Passyunk Ave street sign, centered at a distance. A bed of colorful flowers in the foreground—buildings, blue sky in backdrop

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, July 11-17, 2024

Barnes on the Block, Italian summer on Passyunk, and Astral Mixtape

Barnes on the Block returns, take an Italian summer stroll on Passyunk Ave, and a variety of offerings from DVAA, ICA, Astral Artists, and DANCE IQUAIL! Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Hundreds of people, many holding handmade signs, rally on a June day on the steps of the pillared Hamilton Hall building.

A UArts student speaks: “It’s clear that I’ll have to settle, no matter where I go.”

A young writer promises that his school’s demise won’t silence his craft.

Jay Clark was a rising junior at UArts and this year’s winner of the school’s Creative Writing Poetry Prize. On May 31, he got a tuition bill. The same day, news broke of the school’s closure. What’s next for him and hundreds of others?

Jay Clark

Essays 5 minute read
A stylized woman sits in a chair next to a large flower bouquet, a book in her lap and her cheek leaning on one hand.

The Barnes Foundation presents Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at The Barnes

The OGS of their genres

A new exhibition from the Barnes draws on the best of the foundation’s extensive collection of works by Matisse and Renoir, and places them in conversation with each other. K.A. McFadden reviews.
K.A. McFadden

K.A. McFadden

Reviews 4 minute read
A small crowd of people move around outside the lit-up marquee of the Alamo Drafthouse entrance.

Alamo Drafthouse theaters have a new owner. It’s time for them to come to Philly.

The need for screens

The popular Austin-based movie-theater chain Alamo Drafthouse (recently acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment) has spread to cities across the country, but never to Philly. Stephen Silver asks if it’s time to change that.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Essays 3 minute read
Exhibit view: signage about medical racism on green walls, with a tall wooden cabinet of medical specimens at right.

The Mütter Museum presents its Postmortem Project exhibition

Exhuming the past, examining the future

With its Postmortem Project exhibition, the Mütter Museum continues a fraught but necessary process to evaluate and present its collections in line with modern medical, legal, and ethical standards. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A triptych piece within a wooden frame has hands of different skin tones reaching and interacting, two in the center touching

National Liberty Museum presents In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation

An all-American sculptural showcase

Seven artists and two guest curators offer gorgeous and searing expressions of their American experiences in a satisfying and thought-provoking exhibition at Independence Mall’s National Liberty Museum. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read
Samuel, a white man seen in profile from over his shoulder, looks thoughtfully out on a city street.

The hardest thing about stuttering isn’t stuttering at all: it’s how people react to it.

If I want your help, I’ll ask.

Samuel Dunsiger has a speech disability, but the hardest part about talking to others isn't his stuttering; it's the assumptions people make.
Samuel Dunsiger

Samuel Dunsiger

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Seen from behind, a bald Black man in a suit jacket looks at a wall of many Dox Thrash portraits.

AAMP Presents IMPRINT: Dox Thrash Black Life, and American Culture

Remembering a revelatory Philadelphia artist

Dox Thrash, the Georgia-born artist who settled in Philadelphia and invented a whole new method of printmaking, gets an important new show at AAMP. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Acrylic on canvas painting, a young woman to the right, painted in blue and black. Lined paper figurine cutouts on the left

The Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts Philadelphia present Visions

An exhibition for restorative justice

The Barnes and Mural Arts’ Visions opens this week featuring artworks from system-impacted young people in southeast Pennsylvania. Cass Lewis previews.
Cass Lewis

Cass Lewis

Previews 3 minute read
A gold, slender halter-style dress with a long, delicate pleated skirt and opulent beaded bodice in muted purple and blue.

Drexel University presents Modern Ritual: The Art of Mary McFadden

A “design archeologist” arrives at Drexel

Globetrotting fashion designer Mary McFadden’s archive is now housed at Drexel’s Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, and its first exhibition there offers a tantalizing glimpse of her world. Wendy Univer reviews.
Wendy Univer

Wendy Univer

Reviews 5 minute read
In a cozy, warmly lit cabin living room, Strathairn stands at center and the others sit or lie on couches and chairs.

