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Woman in green with lavish feather accessories leans intimately on the shoulder of another in gray & black, holding a book

The Barnes Foundation presents Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

Queer context for the early 20th century

With radically sweet images of women and hardly a man in sight, painter Marie Laurencin constructed a world of female friendship, camaraderie, and low-key eroticism, as explored in a new exhibition at the Barnes. K.A. McFadden reviews.
K.A. McFadden

K.A. McFadden

Reviews 4 minute read
Mannequin wears the silky white short-sleeve gown, with giant complex rosettes & luxurious pleated layers on the skirt.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library presents Ann Lowe: American Couturier

Dior and Chanel’s American peer

Ann Lowe, a Black American designer, should have been as famous as the 20th-century French couturiers who are household names today. A new exhibition at Winterthur charts her remarkable sartorial journey. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 7 minute read
McCall, in tan tank & shoes; Wallace, in long black priest’s robe; & Lallie, in bright patterned tribal garment, sit on boxes

EgoPo Classic Theater and Abrahamse and Meyer Productions present Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs

Still ahead of her time

EgoPo Classic Theater opens a season of international perspectives with Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs, co-produced by South Africa’s Abrahamse and Meyer Productions. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 4 minute read
Rorem, an elderly white man in a blue button-down, reclines contemplatively in a chair, cane in one hand.

Lyric Fest presents Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen

Cycle of life

Lyric Fest celebrated the centennial of composer Ned Rorem with a rare complete performance of Evidence of Things Not Seen. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

Reviews 3 minute read
A substantial, dynamic yellow-eyed panther in nuanced shades of black collage, with a black bird on its back.

Woodmere Art Museum presents Barbara Bullock: Fearless Vision

A pioneering artist, activist, and teacher

Works by Philadelphia artist Barbara Bullock are dancing right off the walls at the Woodmere Art Museum in an enthralling retrospective that explores the intersection of Bullock’s studio art with her work as an educator. Emily Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read
Forcella, in blue-green geometric-pattern leotard, poses on one toe with her face & other limbs drawing gracefully upward

BalletX presents its 2023 Fall Series, featuring Jamar Roberts, Jennifer Archibald, and Matthew Neenan

Cheering for another series

In its 2023 Fall Series, BalletX presents Eros & Psyche by Jamar Roberts, Exalt by Jennifer Archibald, and the world premiere of Siete by Matthew Neenan. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read

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Wright, in a white-button down, looks confused. He stands outdoors, in front of a house with white stairs and railings.

The 2023 Philadelphia Film Festival opens with American Fiction and Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School

Two fine films kick off the Philly fest

The Philadelphia Film Society presents the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival, with producer John Legend attending the premieres of American Fiction and Stand Up & Shout: Sounds from a Philly High School. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 4 minute read
Yellowed original typed document with “demonstrate” written at top and location & time below in black, with peace signs.

The National Constitution Center presents its new First Amendment Gallery

The authors of democracy

The National Constitution Center’s newest permanent gallery, all about the First Amendment, brings core American freedoms to life as we continue to shape them today. Pamela J. Forsythe visits.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
On a plush blue chaise under blue lights, Ladd, in shirt, pants & suspenders, yells at curly-haired Niebauer, who leans away

Quintessence Theatre Group presents Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit

An eternity of being known

Quintessence Theatre Group conjures a classic vision of hell with Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit in a new translation by Alex Burns. Kiran Pandey reviews.
Kiran Pandey

Kiran Pandey

Reviews 4 minute read
Grande poses flamboyantly in front of the dancing ensemble, in black stiletto boots, stockings & garters, and rainbow corset

Bucks County Playhouse presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

Let’s do the Time Warp again

Peripatetic reality star Frankie Grande takes center stage in this new revival of The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

Reviews 2 minute read