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Nearing the promised land during intermission at the opening night of 'Hamilton' in Philly. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

Who’s drawing the line at the line for the ladies’ room?

Can I use your restroom?

When we think about accessibility on the arts scene, are we forgetting something? Maybe we worry about bringing up bathrooms, but Alaina Johns thinks it’d be rude not to talk about it.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Enter the castle of lesbian rule, if you dare. (Photo courtesy of Icebox Project Space.)

Killjoy’s Kastle: Finding myself at the lesbian feminist haunted house

I’m pretty into you, but…

Philly artists have been busy this Halloween season, and Killjoy’s Kastle in Kensington is a worthy stop for anyone who thinks “Lesbian feminist haunted house? YES.” After a canceled date, Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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An invincible, immortal, permanent moment: House of Vans set up a skatepark inside the warehouse. (Photo by Grandstand Media.)

An editor’s rebirth at the House of Vans Philly skate festival

Skate or die?

After the House of Vans skate festival in North Philly, what is left for a former skaterboy? What has to die, so that you can keep living? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Spit Spreads Death: The Parade. Yes, you read it right. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The forgotten history of the flu in Philadelphia

Taking your shot

Did you catch Spit Spreads Death: The Parade last weekend in Philly? Alaina Johns did, and remembers her own fight with the flu. Are you vaccinated yet?
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Who's revolving around who? It wasn't always obvious. (Image courtesy of NASA, via Wikimedia Commons.)

What the Fringe Part 2: Does theater revolve around you, or the other way around?

Pretentious as hell—and how to fix it

What you think is outside your comfort zone could actually be right under your nose. Kyle V. Hiller considers Fringe 2019.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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When goodbye was a long way away: Alaina and her family at the shore. (Image courtesy of the Johns family.)

Excuse me while I figure out how to lose my favorite place in the world

Bye, Brigantine

Have you ever loved a place so much that you’re not sure what life will look like without it? How do you say goodbye to something that can’t love you back? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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Opera Philadelphia’s 'We Shall Not Be Moved,' an opera about the MOVE bombing, could've been a performance I overlooked if it weren't for my partner. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

Cringeworthy tales of getting into theater—just in time for Philly Fringe 2019

Why is theater intimidating?

Don’t know anything about theater? Cool, neither do I! All the more reason to let Fringe be your first time. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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So much to see. Have you taken a look? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The old-timers’ guide to the 2019 Philly Fringe Festival

What’s new, my friend?

The Philly Fringe festival, now in its 23rd year, has some changes to share, including a long-overdue accessibility overhaul. This year’s fest is running September 5 through 22. Alaina Johns helps you dig in.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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‘The Infiltrators,’ a documentary about undocumented immigrants in a for-profit detention center, saw its Philadelphia premiere at this year’s festival. (Image courtesy of BlackStar Film Festival.)

Why are we selling the BlackStar Film Festival short?

How we align with our BlackStar

The 2019 BlackStar Film Festival has come and gone, but we still need to ask ourselves: How can we better support each other as artists and arts journalists? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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The keys to what? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

The perils of organizing your house after age 35

Clean at your own risk

Forget sparking joy. Beware what you find when you clean after age 35. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

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