BRUCE WALSH

Supreem takes over the stage with a 12-member band

Supreem and the New Experience will bring their blend of old-school funk and hip-hop to The Fire.Credit: Zamani Feelings PhotographyThese days, Philly hip-hop mainstay Supreem Dareglater goes by, simply, Supreem. But while his moniker may be stripped down, his new sound is amped up, filled out,...

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:35 PM

'Brainpeople' is Luna Theater's latest adventurous show

Luna Theater's Gregory Scott Campbell stands in front of the South Philly theater.Photo providedBefore Luna Theater signed the lease on their new home, a building owned by the Church of the Crucifixion in South Philly, they had a few awkward conversations with their potential landlords.“I said to...

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:01 PM

Painter Victor Atkins gets a second wind with 'Come and Play'

Victor Atkins with "Noah's Ark."Provided by the artistVictor Atkins still gets occasional messages from owners of his paintings — or from their insurance brokers. Often, they’re trying to determine the value of the abstract expressionist paintings he was creating in the 1980s.They might be asking...

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:35 PM

Center City Jazz Festival takes over four venues in one day

Shortly after graduating from Temple University, jazz musician Ernest Stuart packed up his trombone and headed to New York City. Soon he was gigging and touring with groups that veered close to the traditional, straight-ahead style in which he was trained.But that all changed around 2008 when he...

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5:35 PM

Tere O’Connor’s acclaimed 'Bleed' dances into Philly

You don't need to speak the language of modern dance to appreciate the work of Tere O'Connor in "Bleed."For the lay audience member, insider descriptions of famed New York choreographer Tere O’Connor’s methods can feel somewhat distancing. Check out his Process Blog for “Bleed” – opening this...

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 5:31 PM

Young playwrights shine at monologue festival

Anthony Martinez Briggs, in the foreground, EmmaGoidel of InterAct Theatre Company and Ahmed Naji workshop monologues.Masterman High School senior Ahmed Naji is a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic. Most evenings, after his schoolwork is completed, he’s off to the gym to blow off steam. So when his...

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 5:40 PM

Spring Arts Preview: Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' at the Arden

When Curt Columbus was a teenager, he rebelled against his Ronald Reagan adoring father by deciding to study Reagan’s Cold War nemesis, the Soviet Union. And it wasn’t just a phase either, to his father’s chagrin. Columbus eventually received a degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies from...

Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:33 PM

First Friday pick: 'Full Bloom' at Bluestone gallery

"Lotus" by Susan MelrathWhen painter Susan Melrath was growing up in Oxford, Pa., her mother worked as a professional floral designer.“I remember the smell of her hands after work, like fresh greenery. There were always clippers in the glove box, because you never knew when you might find the...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:52 PM

'The Terrible Girls' trilogy continues with 'Skin & Bone'

Akuza Theatre is performing playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger's "Skin & Bone."Credit: Kate RainesAt some point during Azuka Theatre’s 2011 production of “The Terrible Girls,” playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger envisioned a trilogy out of the play. “Terrible” was a local hit, but her inspiration...

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8:23 PM

Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadanco collaborate for 'Aubade'

Tommie Waheed Evans choreographs the dancers in "Aubade."Credit: ProvidedWhen choreographer Tommie Waheed Evans sat down with the artistic staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he had no idea they had already decided to hire him.“I was thinking this meeting was just, you know, ‘You meet me; I meet...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 9:46 PM

Dancer Lindsay Browning is feeling 'Blue'

Lindsay Browning performs "Blue."Credit: Alan KlocIt’s been a brutal month for cyclists, something choreographer Lindsay Browning knows all too well. As a professional dancer/yoga teacher/photographer/costume designer, she logs about 14 miles a day between gigs, in the wind, rain and month-long...

Monday, February 17, 2014, 9:07 PM

Sam Shepard's 'True West' opens at Plays and Players

Brian Osborne and Jeb Kreager play two very different brothers in "True West."Credit: Robert HakalskiWhen director Matt Pfeiffer was an undergrad acting major, an older student handed him a VHS copy of the 1984 American Playhouse broadcast of “True West” — a right of passage familiar to many young...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:53 PM

Truth in comedy in 'Let’s Pretend We’re Famous'

Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs star in "Let's Pretend We're Famous."Credit: Mark GarvinTony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs are self-confessed comedy nerds.The local actors can recite bits from obscure vaudeville acts, Woody Allen films, Nichols & May skits, George Burns monologues, and...

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 6:10 PM

Where to ring in the New Year in Philly

The West Philadelphia Orchestra is ready to rock Underground Arts on New Year's Eve.Over the last four years, the West Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve party has become one of the most talked about celebrations in the city. But you won’t find this Balkan dance party highlighted — or even...

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:35 PM

West Philadelphia Orchestra: the ideal New Year's Eve party soundtrack

West Philadelphia Orchestra goes big for New Year's Eve!Over the last four years, the West Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve party has become one of the most-talked-about celebrations in the city. But you won’t find this Balkan dance party highlighted — or even mentioned — on most mainstream...

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 11:34 PM

Enjoy a jazzy Christmas at Chris' jazz cafe

George Burton brings the holiday spirit to Chris' Jazz Cafe.When pianist George Burton was growing up in Mount Airy, his parents took him downtown to the Gallery every winter to hear professional jazz and classical musicians play Christmas music in the mall.That series doesn’t exist anymore but,...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:56 PM

Pig Iron revives 'Twelfth Night' at FringeArts

Pig Iron Theatre Company is bringing back its 2011 hit "Twelfth Night."Credit: Josh KoenigSince their founding in 1995, Philly’s own Pig Iron Theatre Company has developed more than 25 productions from scratch. As a rule, they never began with an existing script.“I started to wonder, ‘At this...

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 9:38 PM

Behind the scenes at the Pennsylvania Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

School of Pennsylvania Ballet students Jane Cohen and Aidan Duffy rehearse "The Nutcracker."Credit: Alexander IziliaevA core member of the Pennsylvania Ballet since 2010, Alex Ratcliffe-Lee is no stranger to physically and mentally challenging dances.But wearing a giant mouse head while leaping...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:30 PM

'A Child's Christmas in Wales' retells a classic tale, with puppets

Find out if the puppets talk in "A Child's Christmas in Wales," at St. Stephen's Theater.Credit: Kate RainesPuppeteer Sebastienne Mundheim has always had a tough time closing up her studio for the day.“You get so involved in it, you start to think they’re real. When I was working on the little boy...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8:00 PM

'The Woman in Black' creeps into Act II Playhouse

Jered McLenigan in "The Woman in Black."Credit: Mark GarvinWith more than 10 Barrymore awards, and a Theater Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award to boot, James J. Christy just might be Philadelphia’s most successful theater director of the last 30 years. And, at 72, he’s not scared to take on new...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 11:38 PM