Subscribe: Performing arts
Preview: Performing arts Performing arts

Coverage of the performing arts in Philadelphia.

Published: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:57:18 GMT2017-12-13T23:57:18Z


In Philly galleries: Terri Saulin at Tiger Strikes Asteroid and 2 more must-see shows

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:57:18 GMT2017-12-13T23:57:18Z

Terri Saulin's gallery exhibit at Tiger Strikes Asteroid is one highlight on the December calendar in Philly. Two others: Vaughn Stubbs at Philadelphia Art Alliance and the three-artist show "Cross-Sectional Views" at Pentimenti Gallery.

Drink with Shayne Gostisbehere, Punk Rock Flea Market and more things to do in Philadelphia, Dec. 15-19

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:36:45 GMT2017-12-13T22:36:45Z

What you should be doing in the city from Dec. 15 to 21.

7 days of things to do in Philadelphia, December 17 to 23

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:36:00 GMT2017-12-13T21:36:00Z

The Pennsylvania Ballet, "Peter Pan," Center for Architecture and Design, and more.

WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane has hosted 30 years of 'Radio Times' (and one distressing segment with Carl Bernstein)

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:36:59 GMT2017-12-13T17:36:59Z

This year, WHYY's Marty Moss-Coane celebrates the 30th anniversary of "Radio Times." She talked with us about how she got there, how she finally found work-life balance, and about good and bad guests through the years.

'Color Purple' at Forrest Theatre: Trenton Central High alum follows in Oprah's steps

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:23:59 GMT2017-12-12T21:23:59Z

The national tour of "The Color Purple" is here Tuesday through Sunday, at the Forrest Theatre. Trenton Central High School alum Carrie Compere plays Sofia. "Yeah, it's the iconic Oprah Winfrey role everybody knows from the movie," she said in a phone call Monday. "I mean, people really know it. On our performance last night in Hartford, a woman shouted from the crowd, 'All right, Oprah!' " The trick is to make your own Sofia - and sing, "Hell No"!

Port Richmond artist's graphic novel has no words (and a kick-butt female protagonist)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:44:45 GMT2017-12-12T20:44:45Z

Why Christine Larsen doesn't need words to tell her underwater epic.

Carmen Maria Machado: 'Her Body,' ghosts, and eggnog

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:21:27 GMT2017-12-12T15:21:27Z

Philly writer Carmen Maria Machado has had a huge year. Her collection "Her Body and Other Parties" was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. She's been reading locally a lot and will be at Tattooed Mom on Dec. 15 and Big Blue Marble Books on Feb. 9. She talks about becoming an "overnight" sensation (after five years of hard writing), ghosts … and the wonders of eggnog.

Philadelphia Orchestra records Eagles fight song

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:23:13 GMT2017-12-11T19:23:13Z

"Fly, Eagles, Fly" gets the classical treatment.

Pennsylvania Ballet delivers the Christmas magic in 'Nutcracker'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:17:47 GMT2017-12-11T19:17:47Z

Whether it's your first or 51st time seeing the Pennsylvania Ballet in "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," there's still magic in the air. The company opened the Nutcracker season Friday night at the Academy of Music, as delightful as ever.

How the Pa. Ballet's sensory-friendly 'Nutcracker' saved one Philly family's Christmas tradition

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:13:05 GMT2017-12-11T19:13:05Z

The Pennsylvania Ballet's "Nutcracker" was a beloved family tradition for Tamia Pettus, and now it's a tradition for her autistic son Tamar, too, thanks to the company's sensory-friendly production. They attended last year and plan to go again this year.

'My Fair Lady' at Quintessence: Brio, music, and a closing truth for our moment

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:44:24 GMT2017-12-11T16:44:24Z

"My Fair Lady," through Dec. 23 at the Quintessence Theatre Group, is, I'm told, the group's first attempt at an adult classic musical. It's a success (Friday's house was packed with a singalong crowd), and I hope they do a lot more. It's an evening full of brio, heady emotions, the spectacle of people changing before your eyes, and a profound closing truth, all the more profound right now.

M. Night Shyamalan asked this grandmother a question, triggering her career change - at 65

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:48:30 GMT2017-12-09T13:48:30Z

Winning a day on a movie set with director M. Night Shyamalan convinced Melissa Davey, an insurance executive from Valley Forge, to take a career leap and pursue a life dream of becoming a filmmaker. "The Beyond Sixty Project," her first feature film, documents women over 60 doing amazing things.

'Bible Nation': How the Green family cornered the evangelical market

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:01:54 GMT2017-12-08T22:01:54Z

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a Health and Human Services regulation (under the Affordable Care Act) requiring owners of privately held companies to provide abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees. The case transformed the Green family, evangelical Christians who own 100 percent of Hobby Lobby, a nationwide chain of craft stores, and who have a net worth of $4.5 billion, into controversial public figures.

John Banville channels Henry James' 'Portrait' in beguiling 'Mrs. Osmond'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:55:38 GMT2017-12-08T21:55:38Z

Many a woman reading Henry James' 1881 masterpiece The Portrait of a Lady has uneasily recognized some of her own circumstances in the story of Isabel Archer, a vibrant, idealistic young American who travels abroad to assert her independence and instead becomes ensnared in a bleak marriage.

'Aladdin' at People's Light: Saving the world through silliness

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:40:47 GMT2017-12-08T21:40:47Z

"Aladdin - A Musical Panto," through Jan. 7 at People's Light, is the theater's 14th annual panto. Sung and danced with wacky abandon, infectious and smile-inducing, it's a diverse, pop-cult-wise show for everyone, especially the video gamers out there.

The Philadelphia Orchestra powders its face - flatteringly

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:34:55 GMT2017-12-08T21:34:55Z

The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of a suite from the Thomas Ades opera "Powder Her Face" so convincingly that the suite may be better than the opera.

'Art of Swimming' by Tiny Dynamite: Not worth the pizza

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:27:54 GMT2017-12-08T21:27:54Z

"The Art of Swimming," through Dec. 17 at Headhouse Cafe, is part of Tiny Dynamite's A Play, A Pie, and a Pint series. The $20 ticket price includes a play, a slice of pizza, and a beer. Of course, it's a good deal only if the play's good. In the case of "The Art of Swimming," you might as well just go out for pizza.

How classical music confronts current history and speaks loudly

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:15:59 GMT2017-12-08T03:15:59Z

The notes on the page stay the same, but classical music is constantly morphing in the face of history, from World War II to the Cold War to the scandal involving the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine.

New York City Ballet leader to take leave amid sexual, violence allegations

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:12:04 GMT2017-12-08T03:12:04Z

One of the most important directors in the ballet world, Martins, 71, said he would temporarily step away from both NYCB and its affiliated School of American Ballet, which he also heads.

From Inquirer artist to American master: John Sloan highlighted in Delaware show

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:55:21 GMT2017-12-07T22:55:21Z

Exhibition of an Ashcan School master shows off many unfamiliar works - both good and bad - from a long artistic career.