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.
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.
Racism and my nice small town newspaper
Stuck in the genteel
A local news outlet in Swarthmore shows us how not to cover a community and the dangers of appealing to a section of an audience that dances around its own racism. Amy Beth Sisson considers.
Decades after childhood, is it too late to learn how to play?
Are we having fun yet?
Anndee Hochman considers her decades-long journey of finding what it means to play, integrating play into life, and the life lessons learned from a year of "fun" prompts from friends.
Delaware Art Museum reimagines its permanent collection for a new era
Same art, new eyes
After years of preparation and community engagement, the Delaware Art Museum debuts a new vision for its world-class permanent collection. Gail Obenreder visits.
Remembering Bucks County poet, teacher, and activist Christopher Bursk
A unique legacy of learning
After decades of mentorship to local writing communities, including incarcerated writers, Bucks County poet, teacher, and activist Christopher Bursk never stopped learning or fighting for justice. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer explores his legacy.
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A look back: why the Philly theater scene needs the Black Lives Matter movement
Local artists speak
Writer An Nichols followed the recent national social justice explosion that rocked the Philly theater community, but she wanted to look closer, speaking with local artists about their experiences leading up to the current moment.
Philly’s Protect the Artist protestors take their demands to the Walnut’s opening night
A new opening scene
After a summer of protest and invitations to dialogue that went ignored by the Walnut Street Theatre, Protect the Artist organizers took their message to the Walnut’s 2021 opening night. Wendy Rosenfield was there.
Ardmore’s Viva Video closes after nine years on Lancaster Avenue
Goodbye to The Last Picture Store
Fans of TLA Video found a new home after Miguel Gomez opened Viva Video in Ardmore. As Viva Video now closes, the community that loved it reflects on the future of movie watching. Stephen Silver was there.
A rebrand at the Annenberg Center is true to a move beyond the building
Welcoming Penn Live Arts
The arts presenter headquartered at the Annenberg Center goes back to its roots with a new name: Penn Live Arts. Camille Bacon-Smith explores the update.