New Jersey Stage makes its debut

New Jersey Stage logoNew Jersey recently saw the debut of a new, online magazine covering the arts throughout the state.

New Jersey Stage contains features on and interviews with artists from the Garden State as well as with national artists performing in the area.

“Two things make the magazine unique,” said Gary Wien, who publishes the magazine through Wine Time Media, in a press release announcing the launch. “One is the way articles come alive with the help of audio and video clips. The other is the way the magazine can be read on any computer, tablet, or even a smart phone. In fact, it’s actually designed to look great for mobile users.”

The debut issue, available now for free at http://www.newjerseystage.com/magazine, includes interviews with:

  • New Jersey musician Jack Skuller who recently was awarded the Holly Prize by the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Comedian Dom Irrera, who is performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City
  • Filmmaker Daniel Goodman, who is currently shooting the film “I’m From New Jersey”
  • Playwright Robert Caisley whose latest work, “Lucky Me,” is being presented at NJ Rep
  • Comedian Colin Quinn who is performing at the Newton Theatre
  • Music industry professional Andrew Curry, who is producing “Here Comes The Reign Again,” a new compilation of classic ‘80s British artists covered by musicians of today

In addition, the issue contains artwork by Rob Tanico, poetry by J. Sales, reviews of the films “Boyhood” and “Grand Central,” an exclusive music video by Bruce Tunkel, a music industry column by Rosemary Conte, and an original comic strip by Gene Pompilio.

“I believe digital magazines are the best way to promote arts-related events,” said Wien, who previously published the popular Upstage Magazine. “Film reviews with actual movie trailers, record reviews with MP3s or music videos, and theatrical productions with scenes from rehearsals or opening night—all enhance the reader’s experience.“

In addition to the monthly publication, the main New Jersey Stage Web site includes news and features on a daily basis at http://www.NewJerseyStage.com.

Help ‘Make Music Philly’ stage 300 free live music events on June 21

Originally posted on BK's Blog:

Make Music Philly
In the latest installment of my Tandem With The Random podcast, I interview Natalie Diener, coordinator of Make Music Philly , a campaign to bring 300 free live music events throughout Philadelphia as part of World Music Day on June 21, 2014.

To do this, Make Music Philly has set up a Kickstarter campaign to hopefully raise $20,000…but the deadline is THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11, at 1:33 p.m. ET. A donation of just $10 will get you a Make Music Philly kazoo! How could you not want that?! Come on, Philly! Part with $10, get 300 free live music shows all over the city on June 21…AND you can play that kazoo as you make your way from show to show.

Become a Make Music Philly backer today!

And while you visit the MMP Kickstarter page, feel free to listen to the latest Tandem With The Random podcast below.

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Technology and the Arts – Ep. 70 (03.12.2014)

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 70 (03.12.2014)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 70 (03.12.2014) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted March 10, 2014. This special episode focuses on the 39th edition of the Trenton Computer Festival and includes an interview with festival co-founder and chair Dr. Allen Katz from The College of New Jersey, where the event will take place March 15. We also discuss the return of Cosmos to television, Marvel’s Netflix deal and Hoopla, a relatively new library-based streaming media service…and more! File size: 16.2 MB. Time: 1 hr., 5 min., 45 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

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Special webcast Monday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET

Hello again…it’s been awhile, but John LeMasney and Brian Kelley will be returning with a special webcast Monday, March 10, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET. Tune into this web site or our YouTube channel to watch.

In addition to talking about the latest topics dealing with technology and art, John and Brian will be focusing on the 39th edition of the Trenton Computer Festival (TCF) taking place Saturday, March 15, at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. John will be speaking at the festival, presenting a talk on how technology can help you develop your personal brand.

Within 48 hours of the webcast, an edited version will be repurposed into a standard, audio-only podcast that will include an excerpt of an interview Brian recently conducted with TCF co-founder and chair, Dr. Allen Katz, for his Tandem With The Random podcast.

Free streaming media via Hoopla and your library card

Hoopla

Hoopla

After we wrapped up the Fall 2013 season of Technology and the Arts, we were made aware of a recently launched media streaming service called Hoopla that allows those with library cards at participating libraries to stream digital music, video and audiobooks for free. According to Hoopla’s web site, users can “gain access to thousands of titles—available for instant streaming or temporary download—and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer.”

The list of participating libraries is currently on the small side, but if your library isn’t listed, tell the staff about Hoopla so it can find out more about the service and, perhaps, become a participant.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye on Hoopla’s development and discuss it when Technology and the Arts returns in 2014.

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 69 (10.18.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Ep. 69 (10.18.2013)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 69 (10.18.2013) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangout On Air conducted October 14, 2013. This installment of the podcast features discussion of The Oatmeal’s “Columbus Day” comic, Hypothes.is and its plan to bring open annotation to the web, New York Comic-Con’s hijacking of attendees’ social media feeds, the discovery of nine long-lost episodes of Doctor Who…and more! File size: 6.5 MB. Time: 26 min., 30 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.