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  • Show’s Over: CP’s A&E; writers take a look back

    Carolyn Huckabay  |  2007-2011  |  Arts Editor, Copy Chief    A lot of personal milestones occurred during my five-year tenure at City Paper. I won my first big writing award. I met my husband. I got an edgy haircut. And when I decided to leave the paper in 2011, I heard the...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Ask Papa: What now?

    Dear Papa,My only dream my whole life has been to be a reporter. I worked on my high school and college papers, took journalism classes and held a lot of unpaid internships while working at coffee shops. When I finally got a job, I tried hard to get good, interesting stories that...

    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Theater Review: Lantern revives Anna Ziegler’s ‘Photograph 51’

    Mark Garvin Anna Ziegler’s play about British DNA researcher, had an honorable if unspectacular debut in 2010. But just this week, it opened in London with Nicole Kidman in the lead, putting the play and Franklin back in the headlines. In science and theater, timing matters. British DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin’s early...

    • Sep 23, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Visual Art

    Etienne Frossard Ellen Harvey’s Metal Painting Screen Time Asha Schechter and Sandra Vaka Olsen challenge the traditional purpose of the photograph in an era when screens have taken over our visual fields. Both artists aim to use “gestures, icons and depictions of the screen itself to break free from the confines of...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Theater

    EgoPo Classic Theater’s ‘The Children’s Hour’ Romeo and Juliet / The Mandrake Quintessence Theatre Group’s fall repertory — a rarity in these parts, where most theaters produce one play at a time, not two in rotation — balances Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy with Niccolo Machiavelli’s Italian sex comedy, translated by Wallace Shawn. Young...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fall Guide: What’s coming up in Dance

    Rachel Neville Complexions Contemporary Ballet Georgian National Ballet Tradition, athleticism and colorful costumes combine when this mega troupe of dancers and musicians present folk dance that dazzles the eye to lift spirits high. Featuring sword dances, courting couples and massive synchronized movement, it’s theatrical with a capital “T.” Oct. 3, Lower Moreland...

    • Sep 17, 2015
  • Fringe: The Curated Shows

    Still Standing You In the Fringe Festival, there’s the “Neigh­borhood Fringe,” which is open to any artists who sign up to participate (they’re the more wild-card performances), and then there’s “Curated Fringe,” which means FringeArts muckety-mucks themselves select the shows. That’s basically a guarantee you’re getting only the freshest, finest, freakiest presentations...

    • Sep 3, 2015
  • Fringe Picks!

    The Dolls of New Albion Live theater has largely eluded otherwise-artsy Manayunk, but Sean Connolly and Gabe Henninger, Roxborough natives both and founders of the Manayunk Theatre Company, plan to change that. They produced the edgy thriller Splatter in last year’s Neighborhood Fringe and now present the U.S. premiere of Paul Shapera’s...

    • Sep 3, 2015
  • Fringe: Five bold shows put race front and center

    Unarmed You walk into the Shiloh Baptist Church on Montrose Street for the Fringe show Unarmed. Before you even sit, you see a naked Black man lying face down at the middle of the stage. He’s fallen, dead. How do you feel about that body? What’s your relationship to that body? Would...

    • Sep 3, 2015
  • The Grumpy Librarian: A li’l retro satire

    Send the Grumpy Librarian two books you like and one you hate and she’ll tell you what to read. LOVED: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin LOVED: Michel Faber, The Crimson Petal and the White HATED: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day  Let’s begin with a grateful pause to acknowledge that yes,...

    • Aug 26, 2015

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