People’s Light presents Joseph Dougherty’s Off By One

Off by some

Off By One, a world premiere at People’s Light about a writer and the impact of his work, featuring TV and film star David Strathairn, feels stuck in the draft stage. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Outside a movie theater, a large, inflated ‘blob’ stands behind the ‘Colonial’ theater sign. A crowd is outside the theater

The BSR July 2024 repertory movie roundup

Blobfest, the Before Trilogy, and more

Hit the cinemas with Philadelphia Film Society’s Summer of Trilogies, four Hitchcock film seminars, and the 25th annual Blobfest. Stephen Silver previews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 4 minute read
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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, July 4-10, 2024

Swiftly as a Thought, Entre Dos Palmas, Embodied Sound and The Earth Has A Fever

A handful of exhibits open in the city this weekend, along with outdoor summer concerts, First Friday at the Barnes, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare did it first

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival brings a thrillingly modern tenor to The Merry Wives of Windsor, which comes to life with musical verve and comic effervescence. Kiran Pandey reviews.
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Kiran Pandey

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2 dancers on the floor reach to clasp the other’s hand. At right, one lies on her back, balancing another on her arms & legs

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and Yu.S.Artistry present Two Worlds

Contemporary dance, worlds apart

A split bill from Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company and Yu.S.Artistry titled Two Worlds offered strikingly different styles of contemporary dance, from folklore and fantasy to urgent real-world tragedy. Melissa Strong reviews.
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Melissa Strong

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Six dancers of different races and genders sit slouch on the floor around a table of boxes, pretending to eat morning cereal

Philadelphia Dance Projects presents Lily Kind’s I’ve got a tape I wanna play

As much fun as you can have in an hour of dance

Lily Kind brought her puckish humor to the Philadelphia Dance Projects with a new hour-long show, I’ve got a tape I wanna play, which builds on the star quality and choreographic elements of her previous work. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
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Camille Bacon-Smith

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Rehearsal photo. A dancer stands on hands and head, her legs pointed out opposite directions. Dancers behind her also pose

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 27-July 2, 2024

A Pride Month finale, A Shout from the Bones, RiverFest and more

A Pride dance party at the PMA, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and company dance at the Performance Garage, and Glen Foerd hosts its annual RiverFest. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Kyle V. Hiller

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O'Hanlon-Rodriguez in performance, in cowboy attire, steps onto stage in front of the audience, their face wide with exclaim

Studio 34 presents She Was A Conquistawhore

Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez is taking their land back

Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez’s She Was A Conquistawhore at Studio 34 Yoga is a performance that asks how do we heal from the erasure of identity. Erin Dohony previews.
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BSR Classical Interludes, June 27-July 14, 2024

Convoco, Sunday Serenades, Orchestra in the Garden, and more

Kick off summer with classical music from new choral ensemble Convoco, PAFA’s Sunday Serenades, and outdoor concerts from Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and more. Gail Obenreder previews.
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Gail Obenreder

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A tea party in an ornately draped tent of lace, with one guest who has a giant pink rose instead of a face.

The BSR Podcast, season 8, episode 9: talking with John Jarboe about her new Rose Garden

A stage show about gender becomes an installation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

BSR Podcast host Darnelle Radford sits down with cabaret star John Jarboe, whose latest show has become an alluring installation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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The BSR Podcast, season 8, episode 9: talking with playwright Roger Q. Mason about The Duat

Go behind the scenes of Philadelphia Theatre Company's latest world premiere

BSR Podcast host Darnelle Radford sits down with playwright Roger Q. Mason, whose play The Duat gets its world premiere in PTC's season closer.
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A large audience at City Hall area, most with foldable chairs, a lone singer at the stage, overcast but bright

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, June 20-26, 2024

Big Picture Film Fest, Re-Emancipation of Social Dance, Black Swan, and more

Free opera at Dilworth Park, Chocolate Ballerina and Intercultural Journeys dance it out, and a youth-focused film festival at the Free Library populate the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
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Kyle V. Hiller

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