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David Treuer’s ‘Heartbeat of Wounded Knee’: Native American resilience in the 20th century

This book revises the old cliche of Indians as "Vanishing Americans," replacing it with a story of grit and resilience. Treuer embraces the complexities of being Native American but insists on the dual reality of a people who embrace America yet insist on their special place in it.
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David Treuer’s ‘Heartbeat of Wounded Knee’: Native American resilience in the 20th century

This book revises the old cliche of Indians as "Vanishing Americans," replacing it with a story of grit and resilience. Treuer embraces the complexities of being Native American but insists on the dual reality of a people who embrace America yet insist on their special place in it.

Must-sees in Philly galleries right now, including Scott Noel’s exceptional paintings

Michelle Marcuse at Grizzly Grizzly and "Writers Making Books" at Arcadia's Spruance Gallery are other highlights.

Must-sees in Philly galleries right now, including Scott Noel’s exceptional paintings

Michelle Marcuse at Grizzly Grizzly and "Writers Making Books" at Arcadia's Spruance Gallery are other highlights.

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Marlon James’ ‘Black Leopard’: The novel that rewrites the fantasy playbook

This amazing fantasy novel, the first of a series, shows the author in incredible form. It's truly what fantasy should be: thought-provoking, moving, and astonishing.
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Marlon James’ ‘Black Leopard’: The novel that rewrites the fantasy playbook

This amazing fantasy novel, the first of a series, shows the author in incredible form. It's truly what fantasy should be: thought-provoking, moving, and astonishing.
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‘An Oak Tree’ at Theatre Exile: A great concept at war with a contrived set-up

A play addressing grief and loss runs aground on its central gimmick: having a different guest actor every night walk into a wholly unknown role. Artifices like this muffle the power of the play.

Metropolitan Opera’s 2019-20 season puts Yannick at the podium for a wild multimedia ride

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct a new William Kentridge production of the 1925 opera "Wozzeck." Other Met season highlights include Philly's own Eric Owens in a new production of Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess."

Gentrification hit Harlem first, and now a housing-boom play born there makes its Philly premiere

Theatre Horizon stages "Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale" Feb. 22-24. We talk to co-creator Jaylene Clark Owens.

Coming to the Delaware waterfront in March: A new theater mini-festival with ‘hip-fizz'

In March,FringeArts launches its High Pressure Fire Service series, HPFS for short. Say it: hip-fizz.

Two opera superstars with Philly ties will sing a dream-team recital here Friday

Star tenor Lawrence Brownlee world-premiered "Yardbird" at Opera Philadelphia. Star bass-baritone Eric Owens grew up in Mount Airy and is about to become co-director of opera at Curtis.

Pa. Ballet will dance controversial ‘La Bayadère’ in its 2019-2020 season, being announced today

“La Bayadère” is one of the most beautiful and beloved historical full-length ballets. But also one that has been called racially insensitive.

Winsome Imani Winds gives world premiere of Four Sketches by Penn professor James Primosch

James Primosch wears lightly an American vernacular in his style for these sketches, one that recalls no other composer in particular, but an aesthetic of lyricism and gentle motion.

Newspaper ads placed by former slaves seeking missing relatives to be read on stage at Villanova

A cast of 75 will bring to life the voices of mothers searching for their children, husbands for their wives, daughters and sons for their parents, siblings for each other.

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‘Broads’ at 1812 Productions: Brassy, unapologetic cabaret of freethinking females

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.

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.

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‘People Kissing’: The history of the kiss in photos, or vice versa

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.

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‘Bowlaway’ by Elizabeth McCracken: The subject is love, because the subject is bowling

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.

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