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A fine example of historical fiction that's relevant today. (Image courtesy of Dutton.)

‘Fifty Words for Rain’ by Asha Lemmie

The bonds of family

In Asha Lemmie's debut novel set in post-World War II Japan, a young girl with a Japanese mother and an African American father struggles to find acceptance in a family that despises her. Helene Cohen Bludman reviews.
Helene Cohen Bludman

Helene Cohen Bludman

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Each member of Filament shines in this concert recorded at Arthur Ross Gallery. (Photo by Alex Kruchoski.)

Filament presents ‘Music for an Inner World’ at Arthur Ross Gallery

Balm in contemplation

Looking inward by looking back, the early music trio Filament presents 'Music for an Inner World,' a concert of 16th- and 17th-century works, in the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Krys Malcolm Belc’s new memoir explores nonbinary birth and parenthood. (Image courtesy of Counterpoint Press.)

‘The Natural Mother of the Child’ by Krys Malcolm Belc

Redefining the parenthood memoir

In his new memoir, Philly writer Krys Malcolm Belc writes about his journey as a nonbinary gestational parent. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
Kirsten Bowen

Kirsten Bowen

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Philly composer Scott Ordway has released new works for voice and cello. (Photo by Amanda Greene.)

‘Girl in the Snow’ and ‘Nineteen movements for unaccompanied cello’ by Scott Ordway

Music of memory, dreams, and love

Philadelphia composer Scott Ordway’s music is featured on two new recordings on the Acis label, including ‘Girl in the Snow,’ a beautiful song cycle, and a large work for solo cello. Peter Burwasser reviews.

Peter Burwasser

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‘Children at a Window Blowing Bubbles’ (c. 1660), Dominicus van Tol, The Leiden Collection. (Image courtesy of Arthur Ross Gallery.)

Arthur Ross Gallery presents ‘An Inner World’

Venturing out to worlds inside

Digital or in-person attendees of ‘An Inner World’ at Arthur Ross Gallery will discover a world at home in the brush strokes of 17th-century Dutch masters. Pamela Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

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Jared Chichester as Moses (left) and Davon Johnson as Kitch contemplate what’s waiting for them on the other side. (Photo by Paola Nogueras.)

Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present Antoinette Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over’

Surviving to the promised land

Theatre Exile and Theatre in the X present ‘Pass Over,’ a story about two young Black men looking to pass over into their imagined promised land. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

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The Crossing performs at Awbury Arboretum. (Photo by John C. Hawthorne.)

The Crossing presents ‘Month of Moderns 3: At which point’

Outside singing for inner lives

The Crossing’s 2021 Month of Moderns program finished this month with ‘At which point,’ a live performance in Germantown’s Awbury Arboretum, featuring music by Ayanna Woods, Wang Lu, and David Lang. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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There’s nothing like the polish and precision of a large comedy cast: the ensemble of ‘It’s Only a Play’ at George Street Playhouse. (Image courtesy of George Street Playhouse.)

George Street Playhouse presents Terrence McNally’s ‘It’s Only a Play’

Curtain up on comedy

Terrence McNally’s Broadway-insider comedy ‘It’s Only a Play,’ from George Street Playhouse, will make theater lovers laugh till they cry. Cameron Kelsall reviews.
Cameron Kelsall

Cameron Kelsall

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The premiere of a Questlove jawn: Sly Stone in ‘Summer of Soul.’ (Image courtesy of Searchlight/Hulu.)

The Philadelphia Film Festival presents SpringFest 2021 at the Bourse

A film festival’s return to the theater

Movie theaters are back, and with them film festivals. The recent PFF SpringFest screened seven films including ‘Summer of Soul,’ ‘The Meaning of Hitler,’ and ‘Swan Song.’ Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

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(Image courtesy of Quintessence.)

Quintessence presents Thornton Wilder’s ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’

The wonders of late Wilder

Quintessence Theatre Group presents ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ a rare cycle of Thornton Wilder one-acts, in a radio drama production. Josh Herren reviews.
Josh Herren

Josh Herren

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