Arts & Entertainment

Philly native transforms movie blog into screening space at Bok Building

While attending the former William Penn High School, Nicole Ayers filmed student-body activities and transformed the footage into miniature documentaries.  Though she’s since upgraded her camera, the North Philly native has paved a career led...

New exhibition revamps Michelangelo’s masterpiece for modern times

Blanketing the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s iconic masterpiece, “The Last Judgment,” alludes to the ultimate fate of humanity as it faces the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Created in the 16th century,...

1812 Productions, a Whitman-based troupe, challenges conventional women’s roles in theater with “The Roommate.”

It’s widely known that there are limited roles for “women of a certain age” in theater.  However,  the scarcity speaks to more than just an age. It omits aspects of womanhood rarely conveyed through scripts. In...

New movie surrounding unconventional love story films in South Philadelphia 

Since the infancy of filmmaking, romance has been idealized on screen. Though such narratives of love often reveal happy endings, in reality, these conventional conclusions aren’t always the case.  For Fabian Farina, an Argentine native who...

New South Philly dance piece inspired by Philadelphia paintings

Performing artists are drawing inspiration from the paintings of Edith Neff and pouring it into the streets of Whitman.  In her latest production, contemporary dancer Leah Stein, whose company is based at 3rd and Ritner...

Mutter Museum and UK artistic group hosts parade in South Philly honoring thousands who...

More than a century ago, thousands amassed on South Broad Street for the Liberty Loan Parade, a march organized to increase public funding for World War I efforts.  The patriotic festivities, though, took a grim...

Hear it on the Radio: XPN’s new Culture Cypher Radio hosted by South Philly...

South Philly resident John Morrison wears many hats in the world of music. But Morrison, who’s known around Philly as an event DJ, music journalist and co-host of the Serious Rap S*** podcast along...

New pop-up cabaret around East Passyunk features more than 70 artists

Tinder-inspired twists to Les Mis, ballads sung in the nude and conga drum solos resounded throughout a former East Passyunk garage last Tuesday evening. The peculiar lineup was one of several idiosyncratic concoctions comprising “Late...

New play explores contemporary womanhood through the myth of Medusa

Many might be familiar with the myth of Medusa - a maiden who’s unwilling loss of purity caused her transformation into a monster with snake locks for hair. And with just one look, of...

New production explores reincarnation through puppetry 

Whether working with shadow puppets or aerial acrobatics, Leila Ghaznavi explores various vehicles of performance to convey a certain sensation.  “Because I like breaking gravity, finding the visual imagery that’s going to emphasize that emotional...
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