Joan Myers Brown has chosen longtime colleague Kim Bears-Bailey as her successor at Philadanco

Downtime during the coronavirus pandemic “gave me an opportunity to think,” Brown said. “And also, it gave me an opportunity to talk with Kim about, ‘Are you ready to do this?’”

The medical gods vs. the caregivers: Seeing the Art Museum’s ‘Gross Clinic’ masterpiece anew amid COVID-19

We find healing in attention and sympathy — from caregivers and from each other, if not from medical titans. "Gross" and other artworks at the PMA and PAFA offer insight.

The medical gods vs. the caregivers: Seeing the Art Museum’s ‘Gross Clinic’ masterpiece anew amid COVID-19

We find healing in attention and sympathy — from caregivers and from each other, if not from medical titans. "Gross" and other artworks at the PMA and PAFA offer insight.

Joseph J. Rishel, legendary PMA curator of European art, dies at 80

Mr. Rishel, married to late PMA director Anne d'Harnoncourt, was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field, his unflagging support of colleagues, his humor, and many spectacular exhibitions.

Joseph J. Rishel, legendary PMA curator of European art, dies at 80

Mr. Rishel, married to late PMA director Anne d'Harnoncourt, was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field, his unflagging support of colleagues, his humor, and many spectacular exhibitions.

Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor Erina Yashima takes the baton

The conductor brought both polish and great expressivity to works of George Walker and Dvorak.

Philadelphia Orchestra assistant conductor Erina Yashima takes the baton

The conductor brought both polish and great expressivity to works of George Walker and Dvorak.
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‘The Cold Millions,’ Jess Walter’s celebration of forgotten heroes, is one of the most captivating novels of the year | Book review

Where Walters' "Beautiful Ruins" satirized the meretricious appeal of Hollywood, movie stars, and reality TV, here he writes of homeless workers, railway tramps, and union organizers.

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‘ExtraOrdinary’: WHYY to air film about former Monsignor Bonner teacher who could someday be named a saint

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Kristin Chenoweth’s show at the Kimmel Center show got postponed in March. Now Broadway’s Glinda is back, in ‘The Witches' movie, and she’s missed you.

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Early in the pandemic, some readers gravitated toward prescient sci-fi; others sought solace in self-help or transportive novels. Now, more than seven months in, some of us just want a happy ending.

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Oh, boo, a Halloween without trick-or-treating. Here are some fun Philly family alternatives.

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New Philadelphia Orchestra composer Gabriela Lena Frank taps into crucial moments in our culture, and a hummingbird

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