As fights for fair labor continue, Waiting For Lefty is a timely revival at Quintessence Theatre Group
“A story that needs to be told”
A revival of the American classic Waiting For Lefty highlights unionization efforts within and outside the arts industry. Melissa Lin Sturges speaks with director Kyle Haden about the power of storytelling and the importance of the collective.
The Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s archives get a new home at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Preserving Philly’s classical musical heritage
A beautiful but inaccessible room at the Academy of Music housed almost 200 years of Philly cultural history. Now, the Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Penn Libraries to give the archives a new home. Margaret Darby visits.
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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?
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.