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Three Black women in modest bathing suits & sarongs dance together in a living room, washed with blue light.

People’s Light presents Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home

A deep dive into the fight for desegregation

Christina Anderson’s the ripple, the wave that carried me home, which explores a family on the front lines of desegregation in Kansas, gets its regional premiere at People’s Light. Krista Mar reviews.
Krista Mar

Krista Mar

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Candid photo of the musicians chatting onstage with approaching fans, instruments and music books around them.

Filament presents The Muse’s Prism

Bach, Buxtehude, and other baroque favorites

Filament, a young early-music trio of violin, viola de gamba, and harpsichord, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a concert of crystalline and perfectly balanced music at Gloria Dei Church. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

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Collage-style portrait Daily Practice #17 described in text below, incorporating paint, photo, threads & many small objects

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens presents Ritual of Self: Isaiah Zagar’s Self-Portraits on Paper

Never the same man twice

Philly’s Isaiah Zagar is famous for his mosaic murals swirling on hundreds of public walls. Now, fans are invited home to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for a new show selected from thousands of Zagar’s daily self-portraits. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

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In a blue dress, Lewis-Michelson as Cline sings spotlit on a yellow lightbulb-framed wooden stage in front of the band.

Delaware Theatre Company presents Ted Swindley’s Always… Patsy Cline

Live country all the way

Delaware Theatre Company’s new production of Always… Patsy Cline, with spot-on casting and design, feels like a night in the company of the real country-music legend. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
3 women pose on tiptoes with arms up; a man in black seems to control the moves of a woman dancing near the ground in front

Koresh Dance Company presents One Thousand and One Nights

The next generation of choreography at Koresh

Two artists with ties to Koresh Dance Company, Melissa Rector and Jim Bunting, continue their choreography journeys with a collaborative performance exploring healing, truth, and self-awareness at the company’s studio. Melissa
Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

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Close-up on Dardaris, a white woman with curly gray hair, standing with arms ecstatically outstretched, in a red blouse.

Hedgerow Theatre Company Presents Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom

A haunting nightly dance

With Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom, Hedgerow Theatre spotlights women characters with existential storylines, a relative rarity in absurdist theater. Melissa Lin Sturges reviews.
Melissa Lin Sturges

Melissa Lin Sturges

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A museum display of small glass vintage chemical pigment jars, including blue, yellow & red arranged on white blocks.

The Science History Institute presents BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile

A colorful history

A new exhibition at the Science History Institute explores how and why we naturally colored our clothes, bodies, and environments for millennia—and what changed when we created color in a laboratory. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Close-up on Bell, a white man with short brown hair, playing his violin passionately with an orchestra.

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Joshua Bell Returns

Romantic favorites with a top violinist

Superstar American violinist Joshua Bell drew a crowd to a Philadelphia Orchestra program including Chausson, Vieuxtemps, and Brahms, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Linda Holt reviews.
Linda Holt

Linda Holt

Reviews 3 minute read

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Beschler tenderly inclines his head toward Handler, who lies in a white bathtub, face and one soapy arm visible.

Philadelphia Theatre Company presents Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living

Necessary intimacies

The Philly nonprofit Art-Reach, which
connects our disability community to our cultural scene, partners with Philadelphia
Theatre Company for Cost of Living, a show about the complexities of caregiving. Alaina Johns reviews.
Alaina Johns

Alaina Johns

Reviews 5 minute read
In a messy room with fiberglass insulation and graffiti showing, the characters argue center stage. Cochran holds a gun.

Passage Theatre Presents Richard Bradford and Anthony Martinez-Briggs’s Ghetto Gods in Divineland

A mixed-media world premiere in Trenton

Ghetto Gods in Divineland, now getting its world premiere in Trenton, has successful interdisciplinary elements of music, poetry, and dance, but the script doesn’t follow through on its ambitious concepts. An Nichols reviews.
An Nichols

An Nichols

Reviews 4 minute read