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The museum’s boxy brick façade, with white trim. In front, a protestor holds a sign reading “this museum hosts facists”

“Meeting them where they are”: Museum of the American Revolution CEO on Moms for Liberty booking

Locals continue to rally against welcoming a “hate group”

Last week, the Museum of the American Revolution hosted a screening of Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia while protestors of an upcoming Moms for Liberty party at the museum gathered outside. Alaina Johns was there.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
The boxy, white-trimmed brick exterior and entry plaza at the museum on a sunny summer day.

Why are the Philly Marriott and Museum of the American Revolution opening their doors to Moms for Liberty?

Many in Philly say no to hosting “anti-government extremists”

The Philly Marriott and Museum of the American Revolution are drawing criticism for hosting the anti-government, anti-education, anti-LGBTQ+ nonprofit Moms for Liberty. It’s not just a difference of opinion. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
A multiracial group of 10 GPCA advocates hold signs supporting arts funding outside of Philly’s City Hall.

Arts advocates rally again to fight proposed cuts to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund

“Dare to imagine” what arts funding can do

In Fiscal Year 2023, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund received $5.5 million in city funding—a lifeline for 275 PCF grantees this year (including BSR). But the mayor’s 2024 budget proposes a $2 million cut. We speak with GPCA CEO Patricia Wilson Aden.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Nézet-Séguin passionately conducts Trifonov on a gleaming grand piano, with orchestra members around them.

Are Philly arts-goers incapable of silencing their phones?

Even Yannick has had it.

At last week’s Philadelphia Orchestra concert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was so frustrated by repeatedly ringing phones that he stopped the music. What’s behind the growing smartphone scourge? Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
McAdams, with frosted feathery hair, stands by Fortson, with dark hair & a blue cardigan, looking uncomfy & embarrassed

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, the movie, joins a modern movement for lifelong sex ed

Reading is a human right

A fairly faithful adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic 1970 novel is hitting theaters. It expands the stories of three generations of women, reminding us that it’s not just tweens who are in transition. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 5 minute read
Looking up, a view of a tree full of pinkish white frothy-looking cherry blossoms, with blue sky behind them.

This April, help autistic people by promoting acceptance, not awareness

A new adage for April

Because of inaccurate and stigmatizing “autism awareness” campaigns, it took writer and educator Bridget Scanlan a long time to learn that she herself is autistic. Now, she advocates a new paradigm of acceptance.
Bridget Scanlan

Bridget Scanlan

Essays 5 minute read
Photo of a person completely wrapped in a peach & blue colored blanket, lying on a city sidewalk next to a postal service bin

Do we need a child’s humanity to see unhoused people?

Everyone was seven once

Anndee Hochman remembers her daughter’s childhood in a home that was open to others who needed it. But eventually, the little girl asks: who is that person on the street?
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read
Seen in profile, a little girl in a play dress and bobbed hair stands on the shore of a lake using a kid-sized fishing rod.

As a young trans woman, I honor my inner child by being true to myself today

Giving myself a girlhood

Joan Rittberg grew up as a boy, but from the time she was a teenager, she knew something wasn’t right. Now, instead of wishing she had transitioned earlier, she focuses on loving the woman she is today.
Joan Rittberg

Joan Rittberg

Essays 5 minute read
Makoto, an Asian man, kneels and flamboyantly holds out a plate to Claire, a white woman, in front of their large beige couch

Philadelphia Theatre Company's Empathitrax is an unrealistic and irresponsible portrayal of mental illness

Spreading the anguish

The regional premiere of Empathitrax, now onstage at Suzanne Roberts, deals in troubling tropes of depression without preparing its audience. Alaina Johns considers.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Editorials 6 minute read
Seen from above, tiny brown poodle wears a purple coat, standing on leash with two polka-dot boots visible at bottom of frame

Puppies, love, and chocolate: how to live on life’s knife edge

Love here, love now

Anndee Hochman was never a dog person … until her daughter brought home a poodle puppy who got into the chocolate. How do we live and love when catastrophe is always waiting?
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read