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Leonard Pearlstein Gallery presents Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in the Age of Pandemic

Our long breathless moment

Lastgaspism, a new exhibition at Drexel’s Pearlstein gallery, explores breath and life in a time full of new fears for both. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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A dance ensemble of nine women in short black costumes pose together, facing front with one arm outstretched.

Project Moshen presents Woman

Girl power in dance

Project Moshen, Philadelphia’s all-female jazz dance company, presents Woman, a reimagining of its 2018 work examining a range of gender issues and some good old girl power nostalgia. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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A circle of 6 dancers in blue on the floor and one standing, reaching to another whose silky orange costume falls in a circle

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers presents its 2022 Spring Home Series

The losses of winter meet the hope of spring

KYL/D returns to live, in-person performance while also debuting at its new home, the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, with three works by its founder. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

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Scene from Settlements. Khalil, in a yellow-striped shirt, talks to Rishard, sitting on a bench, paying attention to Khalil.

InterAct Theatre Company presents Seth Rozin’s Settlements

No answers, plenty of air

In this world-premiere take on a real theater-world controversy, a Jewish Community Center commissions a new work from a playwright who adopts an unexpected stance. Wendy Rosenfield reviews.
Wendy Rosenfield

Wendy Rosenfield

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Richly colored, detailed view of a garden with white pillars, a golden mountain sunset in the distance, all in stained glass

The Delaware Art Museum presents Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

The pursuit of beauty

Prized Tiffany Studios works, from lamps and windows to humidors and fireplaces, transport Delaware Art Museum visitors to the American brilliance of the Gilded Age. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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A photo by Allan Sekula taken at an outdoor protest at night. A person tips their head back in distress, a hand to their face

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Waiting for Tear Gas

Eyes on uprisings

With Waiting for Tear Gas, the PMA displays more than 100 years of artists considering protest, with words and images that will resonate with many Philadelphians today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
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True Biz, by Sara Nović

Real talk from the Deaf community

Philadelphia writer Sara Nović’s new novel follows the students and teachers of a school for the deaf, making the case that we all need a shared language. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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Jose Andres and one other man hurry away from a just-landed helicopter. Andres carries two large aluminum trays of food.

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival presents We Feed People

Cooking from Haiti to Ukraine

This year’s Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival featured a new Ron Howard documentary about globetrotting humanitarian chef José Andrés. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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A scene from Winter’s Tale. A bearded man wearing a hat that shades his face holds a swaddled baby. Another gestures warily.

Quintessence Theatre presents The Winter’s Tale and The Alchemist in repertory

Four centuries later, another pandemic pause

Drawing parallels between Covid-19 closures and a 1608 outbreak of the plague, Quintessence continues its 2022 return to the stage with two plays that reopened London theaters in 1610. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

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The book cover. The title and author text appears in white over a fractured-looking, abstract, photographic blue illustration

Below Torrential Hill, by Jonathan Koven

What the comet knew of Tristen

A 2021 novella from Philly author Jonathan Koven, published thanks to the Electric Eclectic Novella Prize, is a new entry in a hoary tradition, but not without poetic merits. Walter Bilderback reviews.
Walter Bilderback

Walter Bilderback

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