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Arts & Culture

Denève is a gamer at Philadelphia Orchestra’s dramatized ‘Rite of Spring’ — and finds depth there, too

Organist Peter Richard Conte revealed a range of nuance and color in Poulenc's "Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani."

Kate Morton’s ‘Clockmaker’s Daughter’: An over-wound tale that ends right on time

The author of "The Lake House" and "The Distant Hours" weaves a ghost story replete with old mansion, old family mysteries, and, yes, a pretty interesting ghost. The clockworks threaten to wind down after a while in this twisty, overwrought novel, but the ending is satisfying, bringing together many of the book's characters and subplots.

Kate Morton’s ‘Clockmaker’s Daughter’: An over-wound tale that ends right on time

The author of "The Lake House" and "The Distant Hours" weaves a ghost story replete with old mansion, old family mysteries, and, yes, a pretty interesting ghost. The clockworks threaten to wind down after a while in this twisty, overwrought novel, but the ending is satisfying, bringing together many of the book's characters and subplots.

Knausgaard’s final book of ‘My Struggle’: Reality hunger, middle-class life, and epic passion

The Norwegian novelist finishes his 3,600-page, six-volume, lightly fictionalized autobiography, at great cost to himself and his family, but at great benefit to us all. It's striving for unadorned, direct truthfulness, without any veils of media interference, its concrete sense of life as so many of us live it, make "My Struggle: Book 6" worth the epic struggle.

Knausgaard’s final book of ‘My Struggle’: Reality hunger, middle-class life, and epic passion

The Norwegian novelist finishes his 3,600-page, six-volume, lightly fictionalized autobiography, at great cost to himself and his family, but at great benefit to us all. It's striving for unadorned, direct truthfulness, without any veils of media interference, its concrete sense of life as so many of us live it, make "My Struggle: Book 6" worth the epic struggle.

Murakami’s ‘Killing Commendatore’ gets the balance between magic and realism right

The great Japanese writer grew famous writing about the melancholy of youth. Now he turns to middle age, with a simple tale of a painter that gets almost, but not quite, hijacked by crazy incursions of odd characters and strange beings. In the end, the novel gets the balance between the crazy and the realistic just right, serving up humble but persuasive lessons about the times of our lives.

Murakami’s ‘Killing Commendatore’ gets the balance between magic and realism right

The great Japanese writer grew famous writing about the melancholy of youth. Now he turns to middle age, with a simple tale of a painter that gets almost, but not quite, hijacked by crazy incursions of odd characters and strange beings. In the end, the novel gets the balance between the crazy and the realistic just right, serving up humble but persuasive lessons about the times of our lives.
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‘The Anchoress’ by David Serkin Ludwig and Katie Ford beguiles in its world premiere

Wednesday was a good day for the composer: his Fanfare for Samuel Barber was played by the Curtis orchestra earlier, and night brought an entire program of his work.

Berthe Morisot at the Barnes: Fresh, smart work from the overlooked Impressionist

Her work captures something you don't tend to see in Impressionist paintings — women with minds of their own.

Philly forensic artist creates portraits to honor fallen cops

No matter who he's drawing, Castro starts with the eyes.

‘Sweat’ at Philadelphia Theatre Company: Image of a town, and a society, being torn apart

The Philadelphia Theatre Company's comeback production is Lynn Nottage's "Sweat," a very contemporary play that portrays out-of-work steelworkers in Reading, wondering where their jobs and city went. As the jobs go, relations decay among old friends, and old social oppositions, racial, generational, and more, emerge. The production is sometimes sketchy, and the characters should evoke more sympathy than they do, but "Sweat" at PTC delivers a sadly relevant portrait of a society in collapse.

H.F. ‘Gerry’ Lenfest remembered at Academy of Music celebration

The civic leader and philanthropist, who died Aug. 5, was remembered at a celebration that drew dignitaries from the region and beyond.

Those odd billboards on I-95 at Academy Road are part of a huge national art project

Billboards designed to spark civic engagement before the elections have appeared in all 50 states.

‘All My Sons’ at Curio: Keeping secrets, when the neighbors already know

Curio Theatre Company kicks off its season with an updated version of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," which deals with the consequences of lies and corruption in a suburban neighborhood.

One Book, One Philadelphia selection for 2018-19 announced

It's a bold choice, a decidedly adult book, encompassing drug abuse, violence and death, the prison-industrial complex, and broken familial relationships.

‘Ambitious’ set design leads to Curio’s ‘All My Sons’

A "very ambitious" set design has audience members walk through the homes of the families in Arthur Miller's classic play. Actor Paul Kuhn says it's a good play for right now, when so many people are acting as if they are "above consequences."

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ returns to Arden, with a handshake

The Arden is bringing "Every Brilliant Thing," which sold out its extended run last fall, back this fall. Director Terrence J. Nolen and star Scott Greer talk about what makes the play work: its personal, democratic approach, making the audience the supporting cast.

Tovah Feldshuh to perform ‘Dancing with Giants’ at Congregation Rodeph Shalom

The actress and singer delights in the gender-bent role of Joe "Yussel the Muscle" Jacobs, the real-life manager of German boxer Joe Schmeling, who became a close friend of his onetime opponent, Joe Louis, and an enemy of Joseph Goebbels, publicity man for Hitler.

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