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He’s got a story. What’s yours? Che Guerrero hosts the ‘American Immigrant’ podcast. (Photo by Ralph Ferro.)

Comedian Che Guerrero talks about his ‘American Immigrant’ podcast

Sharing an American dream

Che Guerrero’s latest live recording of his ‘American Immigrant’ podcast at Philly Improv Theater is a hilarious conversation on race, 2020 candidates, US history, and the upcoming Philadelphia election. Erin Dohony considers.
Erin Dohony

Erin Dohony

Essays 3 minute read
A beautiful beginning: Nicole Phoenix hosts the inaugural ‘Comments Section’ at the Sable Collective. (Image courtesy of Nicole Phoenix.)

Nicole Phoenix presents the one-year anniversary of ‘The Comments Section’

Gather, grow, share

Monthly variety show 'The Comments Section' highlights Black women performers from Philly and beyond and celebrates community.
Erin Dohony

Erin Dohony

Essays 3 minute read
How is the Philly community handling strife on the Avenue of the Arts? (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

A statement from Philadelphia Theatre Company and the authors of an open letter

Not just conversations in rooms

First, there was a letter. Then, the Philly theater community caught fire on social media, with unintended effects for everyone. Now the letter's authors have met with Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Paige Price. What happens next?
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Essays 4 minute read
Many Philly institutions' leaders have a long way to go toward including everyone. (Photo by Alaina Johns.)

No more all-white seasons: Continuing the conversation on inclusion at Philly theaters

Loud but learning

It’s been an intense week for the Philadelphia theater community, as a necessary conversation about inclusion on and offstage drew voices that have been fighting racism for years. What’s next? Becca Khalil considers.
Becca Khalil

Becca Khalil

Essays 6 minute read
A freeing kind of comedy: Oliver de Luz, Wilfredo Diaz, and Leticia Viloria. (Photo courtesy of ¿Qué?)

Philly’s Spanish-speaking improv troupe, ¿Qué?, speaks everyone's language

Multilingual laughs

Meet ¿Qué?, the local Spanish-speaking improv team bringing you the cross-cultural variety show ‘¿Cómo Se Dice…?’ every month at Good Good Comedy Theatre.
Erin Dohony

Erin Dohony

Essays 3 minute read
What happens when a film makes us look inside? (Illustration by Hannah Kaplan for BSR.)

Facing yourself after watching Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

The scariest person in the world

Jordan Peele’s latest horror blockbuster, ‘Us,’ makes you wonder if the real demons are on the inside. Christina Anthony considers.
Christina Anthony Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Christina Anthonyand Illustration by Hannah Kaplan

Essays 5 minute read
Germantown’s John Phillips was a sculptor like no other. (Photo by Gina Michaels.)

Remembering Philadelphia sculptor John N. Phillips

Whimsy in bronze

The Philadelphia arts community lost a uniquely masterful sculptor in February. We remember his generous creativity, his expert yet fanciful vision, and the cultural landmarks he saved. Anndee Hochman considers.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read

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The 2015 science-fiction writer and editor lineup at Barnes & Noble: Gregory Frost, Michael Swanwick, Sheila Williams, Fran Wilde, Emily Hockaday, and Tom Purdom. (Photo courtesy of Tom Purdom.)

Barnes & Noble celebrates science fiction, honoring Philly ‘Asimov’s’ editor Gardner Dozois

Science fiction with a touch of Philadelphia

Barnes & Noble hosts an author event that highlights the link between Philadelphia and a mainstay of the science-fiction world. Tom Purdom considers.
Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom

Essays 4 minute read
NYTEShift takes the stage at the Adrienne every fourth Friday of the month. (Photo by Erin Pitts Photography.)

Meet NYTEShift, Philly’s own all-POC comedy troupe

Not Your Token Entertainers

Members of NYTEShift, the only all-people-of-color comedy troupe with a monthly show in Philly, are making space in a white-dominated sector for folks who have seldom seen themselves represented onstage. Christina Anthony considers.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Essays 4 minute read
A champion of the Philadelphia jazz community: Jim Miller. (Photo by Anthony Dean.)

Remembering Philadelphia jazz drummer, composer, and advocate Jim Miller

Legendary listening

Philadelphia lost one of its most beloved musicians and jazz-community advocates when drummer Jim Miller died suddenly in February. Suzanne Cloud remembers him.
Suzanne Cloud

Suzanne Cloud

Essays 5 minute read