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Close-up of hooks speaking out to an audience holding a microphone. Image is in black and white.

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, January 25-31, 2023

Prints honoring bell hooks, more Lunar New Year festivities, film screenings, and more

This week features an exhibit inspired by bell hooks’ poetry, film screenings featuring stories from Iranian and Iraqi perspectives, a play on Jewish emigration in the early 90s, and the Lunar New Year vibrations continue. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Bechdel in a suit jacket looks over her shoulder at the camera, pencil in hand, comic panels on a wall in front of her.

PBS presents Vivian Kleiman’s No Straight Lines

Documenting the history and future of queer comics

The documentary film chronicles the timeline of queer comics, from Mary Wings to contemporary artists today. Kathryn Smith Pyle previews.
Kathryn Smith Pyle

Kathryn Smith Pyle

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Scallen, Finister, and Robbins pose backstage, standing on a spiral staircase.

1812 Productions and Jennifer Childs present Broads

Legendary “naughty” comedy

1812 Productions presents Broads, a hit cabaret that celebrates the bawdiest, boldest, and funniest ladies of the 1920s through the 1960s. Kiran Pandey previews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

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Lewis, a Black man, in character in uniform. Sits at a desk, his hands folded looking on, a US flag behind him.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play

Marching against racism

Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes a look at racism in the US from 40 years before it—and remains relevant 40 years after it. David Block previews.
David Block

David Block

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Three Black women dancers in reddish gold leotards leap in unison against a red backdrop.

The Weekly BSR Arts and Culture Roundup, January 18-24

Dancing all night at PLA, Lunar New Year, and more cultural festivities

The upcoming week features offerings from Simpatico, the Weitzman, Penn Live Arts, Penn Museum, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Old, weathered paper with handwriting in Czech.

BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023, Part 2

An overflow of music—and a little mystery, too

Gail Obenreder rounds up even more January classical music offerings in and around the city.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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A person dressed in a beige suit sits in a chair by a CRT TV with a white screen, a plant in the dimly lit background

Opera Philadelphia presents David T. Little’s Black Lodge

Accepting your dark side

Opera Philadelphia brings its dark existential opera film to theaters this weekend. C. M. Crockford previews.
C.M. Crockford

C.M. Crockford

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An image of MLK is projected on a screen behind a band on stage, a crowd watching them in a well-lit hall

The Weekly BSR Arts and Culture Roundup, January 11-17, 2023

Revisiting the blueprint for MLK Day

Kyle V. Hiller rounds up MLK Day events in the Philly area.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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CG still from ‘Encanto’ with main character Maribel centered—wearing glasses and floral print top, outdoor backdrop.

The BSR January 2023 movie repertory roundup

Stanley Kubrick, Do the Right Thing on MLK Day, and the best 100 films ever?

Stephen Silver rounds up a robust movie screenings list to kick off the new year.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Previews 7 minute read
Four players outside with cello and violins—Three laughing looking at each other, with one player smiling towards the camera

BSR Classical Music Interludes: January 2023

Classical music to start the new year right

Gail Obenreder previews this month’s upcoming classical music performances in the area, with offerings from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Artcinia, and more.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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