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Black & white photo of the orchestra, with Stokowski on a podium at center, posing onstage with audience on risers behind.

The Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s archives get a new home at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Preserving Philly’s classical musical heritage

A beautiful but inaccessible room at the Academy of Music housed almost 200 years of Philly cultural history. Now, the Philadelphia Orchestra teams with Penn Libraries to give the archives a new home. Margaret Darby visits.
Margaret Darby

Margaret Darby

Features 4 minute read
Aerial photo of Philly’s center city skyscrapers, with a mellow blue sky and the setting sun glinting off the buildings.

Three immigrants to Philadelphia share their journeys, and what the city means to them

“What is Philadelphia?”

As we continue to welcome buses of asylum-seekers from Texas, we know immigrant communities are vital to Philly. Emily Savidge speaks with three people who came here from very different parts of the world. What does Philly mean to them?
Emily Savidge

Emily Savidge

Features 5 minute read
A monitor in an abandoned room shows a video still of twins, the image distorted to look like water and double exposure.

The POOL: A Social History of Segregation exhibit emerges from adversity

Taking a deeper sort of dive

POOL: A Social History of Segregation, an exhibit at the Fairmount Water Works, opens next week after having been delayed by flooding from Hurricane Ida. Anndee Hochman previews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Previews 3 minute read
Two women sit next to each other. One has a dress w/ floral accents & a phone; the other is in casual clothes reading a book

The Weekly Roundup, March 2-9

Sisterhood Sit-in, Everyday Futures, and TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever

Theatre Horizon hosts James Ijames’s TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, Harriett’s Bookshop trolleys to Black women-owned businesses, and the future of South Philly highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A smiling outdoor selfie of the three walkers. They are white and have short gray hair. Bare winter trees are behind them

What Walk Around Philadelphia taught me about our city’s borders—and my own

Here, there, home

Anndee Hochman’s Walk Around Philadelphia began as a refuge from the first year of the pandemic, but as her route continued into 2022, she remembered that living in Philly is a lifetime of crossings.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Essays 5 minute read
Cappard, a Black woman, poses for a portrait sitting in a well-lit room with bookshelves behind her.

Opening the doors and turning the pages with Books & Bagels founder Ellen Cappard

A new page for Wilmington booklovers

The new Books & Bagels offers a curated selection and space for community with help from a community launchpad in Wilmington. Dara McBride profiles.

Dara McBride

Profiles 3 minute read
Brown, a Black woman, and Goraczko, a white man, look towards each other in a well-lit room, art canvases are around them.

The Weekly Roundup, September 29-October 5

Mural Arts Month, Philadelphia Orchestra, WHITE, and the Virtual Latino Arts Festival

Celebrating and meditating on mural art, Our City, Your Orchestra returns, and James Ijames's WHITE is presented by Villanova Theatre. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
A wall with decorative artifacts and framed b&w illustrations of various insects populate a wall with its own grass frame.

Philly Fringe 2021: It Gets Worse But Then... Theatre Company presents FOUND

Fairies hidden in plain sight

A scavenger hunt of sorts, FOUND encourages you to wander down Philadelphia side streets—or navigate an interactive Google map from home—to discover a world of the fae. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Three violin players seem to be running and playing through a small crowd in what looks like a brightly lit museum space

The Weekly Roundup, September 22-28

YallaPunk and Arab.AMP’s JAM3A, Penn Live Arts, 'Black Panther,' and the Delaware Korean Festival

A collaborative music festival from YallaPunk, Penn Live Arts opens its new season, Black Panther screens with an orchestra, and more this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 3 minute read
A group of dancers pose, all in white. Everyone has umbrellas, one of them is open. The Ben Franklin bridge is behind them.

The return of AMM & DCO's The Umbrella Dance

Umbrellas, art, and dance at the Dickinson Square Farmers’ Market

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) performs its signature Umbrella Dance this weekend. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 3 minute read