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Collage art centers a Black woman sitting with legs crossed, paint and found objects decorate the canvas all around her.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Portals + Revelations: Richard J. Watson Beyond Realities

Moving through time and space in Black America

AAMP brings us a collection of naturalistic and abstract representations of Black history through illustrations, found objects, collages, and more by artist-in-residence Richard J. Watson. Olivia J. B. Baxter reviews.
Olivia J. B. Baxter

Olivia J. B. Baxter

Reviews 3 minute read
Two people chatting while holding cookware. A table in front of them has more wares for sale. People are gathered behind them

The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia: History, Culture, People, and Ideas, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode

A bridge to Italy

For at least three centuries, Italian culture has been an important part of our region. The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, a new book from Temple University Press, takes a multifaceted look at Philly’s Italian story. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
Michael Ferris’s Rosemarie with Two Cats. A standing naked woman with 2 cats, larger than life, wrought in mosaic-like wood

The Center for Art in Wood presents Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris

Carved with love

Artist Michael Ferris offers an engaging, larger-than-life tribute to loved ones with his intricate wooden sculptures, now on view at Old City’s Center for Art in Wood. Corey Qureshi reviews.
Corey Qureshi

Corey Qureshi

Reviews 3 minute read
A book cover with the 'The Rise' in big, bold font. Bryant appears three times, in two Lakers and Lower Merion jerseys.

The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality by Mike Sielski

Mamba mentality in the city of brotherly love

The new book about the late Kobe Bryant captures his early days, his high school and NBA career, and his achievements and failures with a Philadelphia-centric lens. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
Carpenter is in a well lit workshop room carving details out of a wooden frame.

The James A. Michener Art Museum and Miriam Carpenter present Shaping the Ethereal

Unveiling the hidden complexities around us

Miriam Carpenter’s latest exhibit featuring her sculpture, furniture, prints, and drawings takes a deep look at the importance of technique and labor of art as well as the art itself. Michelle Nugent reviews.
Michelle Nugent

Michelle Nugent

Reviews 2 minute read
Pop up art, features what looks like a family, a parent and a child outside of see-through wall, another person on that side

The Rosenbach presents Medium and Message: The Book Art of Colette Fu and Lothar Meggendorfer

Miniature worlds made of paper

The new exhibit opens visitors up to the world of moveable books from two different time periods: the 19th century and today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
A doorway into a church, with the book title and author name on the top and bottom of the book cover.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Bad mothers learning to be good

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel The School for Good Mothers, Frida’s very bad day results in her child being taken away and Frida sent to a school where mothers must learn to be “good” or lose their children. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

Reviews 4 minute read
The family stands behind "Pop" in what looks like a dining room of a house or restaurant, arms crossed, straight-faced

Gentefied takes an intimate, complex dive into the Latinx family experience

A second season of growth through love, humor, and trauma

Netflix's second season of Gentefied returns with an even more intimate look into the Latinx experience in the US by diving into the topic of undocumented immigrants, deportation, and families being broken apart. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

Reviews 2 minute read
Williams, a Black woman, poses for a portrait style photo, standing near a window letting in a small amount of light.

Rising mezzo-soprano star Chrystal E. Williams makes her PCMS debut

Showing range despite the limits

Chrystal E. Williams made her PCMS recital debut with an intriguing but uneven program. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
Dancers pose, dressed mostly in red with black and red undertones. One dancer is centered, three others are behind her.

PHILADANCO! and the Kimmel Cultural Campus present Fast Forward…to the Future

Celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary

PHILADANCO! returns to honor its 50th anniversary with Fast Forward...to the Future, a celebration that was postponed due to Covid-19. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read