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Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee stand next to and face each other, slight laughing smiles, wearing suits.

The Weekly Roundup, August 26-September 1

An operatic Verzuz, plays for West Philly and Germantown, and Street Movies all over town

Philly shows up for itself with offerings in theater, opera, and film in various neighborhoods in the city. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A still from 'Beans.' Two young Mohawk girls are in a wooded area, appearing to be yelling out of fear, concern

The Weekly Roundup, July 28-August 4

Picks for the tenth annual BlackStar Film Festival

A selection of films to check out for this year's BlackStar Film Festival. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Williams, a Black woman, poses for a portrait with her arms crossed in a grassy field.

Talking stop-motion animation with Kelli S. Williams

Satirical art for the sake of laughs and social change

Kelli S. Williams is a 2021 Mural Arts Philly Black Artist Fellow, and she's using stop-motion animation and comedy to challenge how we think. Christina Anthony profiles.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Profiles 3 minute read
Three men dressed in black suits look towards someone or something off camera, in a densely wood-furnished room.

The August 2021 repertory movie roundup

'Black Panther', the reborn Lightbox, and the return of 'The Room'

A highlight reel of film screenings in the Greater Philadelphia area in August. Stephen Silver rounds up.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 4 minute read
Lena Waithe (left) and Naomi Ackie in Season 3 of ‘Master of None.’ (Image courtesy of Netflix.)

Netflix presents Season 3 of Aziz Ansari’s ‘Master of None’

Finding ‘Moments of Love’

‘Moments of Love,’ the third season of the Netflix series ‘Master of None,’ follows a queer Black couple discovering what brings them together, and what pulls them apart. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 3 minute read
The premiere of a Questlove jawn: Sly Stone in ‘Summer of Soul.’ (Image courtesy of Searchlight/Hulu.)

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents SpringFest 2021 at the Bourse

A film festival’s return to the theater

Movie theaters are back, and with them film festivals. The recent PFF SpringFest screened seven films including ‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Meaning of Hitler,’ and ‘Swan Song.’ Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
Discovering themselves through a different lens: the women of ‘ALAS.’ (Image courtesy of PHLAFF.)

PHLAFF presents Llaima Sanfiorenzo’s ‘ALAS’

When did you feel time was running out?

‘ALAS’ (WINGS), a participatory documentary film streaming at this year’s Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, explores life and loss for incarcerated women in Puerto Rico. Cynthia Via reviews.
Cynthia Via

Cynthia Via

Reviews 4 minute read
That feeling of falling in love: Romana Satt and Rosa Ramírez in ‘La Nave Del Olvido.’ (Image courtesy of PHLAFF.)

PHLAFF presents Nicol Ruiz Benavides’s ‘La Nave Del Olvido’

Roads to the heart

‘La Nave Del Olvido,’ getting its Philly premiere at the 2021 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, follows a 70-year-old woman exploring a new love in a small Chilean town. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 3 minute read

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The family antics on ‘The Goldbergs’ make you feel right at home. (Image courtesy of ABC.)

ABC presents season 8 of ‘The Goldbergs’

Jewish in Jenkintown

‘The Goldbergs,’ inspired by the life of Jenkintown native Adam Goldberg and his zany Jewish family, highlights the city of Philadelphia as well as representing the American Jewish experience. Blair Krassen reviews.
Blair Krassen

Blair Krassen

Reviews 4 minute read
At the one and only rehearsal during its first tour in China, Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy and pianist Yin Chengzong (right) review the score of the Yellow River Concerto with an unidentified translator. (Photo courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association Archives.)

PBS presents ‘Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing’

Philadelphians in China

‘Beethoven in Beijing’ follows the Philadelphia musicians who helped open doors between the US and China in the 1970s and beyond, and the artists and leaders of China’s thriving cultural scene today. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 4 minute read