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Because dance over Zoom has its limits: Roderick Phifer (left) and Stanley Glover in Caili Quan’s ‘Love letter.’ (Photo courtesy of BalletX.)

BalletX presents four world premieres on film for its new subscription series

BalletX goes beyond

BalletX opens its 15th season virtually with a quartet of world premieres in film from choreographers as near as the company’s own star, Caili Quan, and as far as New Zealand’s Loughlan Prior. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Antoine K. Stroman’s debut novel portrays an upbringing not often represented in fiction. (Image courtesy of AuthorHouse.)

‘Seeing Things in Black and White’ by Antoine K. Stroman

The Black experience is stranger than fiction

Despite its flaws, Antoine K. Stroman’s debut novella, ‘Seeing Things in Black and White,’ paints the Black experience in a multitude of colors. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Articles 3 minute read
Facing ourselves away from home: Keith Conallen in Die-Cast’s ‘Temporary Occupancy.’ (Image courtesy of Die-Cast.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Die-Cast presents ‘Temporary Occupancy’

A theatrical check-in

Originally destined for live performances in a hotel, Die-Cast’s ‘Temporary Occupancy’ is now an online experience that brings its travelers to our screen. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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These Japanese cats make a happy distraction from tense times in the US. (Image courtesy of Countryman Press.)

‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan’ by Sarah Archer

Cultural identity through cats

Philadelphia author Sarah Archer’s new book, ‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan,’ is a perfect crossover for history buffs and cat lovers. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Articles 3 minute read
A parade of musical characters: a practice session of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet at the conference in 1980. (Photo by Alice Berman.)

‘The Music of Friends’ by David W. Webber

American classical music grows up

Since 1946, Vermont’s Chamber Music Conference has been an important part of American musical life, attracting many Philadelphia luminaries. A new book, ‘The Music of Friends,’ tells the story. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

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Is the future of American democracy written at the local level? (Image courtesy of Temple University Press.)

‘Philadelphia Battlefields’ by John Kromer

Not the usual suspects

Are Philly elections a foregone conclusion? No, says ‘Philadelphia Battlefields,’ a new book on political upstarts from Rendell to Rhynhart. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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There’s no place like where? (Image courtesy of Virtually Possible Theatre Company.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Virtually Possible Theatre Company presents ‘OZ.ORG’

The Wicked Glitch is dead

What happens when you upload ‘The Wizard of Oz’ into a 2020 Fringe performance? You get a glitchy, dystopian re-imagining that feels too much like home. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Articles 3 minute read
In 'An Encounter,' as in life, there's no knowing what Death will do. (Photo by Kestin Mica.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Irina Varina presents 'An Encounter'

A Walk with Death on Broad Street

With 2020 making many of us acutely aware of our own mortality, a slow stroll with Death, as in Irina Varina's Fringe offering, 'An Encounter,' just makes sense. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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A virtual company: the ensemble of ‘The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020.’ (Image via FringeArts.)

Philly Fringe 2020: David Gordon presents ‘The Philadelphia Matter - 1972/2020’

The virtual dance company

Famed choreographer-director David Gordon revisits his 1972 dance production ‘The Matter’ with Philadelphia dancers and archival footage in this curated Fringe presentation. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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Who is Lilith today? (Image courtesy of Apartment 20.)

Philly Fringe 2020: Apartment 20 presents ‘Lilith and Her Demons’

Lilith, the concept album

Apartment 20 adapts Enid Dame’s collection of poems ‘Lilith and Her Demons’ into a song cycle for the 2020 Fringe Festival, exploring how and where we see the Lilith of Jewish folklore today. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Articles 3 minute read