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By Michael James | February 5, 2001
So you want to try karaoke but you're too embarrassed to do it in public. Or maybe you've tried in bars, but some lounge lizard is always hogging the microphone. Here are a few tips to get you started. First, karaoke isn't an aristocratic activity - there are plenty of home machines priced at around $200. Although the technology behind karaoke players is more complicated than standard audio, a home machine is easy to set up and use. A karaoke CDG (Compact Disc with Graphics) is a specially-formatted music CD which contains graphics that are timed to display on a TV or monitor through a "sync track" on the disc.
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By Cassidy Sterling | May 6, 2014
Martha Shane may live in Brooklyn, N.Y., but she can always call the Baltimore area home. The Towson native and filmmaker will return to the Maryland Film Festival this year to co-host the opening night as well as the festival's Filmmakers Taking Charge Conference with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Her feature documentary, “After Tiller,” which followed the only four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions, was featured last year. Following the release of “After Tiller,” she has two projects in the works, producing one and co-directing the other.
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By Kevin Cowherd | October 11, 2001
JOEY P remembers the first time he tried it, how it made him feel, the warm rush that enveloped him long into the night. It was at a bar in Cockeysville 12 years ago. Someone said: "You oughta try it, man." Nah, that stuff's not for me, Joey P said. Maybe someone else called him a chicken, although he can't be certain of that. Anyway, he finally swallowed his fear and tried it. Man, it was everything they said it was. Pretty soon, he couldn't get enough of it. He was doing it two, three times a week.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | August 10, 2013
As September approaches, Hampden starts to get super-busy. There's a lot going on, so let's get right down to it, shall we? Hampdenfest is coming up on Saturday, Sept.14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on The Avenue. If you are interested in vending or competing in any of the competitions, including the Toilet Races and the Great Baltimore Mac-Off, visit http://www.hampdenfest.com. This year will again see the return of our neighborhood karaoke competition, Hampden Idol, hosted by the world-famous (not really)
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By SAM SESSA | May 17, 2007
Frazier's on the Avenue wasn't ready for my falsetto. To be honest, I wasn't ready to unleash my full vocal onslaught at the bar's famous karaoke night, either. My buddies Evan and Jeremy and I went a couple of weeks ago with the best intentions. Even so, Evan and I ended up making fools out of ourselves. Frazier's has hosted karaoke every Tuesday night for several years now. Over time, it has built up a reputation as one of the city's best spots for self-inflicted embarrassment. The bar, which occupies two adjacent buildings, is split into two sections.
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August 25, 1997
Taneytown Police Chief Melvin Diggs will perform karaoke at a benefit for the Maryland Special Olympics from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 120, 9 Broad St., Taneytown.The second annual fund-raiser features singing, dancing, food and raffles.Admission is a donation to the Special Olympics.Information: 410-751-1150.FiresWestminster: A Taneytown resident told police that someone broke into her business at Carroll Plaza and stole $150 Thursday.Reese: An employee of Bell Atlantic in Woodlawn told police that someone stole a pay telephone from the vacant carnival grounds in the 1700 block of Baltimore Blvd.
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By New Scientist | March 30, 1998
LONDON -- Yes, Elvis lives. And soon he may be singing your song.Ken Lomax of the University of Cambridge has developed a way to reproduce the singing and speaking styles of performers, living and dead. So far, Lomax has generated voice "templates" for opera stars Maria Callas and Kiri Te Kanawa -- and the king of rock 'n' roll.Lomax's "voice morpher" builds a template of a performer's voice from recordings. It captures features of the performer's distinctive singing style, such as how the words of a song are pronounced, the tone of the voice and the characteristic timing of certain phrases.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2001
Pablo Retes is a 47-year-old police instructor in Nayarit, Mexico. Anne Hiscock, 44, is a Web site administrator a half a world away in Tasmania. But on any given day, they may be crooning directly to each other - and to a worldwide cyber-karaoke audience of 50,000 would-be pop singers. "When I sing an Elvis tune, the world's out there listening," says Retes, one of a growing number of karaoke fans letting loose on the Internet. "I never sing in bars. Just on the Web." Adds Hiscock: "It's wonderful.
