Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Great music isn't a stranger to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in the urban frontier of North Philadelphia.
'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken" Oscar Wilde's wry and excellent advice speaks the spirit of Kinky Boots, especially when Lola, drag queen extraordinaire, delivers the wisdom. This sweet, high-energy musical is about tolerance and fabulous shoes, so no wonder it won six Tony awards in 2013, including best musical, with a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
Sunday Astral works A trio of Astral Artists - pianist Michael Mizrahi, violinist Kristin Lee, and cellist Clancy Newman - plays works by Beethoven, Ravel, and Dan Visconti at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. Tickets are $20; $18 seniors; $5 students. Call 215-735-6999.
Like the army itself, the best war stories tell ensemble-driven tales (Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan) of warriors worn down by conflict and overcoming (or not) their trials through a unified effort.
Flowers aren’t the only things that are blooming this spring. Great art is sprouting in galleries and museums throughout the area in May.
In my experience, most retrospective exhibitions have a key work - one whose qualities and characteristics help me understand and appreciate the rest. For me, the key work in "Horace Pippin: The Way I See It," at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is Harmonizing.
 
Probing the pipeline with Anna Deavere Smith
If political theater or theatricalized politics needed an intuitive practitioner at its forefront, it would be Anna Deavere Smith. Known to television viewers as a concerned, authoritative face on Showtime's Nurse Jackie and, once upon a time, ABC's The W