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Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:51:04 GMT2018-02-21T19:51:04Z


In world premiere, looking in the mirror with Opera Philadelphia's Lawrence Brownlee

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:51:04 GMT2018-02-21T19:51:04Z

In "Cycles of My Being," the tenor tells us what he sees, and what America sees.

Philadelphia Theatre Company returns after going semi-dark for a year

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:18:33 GMT2018-02-21T19:18:33Z

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is planning to produce three plays next season.

Academy of Natural Sciences renovates its dioramas for the first time since the 1930s

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:19:33 GMT2018-02-20T16:19:33Z

The academy is renovating its historic animal dioramas for the first time. Some have not had their hermetically sealed interiors opened for 80 years or more.

'Love, Lies and Taxidermy' at Inis Nua: Failure to launch

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:24:05 GMT2018-02-20T00:24:05Z

It's a little Welsh love story about two marriages that are falling apart and two teenagers who are falling together. But this production-in-the-round is somewhat awkward, often inaudible, and often inert.

Pennsylvania Ballet announces 2018-19 season: New 'Giselle,' 'Romeo & Juliet'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 23:35:01 GMT2018-02-19T23:35:01Z

New versions of perennial favorites "Giselle" and "Romeo & Juliet" will be premiered in the 2018-19 season, artistic director Angel Corella announced.

Frank Ferrante in 'Groucho': A loving look at a comic hero (and crowd-worker)

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:42:27 GMT2018-02-19T22:42:27Z

Frank Ferrante inhabits Groucho Marx physically, vocally, and rhythmically in "An Evening with Groucho," through Feb. 25 at the Bucks County Playhouse.

How murals tell the story of black Philadelphia

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:28:56 GMT2018-02-19T22:28:56Z

For Black History Month, artists and advocates discuss what murals mean in Philly's visual vernacular.

Academy of Natural Sciences galleries

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:57:32 GMT2018-02-19T20:57:32Z

Scenes from diorama clean up at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Ardrossan Estate: Last surviving gem of the Main Line, a 'Philadelphia Story' looking for a future

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:37:24 GMT2018-02-19T15:37:24Z

The old Main Line is almost all gone, but the Ardrossan Estate in Villanova, mansion of the Montgomery family, stands. The Main House is exquisitely preserved, and despite continuing development of the surrounding acres, both house and land have a pristine, inviting quality.

Nausheen Eusuf's 'Not Elegy, But Eros': Love, and the life of the senses

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:35:20 GMT2018-02-19T15:35:20Z

Elegy derives from a Greek word meaning "lament," typically of the dead, but covering as well a wide range of subjects, both serious and sad. Eros, of course, is passionate love.

Pinker's 'Enlightenment Now': Sometimes overdone, but a much-needed reminder of reason's place

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:30:54 GMT2018-02-19T15:30:54Z

These days, anyone who watches television and movies, listens to the radio, logs on to the internet, reads newspapers, fiction, or the works of pundits, professors, and public intellectuals on the right and the left may well conclude the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Kate Bowler's 'Everything Happens for a Reason': Love stands up to terror, suffering

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:28:45 GMT2018-02-19T15:28:45Z

'Don't skip to the end," an older colleague advises writer Kate Bowler. "Don't skip to the end." That's good advice for anyone who picks up this unsettling, heartening, and beautifully written memoir of a year living in the valley of encroaching death: Don't you skip to the end, either.

'Love, Lies and Taxidermy' at Inis Nua: Optimism in a time of dark plays

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:54:20 GMT2018-02-18T23:54:20Z

Now and again a hopeful play doesn't hurt," says Welsh playwright Alan Harris.

Curio Theatre Co.'s 'Marie Antoinette' is energetic but emotionally lacking

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:25:20 GMT2018-02-18T19:25:20Z

This deliberately anachronistic take on the French Revolution is quick-paced, unflagging in its energy, and filled with arresting visual imagery. But it's also at times unduly cartoonish and short on emotions.

Virtuoso Joshua Bell joins the Philadelphia Orchestra for a performance that mirrors real life

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:52:57 GMT2018-02-16T21:52:57Z

When a classical music concert is working particularly well, it tells you what you've been thinking and feeling, whether or not you consciously knew it.

Artist Paul Cava pulls exhibition from Philadelphia Cathedral after some images deemed too sensual

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:41 GMT2018-02-16T11:00:41Z

Philadelphia Cathedral authorities wanted to remove six images after the show was hung and parishioners complained.

Philly composer Jennifer Higdon's new concerto didn't come easy - but they never do

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:53:10 GMT2018-02-15T21:53:10Z

Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon's "Low Brass Concerto" has its Philadelphia Orchestra premiere Feb. 22. She has two more concertos debuting this spring, for tuba and harp.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to start at Met Opera two years earlier than originally planned

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:35:59 GMT2018-02-15T21:35:59Z

The Met also announced a $15 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation to support the music director position.

In Philly galleries now: 3 knockout on-campus art shows

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:12:00 GMT2018-02-15T21:12:00Z

Richard Mosse's photos at Arcadia, Anthony Giocolea's multimedia exhibit at Swarthmore, and a color photos at Haverford by all the greats.