‘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.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.