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Published: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:59:10 GMT2018-03-17T21:59:10Z


Pa. attorney general reviewing La Salle plan to sell museum art

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:59:10 GMT2018-03-17T21:59:10Z

Art has already been moved to Christie's auction house in New York and is being readied for sale in mid-April. But students and faculty remain unhappy about the La Salle decision to sell off many of the museum's best holdings.

Philadelphia Orchestra delivers heat and adventure with Leonard Bernstein's 'Symphony No. 2'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:49:50 GMT2018-03-17T20:49:50Z

The Kimmel Center program also featured Schumann's 'Symphony No. 4′ and Strauss' 'Don Juan,' though the main feature was music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin's continuing Bernstein revisionism in the composer's 100th birthday year.

Philadelphia Orchestra recording of Bernstein's Mass is a groovy - and powerful - '70s artifact

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:49:41 GMT2018-03-16T19:49:41Z

It may not be a masterpiece, but the Bernstein "Mass" only seems to gather relevance.

'Frozen' at Walnut Street Studio 5: Disturbing, deep dive into crime, mental illness, and moral responsibility

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:53:56 GMT2018-03-16T18:53:56Z

"Frozen," a controversial play by British dramatist Bryony Lavery playing through April 1 at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, is a disturbing drama about a murderous pedophile, a psychiatrist who studies the brains of serial killers, and the mother of one of his victims.

Steve Fraser's 'Class Matters': We ignore class to our peril

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:17:59 GMT2018-03-16T17:17:59Z

In "Class Matters, Steve Fraser maintains that the American Dream, defined as our believe that you can always invent or reinvent yourself, ignores hierarchical identities, defined by markets and consumption patterns; social fissures; status anxieties; and racial exclusion. Class "will out," he writes, "and it always has." Class matters - because Americans try so hard to pretend it doesn't.

David Mamet's 'Chicago': The 1920s, roaring, with bullets and language flying

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:15:35 GMT2018-03-16T17:15:35Z

In "Chicago," David Mamet returns to the city where he was raised and where he started to work in theater.

Steve Fraser's 'Class Matters': Why we ignore class to our peril

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:08:04 GMT2018-03-16T17:08:04Z

Throughout our history, many Americans have insisted the United States is immune to class-consciousness and class conflict. In sharp contrast to Europe, they argue, America has had no kings, noblemen, or social ranks fixed at birth. Born free, in a setting where careers are open to talent and hard work, Americans can invent and reinvent themselves.

Philadelphia Museum of Art shutting down Chinese galleries for refurbishment

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:10 GMT2018-03-16T12:00:10Z

The Art Museum's Chinese galleries will close April 11. When they reopens next year, museum visitors will get a better sense of this often overlooked part of the collection.

Keneseth Israel's cantor leads a vast 'Sing Hallelujah' at Verizon Hall next week

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:53:58 GMT2018-03-16T11:53:58Z

"Sing Hallelujah" at the Kimmel Center will feature 170 voices, largely from local synagogues, singing 19th and 20th century Jewish music by European, American, and Israeli composers.

Super-bookstore/cafe/publisher Shakespeare & Co. opening in Philadelphia this summer

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:14:08 GMT2018-03-16T00:14:08Z

The super-bookstore/café/publishing center says a Walnut Street site is coming to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.

'Frolic' Weymouth, the man who branded the Brandywine, gets an art show of his own

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:56:03 GMT2018-03-15T19:56:03Z

The exhibition at Brandywine Conservancy and Museum shows founder George "Frolic" Weymouth as a painter who was at his best when he was deep in the weeds.

'Small Mouth Sounds' at Philadelphia Theatre Company: Sensitive, artful drama of silence and need

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:33 GMT2018-03-15T15:12:33Z

Bess Wohl's Obie Award-winning "Small Mouth Sounds," through April 1 at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, follows six fugitives from city life as they go to a silent retreat. We watch the frayed and fugitive connections that develop among these men and women - needy, wounded souls all, to varying degrees. It's a sensitive, artful exploration of words, silence, and our need to connect.

At PCMS recital, Pierre-Laurent Aimard is easier to admire than love

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:58:47 GMT2018-03-14T17:58:47Z

Moderns on the way to Beethoven put the "Hammerklavier Sonata" in another context.

Jon Dorenbos is back to do magic at SugarHouse (ask him about his Super Bowl ring)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:39:59 GMT2018-03-13T21:39:59Z

Jon Dorenbos watched the Eagles win the Super Bowl and joined the locker-room celebration afterward. Now he's back in Philly for a two-night run of his magic show at SugarHouse Casino.

Leonard Bernstein show at the Jewish museum: 'West Side' story and 'Radical Chic' too

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:13:21 GMT2018-03-13T19:13:21Z

The museum casts the complex, fascinating story of Bernstein as a personal quest - the composer's search for solutions to the 20th-century crisis of faith.

Ian Buruma brings 'A Tokyo Romance' to the Free Library Thursday

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:10:40 GMT2018-03-13T19:10:40Z

Author and thinker Ian Buruma, now editor of the New York Review of Books, reads from "A Tokyo Romance" at the Free Library Thursday.

Tribe of Fools give Mary Magdalene a voice of her own in 'Magdalene' at the Adrienne Theatre

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:26:56 GMT2018-03-13T16:26:56Z

When you think Tribe of Fools, you think "devised theater." You think of ensembles of nimble physical-theater masters. You also think comedy, as in last year's "School Play." Now the Tribe shows some new moves in "Magdalene" (April 5-22 at the Adrienne Theatre). It's only the second one-person show in the Tribe's history. Its subject matter represents a new direction. And there is a decidedly feminine cast to the production.

The legend continues: Tina Fey's 'Mean Girls' debuts on Broadway

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:56:20 GMT2018-03-13T15:56:20Z

The legend of Tina Fey - Upper Darby's own - continues. Her musical "Mean Girls," based on her 2004 cult-classic movie, began previews Monday night, March 12, at the August Wilson Theatre on W. 52 Street. March tickets are all but gone, April is selling fast, and notices of the DC early run have been pretty great.

Pianist Henry Kramer makes a stunning Astral Artists debut

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:14:31 GMT2018-03-12T21:14:31Z

A big personality with a big sound in Schumann and Ravel.

UArts/Pig Iron Theatre students take Amtrak across the country in search of material for theater

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:38:55 GMT2018-03-12T19:38:55Z

Students from the University of the Arts/Pig Iron Devised Performance Program are taking a cross-country journey, from Philadelphia to San Francisco on Amtrak. It's a way for the class of 2019 to work up more theater, interviewing passengers, watching for little stories, noting the terrain, the train itself - and stopping for real theater work.