Jaime Santoro and the magical children of Philadelphia Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Setting the stage for the children
Camille Bacon-Smith sits with faculty member and children’s ballet stager Jaime Santoro on staging The Nutcracker and teaching children how to perform.
Capturing the magic of the real world with Stephanie Feldman and Saturnalia
Casting spells with a witchy woman
Feldman's new speculative novel is a haunting, magical glimpse into the very near future. Michelle Nugent profiles.
Da Vinci Art Alliance presents Reimagining Monoliths
Picturing Philly’s educational and social landscape
Philadelphia native Mike Smaczylo wants to build a different future for education and the city's residents. Christina Anthony profiles.
Da Vinci Art Alliance presents Shwarga Bhattacharjee’s When the Subaltern Speaks
Introspection through the immigrant lens
Shwarga Bhattacharjee’s new exhibition at DVAA explores the immigrant experience through paintings, illustrations, and sculptures. Christina Anthony profiles.
Remembering home, history, and culture with Brandon Leung and Baisun
Scents that reconnect
Baisun Candle Company founder Brandon Leung finds inspiration in trips to Philadelphia’s H Mart and memories of Hong Kong summers. Dara McBride profiles.
Bringing the world to Philadelphia for 50 years with Randy Swartz
Honoring the dance presenter, and dancing with 'Alice'
Dance presenter F. Randolph Swartz retired in 2020, and Penn Live Arts finally gets the chance to honor his work and contributions to the city. Camille Bacon-Smith profiles.
Tempesta di Mare presents On Tour from Dresden
20 years a tempo and counting
Gail Obenreder looks at Tempesta di Mare as they celebrate their 20th anniversary and debut On Tour from Dresden, a film about their March 2022 Germany tour.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and guiding the next generation of dancers
Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa talks with Camille Bacon-Smith about returning to the stage as a mentor for this year’s BalletX choreographic fellow Tsai Hsi Hung.
Elliah Heifetz presents First Generation American
Folk music for the modern age
Elliah Heifetz skillfully satirizes what it means to be an American in his modern folk album First Generation American. Blair Krassen previews.
Lightbox Film Center and the importance of film preservation
Reviving films and preserving their history
The center’s new preservation program kicks off with the premiere of a never-before-seen cut of Wayne Wang’s Life is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is Expensive. KC Wingert profiles.