Dear BSR Subscriber,
Welcome to the latest exclusive monthly tips for our subscribers!
Alaina and BSR writer Emily Schilling visit a painting that MIGHT be by Modigliani at last month's Barnes press preview.
It's time for our monthly BSR in the Wild update! The first Friday of every month we bring you our hottest tips on what's on our radar, through three sections: Find Us!, Neil's Nod of the Month, and Recommended Reading.
Find Us! is exclusive subscriber tips on which events and exhibitions our staff is heading to in the coming month.
Neil's Nod of the Month is a look forward to the upcoming BSR stories or reviews I'm most excited to read.
And finally, Recommended Reading is a quick, subscribers-only tip to contextualize the work we have coming up, placing upcoming articles in dialogue with past stories, because our arts and culture scene is an ongoing citywide conversation.
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We're all catching some exciting programming.
a hit dog will holler
WHEN: Running November 2-20, 2022
WHERE: Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake
WHY: BSR editor Alaina is interested in stories that tackle the lines between activism online and more traditional kinds of mobilization. Many people, due to a range of challenges and disabilities, do amazing work through the tool of the Internet (including activist Alice Wong, whose debut memoir, Year of the Tiger, Alaina is currently reading). Where does this Azuka production land?
Point of Entry x Safe Horizon AT
WHEN: November 4 - December 3, 2022
WHERE: Wanderlife Gallery
WHY: This show popped up because I live near Wanderlife, which feels tucked away in South Philly. The works speak to trauma, but the organizers are going above merely exhibiting on heir walls: they've partnered with the non-profit Safe Haven that legally and therapeutically helps victims of crimes.
Philly Zine Fest
WHEN: November 5, 2022
WHERE: Mitten Hall at Temple University
WHY: I'm personally fond of DIY movements like zines and am curious how they play off of contemporary media trends. Philly has, in my recent years, proven to be fertile ground for zinemakers -- I've seen them at house concerts, at art shops, and in independent bookstores.
'Reservation Dogs' star Sarah Podemski will be at the Weitzman this month! Alaina is going to check out the conversation.
Conversation with Sarah Podemski
WHEN: November 10, 2022
WHERE: Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
WHY: Alaina loves the television show Reservation Dogs, which Podemski (seen above) stars in. This event looks to be a fascinating insight into the intersection of Indigenous and Jewish experiences and how representation of women plays into Podemski's perspective.
FIND WRITER STEPHEN SILVER
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
WHEN: November 11, 2022
WHERE: Movie theaters throughout the area
WHY: BSR writer Stephen Silver reminds us that the long-awaited second Black Panther film arrives just over two years after the death of original star Chadwick Boseman from cancer. Like the first, it's directed by Ryan Coogler, who made the great Philadelphia film Creed.
WHEN: November 2-11, 2022
WHERE: Academy of Music
WHY: Steve knows that a lot of big Broadway shows come through town as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia series, but it's hard to think of a recent one where there was a greater temptation to sing along. The show arrives in town within days of the 10th anniversary of the movie version, although at the Academy, you won't have to hear Russell Crowe try to sing.
Neil's nod of the month:
Alaina and Kyle gave me a peek at the October editorial calendar, and I am particularly excited for a piece by Emily Savidge. She's interviewed three immigrants to Philadelphia and explored where the American Dream stands today. My father was an immigrant, and so I'm always intrigued to hear other stories by those who chose to come to this country. Previously for us, Savidge has written about the Philadelphia-themed restaurant named for Passyunk Avenue in London.
New name, new outlook
The 42nd Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival kicks off on November 19. As we collectively examine the history and experiences of Jews in America, I'm reminded of how Philadelphia proudly showcases the Jewish experience, onscreen and off. BSR Writer Marta Rusek, in a piece last year about the PJFF, noted that "Jewish storytelling is vital."
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