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Yoga is a source of rest for Kyle V. Hiller. So is sitting in the sun with his shades. (Photo by Holly Yokley.)

After a two-week hiatus, what have we learned about rest at BSR?

Waking up to the power of rest

Rest is trickier than it seems. How do we get enough? Why do we get enough—or not? What expectations come along with rest? Kyle V. Hiller wants you to take a nap.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Associate editor Kyle V. Hiller meditating by the beach in Puerto Rico in 2017, one of few recent reprieves from the grind (Photo by Holly Yokley.)

Here’s why BSR is taking time off for the first time ever

The great protest rest

BSR is taking its first-ever break, and will post no new articles from August 2 through 16. Editors Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns explain why.
Kyle V. Hiller Alaina Johns

Kyle V. Hillerand Alaina Johns

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Simpson, perhaps in a nod to Hamlet's mother Gertrude, looks regal in a red cloak. (Photo by Lauren Woodard.)

Arts organizations are reopening, but for now, we’re keeping our digital focus

It’s still about accessibility

Four months into the pandemic, here’s an update from editor Alaina Johns about BSR’s approach to a reopening Philadelphia.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Quieter times: the 52nd Street Market-Frankford Line station on a July morning in 2013. (Photo by Kyle V. Hiller.)

With protests continuing and school on the horizon, whom can we trust?

Can we fight alone?

In the midst of civil unrest, spiking COVID cases, and preemptive reopenings, are we being primed to fend for ourselves? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A drive-in summer concert, part of a new series at People’s Light, observes COVID safety guidelines. (Photo by Charles T. Brastow.)

Like it or not, you have a new job in the pandemic

When can you start?

Arts journalists in the pandemic—just like all of us, really—are doing a job we never thought we’d have to do. Can we handle our new responsibilities? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo are Alexander and Eliza Hamilton in the original Broadway production. (Photo courtesy of Disney.)

What responsibility does 'Hamilton' have to hip-hop, theater, and the communities they represent?

Who tells your story?

Kyle V. Hiller finally had the chance to watch ‘Hamilton’ when it arrived on Disney+ last week. As the show reaches its widest audience yet, it’s time to consider its roots.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Is this the future of theatergoing in the COVID era? Wilma Globe original seating design by Sara Brown, Misha Kachman, and Matt Saunders. (Image courtesy of the Wilma.)

What does the proposed Wilma Globe say about accessibility in the arts?

Circling the Globe

Last week, the Wilma made a splash with plans for a post-COVID stage, but the local community raised concerns about safety and accessibility. Alaina Johns asks if the pandemic can drive new demands about arts access for all.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Fireworks spark contemptuously now, and July 4 will hit differently this year—finally. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)

Unmasking the Fourth of July: whose independence are we celebrating?

Liberty just for me?

Folks who want to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday without observing COVID safety are joining a long American history of ignoring the facts. Could this year be a new opportunity for all of us? Kyle V. Hiller wonders.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Not everyone can join this crowd. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Chronic illness is not a barrier to standing up for justice

What have you learned from self-care?

Alaina Johns knows what it’s like to live with chronic illness and how it can make you feel like you have nothing left to give when others need you. Can we reframe this experience to promote a world in which more people can take action?
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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A portrait of an Emancipation Day celebration in 1900. (Image via Wikimedia Commons, credited to Grace Murray.)

In the midst of civil unrest, Juneteenth is here. What does emancipation mean today?

Is this my freedom?

What is Juneteenth and what does it mean for the movement happening in our current sociopolitical climate? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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