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Aerial photo of Philly’s center city skyscrapers, with a mellow blue sky and the setting sun glinting off the buildings.

Three immigrants to Philadelphia share their journeys, and what the city means to them

“What is Philadelphia?”

As we continue to welcome buses of asylum-seekers from Texas, we know immigrant communities are vital to Philly. Emily Savidge speaks with three people who came here from very different parts of the world. What does Philly mean to them?
Emily Savidge

Emily Savidge

Features 6 minute read
A minimalist wooden table & chair with striking lines & curves sits in warm-colored space with a clay mask & 2 video screens

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Rose B. Simpson: Dream House

“The most personal work I’ve ever done”

Internationally known mixed-media artist Rose B. Simpson adds architectural installation and video work to her wide-ranging repertoire for the first time in this special exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Emily B. Schilling visits.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Features 4 minute read
A head-and-shoulders portrait of a woman with short dark hair and serious eyes, done in Modigliani’s elongated style.

The Barnes Foundation’s Modigliani Up Close will feature newly examined paintings

Expanding the Modigliani canon?

A new Barnes exhibition detailing the latest scholarship and technology in the world of Modigliani has a big surprise: four previously unverified paintings will be on the walls. Emily Schilling looks closer.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Features 10 minute read
8 very fine chairs displayed on a gallery wall in two rows. They all have different shapes, colors, and decorative flourishes

From the chairman to the dead man’s chest: what our furniture says about us

What makes furniture art?

When is a chair more than a chair? How does furniture reveal our tastes and history? Camille Bacon-Smith asks experts at the Barnes and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 6 minute read
Small but evocative sculpture of wire and found objects. It could be a jaunty, portly humanish figure, or maybe a human heart

Jayson Musson: His History of Art and the Philadelphia Wireman are worth exploring together

Art history as human history

Jayson Musson launches His History of Art at the Fabric Workshop and Museum while the anonymous Philadelphia Wireman’s work appears at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. Emily Brewton Schilling suggests visiting both.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Features 6 minute read
Jim Bear sits behind a desk with a monitor, speakers, and microphones. He is smiling and talking to someone out of frame.

Philly’s Germantown neighborhood remembers Jim Bear, the founder of G-Town Radio

Passion without ego

Jim Bear, a hardworking advocate for the power of accessible local media, passed away in March. His G-Town radio colleagues speak with Anndee Hochman about his legacy.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Features 5 minute read
A large crowd of summertime protestors, holding a We Demand Change banner, walk on 9th Street past the Walnut Street Theatre.

Many months later, how has the Walnut Street Theatre answered a community rallying for equity?

“Is there a place for me?”

Last summer, many in the Philly theater community began protesting unjust conditions that Walnut Street Theatre workers said they experienced on and offstage. Wendy Rosenfield asks whether the theater has addressed those concerns.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

Features 8 minute read
Dancer Joe Gonzalez dances outdoors, summertime trees behind him. He leaps so high he seems to be flying, arms & legs poised

Philadelphia’s Black male ballet dancers share their journeys to the stage—and what the future may hold

Where do dancers discover themselves?

Following a panel discussion featuring Black alumni of the Philadelphia Ballet, Camille Bacon-Smith asked other Philly-connected Black male ballet dancers how they got into the field, what they see now, and what the future holds.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 6 minute read
A movie theater in the middle of a small town street, shops on the block. Hiway is spelled out on the theater billboard

The best independent movie theaters in Philadelphia

Living in a cinema's paradise

KC Wingert rounds up the best independent theaters in the city while considering their history, their future, and their lasting impact on Philadelphia's film and arthouse culture.
KC Wingert

KC Wingert

Features 6 minute read
A group of women dancers in (mostly) white dresses pose in uniform on stage.

Philadelphia Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The corps de ballet, breathing as one

Camille Bacon-Smith talks with dancers from the Philadelphia Ballet on their latest production of The Nutcracker and the variety of challenges the classic show still presents for its performers.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 5 minute read