February 22, 2012 |
COMCAST'S TAKEOVER of pre-"Smash" NBC/Universal came with a price steeper than owning some of network television's crappiest shows. As part of its agreement with the FCC and the Department of Justice, the media giant will launch four minority-owned networks on its cable-TV systems in the next two years. The networks announced yesterday include: * Revolt, a channel conceived by "P. Diddy" Combs and MTV veteran Andy Schuon , and surprisingly, not about an uprising of people who get their Comcast bill.
December 9, 2011
THE ARAB cultural organization Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents a free performance tonight that celebrates poetry and music. First up is the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble, a community group that performs traditional folk and classical music from Arabic cultures. Melodies from lutelike instruments such as the oud inspire the urge to dance. Arabic vocalists are subdued and highly controlled. The program includes compositions by "Oud King" Farid Alatrash and Mohammad Abdel Wahab, whose music is delicate and passionate.
December 2, 2011 |
First you see terrified eyes peering from inside a shipping crate. Then the camera zooms in on the half-dozen people trapped inside it. A forklift is carrying this human six-pack toward a truck, which is likely headed for a factory, a farm, or a brothel. The new MTV public-service ad dramatizes a hidden horror: slavery in the 21st century. Millions of women, men, and children - including many thousands in the United States - are slaves. Their forced labor includes picking crops, weaving carpets, cleaning buildings, and being raped.
October 16, 2011
Sunday Chamber music In a recital in memory of the late harpist Karin Fuller Capanna, an all-star lineup - pianist Linda Reichert , violinists Diane Monroe and Guillaume Combet , violist Sidney Curtiss , and cellist Rajli Bicolli - will play works by Bach, Jacques Ibert, Richard Festinger, Michael Djupstrom, and Roberto Pace at 3 p.m. at Settlement Music School's Willow Grove branch, 318 Davisville Rd.,...
August 2, 2011 |
HARRY POTTER is being replaced by a Warbler. In a harmonic convergence of two pop-culture phenomena, Darren Criss of "Glee" is going to take over for Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. " Darren will play the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the Frank Loesser musical. Radcliffe doesn't leave until Jan. 1 and Darren's run will last only from Jan. 3-22 due to his "Glee" shooting schedule, but Gleeks should probably order tickets ASAP.
June 21, 2011 |
JILL SCOTT'S former students - creatively awakened to "Macbeth" by her notion of singing Willie the Shake to doo-wop tunes - might not agree. But the rest of the world owes a big thanks to the grumpy principal at Dobbins High School who so dispirited Scott as an English-teacher trainee, telling her she'd soon "get over" her idealism, that the young woman quit the gig to start working full time at even more creative endeavors. Clearly, things have turned out well for the singer/poet/actress and community philanthropist (see sidebar)
April 21, 2011 |
These past months have been a roller-coaster ride for Soulja Boy. Months after his third album, "The DeAndre Way," failed to make a big impact on the Billboard 200, his 14-year-old half-brother passed away. But the 20-year-old Internet imp has channeled the negative and turned it into positive, birthing a new mixtape "Juice," out yesterday. Soulja Boy recently talked to Billboard.com about his upcoming projects, teaming up with some of the original cast from "Juice" (the 1992 film starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur)
February 15, 2011 |
RONNIE NEWSOME finished up his day job at SEPTA, packed up his gear and headed out to interview rapper Redman. Assigning buses to operators, then interviewing hip-hop stars - that's nothing exceptional for Newsome: By day, he's a vehicle readiness coordinator, but by night he hosts "Franchise Live," a cable access show that is a mixture of music video and interviews with hip-hop personalities ranging from Redman to Lil' Mama to Notorious B.I.G.'s...
February 11, 2011 |
GUSTAFER Yellowgold is a saffron-colored, cone-headed alien who comes from the sun. He relocated to Earth to escape the drudgery of working in his father's raisin carvery, ditching the family business for a shot at a more-inspiring journey. Gustafer started out as a doodle by Morgan Taylor, a New York-based indie rocker who, like many musicians, was struggling to connect with an audience. Until, that is, Taylor animated his recent immigrant from the sun. "The music I'm making is the music I've always been making.
October 18, 2010 |
SIGMA SOUND Studios (212 N. 12th), where David Bowie recorded his classic "Young Americans" LP in 1974, and where founder Joseph Tarsia hosted other major projects, is reinventing itself. Music producers Durell Bottoms , who has worked with Pink and Boyz II Men and Adam Blackstone , who recently recorded Jill Scott and toured with Maroon 5 , are among partners who have taken over the recording studio and transformed it in to a one-stop facility which can handle recording, video production and a concert space for private parties.