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Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:39 GMT2016-10-23T04:00:39Z


Sia: More performance-art experiment than pop concert

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:39 GMT2016-10-23T04:00:39Z

Whether ardent aficionado or casual fan, everyone knows that Sia is somewhat unknowable. The Australian singer-songwriter-producer has long obscured her face (save for her mouth) with a half-white, half-black long-bangs wig while remaining in the background of her performances, be they music video or appearances on SNL.

In 'Christine,' South Jersey screenwriter tackles TV news tragedy

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:17:18 GMT2016-10-22T20:17:18Z

Craig Shilowich was on his computer one day in 2010, working on a film project, when he got sidetracked by a click-bait listicle thing, something like the 10 Craziest Things That Ever Happened on Live TV.

Weekend Movie Selections

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:31:29 GMT2016-10-22T05:31:29Z

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Tom Cruise has found his ideal role in novelist Lee Child's anithero Jack Reacher, the former U.S. Army criminal investigator who travels around helping people who've been exploited by bad guys. This sequel, costarring Cobie Smulders as a current Army cop and Danika Yarosh as a teenage runaway, has Reacher taking on a private military contractor run by an evil former general. PG-13

Wilma's 'Rain': A thunderous warning to the world

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:31:20 GMT2016-10-22T05:31:20Z

The Wilma Theater's production of Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling is like one of those old photo albums you run across in antiques shops, but better. Instead of staring at the images, wondering who they were, where they lived, and what happened to land them discarded in a pile of junk, we trace the tragic histories of two families, the Yorks and the Laws, over two continents and 80 years.

Philadelphia Orchestra holds Russian coronation without the czar

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:36:43 GMT2016-10-21T20:36:43Z

By the end of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Thursday concert, you weren't sure if you wanted to give thanks to the spirit of Leopold Stokowski or posthumously arrest him for crimes against Mussorgsky. Such polarized reactions were possible during the conductor/arranger's Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis - the centerpiece of principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève's enterprising yet backward-looking Russian music concert.

'New Brain': An uneven ride, with great highs

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:29:37 GMT2016-10-21T20:29:37Z

N ow playing at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, A New Brain is an autobiographical musical comedy written by Tony Award winners William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) that explores one man's response to

Tom Cruise delights as lone gun Jack Reacher in a thrilling sequel that's even better than the first

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:39:03 GMT2016-10-21T19:39:03Z

I'm a conscientious objector when it comes to Tom Cruise pictures. I'll watch them only under protest, with two exceptions: the 1983 teen-sex comedy Risky Business and 1999's Magnolia, which featured the megastar as a Tony Robbins-type motivational speaker.

New Recordings: Leonard Cohen, Brent Cobb, Phantogram

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:47:06 GMT2016-10-21T17:47:06Z

Leonard Cohen is 82 and apparently not in the best of health. David Remnick's recent profile in the New Yorker of the song-poet with the sepulchral voice includes numerous Bob Dylan quotes but mentions no specific ailments. However, Cohen is not up for leaving the house. You Want It Darker, produced by his son Adam, his third album in four years, does little to dispute the notion that Cohen is standing at death's door.

Classical picks: The Barrymore Awards; The Crossing does John Luther Adams

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:18:48 GMT2016-10-21T17:18:48Z

Philly's Tony Awards What are Philadelphia theater people like when not playing roles and having a good time? The Barrymore Awards will reveal much at 7 p.m. Monday at the Merriam Theater. Tickets: $50-125. Information: 215-893-1999 or

'Valiant Ambition': Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the betrayals of war

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:08:55 GMT2016-10-21T17:08:55Z

The smash Broadway musical Hamilton owes some of its success to Americans' respect for the Founding Fathers, honored in a recent outpouring of biographies.

Movies: New and Noteworthy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:01:00 GMT2016-10-21T17:01:00Z

COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Certain Women Director Kelly Reichardt gathers an impressive cast – her Wendy and Lucy star Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart – for a set of interconnected portraits of women in modern-day America. R

'Mexican Modernism' at the PMA: Dynamism, common voice, future visions

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:59:34 GMT2016-10-21T10:59:34Z

Diego Rivera's large fresco The Liberation of the Peon (1931) occupies a climactic position about halfway through "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950," which opens Tuesday following member previews this weekend.

Trio Mediæval makes the stones sing at Art Museum

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:33:45 GMT2016-10-21T05:33:45Z

The best classical singing of 2016, contrary to educated assumptions, isn't necessarily heard in great opera houses and art-song recitals - but in repertoire so chronologically remote that performances amount to some sort of musical archaeology.

Cobie Smulders: I'm no action hero

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:31:40 GMT2016-10-21T05:31:40Z

Cobie on being hit You can't exactly accuse Cobie Smulders of being an action hero, however good she looks fighting side by side with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. It's not really her bag, man.

New chair of the board for Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:29:10 GMT2016-10-20T23:29:10Z

Leslie Anne Miller, 58, lawyer, collector, and trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been unanimously selected chair of the museum's board of trustees, succeeding Constance H. Williams, who has stepped down after two three-year terms, the museum announced following its October board meeting Thursday.

Philadelphia Film Festival: 13 movies you have to see (and how to get in if they're sold out)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:40:21 GMT2016-10-20T20:40:21Z

The Philadelphia Film Festival celebrates its 25th season through Oct. 30 with a selection of films that have generated serious buzz. Some will have a big showing at the box office, others are likely to snag a statuette or two come Oscar time.

Steve Albini and Shellac are coming to Union Transfer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:38:34 GMT2016-10-20T20:38:34Z

The longstanding trio releases new music when it has some and tours when members feel like it, which brings them to Union Transfer Tuesday.