April 7, 2014 |
See "Free Play" when you're in a playful mood. The first time I went to this exhibition, a project of Independent Curators International (ICI) making its first appearance at the Arcadia University Art Gallery before moving on, I wasn't prepared for artworks that demanded my participation. I realized I'd have to return with a more carefree frame of mind and more expendable time. The second visit was the charm. I played Ping-Pong with an enthusiastic gallery visitor, tossed dice on a game board to determine my future, and went up and down on a seesaw.
August 23, 2012 |
Hello there Chris didn't know Kristen until she walked into his Graduate Hospital home on New Year's Eve 2008. Kristen had been invited to Chris' party by her friend and coworker Ivy, the then-fiancée of Chris' law school buddy Matt. "We played Guitar Hero a little bit together," Chris said. "Definitely, she made an impression on me that night. She is very cute, and I noticed she was a good singer, too. " But Chris let Kristen leave without exchanging contact info. "I had a little too much to drink that night, and was kind of thinking that I had blown any future opportunity with a bad first impression," he said.
July 16, 2012 |
On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan stepped onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and changed the course of pop music history. The performance caused a furious reaction. The crowd booed loudly, and folk icon Pete Seeger tried to stop the show. Dylan and his band retreated after three songs, coming back to play an acoustic set. Still, Dylan's provocative move has long been pointed to as a key moment when electric rock music eclipsed folk as the sound of the '60s generation.
April 20, 2012 |
WE WERE instructed by his people not to ask any questions about the Rolling Stones or Sally Humphreys, his new, younger-by-three-decades girlfriend. But hey, those subjects were not why Ronnie Wood agreed to chat up the Daily News in the first place. Instead, the veteran guitarist, who just last weekend was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the British rock band Faces, called to gab about his Saturday-night set at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The show is notable for a couple of reasons: It is not part of a tour, but a one-off performance by a guy who seldom goes out on his own. In fact, the Nugget show is his first solo gig in the U.S. And considering his 37-year tenure as a member of the Rolling Stones (thereby making him the royalist of rock royalty)
December 7, 2011
VIDEO GAME systems are generating remarkable sales this holiday season. Microsoft's Xbox 360 is leading the pack (a million units sold just over the Black Friday weekend), while Sony and Nintendo also report higher than expected figures. Clearly driving the boom? A terrific bunch of new software titles for hard-core gamers and casuals alike. BLOWS UP REAL GOOD: Fresh first-person shooters are proving especially hot, selling staggering numbers (8 million to 10 million) in little more than a month.
November 29, 2011 |
Owen Schmitt played tuba as a boy in small-town Wisconsin and loved it. But he also happened to be a football star. He couldn't score touchdowns and march with the band at halftime. So he chose touchdowns over tuba. He went to the West Virginia University, where he became a football superstar. In his last year, he didn't have many classes and began to skip the ones he had because he discovered Guitar Hero. He loved Guitar Hero. He thought to himself it would be really, really cool if he could actually play guitar.
December 28, 2010
IF YOUR FAMILY is anything like mine, they could be found the day after Christmas working their thumbs. That is, they probably spent the day hunched over a five-inch screen on the latest electronic game or gadget in their collection of virtual realities. I almost sat on my youngest granddaughter, who was on the sofa curled up under a blanket. She was blotting out the light around her to create a sharper contrast for her digital screen. Fortunately, her parents insist that she spend an hour or so reading every day. So she keeps her e-reader just outside the blanket in case her mother or father get medieval on her and enforce their reading rule.
October 3, 2010 |
The reaction It's been the question of the week: Do Eagles fans cheer the man who led them to five conference title games or boo the Redskin who never brought them a Super Bowl title? And how will McNabb react to whatever reaction he receives? McNabb on the move The Redskins love to roll out McNabb or use bootlegs to get him outside the pocket. The misdirection buys him time, and his big arm lets him throw to any part of the field. Both of the Redskins' passing touchdowns have come on plays like this.
November 27, 2009 |
They say no good deed goes unpunished. My deed must have been better than most, because I'm still fairly sore. A friend recently held a charity fund-raiser for children who want to run marathons or something. At least I think that's what it was for - to be honest, the whole thing sounded suspicious. An event for children who want to eat ice cream all day or play Xbox 360 until their wee hands lock up from carpal tunnel, that would make sense. Kids who want to run marathons? I don't know any of those and I'm not sure they exist.
September 4, 2009 |
Rockers out there, it's time to turn off Guitar Hero and turn on to the heroes of guitar in It Might Get Loud, a six-string "summit" featuring virtuosos of the '60s, '80s, and aughts. They are: Jimmy Page, silver-maned lion of licks, guitar supremo of the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin; the Edge, wool-capped wizard of reverb for U2; and Jack White, pork-pie-hatted plucker of the Raconteurs and White Stripes. In this electrifying triptych from Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth)