Penn professor wins one of literature’s most prestigious prizes

Winning the prize, which carries a $165,000 cash award, is "disorienting in a happy way," he said.

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‘The Lightning Thief’ plays with fire at Merriam Theater

Based on Rick Riordan's books about a young demi-god who battles the monsters of classical mythology, this family-friendly musical blends humor, skillful puppetry, and pop music in a production that will be most attractive to Percy Jackson fans.
Review

‘The Lightning Thief’ plays with fire at Merriam Theater

Based on Rick Riordan's books about a young demi-god who battles the monsters of classical mythology, this family-friendly musical blends humor, skillful puppetry, and pop music in a production that will be most attractive to Percy Jackson fans.

Barnes Foundation to raise $100 million — and some prominent philanthropists have already stepped up

The Barnes Foundation aims to substantially boost its endowment. Early donors include the Neubauer Family Foundation, Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts, the Maguire Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Barnes Foundation to raise $100 million — and some prominent philanthropists have already stepped up

The Barnes Foundation aims to substantially boost its endowment. Early donors include the Neubauer Family Foundation, Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts, the Maguire Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Kimmel Center scraps plan for tower above Merriam Theater

The Kimmel Center, which bought the Merriam in 2016, failed to attract any proposals from developers. A planned renovation could move some PA Ballet productions elsewhere.

Kimmel Center scraps plan for tower above Merriam Theater

The Kimmel Center, which bought the Merriam in 2016, failed to attract any proposals from developers. A planned renovation could move some PA Ballet productions elsewhere.
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Why sex expert Dr. Ruth will be hiding in plain sight in a Philly suburb tonight

Dr. Ruth will be on hand for opening night of a bio-play about her. She's also the subject of a new Hulu documentary.

Montco’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composer used two Philly churches to rehearse her big Lincoln Center premiere, opening Thursday

Julia Wolfe's "Fire in my mouth" will be performed by the New York Philharmonic, 36 women from Philadelphia's choir The Crossing, and girls from the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Government shutdown jeopardizes museum’s celebration of 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote

“If we can’t apply for grants because their staff can’t work, that puts some of our public programs at risk in the future,” said PAFA museum director Brooke Davis Anderson.

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‘Sweat’ at People’s Light: Taut, acute probe of our emotional and economic woes

It's the second-most-produced play in the country, and it's not hard to see why. In this fine production the grievances and fates of American workers dovetail with the downturn of Reading, Pa.

This Philly actor is making his Broadway debut in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Aubie Merrylees plays a juror in Aaron Sorkin's smash show, starring Jeff Daniels.The popular Philly actor is also an understudy for five other roles, including Jem and Dill.

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'Brilliant rethinking’ of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Wilma Theater

Bravely experimental theater brings the star-crossed lovers into this millennium, complete with disco ball, hip-hop, and a trenchant message for right now.

Pianist Peter Serkin: overthinking Mozart, liberating Bach

Peter Serkin returned to Philadelphia for a somewhat enigmatic recital of Bach and Mozart.

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‘Oleanna’ at Independence Studio on 3: Mamet’s somewhat outmoded play, still with moments of power

Our national conversation about male-female power relations -- and their abuses -- have moved on from 1992, when this play debuted. Yet, thanks to good performances and strong staging, this production has a few almost redemptive moments of connection and power.

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Hamish McKenzie’s ‘Insane Mode’: The mercurial brilliance of Elon Musk in a turbulent industry

Elon Musk has certainly not been immune to missteps, McKenzie writes, but his ambition and vision are heartening in an auto industry searching for identity and soul.

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‘American Dialogue’: The Founders converse about our big issues

What if our Founders could sit around and discuss our contemporary issues? What would they say about race, immigration, political division? The author delves into their writings and creates from their words provocative, enlightening "conversations" that span the centuries.

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Dani Shapiro’s ‘Inheritance’: Searching for genetic roots — and untangling the answers

She thought she knew who she was. Then she casually spit into a vial for a DNA test — leading to an emotionally fraught journey of self-discovery, in which she relearns personal and family history.

Mark Thomas Gibson at UArts and other must-see shows in Philly galleries now

Diane Burko has a stirring eco-show at North Broad Street's Rodeph Shalom. Larry Francis' winning Philly streetscapes are at Gross McCleaf.

Helen Mirren, a ‘disaster’ on piano, will bring other talents to Academy of Music gala

Helen Mirren will host the 2019 Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. We talked to her about her under-the radar Lee Daniels movie, set in Philly, and about her very personal connection to classical music.

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