Spotlighting the Philly creative scene with Anne Ishii
The art of moving and making
Anne Ishii talks hosting the new season of WHYY’s Movers & Makers, translating bara manga, and the power of art that takes its time. Crystal Sparrow profiles.
Painting a new sense of home with artist Erica Harney
Inspiration for the bigger picture
Fine artist and scenic painter Erica Harney digs into a creative life centered around home with paintings of Lansdowne. Dara McBride profiles.
Honoring Jan Krzywicki as a composer, conductor, and teacher
Thirty years of contributions to the community
Network for New Music is honoring Jan Krzywicki, its ensemble conductor for more than 30 years, for his many contributions to the New Music community. David W. Webber profiles.
Music and mentorship to shape youth with Beyond the Bars
Starting off on a good note
The student-driven music and career skills program is solving systemic problems with systemic solutions as it helps youth and young adults in the community. Christina Anthony profiles.
Rachel Pastan talks women in science and her new book In the Field
Getting the science right
Rachel Pastan's book In the Field, her fourth novel, borrows inspiration from pioneer geneticist Barbara McClintock and illuminates women's journeys working in science. Kimberly Haas profiles.
Fashion design, activism through art, and more with Taller Puertorriqueño’s Nasheli Ortiz-González
Fashioning a better future
The new executive director talks about exploring activism through fashion design, her upbringing in Puerto Rico, and leading the future of Taller Puertorriqueño’s community of Puerto Rican artists and activists. Christina Anthony profiles.
Sign up for our newsletter
All of the week's new articles, all in one place. Sign up for the free weekly BSR newsletters, and don't miss a conversation.
BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab supports Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices on the rise
Opening doors for local filmmakers of color
Jared Michael Lowe profiles BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab, its inaugural class, and speaks with founder Maori Karmael Holmes on the evolution of BlackStar.
Talking The Harlem Nutcracker and Echoes with alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw
Composing American history through jazz
Saxophone phenom Jaleel Shaw returns to Philly to celebrate Charlie Parker’s 100th birthday with a performance with the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra. Vena Jefferson profiles.
Marguerite Anglin and the future of Philadelphia public art
Telling the collective Philadelphia story
The new director of public art in the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy wants more public art in the city to reflect more identities. Anndee Hochman profiles.
Raphael Xavier’s Swerve changes direction for Philly’s stigmatized BMX culture
From freeze moves to freeze frames
Hip hop artist Raphael Xavier turns his talents from the dance stage to the screen with production of Swerve: The Movie. In the short film, Xavier plays a BMXer who mentors a teenage rider as they both undergo transformation. Darcy Grabenstein profiles.