The Arden childrens theater production is one of several skating-themed new activities; others include the Dilworth Park and Penns Landing ice rinks.
There are few Philadelphia-area holiday traditions quite as inclusive as People's Light annual musical panto.
New This Week Baskerville (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Heirs to the family fortune are being bumped off, and it's up to a certain...
Writing for string quartet and voice is a tricky thing, and at the basic level of craft, Jennifer Higdon skillfully avoids the pitfalls...
Though he was a master musician on several fronts - violinist, conductor, and educator - to those who knew Joseph Silverstein, he was...
Though the libraries and bookstores of the world are full of great but forgotten music, significant out-of-the-blue discoveries, such...
A quick recap of Billy Elliot: The Musical: Brandon Ranalli, who played the title character on opening night (he alternates performances...
"Love your penis, Mike." Dr. Ruth is on the phone with her moving man about packing up her apartment, but he suddenly says...
At last, Akeem Davis - one of Philadelphia's most continuously busy actors - has time off to contemplate the fact that he won the F...
Though the libraries and bookstores of the world are full of great but forgotten music, significant out-of-the-blue discoveries, such as those presented on Sunday by the Delius Society, seem like flukes in the universe.
A quick recap of Billy Elliot: The Musical: Brandon Ranalli, who played the title character on opening night (he alternates performances with Gunar Daniels), gives an exceptional performance in what is one of the best productions I have seen at the Media Theatre in more than two decades of attending shows there.
"Love your penis, Mike." Dr. Ruth is on the phone with her moving man about packing up her apartment, but he suddenly says, as so many have, "Can I ask you something?" And as we all know, Dr. Ruth Westheimer has made her surprising celebrity career out of giving people sex advice. Unembarrassed, straightforward, wise, she's a Jewish grandmother who's an expert, not on chicken soup but on orgasms.
At last, Akeem Davis - one of Philadelphia's most continuously busy actors - has time off to contemplate the fact that he won the F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award at the Barrymore Awards this month.
Sunday Bard and bomb Set in 1605, Bill Cain's metafictional historical thriller, Equivocation, concerns a certain ink-stained wretch named Shagspeare who receives a royal commission to write a play about a plot to blow up the king and his ministers. As the playw
Herbert who? The Delius Society, which also champions its namesake's contemporaries, will give the U.S. premiere of a string quartet by Herbert Murrill, a name unfamiliar even to British-music mavens, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the German Society. The composer d
As gallery owner Tony Seraphin tells it, he was not quite aware of Yvonne Jacquette's stature in the art world when, a year or so ago, he offered the admired New York painter a solo show. (As he subsequently learned, Jacquette's paintings and prints are in the collections of most major U.S. museums, and her New York gallery, DC Moore, has been giving her one-person shows at regular intervals for years.)
Among the things I've discovered at the orchestra over the years is that a good way to engage your seat mate is to say that the next piece is about a man punished by strapping him naked to the back of a horse and sending him through the countryside.
You might assume that the Philadelphia Orchestra today is benefiting from a popular music director, an economic climate greatly improved since the Great Recession, and the good fortune of living cheek to cheek with a growing - and affluent - downtown population.
Listening to Charles Ives can be like conversing with someone both brilliant and moderately demented: You'll be taken by unexpected routes to familiar places and won't always follow the logic of how you got there.
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for th
Roald Dahl's children's book Matilda is about a little girl with superpowers. That just about describes the winsome, hugely talented Mabel Tyler, who stars in the touring production currently at the Academy of Music. (Tyler is one of three girls who alternate in the role.) She delivers complicated lyrics and dialogue - some of it in Russian - and leads, with real stage presence, a cast of many children and quite a few adults.
Since 2008, Taiwanese dancer/choreographer Kun-Yang Lin has made his Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers company a home on the foodiest street in South Philadelphia: Ninth Street below the Italian Market.
It has been a while since I've seen Black Nativity, perhaps not since the last time Ozzie Jones directed it for Freedom Theater. Theatre Horizon's version of this Afrocentric holiday tradition is a joyful, noisy alternative to all those grim Dickensians and cynical elves.
DALLAS (AP) - The largest exhibition ever assembled of Jackson Pollock's lesser-known "black paintings" is going on display in Dallas.
Despite its unconventional content and approach,Matilda entertains.
New This Week Baskerville (Philadelphia Theatre Company) Heirs to the family fortune are being bumped off, and it's up to a certain deerstalker-topped sleuth to figure out who's doing it. Previews Friday-Dec. 1, opens Dec. 2.
Wonderful, wonderful - and yet again - wonderful. Wednesday's world premiere of Beasts, an evening-length work made for BalletX by Nicolo Fonte, was so good, I wanted to see it again while it was still happening.
When Seymour Lipkin auditioned at the Curtis Institute of Music in 1938, he said to his mother (as quoted in the Detroit Free Press): "This looks like a place you'd want to work in."
'This leg must be stretched all the way out. I have to see you struggling to get it all the way," choreographer Nicolo Fonte insists as he pulls Edgar Anido's leg up to demonstrate to the rest of the BalletX dancers. Such were the rigorous demands of rehearsal last week - fine-tuning every gesture, every facial expression.