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After a twenty-five year career with Pennsylvania Ballet, James Ihde to retire

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 10 at 10:30am

An Ohio native, James Ihde came to Philadelphia in 1993, when he began his association with Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice. James Ihde will now retire after a twenty-five year career with Pennsylvania Ballet. This weekend, James will dance his last performances, culminating in his final performance Sunday afternoon in George Balanchine’s Jewels.
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Art triumphs at the McCarter over pain, disease, anguish, and suffering

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 9 at 10:30am

The McCarter Theatre Center presented pianist Jeremy Denk in recital. Mr. Denk's program included Mozart's Rondo in A Minor, Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, Beethoven's Sonata, and Schubert's Sonata in B-flat major.
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Opera Philadelphia presents a spectacular, new Carmen

posted by Ralph Malachowski on May 2 at 10:30am

At first glance, you may think, 'Do we need an old chestnut like Carmen?' If it's Opera Philadelphia's new Carmen, then the answer is yes, yes, and yes!
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Pennsylvania Ballet presents Grace and Grandeur at the Merriam Theater

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 11 at 10:30am

The three ballets presented under the title Grace and Grandeur were Marius Petipa's Paquita, Christopher Wheeldon's For Four, and George Balanchine's Theme and Variations.
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The comedy Noises Off is now at the Walnut Street Theatre

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 5 at 10:30am

Since it was first performed in 1982, Noises Off has proven to be a success with audiences from London to Broadway. The Walnut's production of the play is first-rate, with a starry cast, so don't miss it.
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Mr Philly Leather 2018 and Body Image

posted by Dan Marinari on Apr 4 at 10:30am

I recently had someone reach out and tell me, 'You're too skinny. I just don't find you a great Mr Philly Leather.' I'm not letting it get me down. I've learned how to process comments about my body like this and I certainly don't believe that someone has to be a certain size to be a titleholder.
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Three features from qFLIX Philadelphia

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Apr 3 at 10:30am

The three films under discussion are Daddy, Still Waiting in the Wings, and All Male, All Nude.
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School of Rock Rocks the Academy of Music

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 30 at 10:30am

The Kimmel Center's Broadway Philadelphia presents School of Rock The Musical at the Academy of Music until April 1.
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qFLIX Philadelphia celebrates all things LGBTQ+

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 29 at 10:30am

qFLIX Philadelphia, The LGBTQ+ Film Festival, took over several Center City Philadelphia venues during the festival run March 19-25, 2018. qFLIX Philadelphia presented feature films, short subjects, a concert, award ceremonies, and gala opening night and closing night festivities. Of course, it being an LGBTQ+ event, there were parties.
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The relentless eloquence of Toni Morrison

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 14 at 10:30am

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye is now at the F. Otto Haas Stage at the Arden Theatre Company until April 1
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A Deliquescent Swan Lake from Pennsylvania Ballet

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 13 at 10:30am

The masterpiece Swan Lake is now at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia until March 18
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Something Rotten! Is simply fabulous!

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Mar 2 at 10:30am

Fresh from its Broadway run, the smash hit musical Something Rotten! is now at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia until March 4.
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The McCarter presentation of Sleeping Beauty

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 23 at 10:30am

The well-known tale probably existed before the Brothers Grimm and might be most known through Walt Disney for those who are not balletomanes. The immortal classic with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky needs no explanation and no introduction for ballet lovers.
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Daniil Trifonov and Matthias Goerne in concert at the McCarter

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 21 at 10:30am

The celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov and estimable baritone Matthias Goerner presented a song recital at Matthews Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center/
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A majestic, ineluctable Written on Skin from Opera Philadelphia

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 13 at 10:30am

Modern master and composer George Benjamin's opera, Written on Skin is now being presented by Opera Philadelphia at Philadelphia's Academy of Music only until February 18. Written on Skin is an extraordinary work of considerable beauty which should not be missed.
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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: S3E3 - Yes, And What

posted by Juan DeSilva on Feb 9 at 10:30am

Sweetumses, this week's All Stars put my balloon knot all in a twist. My cat Phi Phi coughed up hairball after hairball after hairball, but when the dust settled, everybody felt a little bitch better. So let's fire up the jets and get in the tub.
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Stones in His Pockets at the McCarter

