Arts & Entertainment

Newbold resident directs play about an American man’s quest for greatness

  Imagine a tale comprised of two parts “Forrest Gump,” two parts “Candide” and one part “Citizen Kane.” That peculiar fusion is exactly how Newbold theater director Michael Osinski perceives his latest production - also a...

South Philly residents tackle re-staging of “Giselle”

Through the vision of venerated dancer Angel Corella, Pennsylvania Ballet is reprising its rendition of the riveting romantic classic of “Giselle” - and a few South Philadelphians are pirouetting the ghostly fantasy to life....

South Philly resident pens first children’s book about a jiu-jitsu-playing ponytail

On early Saturday mornings, Queen Village resident Mir Khalid Ali rallies his two children for Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Among a laundry list of tasks getting his gang out of the door, Ali, a writer, traveler...

Art gallery seeks South Philly-inspired art in new open call

Calling all creators, can you depict the prettiness and grittiness of South Philly? In one of its latest open calls, the Da Vinci Art Alliance is seeking producers of all crafts to capture the sights,...

South Philly native pens another play about Point Breeze

  Reminiscent of summer block parties in Point Breeze, nationally renowned playwright Josh Wilder has once again found inspiration nestled in the streets of a South Philly neighborhood he once called home. In his latest...

Tribe of Fools tackles sex ed through clowning

  For most of us, learning about the birds and the bees was not a particularly pleasant experience. Whether “the talk” was with parents, gym teachers or even nuns, most people can recall an awkward...
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South Philly thespian stars in “The Bridges of Madison County”

  For Newbold actress Sarah Gliko, there is always a “but.” As the South Philadelphia thespian, whose work has seized stages across the region, approached the multifaceted role of Francesca in Philadelphia Theatre Company’s upcoming...

Mario Lanza Museum and Institute finds new home in Passyunk Square

Walls of the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum, located on the first floor of the Columbus House at 712 Montrose St., have slowly muted and dated. However, some individuals are brushing dust off the memorabilia — and...

A Bear for all seasons

A stuffed animal on an abandoned bike literally has people stopping at 24th and Catharine streetsBy Bill GelmanThe South of South neighborhood has an unofficial mascot. You’re not going to see him hanging out at...

Readers’ Choice: Shift it into victory mode 

Readers’ Choice: Shift it into victory modePhoto by Maria YoungWhen Frank Saur received a phone call last week that 11th Street Auto had earned Readers’ Choice bragging rights for auto mechanic, his first words were “I...
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