Lightning Rod Special presents ‘SUPERHOST’
Enjoy your stay (or else)
Lightning Rod Special’s ‘SUPERHOST’ imagines an Airbnb that isn’t as wonderful as it appears in a recording for distanced theatergoers in search of something creepy. Alaina Johns reviews.
'Sentience' by Courtney P. Hunter
Painting humanity by numbers
In Philadelphia writer Courtney P. Hunter’s debut novel, 24 participants enter an experiment to determine who among them is human and who is an artificially intelligent robot. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents Alice Childress’s ‘Trouble in Mind’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Film Festival 2020: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.