The Weekly Roundup, March 23-30
Joy Harjo, Tools of the Trade, a night with Lady Day, and a very Gritty AWP
The week features a visit from the 23rd US poet laureate, a crafty conference, a show based on one of Billie Holiday’s final performances, and a Philly-centric event for AWP. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
The Weekly Roundup, March 2-9
Sisterhood Sit-in, Everyday Futures, and TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever
Theatre Horizon hosts James Ijames’s TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, Harriett’s Bookshop trolleys to Black women-owned businesses, and the future of South Philly highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Spotlighting the Philly creative scene with Anne Ishii
The art of moving and making
Anne Ishii talks hosting the new season of WHYY’s Movers & Makers, translating bara manga, and the power of art that takes its time. Crystal Sparrow profiles.
Music and mentorship to shape youth with Beyond the Bars
Starting off on a good note
The student-driven music and career skills program is solving systemic problems with systemic solutions as it helps youth and young adults in the community. Christina Anthony profiles.
Fashion design, activism through art, and more with Taller Puertorriqueño’s Nasheli Ortiz-González
Fashioning a better future
The new executive director talks about exploring activism through fashion design, her upbringing in Puerto Rico, and leading the future of Taller Puertorriqueño’s community of Puerto Rican artists and activists. Christina Anthony profiles.
BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab supports Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices on the rise
Opening doors for local filmmakers of color
Jared Michael Lowe profiles BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab, its inaugural class, and speaks with founder Maori Karmael Holmes on the evolution of BlackStar.
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.
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.
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.
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.