How the pandemic helped me rediscover my lifelong love of dance
Ways to move around the world
The pandemic interrupted almost everything about our lives, but it gave writer Cynthia Via a chance to reconnect with a love for dance that had been there all along.
I’m not writing my ‘King Lear’ in quarantine, and I’m OK with that
A hiatus from the hustle
Kelly Conrad always used to say she was busy, and thought that meant she was growing. But the pandemic forced her to revisit her tumultuous relationship with productivity.
The man in the yellow van
Who belongs at the library?
Patrons at a suburban library complained to the staff about who was allowed in the door. Librarian Roz Warren always had the same answer.
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.
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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.