How much time do we have left for bumping into barriers, at home and abroad?
Walls around the world
A summer trip to France and Israel is a privilege. It’s also a reminder of how easy it is to lose your center of gravity amid barriers old and new. Do we have time to tear them down? Anndee Hochman considers.
Why didn’t MJ Kaufman’s ‘Whisper’s Gone’ garner more press?
An enjoyable summer show made barely a blip in our local media. Can we find the reason? Brad Rothbart considers.
The University of Pennsylvania presents Ian McHarg in ‘One Planet, Three Exhibits’
A special trio of exhibits celebrates our capacity for environmental solutions, while honoring landscape architect Ian McHarg, who never minced words about the ravages of humankind. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Should we honor “hallowed” ground at Gettysburg by running marathons there?
A historic finish
Confusion at Gettysburg National Military Park illustrates how running—and specifically, racing—in national historical and military parks might be a crucible for the interpretation of our national history. Helen Walsh considers.
During Pride, do queer introverts trade one closet for another?
A quiet kind of pride
Pride is a colorful, noisy celebration—but this doesn’t bring joy to everyone. Can you be both queer and quiet? Michelle Nugent considers.
Jackson Moe presents its new album ‘Pure Gold’
The star-spangled cowboys of political comedy
‘Pure Gold,’ a new music album from comedian-songwriters Max Barth and Joe Messina of Jackson Moe, rocks and also rolls. It’s available on cassette (and digital platforms). Erin Dohony reviews.
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What art critics really do—at home and abroad
So vast is art, so narrow human wit
Offend someone here in the States with your arts criticism and the venue might ban you. But outside the US, there can be more on the line. This lesson matters for artists, writers, and readers everywhere. Wendy Rosenfield considers.
The Kimmel Center presents Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’
The great Gadsby
Comedian Hannah Gadsby returns with a brand-new show, taking aim at institutional discrimination with levity and an art-history lecture. Mina Reinckens reviews.
South Street’s Tattooed Mom presents Michael Kelly’s ‘Tattooed Momedy’
A South Philly comedy quest
Monthly variety show 'Tattooed Momedy' has the comedy you can’t afford to miss. Erin Dohony chats with founder and host Michael Kelly.
A serious tumble changes the game for comedian Christina Anthony
The fall that changed it all
A life in the arts can mean total dedication—but what happens when the world has other plans for your body? Christina Anthony considers.