November 25, 2015 |
Writing for string quartet and voice is a tricky thing, and at the basic level of craft, Jennifer Higdon skillfully avoids the pitfalls in In the Shadow of Sirius . The piece was played Saturday night at the Curtis Institute of Music in the first of this season's three residency recitals by the Aizuri Quartet at the school. Higdon, a Curtis composition professor, has a towering model for the form in "Dover Beach," Samuel Barber's moving 1931 work for the same combination. In fact, Barber's language hovers near.
March 4, 2015 |
PEOPLE still yack about what a good pitchman Steve Jobs was for Apple. But when it comes to serving the sizzle as well as the steak in consumer-tech presentations, nobody's ever gonna match Joe Clayton, a 40-year industry exec finally cashing in his chips at age 65, "so I have time to take my new grandson hunting and fishing. " Damn, I'm gonna miss this guy. A few weeks ago, this outgoing president/CEO of Dish Network stole the spotlight at the giant CES electronics show in Las Vegas with a news conference entrance like we'd never seen before.
January 10, 2014 |
When artist Demetrius Oliver's exhibition "Canicular" opens at the Print Center on Friday, it will be months late. For that, you can blame the cosmos. "We had planned this exhibition for the fall," the center's assistant director, Ashley Peel Pinkham said. "But we had to move it, because the stars would not have been aligned at that time. " She meant that literally. The trouble was, the exhibition's centerpiece is a cylindrical, observatory-like space crowned by a video projection of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, live-streamed from a telescope at the Franklin Institute.
January 10, 2014 |
FROM a distance, when illuminated, the circular sign hanging outside the Print Center, on Latimer Street, resembles a photograph of the sun ablaze with solar flares. As one approaches, however, the image reveals itself as a close-up of dog's fur. That sort of play between the astronomical and the everyday runs throughout "Canicular," artist Demetrius Oliver's new exhibition, which opened yesterday at the Print Center. The show, continuing through March 22, was inspired by Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and particularly its nickname, the "Dog Star.
September 25, 2013 |
Bob Dougherty, a Cheltenham police officer from the K-9 unit, strides across a scrap yard in West Philadelphia, his boots crunching over gravel. Scrambling over a mountain of broken pallets and rubble, Dougherty crawls into one of several half-buried blue plastic barrels and pulls a wooden lid over the opening. Hide and seek has never been this serious. Inside, it is oppressively hot, and Dougherty is heavily clothed - helmet, long sleeves, long pants, thick canvas gloves. But he is doing this voluntarily, for a good cause.
March 8, 2013 |
Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m. He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
March 7, 2013 |
THE TALK-RADIO AUDIENCE was becoming "too old, too white, too male and too angry" for syndicated host Michael Smerconish . On Wednesday, he announced that he's leaving terrestrial radio - including local affiliate 1210 WPHT - and heading for SiriusXM, where he'll appear on the nonpartisan POTUS station. The "Michael Smerconish Program," as it will be called, will begin April 15 and run weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A rep from WPHT says that Smerconish has no official end date at his home station but that the station wishes him the best.
January 31, 2013 |
JOHN BOLARIS, radio badboy Howard Stern 's personal weatherman, will return to the airwaves Monday as a guest on "Lieberman Live at Five, "the new weekly program hosted by Jon Lieberman , a contributor to HLN and former "America's Most Wanted" investigative reporter. Local attorney Danny Cevallos was on the show this week. During his last appearance on Howard 101, Stern's Sirius XM channel, Bolaris proposed to his fiancee, Erica Smitheman . A new Dawn at Fox 29 Longtime NBC 10 anchor/reporter Dawn Timmeney started Monday at Fox 29 as a freelance anchor/reporter.
March 23, 2011 |
IT'S GOOD TO be the king . . . of all media. But that doesn't mean someone still won't try to rook you. Howard Stern and his agent, Don Buchwald , are suing Sirius XM Radio for failing to pay stock awards they say are due for helping the satellite radio provider become a Sirius player. In a suit filed yesterday in New York, Stern's production company, One Twelve Inc., and Buchwald said that Sirius made an initial bonus stock award after Stern started in January 2006 but failed to do so over the subsequent four years.
December 10, 2010 |
Seems Howard Stern is still a valued entertainer. ( You People really adore him that much?) The 56-year-old Schlock Jock announced on Thursday that he has signed a new five-year contract with Sirius XM radio - for unspecified millions (and millions . . . and millions) of $. Stern joined Sirius in '05 with a sweet $500 mil, five-year contract. Recently, there were rumors Stern planned to jump the XM ship for iTunes. (Wonder how much extra $ those rumors got him.) "Howard is a great talent, and we are thrilled that he will continue to provoke, engage, and entertain on Sirius XM," Serious Sirius Suit Mel Karmazin tells the Hollywood Reporter.