June 21, 2013
FAMILY Philadelphia Triathlon "Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action. Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile), phillytri.com. Manayunk Arts Festival Annual juried show takes over Main Street.
June 17, 2013 |
Any aspiring singer or videographer with a smartphone can post a video on YouTube or promote work on Facebook. But easy-to-use digital platforms and social media don't make it easy to break into music, or video. The only way to learn how to do that is to do it yourself - or with a little help from your friends. Listen to recent Rowan University grads William Lees, his wife Stefany Mayz, and their pal John Breitling: "It's harder to get noticed. There's so much content out there that you get lost at sea," says Lees, 24. He founded Lees Productions, a video and film production company, in January.
May 31, 2013
A LOT IS RIDING on Sony introductions like the new STR-DN1040 Multi-Channel Audio/Video Receiver. Some high-profile Wall Street analysts and investors are calling on Sony to split off (or worse, close) its unprofitable electronics business and focus on what's making the venerable brand big money - its music and movie/TV production businesses, based in the United States, and its lucrative insurance division in Japan. Clearly, these number-crunching jerks have no respect for Sony's tech expertise, the core foundation upon which all else was built.
March 1, 2013
1SERENDIP FREE MUSIC RADIO Really, this should be called free music a/v, as more videos than audio tracks came up after I entered some favorites . The content comes from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud and BandCamp. Your social connections (Facebook/Twitter) also sway what gets play. 2H&M This freebie's not yet as good as the new Euro version, which lets visitors buy merch directly on a mobile phone or tablet. But at least you can see the new arrivals. 3STOW: THE MODERN PACKING LIST A $1.99 must for travelers who need reminding not to forget passport, pills, rain gear - whatever.
July 5, 2011
4-year-old dies in G'town fire Authorities said a weekend fire in an East Germantown rowhouse claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy and critically injured his teenage brother and sister. The blaze in the 500 block of East Herman Street was reported just after 2 p.m. Saturday. Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Hudgins said the 4-year-old's body was found in an upstairs bedroom. His name was not released. Hudgins said the teenagers managed to get out on their own but were taken to the Temple Burn Center, reportedly in critical condition.
July 1, 2011 |
Friday The science of Independence Day The Chemical Heritage Foundation will feature an Independence Day-inspired science fair with demonstrations and experiments plus people in period costumes. There will be a workshop to make tie-dye clothing items and to construct lava lamps. Two of the museum's exhibitions will be open for viewing during this free event, scheduled 1 to 8 p.m. at the foundation, 315 Chestnut St. Information: 215-925-2222; www.chemicalheritage.org . Saturday Bucks County fireworks The eighth Annual Peddler's Village "Celebration of Freedom" will have fireworks, entertainment, picnic-style food, and crafts and activities for children.
July 3, 2005 |
It would be absurd to expect a Brookings Institution-style seminar on global poverty and African debt relief at a daylong rock concert. Still, some of the hundreds of thousands who jammed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Live 8 yesterday were moved by the cause. Others were just curious, or wanted to be where "history" was being made, to experience a happening like the legendary Woodstock. Some wanted to make money - or break even. And of course, for many, it was all about the music.
January 5, 2005 |
Comcast Corp. will announce today a deal that will give its high-speed Internet customers a free subscription to RealNetworks' music service, Rhapsody RadioPlus. The arrangement continues Comcast's effort to add premium services to its high-speed, or broadband, Internet access service, which generally costs more than the broadband connections provided by phone companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. "It's not just about speed," said Greg Butz, senior vice president for marketing and systems development at Comcast Online.
February 1, 2004 |
Most people who love music have, at some time in their lives, been in love with radio. Scanning the dial and being slain by a song you didn't know existed - "Moondance," or "Smells Like Teen Spirit," or "Hey Ya!" - is a spine-tingling experience. Once, I couldn't get enough. But radio's endless repetition - and all those commercials - snuffed the spark. Frustration grew, and I started to look elsewhere for satisfaction. Elvis Costello was right: Radio had fallen into "the hands of such a lot of fools trying to anesthetize the way that you feel.
June 26, 2003
IF YOU KNOW where to look, you can now download a copy of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," free of charge, off the Internet. Why wait in long lines when you can have a badly scanned and illegal version of the popular children's novel? The same can be said of the music you can find in illicit music-swapping sites on the Net. While the appeal of taking free music from the Internet is easy to understand, so is the morality of the issue: it's stealing, plain and simple.