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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:31:17 GMT2016-12-08T06:31:17Z


Taller Puertorriqueño's new El Corazón Center: A heady mix of flavors

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:31:17 GMT2016-12-08T06:31:17Z

Just blocks apart on North Fifth Street, the two halves of Taller Puertorriqueño - home to Latino arts, culture, education, engagement, and organization in the Philadelphia area - have long been united in commitment. But now the halves are becoming a whole, in the new El Corazón Cultural Center at 2600 N. Fifth St., dedicated Wednesday and having its open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Best books of 2016: Our staff picks

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:15:00 GMT2016-12-08T03:15:00Z

Penn online course whisks thousands off to Ancient Egypt

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:24:37 GMT2016-12-08T02:24:37Z

Met Opera's 'L'Amour' makes diva walk on water

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:35:31 GMT2016-12-07T20:35:31Z

Curio's 'Antagonyms': Explosion of emotions, language

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:52:45 GMT2016-12-07T13:52:45Z

Sprawling West Philly church hosts electronic music

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:33 GMT2016-12-06T14:40:33Z

David Amram at 86: Still improvising

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:18:57 GMT2016-12-06T00:18:57Z

Arden continues exceptional season with wondrous 'Frog and Toad'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:18:29 GMT2016-12-05T19:18:29Z

Michael Chabon on telling beautiful lies in his faux-memoir 'Moonglow'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:17:19 GMT2016-12-05T14:17:19Z

Mention a literary genre and it's likely Michael Chabon, 53, has mastered it. Nearly 30 years after becoming an overnight publishing sensation with his best-selling debut, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, the brilliant stylist has shown he can spin magic out of any genre he touches. Horror, fantasy, cultural history, children's tales - Chabon has played with them all.

'All's Well' is solid, but it's a production that's not relevant just now

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:31:19 GMT2016-12-05T06:31:19Z

It was a strange feeling to watch Philadelphia Artists' Collective's production of All's Well That Ends Well this week. The best thing about Shakespeare, what keeps us coming back to him century after century, is how adaptable his work is to our present circumstances, whatever they may be. But pretty much everyone can agree that right now, no matter which side of the political divide one occupies, all is not well.

Friends' Central's Benj Pasek tearing up Hollywood, Broadway

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:24:11 GMT2016-12-04T18:24:11Z

NEW YORK - In worlds where hits are never assured, songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are looking at double-barrel success with possible Oscar and Tony Award nominations - even if they're too busy to think that far ahead.

Nézet-Séguin and Phila Orchestra go radical with Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:39 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:39Z

Seasoned concertgoers know what they're in for at a Prokofiev/Shostakovich program, though not this week: The Philadelphia Orchestra's Friday concert at the Kimmel Center showed both composers far out on distant artistic limbs, Prokofiev with his Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich with his Symphony No. 4. They retreated, but what fascinating acts of artistic brinksmanship these two works are.

'An Iliad' taps ancient power of Homer's epic

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:44:25 GMT2016-12-02T22:44:25Z

'Frog and Toad' a riveting family classic

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:43:44 GMT2016-12-02T22:43:44Z

Inspirational 'Black Nativity' relocates the story to Darfur

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:17:46 GMT2016-12-02T21:17:46Z

Appreciation: Donald Montanaro and keeping tradition alive

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:17:24 GMT2016-12-02T21:17:24Z

The clarinetist, who died Nov. 30, was a link to the Philadelphia Orchestra's emergence as an ensemble of distinct personality.

John O'Hara's 'Stories': Much-needed collection of local novelist's fiction

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:20:16 GMT2016-12-02T19:20:16Z

'John O'Hara never tired of complaining about how underestimated he was, and he had a point, even if he made it far too often." So writes Charles McGrath, the editor of this much-needed new collection of O'Hara's stories.

'Playing Dead': The weird business of faking your demise

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:47:20 GMT2016-12-02T18:47:20Z

We've all felt it, the desire to run away from the tedium of our lives. As Playing Dead author Elizabeth Greenwood speculates, we may be even more inclined to dream of disappearing now, in the age of trackable smartphones and constant surveillance. "We are burdened with our search histories and purchase histories and data sets that constitute our profile, to then be lumped and farmed out and sold to the highest bidder," she writes, and she has a point.

Carli Lloyd memoir: Working hard to prove 'em all wrong

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:46:56 GMT2016-12-02T18:46:56Z

Carli Lloyd is all business. That's the self-portrait that emerges from her blunt, no-nonsense autobiography, When Nobody Was Watching. The 34-year-old soccer star from Delran, who led the U.S. Women's Soccer team to a World Cup championship in 2015 and was named female world player

Theater: New and Noteworthy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:02:00 GMT2016-12-02T14:02:00Z

New This Week An American Christmas Songbook (Bristol Riverside Theatre). It's sing-along time as Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band take the stage for holiday favorites. Thursday through next Sunday, and Dec. 14-18.