More music and words become art: Another top 10 from composer Kile Smith
What I’ve learned from classical lyric settings
Composer Kile Smith offered his top-10 list of pop songs that mixed music and words into pure art. Now he’s back for another round, this time with icons of classical music.
What happened to ‘Nutcracker’ in the year of COVID?
Why should we tune in to ‘The Nutcracker’ in 2020?
What is the state of ‘The Nutcracker’—beloved holiday tradition and the dance-company equivalent of retail’s Black Friday—in 2020? Melissa Strong considers.
What can ‘Palm Springs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ teach us about surviving the sameness of pandemic life?
Riding the stay-home wave
It was easier to keep spirits up at the start of the pandemic shutdown, when we thought the disruption would be short. Nine months later, Michelle Chikaonda finds unexpected help in two movies about time loops.
Fighting the model minority myth: Why I talk social justice with my immigrant family
Your voice makes a difference at home
When your family lives with its own complicated experience of oppression, assimilation, and success, talking about racial justice can be especially challenging. But for Christina Anthony, it’s worth it.
Goodbye to Riverview, Philadelphia's movie theater for everyone
It isn't just the screens
Like the city itself, the Riverview movie theater in South Philly was far from perfect. But it formed lasting memories for generations of Philadelphian moviegoers from all walks of life. Stephen Silver remembers.
What happens when the stress of the pandemic leads to a surprising yes?
Bring on the Zoomitzvah
Plan and lead a family bat mitzvah in four days? Anndee Hochman is a writer, not a rabbi, but something about the COVID-19 pandemic made her say yes to her cousin's request.
Young artists in the pandemic: distance learning at CAPA
Growing as artists, together and apart
Adult artists are not the only ones coping with a radically changed world. At Philly’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, the next generation continues to learn despite the distance. They talk with Isabel Soisson.
Behind the scenes: How did these three Philly arts-makers pivot to digital?
A brave new season, coming to a screen near you
Any serious Philly arts fan knows by now that local companies and venues aren’t sitting out the pandemic. But big or small, how are they making the shift to distanced performances? Camille Bacon-Smith talks to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Annenberg, and 1812 Productions.
Why I love it when teenagers push back: one teacher’s politics in a 2020 classroom
Classrooms change and we should change with them
Michelle Nugent absorbed a commitment to neutrality during her own education as a teacher. But here’s why she’s leaving it behind in today’s classroom.
Remembering writer Jim Quinn, Philadelphia’s apostle of change
He did it his way
In a bleak conformist city where nothing seemed to change, lately everything has changed. The fiercely brilliant critic Jim Quinn deserves some of the credit. Dan Rottenberg remembers his colleague Jim Quinn.