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Published: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:55:09 GMT2017-07-22T09:55:09Z

 



Philly's urban cowboys in global spotlight with new Barnes exhibit

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:55:09 GMT2017-07-22T09:55:09Z

Artist Mohamed Bourouissa moved from Paris to spend time with Strawberry Mansion's African American equestrians. An exhibition at the Barnes Foundation shows the results.



Valley Forge native headed to Broadway as Glinda in 'Wicked'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:13:35 GMT2017-07-21T23:13:35Z

Amanda Jane Cooper steps into the role of Glinda the Good Witch, originated by Kristin Chenoweth. Cooper has been playing the role in the national touring production of the show.



In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:09:09 GMT2017-07-20T23:09:09Z

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) - Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.



Young pianist shines at orchestra's Mann Center Tchaikovsky show

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:57:07 GMT2017-07-20T20:57:07Z

Yijia Wang made a poetic debut - and is not to be confused with the more famous Yuja Wang.






The Mann Center wants to shake up the arts world, not just fill lawn seats

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:06:22 GMT2017-07-20T18:06:22Z

The shed in the park has branched out beyond summer concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra. It's now commissioning a new strategic plan that could move it in a "really dynamic direction," says Mann president and CEO Catherine M. Cahill.



How an Elkins Park mother faced down a Juarez cartel, and brought back devastating photos

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:28:16 GMT2017-07-20T17:28:16Z

She photographed more than 100 sex workers over three years, long enough to get to know the women, to watch them be destroyed by drugs or gang violence.



'Rabbit Hole' by Theater with a View: Connecting, or not, through suffering

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:35:51 GMT2017-07-20T15:35:51Z

Theater with a View's "Rabbit Hole" is a spare, disciplined production. Five excellent actors explore grief and loss without ever getting ponderous or even depressing. It's one of the gems of the season.



The Oval returns with a new name and more activities

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:48:32 GMT2017-07-20T14:48:32Z

The green ellipse at the center of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which every summer blooms into the activity-packed pop-up park known as "The Oval," returns July 20 under a slightly different name.



Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage and 'This Is Reading': Celebrating Reading in multimedia, film, and dance

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:40:07 GMT2017-07-20T08:40:07Z

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has teamed up with other artists to create "This Is Reading," a free epic interactive multimedia installation at Franklin Street Station in Reading. Its theme is the past, present, and future of Reading, and also inclusion, the many different people of Reading together for a party celebrating their town.



'West Wing' star Dulé Hill will play Nat 'King' Cole in People's Light production

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:28:16 GMT2017-07-19T22:28:16Z

Dulé Hill, of "The West Wing," "Psych," and much else, is coming! He's coming to Malvern, where he'll star as Nat "King" Cole in the world premiere of "Lights Out: Nat 'King' Cole." It opens People's Light's 2017-2018 season and runs Oct. 11 through Dec. 3.



Esperanza Spalding brings her best diva brilliance to the Philadelphia Orchestra - and some great shoes

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:04:13 GMT2017-07-19T22:04:13Z

The jazz artist didn't really need a symphonic backup band, but it was a fun night at the Kimmel Center in any case.



Delaware Shakespeare delivers a rousing 'Henry V'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:33:11 GMT2017-07-19T21:33:11Z

Jessica Krause stars as Henry V in a gender-bending production of Shakespeare's beloved history play by Delaware Shakespeare, now through July 30 at Rockwood Park in Wilmington.



SFMoMA built an artsy text bot. So we texted every Philly word we could think of.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:15:23 GMT2017-07-19T20:15:23Z

The Internet is good for more than hate speech and Chris Christie memes.



Barnes Foundation's big catch is lured back to Paris to re-join famed Musee d'Orsay

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:11:35 GMT2017-07-18T22:11:35Z

Sylvie Patry has been a force attracting European artists to the Barnes. She'll continue to consult here on projects she has underway, including a Berthe Morisot retrospective.



Will Philly's PlayPenn launch another Tony winner? Come see

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:53:46 GMT2017-07-18T19:53:46Z

The folks at PlayPenn select promising plays from playwrights all over the country, bring them to Philadelphia, and create a team, complete with actors, director, stage manager, and dramaturges. For three intensive weeks, the team works on the play, and it gets two public readings, one midway through the process, and another at the end.



Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding has found a new creative home base in Philly

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:03:09 GMT2017-07-18T18:03:09Z

Most anything is possible when jazz singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding collaborates with the combined Philadelphia Orchestra and NY02 youth orchestra Tuesday at the Kimmel Center.



Theater Beat: Tiny dynamite's transatlantic 'Perfect Blue'; 'Henry V' with a twist

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:00:02 GMT2017-07-18T15:00:02Z

Seeing the future. This week, you theater-lovers have a terrific chance to see six future plays for free. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference has its first-round readings at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Dra



Explosive ideas, real passion: Eco-drama 'Perfect Blue' is perfect theater

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:50:08 GMT2017-07-17T21:50:08Z

Tiny Dynamite enhances its rep as one of the region's most cutting-edge theatrical companies with its latest production, "Perfect Blue," a disturbing exploration of how environmental disasters inspire human greed and hubris. The production uses a novel social-media approach to present interactions between two actors who are in fact thousands of miles apart.



The guy who scored everything from 'The Lion King' to 'The Dark Knight' is headlining the Wells Fargo Center

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:35:31 GMT2017-07-17T21:35:31Z

Film composer Hans Zimmer is taking a break from the recording studios where he creates scores for any number of blockbuster films (the most recent is Dunkirk) and hits the road with a high-profile concert tour.