In this entertaining cabaret, three talented performers play the bawdiest belles of American entertainment from the 1930s to the 1960s, from Mae West to Rusty Warren. No naughtiness is spared, in a show whose women display a freedom that could not be timelier in 2019.
This little collection of images doesn't try to do too much, but it suggests a history of photography, and of kiss photos. It stresses the sweet side of kisses, the side the camera likes most. You wonder about the story between the kissers -- and the person holding the camera.
We've been waiting a while for a new one from this fiction master. Here is a wild, American tale about a woman who explodes on a Massachusetts town, starting a kind of bowling alley and working herself into people's histories and destinies. It keeps you guessing, and is a masterpiece of compassion.
In this ingenious, entertaining novel, the Supreme Being is both omniscient and irritable, lovestruck and jealous and a Peeping Tom (although He says He isn't). This book strides through the cosmos with both irony and good humor.
This is now the best biography of the great Polish composer and pianist. Tubercular from youth onward, Chopin still managed to write some of the best music of his or any other age, dying at 39. If not a nice man, he was, as poet Heinrich Heine said, "the poet of sweet sound."
This glitzy affair with Helen Mirren a couple weeks ago was lovely, as far as it went. But this grand building needs an even grander gesture to build community support. One thought: A short series of Philadelphia Orchestra afternoon concerts there.
University researchers and Athenaeum members will be able to access each other's catalogs seamlessly in what could be a model for urban universities and neighboring independent libraries, archives, and museums.
No opportunity for cliche is left untaken in this rom-musical based on the popular rom-novel. It plays to every predictable character turn, in the equivalent of a "chick musical." There's also a condescending tone in it toward the country people portrayed.