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Recommended by Lisa Dukart

Just when you thought Philly couldn’t possibly accommodate another live-music venue, along comes this 2,950-capacity Fishtown beauty, which features two performance spaces—one for larger headliners (check out British folkie crooner James Bay on Nov. 13), the other for more intimate shows (like former Philly act Matt Pond PA on Nov. 18). There’s even a VIP lounge. Visit www.thefillmorephilly.com.

 

By Beth Kephart
(Temple University Press, 144 pages)

Recommended by Hobart Rowland

The latest addition to this Berwyn-based writer’s increasingly prolific body of work is a wide-eyed, reflective collection of personal essays that embrace and celebrate the warts-and-all beauty of our unjustly maligned city. Philly could use a little affection, and Kephart delivers it without overt sentimentality.

 

Nov. 29 at Bryn Mawr Film Institute 

Recommended by Lisa Dukart

Every once in a while, it’s nice to see a ballet that’s a little untraditional—and, invariably, the dancers sparkle in this abstract work based on Balanchine’s visit to Van Cleef & Arpels in New York. Emeralds, rubies and diamonds shimmer as representations of New York, Paris and St. Petersburg in this production, which was filmed at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Visit www.brynmawrfilm.org.