Wacky Wednesdays: The Art of Baltimore

March 26th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

Unknown-1What: Workin’ the Tease

Where: Lyric Opera House

Over the last century, Baltimore Burlesque has evolved in step with the city’s history. During the Golden Age of Burlesque in the first half of the 20th century, Baltimore culture was epitomized by The Block, an area in downtown that defined the city’s culture and nightlife. Currently, Baltimore Burlesque is indicative of the inclusive and accessible culture of the city through its multiple genres and diverse performers.

This fun and risqué showcase celebrates the rich local history behind burlesque——an art form that combines slapstick humor, dance, and striptease. Explore burlesque’s evolution——from the early 20th century to the present——through live performances and exhibits featuring historical as well as contemporary artifacts.

Visit the website for more information!

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Battle of the Bands ’14

March 25th, 2014 by Joe Lomuti

Check out pictures from WLOY’s annual Battle of the Bands! Congrats to Cecilia Grace for bringing home the victory!


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WLOY Coffee House Presents: Nalani & Sarina

March 25th, 2014 by Joe Lomuti

avatars-000048830366-w4bqd1-cropThis week at WLOY we’re bringing you a fresh new artist to feed your eye and ear holes. Or rather, I should say “artists” to more appropriately describe sister duo Nalani & Sarina. Heading straight down the Garden State Turnpike, Nalani & Sarina will be traveling here to our humble stage to grace us with some of their melodic creations. This past January Nalani & Sarina released their first full-length album “Lessons Learned,” which features fourteen original songs written and performed by these multi-intramentalist talents. Also, the group has quite the experience performing at a wide array of college campuses as well as notable music festivals around the northeast. Nalani & Sarina will be whipin’ out their sound cannons starting 9pm sharp, in the 3rd floor reading room! Meet them first on their Youtube page or website.

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Tourism Tuesdays: View Baltimore!

March 25th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

UnknownWhat: Top of the World 

Where: Inner Harbor

Top of the World is the perfect starting point for any visit to the city and provides a breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor and beyond. This city attraction featuring a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Baltimore has stationed binoculars and photo-map guides to help guests learn about local attractions, hotels, sites and neighborhoods. Located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, the world’s tallest pentagonal building is home to the only Baltimore attraction to offer an awe-inspiring view of Maryland’s urban center. Top of the World has expansive windows that frame the Inner Harbor, the surrounding city and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. Discover Baltimore’s history as guides reveal fascinating facts and personal reminiscences that make Baltimore come alive!

For more information visit the website here!

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Sevyn Streeter Interview

March 24th, 2014 by The Professor

Jordan & Joelle Hernandez sat down with Sevyn Streeter after her performance at Baltimore Soundstage to talk about her life, touring, Beyonce (it is Jordan and Joelle after all) and more.

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Museum Mondays: Evergreen Museum & Library

March 24th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

Evergreen_Museum__Library_BaltimoreWhat: Evergreen Museum

Where: N Charles St

Housed in a former Gilded Age mansion surrounded by Italian-style gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists. Tour Evergreen’s 48 opulent rooms filled with over 50,000 of the Garretts’ extraordinary and eclectic belongings. Stroll the grounds, enjoy a concert in the famed Bakst Theatre, a film or lecture in the charming Carriage House, or a contemporary art exhibition in the gallery.

For more information vist the website here!

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Blind Man Leading, Coffee House 2/27/14

March 21st, 2014 by Joe Lomuti

Check out the photos of Blind Man Leading, a local Baltimore band who has recently joined WLOY at our coffee house event. And always be sure to keep on the look out for upcoming events!


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RadioEdu Second Semester: Week 7 Production Notes

March 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Prozzi

Hi everyone, I opted to not include this in Week 7’s longer blog post because I wanted that entry to focus on the integration of What Happens Next into the WEMR sessions. This week J and M were excited to refocus on creating some original music. We were able to devote all of Thursday’s session to this, and I was going to give them the requirement that they must utilize at least one effect on at least one track. I decided to casually mention this, but due to a late start I thought that I would allow them some ‘open creation’ without having a specific task. To my surprise they both naturally integrated effects into several of their tracks!

Throughout the course of this semester I’ve mentioned the importance of utilizing a logical structure to their compositions to help them focus their creative process. We’ve done lessons on the importance of following the grid so that their music loops more logically, and I emphasized the importance of this when creating soundbeds or introductions. Thus far the most accessible teaching method for this was the use of Audition’s viewable time-grid.

When we began working with audio loops in November, I emphasized individual creativity and encouraged J and M to practice advanced audio editing and manipulation, resulting in them becoming proficient at slicing and stretching audio among other concepts. Their compositions were less structured than they are now. This week in particular J and M have started to incorporate a more “standard” approach to composition: they are editing and arranging audio to act as a guideline and focusing on repeating and even introducing basic song structure.

I’ve decided to include some screen shots to demonstrate the difference in their approaches. The ones from this weeks session demonstrate an evolution in design-based thinking, and illustrate that RadioEdu’s curriculum strengthens and promotes meta-cognitive skills such as organization and structural thought.

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RadioEdu Second Semester: Week 7

March 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Prozzi

Concepts: What Happens Next Debut Session!

Hello everyone, I’m pleased to report another great week at RadioEdu! Last week we decided on the schedule that would allow for immediate integration of the fourth graders while providing engineering opportunities to fifth graders J and M. Today Kelly from WLOY came to WEMR and did a wonderful job running a segment of What Happens Next with the new group. The first part of today’s session involved J and M briefly mentioning that this is how they started in September, and that they used that initial experience to springboard forward in learning the equipment. Kelly chose a St. Patrick’s Day parade story, and after the students wrote their endings, J and M began a recording session from scratch and completely engineered recording everyone’s endings! They did an amazing job making sure the levels were balanced for each student and did their best to offer pointers. In the Fall, a theme in many of my posts was about how J and M were improving at the behind the scenes skills that are so crucial to recording. Included in this subtle art are things such as knowing how to position yourself in relation to the mics, making sure you don’t move while in a chair, and situational awareness regarding the mic cable. They internalized these tips so much during the last six months that they were providing the same feedback and information to the new students!

It was a great experience and we look forward to more of these combined sessions with our newly crowned fifth grade engineers!

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Food Fridays: Ma Petite Shoe

March 21st, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

about-us-800What: Shoes and Chocolate

Where: Hampden

A girls two favorite things: Shoes and Chocolate. Located in the heart of Hampden, Ma Petite Shoe is a one-of-a-kind boutique specializing in shoes by the newest designers and artisan chocolate from around the globe. Right next door, CHOUX café creates world-class bakery goods and fresh salads with a modern aesthetic.

Visit the website here!

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