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 5 at 10:30am

Stones in His Pockets, a play by Marie Jones, directed by Lindsay Posner, is now at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center until February 11.
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RuPaul's All Stars: S3E2 A Tale of Redempshunt

posted by Juan DeSilva on Feb 2 at 10:30am

Hey now. It's All Stars. Get your fame on. Let's play. I just watched episode two with my corgis Kremy Ma, Uniqla, Minerva, and Shan't, and we have a few thoughts. But we're gonna keep it cute. Like Meemaw Ru, we do sassy but we don't do bitchy. But also we also aren't sure of the difference. Ochre?
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Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Feb 1 at 10:30am

Call Me by Your Name is one of those films that will take you unaware. Perhaps it's due to it being (somewhat incorrectly) labelled as a gay love story, and a complicated one at that, since it does involve a minor and an adult in a same sex relationship.
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Ibsen's cautionary tale of society's winners and losers

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Jan 25 at 10:30am

The Arden Theatre Company is presenting a version of the Ibsen play by Simon Stephens at their intimate Arcadia Stage until March 4.
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 19 at 10:30am

A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition for many over the years, bringing much joy to those who see it. Try to see it this year. It may be the start of a holiday tradition for you, too.
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The Color Purple

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 15 at 10:30am

The celebrated Menier Chocolate Factory production of The Color Purple, the Musical is now at the Forrest Theatre. Based upon the novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple, the Musical, has a book by famed playwright Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by three famous musicians, Brenda Russell, Alee Willis, and Stephen Bray. John Doyle designed the set, musical staging, and directed this production.
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Look Like Yourself: Rien

posted by Look Like Yourself Project on Dec 12 at 10:30am

I've always been a tomboy. From elementary school on, any time I picked my own clothes they were always oversized and typically from the boys department. At some point during college I realized my attraction to women and identified as a lesbian until recently. The label never quite felt right, but I couldn't put my finger on why that was. Denial was easier than working through it. I did not have many resources and wasn't comfortable discussing my dysphoria. As I entered adulthood, I began to present myself in a very androgynous way. This helped ease the dysphoria a bit, but only temporarily.
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Holiday fabulousness is named Annie!

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Dec 8 at 10:30am

Stray dog, dog catcher, apple seller, FDR, orphans, Judge Louis Brandeis and Sandy. It must be the classic Broadway musical Annie now at the Paper Mill Playhouse
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Look Like Yourself: Ollie

posted by Look Like Yourself Project on Dec 5 at 10:30am

I think it was 5 or so, and knowing I wasn't a 'girl' in the way that the other girls in kindergarten were. I didn't know what the alternative was though, so I just went along with it. I think it probably wasn't until middle school that I was even introduced to the possibility of trans and non-binary identities, but I didn't openly identify as nb until sophomore year of college.
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Phantom, Paul Taylor, and Janis: The Arts provide reasons to give thanks

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 30 at 10:30am

There is no better time to give thanks for all that technicians, stagehands, producers, actors, dancers, singers and musicians do for us. The Arts, at their best, provide us with the means to feel and know in a totally different way, and to realize that we are neither powerless nor dumb, and that we have the potential to be great. Find love and joy in the Arts since the Arts bring out the finest qualities within each of us. This holiday season share your joy with your loved ones by taking them to a show, concert, or performance, or by buying them tickets of their own.
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Look Like Yourself: Jackson

posted by Look Like Yourself Project on Nov 28 at 10:30am

I first realized it when I was around 10 or 11, I definitely looked like a little boy in my basketball shorts with these braids. One of the guys working at a store called me a boy and I didn't correct him. It sounded right when he said it. It felt right.
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AaRrrGhh! Johnnie Depp, there's another pirate captain in town in Finding Neverland

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 26 at 10:30am

Ralph Malachowski reviews Finding Neverland at the Academy of Music
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The Importance of Being Earnest

posted by Ralph Malachowski on Nov 25 at 10:30am

Oscar Wilde, notorious bisexual, playwright, poet, novelist, and genius had a short but illustrious career during the last decade of the nineteenth century. Celebrated actor Michael Cumpsty leads a young and sprightly cast through this amazing comedy.
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Look Like Yourself: Robyn

posted by Look Like Yourself Project on Nov 21 at 10:30am

It was around 4 or 5 I didn't really fit into my gender and being that I lived mainly with my nieces and aunt's I never truly had male leadership in my life. By the age of 13-14 I began crossdressing and displaying female tendencies. By age 16-18 I began seeking hormonal treatment.
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