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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.
During Filipino American History Month and beyond, poetry offers a rare non-colonial lens
Resistance through poetry
The Filipino poetic tradition in English has defiant roots in the American occupation of the Philippines in the 1900s. In honor of Filipino American History Month, Kelly Conrad explores history and self-identity through the rare non-colonial lens of Filipino poetry.
Are you displacing your rage in the age of COVID?
The great crooked cake crisis
For some, pandemic life brings out extra kindness and patience. But as Roz Warren tells it, others are looking for a target for their anger.
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Here's how one person over 60 is handling life in quarantine, eight months later
Eight months on the coronacoaster
Fredricka Maister optimistically began quarantine back in March, like millions of others in her higher-risk age group. But what does life look like eight months later?
UPenn’s Arthur Ross Gallery hosts ‘Monuments and Social Justice’
Watch this space
In late September, Arthur Ross Gallery hosted a virtual conversation about the state of public art, looking to the past, present, and future of Philly monuments. Pam Forsythe listened in.
I lost my library job because I refused to work with the public in the pandemic
Grab your books and go
After decades behind the circulation desk, Roz Warren didn’t feel safe going back to work in the pandemic.