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Will the lights be up on our stages as soon as this summer or fall? EgoPo’s ‘Nocturne’ is coming to a parking lot in the meantime. (Image courtesy of EgoPo.)

One year later: Philly theater artists ask what reopening means

Will the lights be back on soon?

In parts 1 and 2 of our One Year Later series about the pandemic and Philly theater, Cameron Kelsall explored the first closures and productions in lockdown. Now, the community prepares for reopening—but what will that look like?
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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When Minor Figures blanketed Philly street art with oat milk ads, including on this South Broad Street mural, Philly artists quickly reclaimed the space. (Photo by Praise Dobler.)

When a UK-based oat milk company pasted over Philly street art, our artists answered

Street (sm)arts

When Minor Figures Oat Milk pasted ads over street art across the city, many Philadelphians responded in force. Who belongs in this space, and why did this ad campaign feel so personal to so many? Mina Reinckens talks with four Philadelphia artists.
Mina Reinckens

Mina Reinckens

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Getting existential before the ultimate existential crisis: IRC artistic director Tina Brock appears with Carlos Forbes in a January 2020 production of ‘The Bald Soprano.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

One year later: What Philly theater artists dreamed up when stages shut down

What happened when the lights stayed out?

In part 1 of our One Year Later series, Cameron Kelsall spoke with Philly artists about the moment shutdowns began. Now, he looks at what emerged as the shutdowns lasted for the next 12 months.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Features 7 minute read
Something like movie theater normalcy is close at hand. (Photo by Stephen Silver.)

As Bryn Mawr Film Institute and others reopen, what’s the future of movie theaters?

Will we stick to streaming?

Movie fans have been waiting a year to get back to movie theaters. Stephen Silver visited Bryn Mawr Film Institute on its reopening day, contemplating the future of in-person moviegoing.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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She really said it: Abigail Adams’s “Remember the Ladies” letter is on loan from the Massachusetts Historical Society. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.)

The Museum of the American Revolution presents Melissa Dunphy’s ‘Remember the Ladies’

Abigail Adams in song

Abigail Adams’s famous “remember the ladies” letter returns to Philly for the first time since she sent it to her husband in 1776, and composer Melissa Dunphy gives it new life. Gail Obenreder listens.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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For 11-year-old Andrew Sholl, who relies on licensed caregivers like his mom, life in the pandemic is especially challenging. (Photo courtesy of Maryanne Sholl.)

Witnessing the Impact: How does the pandemic affect disabled people and their caregivers?

One minute at a time

BSR is partnering with the Witnessing the Impact of COVID-19 in Disabled People’s Lives archive project. This story by journalist David Block spotlights people who rely on caregivers in their daily lives.
David Block

David Block

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Gregg Whiteside has left the mic at WRTI. (Image via PxHere.com.)

After longtime classical host Gregg Whiteside leaves WRTI, questions remain

Why the radio silence?

After a surprise announcement last month, longtime WRTI classical-music host Gregg Whiteside’s departure from the station has drawn a notable silence. Meg Ryan looks closer.
Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan

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A beneficiary of the Cultural Fund: Theatre in the X’s 2019 production of ‘The Beast of Nubia.’ (Photo by Johanna Austin.)

City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas launches the Philadelphia Arts and Culture Task Force

Will a new task force give arts leaders a voice in future city budgets?

Following a successful citywide fight to restore some of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, City Councilmember Isaiah Thomas helms a new task force to boost the arts sector in future. He spoke with Camille Bacon-Smith about what’s next.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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