In mourning RBG, don’t skip contacting your senators
The dreaded phone call
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Sept. 18. On Monday, the 21st, Alaina Johns contacted her senators (again). Does it even matter? Yes. Here’s why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?