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The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 30-December 6, 2022
Holiday festivities, interdisciplinary audio-visual arts, and This Is the Week That Is
December kicks off with plenty of holiday cheer—perfect if you celebrate. And there’s plenty for those who don’t. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gustav Holst’s The Planets
A trip through the solar system
The Philadelphia Orchestra summoned the majesty of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, while remembering the legacy of a departed friend. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Lantern Theater Company presents Marco Ramirez’s The Royale
An emotional punch
Now onstage at the Lantern, The Royale tells the true story of Jack Johnson, who defied Jim Crow laws with his historic boxing career. Gary Day reviews.
The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, November 16-22, 2022
cinéSPEAK, River Devil II, and a Pre-Fost Bloom
Philly-made films, writing with Blue Stoop, a new vast exhibit at the Penn Museum, and a new quartet hits the scene this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Science and Survival at the Science History Institute
Preserving more than just pioneering science
The outdoor exhibition from the Science History Institute presents the story of Georg and Max Bredig, their scientific accomplishments, and their escape from Nazi Germany. Gary Day previews.
Penn Live Arts presents Terence Blanchard and Andrew F. Scott’s Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens
A vision in sound
Gordon Parks: An Empathetic Lens uses music and images to celebrate a legendary artist. Melissa Strong reviews.
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents Karaoke, A Radiant Girl, and America
PJFF celebrates 42 years
The 2022 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates 42 years with screenings at the Weitzman and other venues November 12 through 19. Stephen Silver reviews three picks.
The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, by Isaac Blum
An Orthodox teen in a wider world
Philly author Isaac Blum’s debut YA novel, The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen, follows an Orthodox Jewish teen in a new town for a fully up-to-the minute story of conviction and contradiction. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Brandywine River Museum of Art presents Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art
The wilds beyond Pyle and the Wyeths
A new exhibition from four artists at Brandywine River Museum balances artistry and polemics, merging the nature of the artist with the art of nature. Gail Obenreder reviews.
SHARP Dance Company presents Stories
A revival and a premiere
SHARP Dance Company’s 2022 fall series featured both a revival and a highly anticipated premiere from artistic director Diane Sharp-Nachsin, plus intriguing gender subversions from guest choreographer Joe Cotler. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.