Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Weekly Roundup, January 19-26 by Kyle V. Hiller

Penn Live Arts hosts a gender-bending satire ballet performance, the Muse Gallery mixes paintings with music, ArtYard opens an interdisciplinary exhibit with a wide range of perspective, and…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:07PM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Portals + Revelations: Richard J. Watson Beyond Realities by Olivia J. B. Baxter

AAMP brings us a collection of naturalistic and abstract representations of Black history through illustrations, found objects, collages, and more by artist-in-residence Richard J. Watson. O…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 05:03PM

The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia: History, Culture, People, and Ideas, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode by Pamela J. Forsythe

For at least three centuries, Italian culture has been an important part of our region. The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, a new book from Temple University Press, takes a multifaceted look…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:35PM

The Center for Art in Wood presents Extra-Human: The Art of Michael Ferris by Corey Qureshi

Artist Michael Ferris offers an engaging, larger-than-life tribute to loved ones with his intricate wooden sculptures, now on view at Old City’s Center for Art in Wood. Corey Qureshi revie…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:28PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Weekly Roundup, January 12-19 by Kyle V. Hiller

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, Kyle V. Hiller considers what the blueprint will be for 2022 and beyond via a series of speeches from the civil rights activist.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:16PM

Fashion design, activism through art, and more with Taller Puertorriqueño’s Nasheli Ortiz-Gonzalez by Christina Anthony

The new executive director talks about exploring activism through fashion design, her upbringing in Puerto Rico, and leading the future of Taller Puertorriqueño’s community of Puerto Rica…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:43PM

BlackStar’s new Filmmaker Lab supports Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices on the rise by Jared Michael Lowe

Jared Michael Lowe profiles BlackStar’s new filmmaker lab, its inaugural class, and speaks with founder Maori Karmael Holmes on the evolution of BlackStar.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:25PM

The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality by Mike Sielski by Stephen Silver

The new book about the late Kobe Bryant captures his early days, his high school and NBA career, and his achievements and failures with a Philadelphia-centric lens. Stephen Silver reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:01PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

How working in journalism in rural Pennsylvania opened new perspective by Isabel Soisson

Isabel Soisson, a Philly-bred journalist with experience working in New York City, contemplates the differences in rural America that go unspoken and why it's important to capture the whole …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:45PM

The James A. Michener Art Museum and Miriam Carpenter present Shaping the Ethereal by Michelle Nugent

Miriam Carpenter’s latest exhibit featuring her sculpture, furniture, prints, and drawings takes a deep look at the importance of technique and labor of art as well as the art itself. Mich…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:19PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The Weekly Roundup, January 5-12 by Kyle V. Hiller

A handful of virtual museum tours in the city are featured in this week’s roundup—the first of the new year. Kyle V. Hiller also considers the art of doing nothing.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:50PM
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

I won’t recover in the dark: People with bipolar deserve to be seen by Alaina Johns

Editor Alaina Johns is taking a few weeks off to focus on treating her bipolar disorder, with the support of the BSR team. Here’s why it’s important to talk about this.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:10PM

The Rosenbach presents Medium and Message: The Book Art of Colette Fu and Lothar Meggendorfer by Pamela J. Forsythe

The new exhibit opens visitors up to the world of moveable books from two different time periods: the 19th century and today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:57PM

The best independent movie theaters in Philadelphia by Kc Wingert

KC Wingert rounds up the best independent theaters in the city while considering their history, their future, and their lasting impact on Philadelphia's film and arthouse culture.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:34PM

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan by Kirsten Bowen

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel The School for Good Mothers, Frida’s very bad day results in her child being taken away and Frida sent to a school where mothers must learn to be “good…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 01:53PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Weekly Roundup: A 2021 retrospective by Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller writes about some of his favorite stories published by BSR this year in the final weekly roundup of the year while contemplating 2022 and beyond.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:19PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Surviving New Year’s 2022 means finding the story that’s true for you by Michelle Chikaonda

This year, Michelle Chikaonda marked the anniversary of her father’s passing with a trip to see Hamilton in Philly, which reminded her that we can’t control life’s chaos—but we can f…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:47PM

What Netflix’s short-lived Cowboy Bebop teaches us about chance by Kyle V. Hiller

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the classic anime feels like a missed opportunity, but it might be teaching us a lesson about how we share and create for ourselves. Kyle V. Hiller cons…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:53AM

Gentefied takes an intimate, complex dive into the Latinx family experience by Christina Anthony

Netflix's second season of Gentefied returns with an even more intimate look into the Latinx experience in the US by diving into the topic of undocumented immigrants, deportation, and famili…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:28AM

Rising mezzo-soprano star Chrystal E. Williams makes her PCMS debut by Cameron Kelsall

Chrystal E. Williams made her PCMS recital debut with an intriguing but uneven program. Cameron Kelsall reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 10:58AM
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Weekly Roundup, December 15-22 by Kyle V. Hiller

Holiday happenings throughout the week with Crossroads Comedy Theater, 1812 Productions, The Crossing, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:31PM

Talking The Harlem Nutcracker and Echoes with alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw by Vena Jefferson

Saxophone phenom Jaleel Shaw returns to Philly to celebrate Charlie Parker’s 100th Birthday with a performance with the Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra. Vena Jefferson profiles.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:12PM

Stepping it up with Chocolate Ballerina Company’s The Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate by Camille Bacon-Smith

Chocolate Ballerina Company founder and artistic director Chanel Holland talks about the company’s take on The Nutcracker, making space for dances based on the African diaspora, and more. …

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 04:00PM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Three films about Philly, family, and Eagles fandom by Stephen Silver

Game Day and Maybe This Year recently joined Silver Linings Playbook in the movie canon of Philly football fans, but do they really capture our region? Stephen Silver considers.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 06:04PM

PHILADANCO! and the Kimmel Cultural Center present Fast Forward… Unique Voices by Camille Bacon-Smith

PHILADANCO! returns to honor its 50th anniversary with Fast Forward... Unique Voices, a celebration that was postponed due to Covid-19. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:42PM

Penn Live Arts presents Dorrance Dance by Melissa Strong

Dorrance Dance honors and expands upon tap traditions in a program including two Pennsylvania premieres and some holiday cheer for its return to live performance and debut at Penn Live Arts.…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:01AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

We are Not Like Them, by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza by Helene Cohen Bludman

In this new novel by Philly coauthors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, the lifelong friendship of two women is tested by a tragedy that feels all to familiar. Helene Cohen Bludman reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 03:33PM

1812 Productions presents Jennifer Childs and Scott Greer’s Two Outta Three by Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

In Two Outta Three, Jennifer Childs and Scott Greer become empty nesters and explore what's next with their signature humor and charm. Jill Ivey reviews.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:34AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

McCarter Theatre Center presents Heidi Shreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me by Cameron Kelsall

In What the Constitution Means to Me, playwright Heidi Schreck examines the personal and political intersections of our country’s laws. Cameron Kelsall reviews an engagement of the nationa…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 11:50AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

American Lit Remixed, by Melissa Strong by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

We usually herald the digital age as a blow to the music and publishing industries, but in her new book, American Lit Remixed, Melissa Strong argues that an exciting synergy is emerging. Gab…

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 02:58PM

The Weekly Roundup, December 8-15 by Kyle V. Hiller

Unique takes on holiday classics, an online concert from Intercultural Journeys,, art from Makeba Rainey, and more this week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.

SOURCE: Broad Street Review at 12:48PM

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre