Intercity bus terminal update; Trilingual musical at Temple; Pa. tick dashboard

Philadelphia recently won a $90,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission “to evaluate three pre-identified potential locations for the intercity bus terminal within the 30th Street Station area.”

A community engagement push will also be emphasized, reports BP’s Meir Rinde. It follows months of complaints from residents in Old City and Northern Liberties that they were blindsided by draft proposals to place the bus terminal near their homes. Continue reading…

A Greyhound bus picked up passengers on Spring Garden Street. Signs directed arrivals to the nearby Market-Frankford SEPTA, but that station is not wheelchair accessible. December 13, 2023. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The characters in playwright Erlina Ortiz’s “Siluetas,” staged by Power Street Theatre through June 23, sometimes converse in their first languages – Arabic and Spanish – and because it is a musical, the songs and speech together make it a trilingual theatrical experience.

It won’t be too much for the audience, says Ortiz. “The important information is received in all the languages,” she says, and “even though there are a lot of ups and downs in the plot,” people will be able to understand the story. As BP contributor Jane M. Von Bergen notes, the story arc may be summed up in one word: Home. Continue reading…

Guillermo Jemmott Jr., Angel Alzeidan, KO “Karen Olivo” and Garrick Vaughan star in Power Street Theatre’s “Siluetas.” (photo by Chris Jordan)

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