The Institute of Contemporary Art presents Sissel Tolaas: RE_____
Follow your nose
An enigmatic exhibition at Penn’s ICA showcases an ever-present but often underappreciated perception: our sense of smell. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
The Book of I.P., by Chris Courtney Martin
Poetry against the machine
In The Book of I.P., a poetry-and-essay chapbook collection, Philly native Chris Courtney Martin breaks from the strictures of Hollywood to craft a blazing manifesto of art on its own terms. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Quintessence Theatre Group presents Mary Poppins
A jolly holiday
A Mary Poppins for the stage at Quintessence, based on the original stories by P. L. Travers and the 1964 film, marries a book by Julian Fellowes with the original Sherman Brothers music (plus some new songs). Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
Adhyâropa Records presents soma schema from Joshua Stamper and color as time
Schemes for sleepiness
Philly composer/guitarist Joshua Stamper’s new album, soma schema, with his color as time sextet, presents an hour of orchestral easy-listening-meets-jazz-fusion, perfect for cleaning your house to. Aaron Pond reviews.
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BalletX presents its 2022 Fall Series
Ballet for the future
BalletX returns to the Wilma with world premieres by Darrell Grand Moultrie and former BalletX dancer Caili Quan, along with the Philadelphia premiere of Become a Mountain by Justin Peck. Melissa Strong reviews.
AAMP presents Vision & Spirit: African American Art
Quintessential American stories on loan from Bank of America
A spectacular collection of work is on display at AAMP, including Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, and Carrie Mae Weems, thanks to an exhibition loan from Bank of America. Hanae Mason reviews.
PAFA presents Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1776-1976
Then and now, a center for contemporary art
What makes art American? PAFA explores this question in a major exhibition that spans 200 of our artistic years, debuting at home before a national tour. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Art Alliance at UArts presents New Typologies
Our convulsive moment
This interdisciplinary mosaic of work by David Hartt, James Hoff, and Kahlil Robert Irving challenges, interrogates, and transforms visitors at the Art Alliance galleries at UArts. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Gustav Holst’s The Planets
A trip through the solar system
The Philadelphia Orchestra summoned the majesty of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, while remembering the legacy of a departed friend. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
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People’s Light presents Jennifer Childs and Alex Bechtel’s Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto
A land where everything is possible
Alice in Wonderland, the jubilant new holiday panto by Jennifer Childs and Alex Bechtel, engages both our children and our inner child. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.