Column

Sammy Davis Jr., Charley Pride follow two different paths to fame in ‘American Masters’ documentaries

Both succeeded in an era where African American performers faced restrictions their white peers didn't.

‘It’s cool and it's annoying’: What happens when dad’s in the band

Boone has taken precocious players under his wing in the past, but this one is special: 12-year-old Mekhi Boone is not only a promising drummer, he’s bassist’s youngest son.

‘It’s cool and it's annoying’: What happens when dad’s in the band

Boone has taken precocious players under his wing in the past, but this one is special: 12-year-old Mekhi Boone is not only a promising drummer, he’s bassist’s youngest son.

Column

Blackface and pop music have a long history together | Dan DeLuca

The persistence of offensively racist imagery and its continued capacity to shock — hello, Gucci blackface turtleneck — got me thinking about the long and complicated history of blackface minstrelsy and how the timeline of American popular music as are intertwined.
Column

Blackface and pop music have a long history together | Dan DeLuca

The persistence of offensively racist imagery and its continued capacity to shock — hello, Gucci blackface turtleneck — got me thinking about the long and complicated history of blackface minstrelsy and how the timeline of American popular music as are intertwined.

More Stories

Unicorns, mermaids, and dragons: The stars of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ latest exhibit

The display, at the Drexel museum until June, connects the dots between fantastic and real-life animals.

Column

‘This Is Us’ creator on why Randall deserves his (fictional) seat on Philadelphia City Council

“There was an inherent decency and goodness that we kind of crave in our leaders," Dan Fogelman says of Sterling K. Brown's character, who won election despite living in North Jersey.

Esa-Pekka Salonen enthralls in rare appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra

The vibrant Salonen, who takes over the San Francisco Symphony in the 2020-21 season, gave his Philadelphia audience a wild ride, through a familiar Strauss and two meaty Bartók scores.

How the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball of the future can be bigger and better

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.

Penn Libraries and venerable Philadelphia Athenaeum form bookish alliance

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.

Rising-star Philly playwright will premiere his latest at the Kennedy Center Friday

Philly playwright Josh Wilder watched girls playing double Dutch on his block in Point Breeze. His play about their grit and resilience opens in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

Boyz II Men: We went from playing Madison Square Garden to shows in front of 50 people

Wanya Morris talks about going from selling 12 million records to playing an audience of 50, and how is sons are carrying on his legacy.

John Cale’s ‘nerd-brother’ Tony Conrad is charming, difficult, and totally worth your effort in a big ICA retrospective

From hippie math prodigy to avuncular professor, Conrad has shaped the music, art, and ideas of the avant-garde.

Philly Pops heads up Broad Street to the Met, announces 2019-20 season

In its 2019-20 season, the Philly Pops will expand its presence northward — to the Met Philadelphia, the renovated opera house that recently reopened on North Broad Street.

‘Smiley Face Killers’ series on Oxygen examines whether the group murdered a Wilmington man in 2008

A new series from Oxygen will examine the 2008 death of a Wilmington man who a pair of retired New York City detectives believe may have been killed by an apparent group of murderers known as the “Smiley Face Killers.”

A local succulent expert takes the hippest houseplant to the next level

Love succulents? Here's how to make a wall-hanging planter in eight easy steps, according to Floral & Hardy's Amy Scipioni.

Adult education classes in Philly: Study toilet repair, blacksmithing, or serial killers

The core curriculum for these local adult-ed classes? Crazy.

Column

‘Kate Plus Date’: Mother of 8 Kate Gosselin is looking for a man in upcoming TLC show

Asked if cameras might someday follow her children to college, Gosselin said, “That’s up to them.”

SPECIAL REPORTS
Investigative reports, featured series, and guides to living in the Philadelphia region, brought to you by The Inquirer.
WHAT ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT?
Send us your burning questions, or vote on other readers' questions that pique your interest. Our journalists will work to answer them.