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That feeling of falling in love: Romana Satt and Rosa Ramírez in ‘La Nave Del Olvido.’ (Image courtesy of PHLAFF.)

PHLAFF presents Nicol Ruiz Benavides’s ‘La Nave Del Olvido’

Roads to the heart

‘La Nave Del Olvido,’ getting its Philly premiere at the 2021 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, follows a 70-year-old woman exploring a new love in a small Chilean town. Christina Anthony reviews.
Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony

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Streaming the fugue’s golden age: Piffaro musicians Bob Wiemken, Priscilla Herreid, Joan Kimball, and Grant Herreid. (Photo by David Lowe.)

Piffaro presents ‘Fuguing from Obrecht to Bach’

Fleeing to the music

Piffaro’s latest virtual musical presentation, ‘Fuguing from Obrecht to Bach,’ chases melody, mystery, and musical conversations. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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The beauty of synchrony: the ensemble of Meredith Rainey’s ‘Spillway.’ (Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.)

The Pennsylvania Ballet presents ‘Beauty’

A spring dance sampler

Pennsylvania Ballet offers elegance, emotion, and synchrony in world premieres by Russell Ducker, Meredith Rainey, and Juliano Nunes choreographed to the music of Jennifer Higdon. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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Pretty sure he can do anything: BalletX’s Richard Villaverde, center, with Blake Krapels and Stanley Glover. (Photo by Vikki Sloviter.)

BalletX presents Alia Kache and R. Colby Damon at Glen Foerd

Raising spirits on the river

BalletX presents new works by company favorite R. Colby Damon and 2021 choreographic fellow Alia Kache in a live performance outdoors at the Glen Foerd Mansion. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Poet and memoirist Elaine Terranova. (Photo by Millie L. Berg.)

‘The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter: A Poet’s Memoir’ by Elaine Terranova

Facets of family life

Poet Elaina Terranova has more in common with her father than she knew. ‘The Diamond Cutter’s Daughter’ explores power, fear, and longing in a Philadelphia Orthodox Jewish family. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 5 minute read
Ray Didinger looks beyond wins and losses. (Image courtesy of Temple University Press.)

‘Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches’ by Ray Didinger

Head of a journalist, heart of a fan

Famed Philadelphia sports journalist Ray Didinger shares 50 years of a historic career in his new memoir, ‘Finished Business.’ Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
A blight on the landscape, or one artist's vision of Time and Nature? (Image courtesy of the Library Company.)

The Library Company presents 'Seeing Coal'

Beauty in blights?

Is coal an ugly pollutant to which we will soon say good riddance? Or is it a thing of lasting beauty that connects us to time and nature? 'Seeing Coal' at the Library Company inspires thoughts deeper than a coal mine. Dan Rottenberg reviews.
Dan Rottenberg

Dan Rottenberg

Reviews 3 minute read
Navigating the duality of your identity can taste good, too. (Image courtesy of Penguin Random House.)

'Crying in H Mart’ by Michelle Zauner

The love language of food

In Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying in H Mart, grief and loss run parallel to heart and humor as a daughter comes to terms with her mother’s death and her Korean American identity. Emily Savidge reviews.
Emily Savidge

Emily Savidge

Reviews 3 minute read
The family antics on ‘The Goldbergs’ make you feel right at home. (Image courtesy of ABC.)

ABC presents season 8 of ‘The Goldbergs’

Jewish in Jenkintown

‘The Goldbergs,’ inspired by the life of Jenkintown native Adam Goldberg and his zany Jewish family, highlights the city of Philadelphia as well as representing the American Jewish experience. Blair Krassen reviews.
Blair Krassen

Blair Krassen

Reviews 4 minute read
A masterclass in emotional vulnerability: Laiona Michelle as Sugar in 'Tiny Beautiful Things.' (Image courtesy of George Street Playhouse.)

George Street Playhouse presents Nia Vardalos’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’

Discovering Dear Sugar

The power of truth-telling is on display in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ the stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book. Brad Rothbart reviews.
Brad Rothbart

Brad Rothbart

Reviews 3 minute read