Philly’s Protect the Artist protestors take their demands to the Walnut’s opening night
A new opening scene
After a summer of protest and invitations to dialogue that went ignored by the Walnut Street Theatre, Protect the Artist organizers took their message to the Walnut’s 2021 opening night. Wendy Rosenfield was there.
Philadelphia rally speakers warn that the battle for abortion rights is coming to Pennsylvania
Reproductive justice matters to our cultural sector
All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, taking up cases including one that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. What does Philly think about that? Alaina Johns attended the rally.
After years of writing from trauma, I’m choosing joy
Why do you want to amplify my voice?
After two long summers and many challenging writing sessions in between, Kyle V. Hiller contemplates how trauma-inspired work is no longer his cup of tea.
Who decides on the outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art?
The right steps for our public spaces
As new plans for a people-friendly Parkway roll out, the Philadelphia Museum of Art remains an important part of Philly’s public space—but do the people on the outside matter? Camille Bacon-Smith considers.
After a summer of solo adventures, I learned how good it can be to go it alone
Why I’m not waiting for you
In a world that expects everyone to travel in pairs, going out alone is a refreshing and important way to reframe your relationship to yourself—and others. Alaina Johns wanders.
As a theater critic, I’m prioritizing coverage of events that require Covid vaccination for all
Getting back to the theater, as safely as possible
As companies in Philadelphia and beyond prepare for a return to in-person performances, theater and music critic Cameron Kelsall knows vaccines are the key to safety, even amidst the Delta surge.
Repairing the world takes all kinds of builders, including the ones with words
The tools of tikkun olam
A volunteer stint repairing a Germantown row house reprises Anndee Hochman’s teenage impulse to wield a hammer in lieu of words, and reminds her that all tools can both create and destroy.
When white people hear racist comments from fellow travelers, how should they respond?
Bigotry in the air
When a stranger shares racist views with you, how do you respond, especially if you’re stuck in the next seat? Roz Warren considers.
From Islamabad to Santa Fe: Finding the elegance in my difference
Ready for my next leap
Shaheer Naveed is BSR’s summer 2021 intern. He remembers what he learned about fitting in during his first trip to the United States from his home in Pakistan.
Witnessing the Impact: What will post-pandemic life be like for disabled people?
A world not built for me—until now?
BSR is partnering with the Witnessing the Impact of COVID-19 in Disabled People’s Lives archive project. Writer, educator, and disability self-advocate Katie Samson asks whether we’ll keep considering accessibility when the pandemic wanes.