelphia sound moves one step closer to becoming a historic landmark. Aaron M. Cohen talks with leaders of a grassroots preservation movement.
Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen

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Imagine this in Pompeii: Shari Mendelson’s ‘Reclining Sphinx with Cup.’ (Photo by Alan Weiner; image courtesy of the artist.)
Imagine this in Pompeii: Shari Mendelson’s ‘Reclining Sphinx with Cup.’ (Photo by Alan Weiner; image courtesy of the artist.)

Arthur Ross Gallery presents ‘Re-materialize’

Trash to treasure

In a new exhibition at Arthur Ross Gallery, also available to experience digitally, four artists dig deep into contemporary consumption, historic tragedy, and cultural heritage, all with the stuff we discard. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Spreading interpretive wings: Lawrence Brownlee performs in the inaugural offering from the Opera Philadelphia Channel. (Photo by Dominic M. Mercier.)
Spreading interpretive wings: Lawrence Brownlee performs in the inaugural offering from the Opera Philadelphia Channel. (Photo by Dominic M. Mercier.)

Opera Philadelphia presents ‘Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia’

What friends are for

Stylishly produced and eminently thoughtful, ‘Lawrence Brownlee & Friends in Philadelphia’ sets a high bar for the Opera Philadelphia Channel, the company’s new streaming endeavor. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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Another award-worthy performance: Frances McDormand in ‘Nomadland.’ (Image courtesy of Searchlight Pictures, © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.)
Another award-worthy performance: Frances McDormand in ‘Nomadland.’ (Image courtesy of Searchlight Pictures, © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.)

Philadelphia Film Festival 2020: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’

Surviving America

‘Nomadland’ launched the 29th annual Philadelphia Film Festival's hybrid presentation, with a showing at the PFS Drive-in at the Navy Yard on October 23. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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An essential read for anyone invested in fighting white supremacy. (Image courtesy of Catapult.)
An essential read for anyone invested in fighting white supremacy. (Image courtesy of Catapult.)

‘White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color,’ by Ruby Hamad

What white women must face

Ruby Hamad’s debut book, ‘White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color,’ is a provocative and powerful account of white women’s role in white supremacy and the repercussions of their position on women of color. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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Facing and perpetuating an oppressive justice system: Janan Ashton and Xander Jackson in ‘BARS.’ (Image courtesy of Four Walls Theater.)
Facing and perpetuating an oppressive justice system: Janan Ashton and Xander Jackson in ‘BARS.’ (Image courtesy of Four Walls Theater.)

Four Walls Theater presents Pravin Wilkins’s ‘BARS’

Land of the free?

A new all-digital theater group concludes its inaugural season with Pravin Wilkins’s ‘BARS,’ which follows characters on both sides of the justice system, asking who it really serves. Michele Zipkin reviews.
Michele Zipkin

Michele Zipkin

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When the lyrics fly as well as the music: The Commodores onstage. (Photo by Carl Lender, via Wikimedia Commons.)
When the lyrics fly as well as the music: The Commodores onstage. (Photo by Carl Lender, via Wikimedia Commons.)

When do music and words become art? Here’s a top 10 from composer Kile Smith

What I’ve learned from pop lyric settings

Do lyrics serve the music, or vice versa? Sometimes, in pop music, you don’t have to decide. Listen to Kile Smith explain 10 times that pop songs mixed music and words into pure art.
Kile Smith

Kile Smith

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For many of us, a hard-won right. (Image courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.)
For many of us, a hard-won right. (Image courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.)

MOAR presents ‘World Affairs and the Enduring American Revolution: Women’s Rights’

Democracy is never finished

Around the world and especially in the US, women are still campaigning for equality. A livestreamed panel discussion explained some little-known history and reminded us what happens when politicians try to restrict the vote. Pamela Forsythe reports.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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A compelling voice in contemporary choreography: Pam Tanowitz Dance had its Philly debut. (Photo by Christopher Duggan.)
A compelling voice in contemporary choreography: Pam Tanowitz Dance had its Philly debut. (Photo by Christopher Duggan.)

Pam Tanowitz Dance livestreams a world premiere in Philadelphia

Taking back the Zellerbach

Pam Tanowitz Dance’s Philadelphia premiere combines elegance with immediacy in a virtual performance. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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