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  • Coloratura Rachele Gilmore on the highs of opera

    Rachele Gilmore recently posted a picture of herself (above) in her Queen of the Night costume on Twitter with the caption “First attempt at making the mean scary Queen face. I’m not sure it was a total success 😉 #magicflute.” Her debut with Opera Philadelphia this week in The Magic Flute, which...

    • Apr 16, 2013
  • Theater Review: The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini

    EgoPo director Brenna Geffers’ ensemble-created works, The Golem and The Assassination of Jesse James, were unique, moody, multilayered experiences staged with flair. They set a high standard. The Life (and Death) of Harry Houdini doesn’t meet it.  This bland biography outlines the famous escape artist’s life from humble birth in 1874 to...

    • Apr 2, 2013
  • Theater Review: To Fool the Eye

    To Fool the Eye is the English title American playwright Jeffrey Hatcher chose for his 2000 adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s 1940 play Léocadia, first translated in the ’50s as Time Remembered. Hatcher’s title refers to trompe l’oeil, an artistic technique that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion of three dimensions...

    • Feb 26, 2013
  • (Un)Moving Pictures

    At the Fabric Workshop, six screens float in an edgeless darkness, producing an effect similar to the “Phantom Zone” two-dimensional prison as portrayed in Superman II. (Here’s the Phantom Zone, in case you haven’t watched that cinematic gem lately.) Suspended in each screen is an old man sitting motionless in a chair...

    • Feb 19, 2013
  • Robot-Human Theater: exactly what it sounds like

    One thing that all human beings, regardless of race, creed or nationality, can probably agree on is that it is a great disappointment that, more than a dozen years into the 21st century, we still don’t have armies of robots to do our menial bidding. Motorized Frisbees sweeping up our dust bunnies...

    • Feb 12, 2013
  • Chatting with the curator of Catch as Catch Can

    Catch as Catch Can, 1913, Francis Picabia, French, 1879 – 1953. Oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 32 1/8 inches (100.6 x 81.6 cm). © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 A century ago this month, Cubist painter...

    • Feb 6, 2013
  • First Friday Focus

    A&E First Friday Focus Le Meridien | LGTripp Gallery | Asian Arts Initiative | SPACE | Rodger LaPelle Galleries email print font size share LinkedIn StumbleUpon Tumblr Digg ChimeIn Delicious Google+ Reddit options ÿ Posted: Fri, Jan. 4, 2013, 12:00 AM First Friday Focus City Paper‘s First Friday Hitlist Holly Otterbein City...

    • Jan 4, 2013
  • What If…

    A&E What If… Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s second show features new work by PAFA sculpture major Terri Aluise, who drew on the fairy tales she loved as a child. email print font size options   Posted: Thu, Sep. 6, 2012, 12:00 AM What If… Opening reception Fri., Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m., exhibit through...

    • Sep 6, 2012
  • That’s so raven

    A raven perches upon a bust of Pallas near the door of the Free Library’s Rare Book Department. It’s a Halloween-prop fake, though — the real raven is just down the hushed hall, sitting on a branch inside two ventilated UV-glass cases dimly lit with fiber-optic lights. As the John Cusack movie...

    • Apr 26, 2012
  • Urban Outfitter

    Jessie Hemmons, 25, aka Ishknits, is crouching down, sewing what looks like a neon, blue-and-green-striped sweater onto a skinny tree outside utility-gray Hartranft Elementary School in North Philly. A line of ants streaming over the bright new yarn looks about as confused as ants can. Hemmons adjusts the placement up several inches,...

    • Apr 4, 2012

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