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A model design, abstract figure art, a knitted piece of fabric, and oil painting line up in a collage

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, October 26-November 1, 2023

HearTOGETHER, Nosferatu, Día de los Muertos, and new exhibits at ArtYard

Philadelphia Orchestra’s podcast returns, a not-so-silent performance of Nosferatu, spoken word in Old City, and three dreamy exhibitions open at ArtYard. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
17 orchestra musicians surround Holloway, a Black woman, singing at center stage in a black skirt and top.

Talking with Matthew Koveal and Marjorie Goldberg of the No Name Pops about their October 28 debut, Let’s Groove Tonight: Motown and the Philly Sound

“We want to be led by musicians”

The No Name Pops, a new nonprofit orchestra featuring musicians formerly of the Philly POPS, gets its debut with some special guests in a Saturday, October 28, concert at the Kimmel Cultural Campus’s Verizon Hall. Leaders speak with Thomas Hagen.
Thomas Hagen

Thomas Hagen

Previews 5 minute read
One performer is on the stage floor, another on top of them in their lap, and a third stands in front on a mobile phone call

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, October 19-25, 2023

The Journey, Nefesh Mountain, and writing through heartbreak with Arriel Vinson

Movie screenings from BlackStar Projects, examining climate systems at the Parkway, Jewish bluegrass and Americana at the Weitzman, and more highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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A closeup shot of the keys on an organ

BSR Classical Music Interludes, October 2023, part 2

Organ enthusiasts, rejoice!

Gail Obenreder previews the second half of October’s classical music performances, including events for devotees of the organ at Longwood Gardens and Kimmel Cultural Campus.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Previews 5 minute read
An oil on canvas colonial portrait of William Penn, portrayed in a suit of armor

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, October 12-18, 2023

Espacio Común, walking with Billy Penn, Korean Festival, and more

The week has us taking long walks in the city, contemplating community art, celebrating Korean culture, and replying to violence. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Michele and Shelton, two Black women, on stage. They stand by podiums with buzzers and a lit screen with game show elements

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, October 5-11, 2023

Indigenous Peoples Day, Fall Market, Camden Rep's Child Support, and more

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with FRIEDA and Bartram’s Garden, see Camden Rep’s latest play, and contemplate the birds this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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Rainey with another dance partner in mid move, holding them up in a rehearsal space.

Performance Garage presents When Yesterday Meets Tomorrow: Being Black in Ballet Today

Dancing into the conversation

Performance Garage presents a free panel discussion on being Black in ballet with 2023-2024 DanceVisions resident artist Meredith Rainey, choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans, and founder of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet Theresa Ruth Howard. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Profiles 4 minute read

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Book cover. Yellow title text with floral illustrations intertwined w/ text against solid blue background, review quote atop

This Terrible True Thing, by Jenny Laden

A visual look at the AIDS epidemic

Jenny Laden’s new young adult novel captures the AIDS epidemic, shock and isolation, and more through a 17-year-old’s voice and drawings in 1990s Philadelphia. Wendy Univer previews.
Wendy Univer

Wendy Univer

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The four in the ensemble pose outside in a public-park-like daylit area, wearing all black, holding wind instruments

BSR Classical Music Interludes, October 2023

Rigoletto, Immortal Back, La Serenata, and more

The first half of October features performances by OperaDelaware, Choral Arts, Lyric Fest, Piffaro, and Delaware Symphony. Gail Obenreder previews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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A group of dancers entangled together, their faces hidden by their bodies, a cloudy backdrop and bubbles in front

Silvana Cardell brings Disposable Bodies to the Wilma Theater

A look at the traumas behind immigration through dance

Argentine American choreographer and 2022 Guggenheim recipient Silvana Cardell brings her latest dance-theater work, Disposable Bodies, to the Wilma Theater for four performances this weekend. Carolyn Merritt previews.
Carolyn Merritt

Carolyn Merritt

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