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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:53:03 GMT2016-09-28T09:53:03Z

 



Emilio Gravagno, longtime Philadelphia Orchestra double bassist

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:53:03 GMT2016-09-28T09:53:03Z

Memorial service planned for October



People's Paper Co-op: Making paper, poems - and a future

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:14 GMT2016-09-28T05:37:14Z

At the People's Paper Co-op, when one woman shares a story, the others empathize. Often, the narrative hits hard, and someone cries. As the tears stream down her face, fake eyelashes fall out of place. She turns to her orator-friend and claims, "Girl, you owe me some eyelashes."



Mongolian president hails Philadelphia Orchestra tour

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:03:54 GMT2016-09-28T01:03:54Z

Little did many of us know: Friday was Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. And that proclamation seemed quite literal to Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj at a City Hall ceremony, who said: "I'm happy to call all of you friends of Mongolia. Let's work together!"



Toni Gallagher: Local writer makes good -- in writing and reality TV

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:32:39 GMT2016-09-27T21:32:39Z




Philly Fringe: 'Julius Caesar' shows a dictator's fall, inside and out

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:49 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:49Z

These days, it's not so easy to shock the public. But somehow, Italian director Romeo Castellucci, who this year made his third appearance in the curated arm of the Philly Fringe festival, keeps finding new ways to do so. In Julius Caesar. Spared Parts, which ran Sept. 22-24, Castellucci presents three performers, each of whom "orates" Caesar's misfortune, but none actually speaks, at least not in the traditional sense.



Maurice Hines brings 'Tappin' Thru Life' to Penn's Landing Playhouse

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:32:45 GMT2016-09-27T05:32:45Z

After a half-hour with Maurice Hines, I needed a nap. At 72, this dancer / singer / actor / choreographer / director / mentor still radiates the energy of a teenager and the excitement of a novice performer. But Hines is no beginner.



A Verdi Macbeth remix in the Congo

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:20:10 GMT2016-09-26T14:20:10Z

Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts import a South African take on the classic



Train, buttocks among contenders for art's Turner Prize

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:55:37 GMT2016-09-26T11:55:37Z

LONDON (AP) - A model train and bare buttocks are among artworks nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.



A 'Turandot' both silly and serious

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:31:35 GMT2016-09-26T05:31:35Z

Just because Opera Philadelphia has so many new-opera projects doesn't mean the company is neglecting the crowd-pleasing front. Opening on Friday at the Academy of Music, Puccini's Turandot arrived in a determinedly high-impact production that - with expenses shared with companies in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and others - would not be dwarfed by the Metropolitan Opera's famously lavish Franco Zeffirelli extravaganza.



'Breaking the Waves': A great operatic package if you can take it

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:26:09 GMT2016-09-24T20:26:09Z

Unquestionably, Opera Philadelphia has developed, produced, and premiered a powerful, fully realized, artistically significant piece with Breaking the Waves. The creative team of long-promising artists - composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavick, director James Darrah, and soprano Kiera Duffy - all seem to surpass themselves simultaneously and with a common dramatic purpose.



Yuja Wang lets loose with the Philadelphia Orchestra - on her own terms

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:10:18 GMT2016-09-23T19:10:18Z

Seeing is all fine and good, but listening is believing



'This Must Be the Place': A man larger than life, imperfect, but human

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:36 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:36Z

Daniel Sullivan, the protagonist of Irish author Maggie O'Farrell's latest offering, This Must Be the Place, is a beleaguered man. As the story begins in 2010, his wife, Claudette Wells, once a world-renowned film star, has stopped loving him, and he remains haunted by the tragic death of his onetime girlfriend Nicola.



Simon Rattle, the conductor who got away, descends upon Philadelphia

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:27 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:27Z

So often missed in his absence, the ever-probing, ceaselessly charismatic conductor Sir Simon Rattle is about to be as ubiquitous as he has ever been around these parts.



Theater: New and Noteworthy

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:24 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:24Z

New This Week A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Bristol Riverside Theatre, Tuesday through Oct. 16). The story of the crossover country/rockabilly/torch songstress, with 20 of her hits.



Mike Love, Beach Boy: 'Good Vibrations' has a lot of discord

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:21 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:21Z

Mike Love is acutely aware that he is perceived as a villain. In his new autobiography, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, Love puts the conventional public framing of his relationship to his cousin and musical collaborator Brian Wilson simply: "For those who believe that Brian walks on water, I will always be the Antichrist."



'Jerusalem': Alan Moore's 'Finnegan's Wake'!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:05:18 GMT2016-09-23T13:05:18Z

I n 2013, 9-year-old Joshua Chamberlain wrote Alan Moore a letter. Joshua gushed about how much he enjoyed some of Moore's most celebrated comics, including V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.



Robert Frost at the height: 'Letters, 1920-1928'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:04:57 GMT2016-09-23T13:04:57Z

In the 1920s, Robert Frost was widely regarded as one of America's greatest and most beloved poets. He won the first of four Pulitzer Prizes in 1924. Many of his poems, including "Mending Wall," "The Road Not Taken," and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," had become classics.



What did you read this summer? You shared with us your favorite books

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:33:27 GMT2016-09-22T19:33:27Z

Our readers chimed in and shared with us their best books of the summer.



Philly Fringe imports theater that cuts to the bone

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:11:58 GMT2016-09-22T18:11:58Z

Romeo Castellucci has a way of making Philadelphia Fringe Festival audiences struggle to put together what they have just experienced.



New MacArthur Fellow Julia Wolfe hails from Philadelphia

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:20:39 GMT2016-09-22T13:20:39Z

Julia Wolfe draws inspiration from rock, folk – and Pennsylvania coal country