Saving the kindness supply chain
Life in 2021 is hard for everyone—are you making it harder?
Almost two years into a pandemic, life in 2021 is tough for almost everyone. Roz Warren says that every day, you have a chance to make it better—or worse.
Who decides on the outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?
The right steps for our public spaces
As new plans for a people-friendly Parkway roll out, the Philadelphia Museum of Art remains an important part of Philly’s public space—but do the people on the outside matter? Camille Bacon-Smith considers.
As a theater critic, I’m prioritizing coverage of events that require Covid vaccination for all
Getting back to the theater, as safely as possible
As companies in Philadelphia and beyond prepare for a return to in-person performances, theater and music critic Cameron Kelsall knows vaccines are the key to safety, even amidst the Delta surge.
Repairing the world takes all kinds of builders, including the ones with words
The tools of tikkun olam
A volunteer stint repairing a Germantown row house reprises Anndee Hochman’s teenage impulse to wield a hammer in lieu of words, and reminds her that all tools can both create and destroy.
When white people hear racist comments from fellow travelers, how should they respond?
Bigotry in the air
When a stranger shares racist views with you, how do you respond, especially if you’re stuck in the next seat? Roz Warren considers.
From Islamabad to Santa Fe: Finding the elegance in my difference
Ready for my next leap
Shaheer Naveed is BSR’s summer 2021 intern. He remembers what he learned about fitting in during his first trip to the United States from his home in Pakistan.
Witnessing the Impact: What will post-pandemic life be like for disabled people?
A world not built for me—until now?
BSR is partnering with the Witnessing the Impact of COVID-19 in Disabled People’s Lives archive project. Writer, educator, and disability self-advocate Katie Samson asks whether we’ll keep considering accessibility when the pandemic wanes.
Dance lovers ask why the Pennsylvania Ballet is now the Philadelphia Ballet
Dance of the rebrand
As arts producers across town return to in-person performance, the former Pennsylvania Ballet announced a surprising rebrand. Camille Bacon-Smith asks whether it’s moving the company forward.
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What can ‘Naked’ and ‘Map of Tiny Perfect Things’ teach us about unsticking our lives?
Time to deconstruct determinism
When Michelle Chikaonda continued her very own pandemic festival of time-loop movies, she found out that the phrase “it’s time” has more than one meaning.
The mixologist’s daughter: raising a glass to reinvention, again
Happy hours, then and now
Over the course of almost 30 years, some things change and some don’t—and Anndee Hochman, from writing to bartending and back again, learns that personal reinventions don’t have to shake the foundations of family.