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‘Taste the Nation’ host Padma Lakshmi with Mexican American chef and restaurateur Emiliano Marentes in El Paso. (Photo by Dominic Valente for Hulu.)

Hulu presents ‘Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi’

Home cooking in America

Hulu’s new food and travel series, ‘Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi,’ explores what the diverse cuisines throughout the country say about America and the American experience. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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A love letter to Philly in 1985? (Image via allauthor.com.)

‘PUNKS’ by Richard Cucarese

Missing Philly’s punk ethos

‘PUNKS,’ the debut novel by Richard Cucarese, visits 1980s Philadelphia without sampling the social context that would’ve been so relevant today. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

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What makes a perfect wife? Maybe the standard recipe hasn’t changed as much as we think. (Image courtesy of Dutton.)

‘Recipe for a Perfect Wife’ by Karma Brown

Dark domesticity

Karma Brown’s ‘Recipe for a Perfect Wife’ follows a woman who finds a cookbook in her new home that connects her to the life of a previous resident, a seemingly perfect housewife from another era. But dark secrets resonate in both women’s lives. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
Elisa Shoenberger

Elisa Shoenberger

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Nolan wants us to see it on the big screen, so we we’re still waiting for ‘Tenet.’ (Image courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Movie theaters are reopening, but I'm not ready to go back

The popcorn problem

Film critic Stephen Silver misses movie theaters, and can't wait to see Christopher Nolan's upcoming ‘Tenet.’ But he still won’t risk attending an indoor theater.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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A genuine sisterly bond: Danielle Leneé and Brett Ashley Robinson in ‘Is God Is.’ (Photo by Wide Eyed Studios.)

The Wilma presents Aleshea Harris’s ‘Is God Is,’ reimagined radio-style

Sounds of revenge

The Wilma salvages its scrapped production of Aleshea Harris’s ‘Is God Is’ as a streaming audio production. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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What’s the story behind that winning feeling? (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein, courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix and ESPN Films present ‘The Last Dance’

Inside one of the greatest teams of all time

The Last Dance, now streaming on Netflix, is a 10-part documentary series spotlighting Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty leading up to their last run at a championship in 1997-98. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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Visitors want to know more about him: Absalom Jones, in an 1810 portrait by Raphaelle Peale. (Image courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum.)

Visitor feedback leads a long-planned makeover at the Delaware Art Museum

Context never rests

Leaders of a major reinstall at the Delaware Art Museum talk with Gail Obenreder about how commentary from their visitors is driving a whole new look at the galleries.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Xandria Phillips’s debut collection won the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry. (Image courtesy of Nightboat books.)

‘Hull’ by Xandria Phillips

The American version of me

Xandria Phillips’s debut poetry collection, ‘Hull,’ explores longing, history, emancipation and resistance, and the stakes of precarious living. Matthew John Phillips reviews.
Matthew John Phillips

Matthew John Phillips

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Jo Koy enjoys a jeepney ride. (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix presents ‘Jo Koy: In His Elements’

Celebrating Filipino identity

Stand-up comedian Jo Koy takes Netflix to the Philippines with a variety show featuring all Filipino artists spotlighting the Filipino experience. Kelly Conrad reviews.
Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad

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The Relâche ensemble in the late 1980s and early 90s: Kathleen Carroll, Chuck Holdeman, Laurel Wyckoff, Doug Mapp, John Dulik, Lloyd Shorter, Helen Carnivale, and Ken Ulansey. (Photo courtesy of Joe Franklin.)

A dance critic’s musical journey

The relâche summer

With stages dark around the world, dance critic Merilyn Jackson remembers the path of her musical education, rooted in the sounds of Philadelphia.
Merilyn Jackson

Merilyn Jackson

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