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A movie theater in the middle of a small town street, shops on the block. Hiway is spelled out on the theater billboard

The best independent movie theaters in Philadelphia

Living in a cinema's paradise

KC Wingert rounds up the best independent theaters in the city while considering their history, their future, and their lasting impact on Philadelphia's film and arthouse culture.
KC Wingert

KC Wingert

Features 6 minute read
Anglin, a Black woman, poses in a black suit jacket, in an outdoor portrait.

Marguerite Anglin and the future of Philadelphia public art

Telling the collective Philadelphia story

The new director of public art in the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy wants more public art in the city to reflect more identities. Anndee Hochman profiles.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Profiles 4 minute read
A summer protest city street scene, with a large crowd walking with its back to the camera, holding signs aloft.

A look back: why the Philly theater scene needs the Black Lives Matter movement

Local artists speak

Writer An Nichols followed the recent national social justice explosion that rocked the Philly theater community, but she wanted to look closer, speaking with local artists about their experiences leading up to the current moment.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Features 7 minute read
Rucker sits across from Temple outside at a small wooden table.

Getting up close with Intercultural Journeys's Close Ups: Scars and Emblems

Shapeshifting stories of hope and hurt

Ursula Rucker teams up with Intercultural Journeys for a second season of Close Ups, a series of hour-long performances and conversations. Christina Anthony previews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Previews 3 minute read
Women dancers in black pose on a black stage. Two lie on their sides; one rises w/ arms lifted, & one stands bending an arm

A rebrand at the Annenberg Center is true to a move beyond the building

Welcoming Penn Live Arts

The arts presenter headquartered at the Annenberg Center goes back to its roots with a new name: Penn Live Arts. Camille Bacon-Smith explores the update.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 4 minute read

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A beneficiary of the Cultural Fund: Theatre in the X’s 2019 production of ‘The Beast of Nubia.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas launches the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force

Will a new task force give arts leaders a voice in future city budgets?

Following a successful citywide fight to restore some of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas helms a new task force to boost the arts sector in future. He spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith about what’s next.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 6 minute read
An anonymous donor provided dance surfaces to homebound artists, like the PA Ballet’s Jermel Johnson, here practicing at home during the pandemic. (Image courtesy of PA Ballet.)

How are leaders of the Pennsylvania Ballet weathering the pandemic?

Jumping into life at home

Just as it was poised to transition its contemporary ballets to the Perelman, the Pennsylvania Ballet hit the same crisis that every other live arts producer did. Camille Bacon-Smith spoke with the organization's leaders about how dance can survive a pandemic.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Articles 5 minute read
How long until we can breathe in the same space? Kun-Yang Lin in class before the pandemic. (Photo by Ellen Rosenberg Photography.)

How are Philly dance companies surviving the COVID arts lockdown?

Hearts, minds, and bodies

Perhaps more than many other art forms, dance relies on the physical energy between dancers and their audience. Adapting to life in a pandemic is a special challenge for these companies. Leaders at Kun-Yang Lin Dancers and Koresh Dance spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Articles 5 minute read
It’s out there, if you know how to look: nonprofit arts funding. (Photo of Azuka Theatre’s ‘Boycott Esther’ by Johanna Austin/AustinArt.org.)

Scrambling to understand nonprofit arts funding? Here’s what you need to know

The creativity to survive

Nonprofit arts funding can be confusing and daunting, especially as City Council debates eliminating the Philadelphia Cultural Fund in a COVID-19 austerity budget. But there are possibilities and resources. Alix Rosenfeld busts the myths and provides the facts.
Alix Rosenfeld

Alix Rosenfeld

Articles 6 minute read
Edward Pettit, Mary Going, and Lauren Nixon bring Dracula to Zoom every week. (Image courtesy of the Rosenbach.)

Seven tips for transforming in-person conferences into irresistible online experiences

If you stream it, will they come?

Conference veterans and networking mavens Neil Bardhan and Marta Rusek have your guide to organizing virtual gatherings that don’t suck (unless they involve Dracula).
Neil Bardhan Marta Rusek

Neil Bardhanand Marta Rusek

Articles 6 minute read