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Book cover, title imposed over photo of Smith, leaning forward with a smoldering, skeptical look.

Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes, by Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. speaks

Longtime Philly sports columnist Stephen A. Smith went from The Inquirer to the airwaves of ESPN, and his new memoir details a fascinating life. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
8 paired dancers, men lifting women, flank another pair in front, the woman, in pink, posing en pointe with the man.

Dance Theatre of Harlem presents premieres by William Forsythe and Robert Garland

Dance to take you higher

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to Penn Live Arts with the world premiere of William Forsythe’s Blake Works IV (The Barre Project) and the Philly premiere of Robert Garland’s Higher Ground, set to music by Stevie Wonder. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Nine cast members stand in a balanced arrangement facing the audience, on a wooden dais stage with low steps.

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Clifford Odets’s Waiting for Lefty

Unite or die

Clifford Odets’s pro-labor drama remains relevant, despite a clumsily didactic production by Quintessence Theatre Group. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
In profile, a chunky sculpture in beige tones of a nonplussed woman holding a baby with a man’s face in her large hands

The Clay Studio presents Figuring Space

An American self-portrait

A new sculpture exhibition at the Clay Studio features diverse artists from across the country whose figurative works demand a deeper look. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Four people, 2 white and 2 Black, face different directions in an opulent, high-ceilinged room with a candle chandelier

Theatre in the X and EgoPo Classic Theater present Langston Hughes’s The Ways of White Folks

Philly’s own Renaissance

Theatre in the X and EgoPo's immersive adaptation of The Ways of White Folks, a classic Langston Hughes story collection, deserves the buzz it’s been getting at Glen Foerd mansion. Jeannine Cook reviews.
Jeannine A. Cook

Jeannine A. Cook

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Scan of 1786 newspaper ad for concerts at City Tavern, detailing a musical program and subscriber policies in funny old text

Main Line Early Music presents The Publick Pleasure: Music of 18th-Century Philadelphia

The tunes of the Revolution

Philadelphia has a thriving and innovative musical scene, but that’s nothing new as The Publick Pleasure proved at a Main Line Early Music concert highlighting favorites of the 18th century that are almost unknown today. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Gallery view: gray floor, a brick column, an orange wall, goofy blue ducks, a bright flower-vase still-life, a collage & more

UArts’s Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery presents Alex Da Corte’s The Street

An enigmatic trip

Expect the unexpected at a colorful and challenging new solo exhibition from internationally known interdisciplinary artist Alex Da Corte, a Camden native and UArts grad. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read
11 snapshots of people in the 90s taped haphazardly to white cardboard; yellowing tape pieces mark many missing photos.

William Way LGBT Community Center presents Selections from the Archives: Rami George

The truth about family photos

This look at the William Way archives from Rami George highlights the artist's knack for curating material objects, which take on a fresh, interactive meaning in this gallery. Jake Foster reviews.
Jake Foster

Jake Foster

Reviews 3 minute read
NJ Symphony performance: Trifonov in the fore at the grand piano, Zhang at the podium, arms uplifted & the orchestra around

The New Jersey Symphony presents Daniil Trifonov Performs Brahms

Pure music

Star soloist Daniil Trifonov brought lyricism and weight to Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto in the New Jersey Symphony’s first concert program of 2023. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
The cover: black & white photo of small boy in a police uniform holding a protest sign; title in yellow block at bottom right

Reforming Philadelphia, 1682-2022, by Richardson Dilworth

The three hundred years’ war

What makes city reform possible, and how did we achieve it in the past? A new book on the history of Philly’s political reforms explains, and argues, we’re on the cusp of another cycle of change. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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