April 17, 2013 |
In the Studio 34 performance space in West Philadelphia, I watched a brand-new local band bask in the afterglow of its first performance. As an ardent music fan, I'd witnessed this scene hundreds of times before. But on this night, an unfamiliar feeling lurched in my stomach, an addictive combination of nerves, excitement, and fear. My band, Youth Decay, was taking the stage next. After decades of harboring a dream to rock out on stage, my moment had arrived, thanks to Ladies Rock Camp.
April 6, 2013
Amid the vast and growing array of online platforms, musicians and bands may never have to pass out fliers again. Through technology and social media, publicizing an artistic endeavor is much easier and appealing. Social media and technology have made it so much easier for musicians to share their music, as it cuts out the complex and strenuous process of going through studios, agents, and promotion people. Making music is basically the same as it always has been. Musicians need to be gifted with some God-given talent, they must hone their skills over countless hours of practice and rehearsals, and finally they must master their instrument.
March 24, 2013 |
Was Phil Spector actually guilty of the Feb. 3, 2003, murder of Lana Clarkson? That question was posed repeatedly by the media in increasing tones of hysteria over the six years it took for Spector to be tried, retried, found guilty, and sentenced to serve 19 years to life in prison. It's raised yet again in Phil Spector , a fascinating, maddening, and ultimately unsatisfying 90-minute biopic starring Al Pacino as the music producer and Helen Mirren as one of his attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden.
January 16, 2013 |
Stephen Anthony "Tony" Gaye, 65, of Northern Liberties, a commercial and fine-art photographer who had studios in and around Philadelphia for about 30 years, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of a heart attack at his home. Mr. Gaye, who described himself as a "studio still-life photographer," was known for his work for advertisers and his fine-art work in galleries, said Frank Bolling, a longtime friend. "He did the photographs for the most recent Campbell's annual report," Bolling said.
December 7, 2012 |
Mary Fiocca Yanetti, 98, founder of a dance studio in South Philadelphia, died Friday, Nov. 30, of respiratory failure at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mrs. Yanetti was known for the dance school she and her family opened in 1956 at their home in the 1100 block of South Seventh Street. AnnaMarie's School of Dance was named after Mrs. Yanetti's daughter, Anna Marie DiEgidio. The first floor was where classes in ballet, tap, jazz dancing, swing, and acrobatic dancing were taught. The second and third floors were living quarters for the family, said Mrs. Yanetti's grandson Jason Douglas.
November 8, 2012 |
YOU PROBABLY give little thought to the mug that holds your morning cup of joe. For some, that vessel is a work of art unto itself. On Thursday morning, the Clay Studio, a gallery and retail space in Old City dedicated to handmade ceramics, hopes to change the way some local coffee drinkers think about their own usual mugs. During the studio's Guerrilla Mug Assault, volunteers will gather at six secret locations to surprise morning commuters by replacing their usual cup with a one-of-a-kind handmade mug. Five hundred mugs crafted by 50 artists, many from the Philadelphia area, will be given away.
November 7, 2012 |
TERRY BRADSHAW was in damage-control mode after making a comment that could be construed as racist. On Sunday, the Fox studio analyst was describing highlights of the Dolphins-Colts game. In one clip, Miami running back Reggie Bush was on his way to scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run and Bradshaw said it looked "like he was chasing that bucket of chicken the wind was blowing. " On Monday, Bradshaw offered an apology via USA Today saying he was "so sorry if I hurt anybody . . . " Geez, did he really say if ?
October 23, 2012 |
EVEN 50 YEARS ON, Ken Scott can't really deal with the notion that the music he helped to create has affected millions of lives, has truly changed the world. Nor can he fathom that many of those life-altered listeners would be curious enough to come hear the legendary record producer/engineer lecture (as Scott's doing Tuesday evening at Drexel University) or read his newly published memoir, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust (Alfred Music Publishing, $24.99), written with a little help from Bobby Owsinski.
October 19, 2012 |
THIS MONTH, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours has opened the doors to 300 studios and art venues in neighborhoods across the city, allowing visitors to go behind the scenes and see where the work gets made and how the tools get used. In 1999, POST began with a network of 13 artists. It's grown so large it now spans two October weekends (Oct. 6-7 and on Saturday and Sunday). Last year's event attracted 37,000 people. The tours introduce artists to the community and may result in sales, but that's not the main goal of the event, said Ann Peltz, who heads up POST, which is run by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.
October 5, 2012 |
For arts aficionados who find First Fridays' treks through galleries lacking in scope, proximity, and intimacy, Philly's Center for Emerging Visual Artists has a proposition this month that reaches beyond the arcade setting into the artist's own lair. The center marks its 13th anniversary of peeking into private work spaces - not just the warehouse enclaves of Northern Liberties, or Old City's tony environs, but also the entire town - with POST: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Three hundred studios are participating in 14 neighborhoods across two weekends: this one for venues west of Broad Street, and Oct. 20 and 21 for those east of Broad.