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By Sherry Stripling and Sherry Stripling,Seattle Times | September 8, 1993
By day, No. 6 in the karaoke contest doesn't get much feedback from her boss.Almost certainly, she doesn't hear "Awesome!" or "You were so good."But No. 6, Tiffany, is bombarded with such accolades as she comes off the stage at a restaurant in Seattle on a recent work night. She was terrific, her mates tell her. Too bad she doesn't win the singing contest, but she basks in the praise.The need for a moment in the spotlight is what's given The International Karaoke Intelligence (TIKI) its galloping circulation since it started 18 months ago in Seattle, one of the first if not the first newspaper in the country devoted to karaoke.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | August 16, 1992
Ocean City's deck parties and bikini contests still draw large, fun-loving crowds, but one of the newest rages at the beach this summer is karaoke.Karaoke is the Japanese music system that allows would-be singers -- and those who shouldn't sing -- to belt out popular songs, usually in front of an audience. You hear the music from the original song but not the artist."Everyone wants to try and sing and be a star for five minutes," says Brian Storman, manager of the Commander's Showcase Cafe.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 24, 2013
Come out and join the fun on the big stage. Organizers of the Mason-Dixon Karaoke Idol contest are looking for contestants with big voices and even bigger hearts. Idols will be singing for more than a fair medal, they'll will be singing for someone's supper. Karaoke Idol will benefit the Mason-Dixon Community Services Food Locker. Contestants are urged to sign up and get their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to make a pledge and come out and see them perform on Wednesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the 15th Annual Mason-Dixon Fair, which runs July 8 through 13. All ages are welcome; a parent must register and accompany all singers 16 and younger.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | June 19, 2013
One thing people love to do in the summertime is watch movies outdoors. And it kind of makes sense, right? I mean, who wants to be cooped up in a dark, quiet movie theater watching a movie, when you can be sitting outside in the heat, trying to hear a movie over police helicopters, people's pets and your neighbor's kids? Well, Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave., has a game-changing formula for watching movies outdoors. The brewery in Woodberry hosting its School's Out Summer Movie Series on Friday evenings this month.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Ed Reed had plenty of Christmas spirit this year, judging by a video of him singing “Silent Night” that was posted this month. The clip was reportedly made Dec. 2, during a karaoke party just hours after the Ravens were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20. The video shows the Ravens safety and likely NFL Hall-of-Famer dressed in a three-piece suit and showing off a sometimes-shaky falsetto. Among the pack of fellow singers is tackle Bryant McKinnie, providing backup, moral support and a giant, striped cardigan.  Clearly, both the Ravens players and everyone else in the bar, identified as Supano's Steakhouse downtown (“Supano's knows how to throw a party,” one poster comments unnecessarily)
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By Al Shipley, Special To The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
Unlike seasoned musicians, NFL players don't have much experiencing working a stage - they tend to get a standing ovation just for walking into a room (or a stadium). So the Tuesday night Gridiron Singoff at Rams Head Live, featuring several Baltimore Ravens, was less of a polished musical revue than simply a chance for fans to be in the same building as a few home-team players in the middle of a very exciting season. Running back Ray Rice was the host of the event, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 16th.
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By Benn Ray | July 5, 2011
So that's it, then. No more Superfresh. The grocery store at 1020 W. 41st St. closed its doors July 6 and is awaiting a revamp and takeover by its new owner, Mrs. Greene's Natural Grocery.. The grocery store at 1020 W. 41st St. closed its doors July 6 and is awaiting a revamp and takeover by its new owner, Mrs. Greene's Natural Grocery. Depending on whom you talk to, this is either a welcome change or a very upsetting disruption. I've been unable to get a comment from the new owners about when they'll be opening, what kind of grocery store it will be, and whether the Superfresh employees will be rehired, among other questions.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
Though the owners of Johnny Rad's have pledged to resume the long-lost karaoke at Kelly's Tavern, mostly likely it will never be the same. There's an odd attraction to singing awful covers of guilty pleasures in dingy dive bars. With that in mind, here are three low key Baltimore bars with karaoke on a regular basis. Walt's Inn Not too far down the road from Johnny Rad's, Walt's Inn (3201 O'Donnell St.; 410-327-1495) is a small Canton corner bar just off the square that gets crammed tight on Friday and Saturday nights.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | November 4, 2009
Derrick Mason can carry a football much better than he can carry a tune. But on Tuesday, the Ravens veteran wide receiver did his best to serenade seniors at the Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville. Flanked by Ravens backup quarterback John Beck, tight end Edgar Jones and practice squad wide receiver Justin Harper, Mason delighted a crowd of about 75 guests with a lively karaoke show, the second time that he has chosen the community center for an unconventional way to connect with Ravens fans.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2004
In the past, on the rare occasions when I attended an evening of karaoke, I always admired those at the microphone for their unabashed renditions of old favorites. They performed in public the way most of us do only in the shower or car. But you would never catch me with a microphone in my hand. My unspoken excuse -that karaoke was too cheesy for me - was a ruse, however. The truth is I can't carry a tune. If I could, I probably wouldn't have been a karaoke snob. But now, after an epiphany I experienced during a recent stay in Hawaii and Asia, I have come to understand that when it comes to karaoke, being able to sing doesn't matter at all. And that karaoke rocks!
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2010
They have grabbed folks off the streets of Fells Point at dawn, bribed them with free breakfast and put them on the air live — hoping they could sing. They have sweet-talked crew members of the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" into leaving their early-morning network shoot to come over and do a little karaoke at the last minute. And they have gone live with a family of ducks squatting in the middle of their "set" refusing to move. Just another and another and another Manic Monday — the results of an off-the-wall idea sounded 13 years ago in the WJZ newsroom that is now must-be-there TV for thousands of Baltimore residents despite the early hour.
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April 11, 2010
Anne Arundel County Fair Junior Board's annual "Teen Dance" for ages 12-16 will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville. There will also be karaoke, food and sodas. Admission is $5. Information: 410-271-4358 or aacountyfair.org.
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