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Popular swap meet ends its four year run
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Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair returns to the State Fairgrounds in Geddes on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents get a chance to plan their summer in just one day by talking with representatives from area day camps, summer programs, attractions and day-trip destinations. In addition, families can get […]
Associated Artists of CNY presents “50 Shades of Green”, a members theme exhibit. A reception open to the public will be held Sunday March 29, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the gallery at the Manlius Library.
Local photographer Tom Dwyer will open his exhibit with a collection of photographs focusing on nature at Baltimore Woods.  Admission and parking are free.  The gallery is open from Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm and on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. All art work is for sale.
Join us for Nature’s Little Explorers Mini Adventures! This fun-filled six-week series will engage your preschooler through nature crafts and hands-on exploration that will awaken their senses to the wonders of the natural world. Ages 3-5, participants must register for the full series and be accompanied by an adult. $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers. […]

Food Signs of Spring in CNY

Food tours, food trucks, farm to table dining and farm and gardening events

It's still cold and dreary, but snow is giving way to grass, finally. And the food season has changed, at least tentatively. Some folks have dusted off and tuned up their grills. Restaurant patios and decks aren't open yet, but food trucks have come out of hiding. Ice cream parlors and seasonal eateries like Gannon's Isle, Sno-Top (Manlius), Skan-Ellus (betweeen Marcellus and Skaneateles) and Rudy's Lakeside (Oswego) are open for the season.

The Center of the Movement: Did Dre’s Chronic Steer Hip-Hop Wrong?

(Part 1 of 2) Khalid Hussein El-Hakim is a Hip-Hop scholar, author, educator and collector.

Khalid Hussein El-Hakim is a Hip-Hop scholar, author, educator and collector.  He authored the book “The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip-Hop Memorabilia” and founded the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop. His love for Hip-Hop music and culture can be traced back to the late 70s. He has strong ties to the Detroit 8 Mile rap scene and a short career in the music industry managing the late rapper Proof (Eminem’s childhood friend and member of the platinum rap group D12). He has been featured in magazines, served on college panels and have traveled all over the country to display the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Illinois where his research is heavily focused on Hip-Hop history. In this interview we discussed how he got started, the Hip-Hop movement, and a surprising response to Dr. Dre’s legendary The Chronic album.

Salt City Style Takes the Runways

Syracuse Fashion Week starts Wednesday, April 8

Fashion, food, art, hair, makeup and music will join forces, tied together by the local thread that binds it all, during the second annual Syracuse Fashion Week, which starts Wednesday, April 8.

Shakespeare Comedy Offers Vienna Vice

(Review) Measure for Measure by SU Drama Department

Defying the advertising truism that “Sex Sells,” Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure for Measure is not performed very often. Yes, sex not love, as in a working brothel, its statuesque madam, her rascally pimp and a hypocritical Puritan brought low by his unbridled lust.

Interview: Kevin Ahern

Campbell Conversations: president of the Syracuse Teachers Association

Kevin Ahern is the president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, the local teachers’ union in the city. He’s held that post for five years; before that he taught English for 12 years in the Syracuse city school system. He also attended Syracuse city schools.

News and Blues

Your weekly roundup of weird and funny news from throughout the nation

Curses, Foiled Again Two thieves broke into a closed casino in Calgary, Alberta, and made off with an ATM. Security footage shows the two masked crooks loading the machine onto a dolly and wheeling it to their vehicle. On the way, it toppled onto one of the thieves, but they loaded it and made their escape. “There’s no money in the machine,” Staff Sgt. Travis Baker said, explaining that ATMs are unloaded several times daily and at the end of the business day. Noting that stealing ATMs requires heavy lifting and then “tools like grinders, axes and chisels” to break through to the cash box, Baker called it “a very ineffective way to make a living.” (Canada’s National Post)

CuseFit: Syracuse Named no. 2 Most Fit

Writer Michael Richards chronicles Syracuse’s unexpected success as a gym-dandy workout mecca.

Pouring sweat and chugging electrolyte-enhanced water from a sports bottle, Solomon Bacon voiced skepticism when told that Syracuse had been named the second-most fit city in the United States, behind Portland, Ore.

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for April 1 – 7

ARIES (March 21-April 19) "Choconiverous" is an English slang word that's defined as having the tendency, when eating a chocolate Easter Bunny, to bite the head off first. I recommend that you adopt this direct approach in everything you do in the coming weeks. Don't get bogged down with preliminaries. Don't get sidetracked by minor details, trivial distractions or peripheral concerns. It's your duty to swoop straight into the center of the action. Be clear about what you want and unapologetic about getting it.

State Budget Could Plug Centro’s Deficit

The New York state budget certainly looks upbeat for Centro

News regarding the annual New York state budget certainly looks upbeat for Centro, the public bus system that serves four Central New York counties. State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hammered out a tentative deal announced March 30, including a $30 million grant earmarked for Centro’s operating expenses. Lawmakers will vote on the budget later this week, but it‘s not yet a done deal.

Funky Flea Bids Farewell As Sale Season Heats Up

Popular swap meet ends its four year run

Organizers of the Funky Flea market recently publicized the end of the annual bazaar on their blog.

Sole Jam: Sneaker Convention Skids Through Year Two

The second annual CNY Sole Jam took place on Sunday March 29 at the OnCenter.

The second annual CNY Sole Jam took place on Sunday March 29 at the OnCenter. As soon as the doors of the event center were opened, a blast of beats being spun by Da Chef emanated from the space like heat waves off the hot summer pavement.

The Society Gurl: Destination Fingerlakes

Society Gurl visits the Fingerlakes!

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker, The Society Gurl (Jamie Ann Owens) visits the Fingerlakes region for some spirits, wine, cheese and tea!

Is it time to fully cut the cord? TV Technology Update, Spring 2015

We are fast approaching the day when fully severing the cord may be the best move

If you're not tuned in to the world of TV technology news, you might have missed the barrage of new toys and challenges to the traditional cable subscription model popping up in recent months. With new web-based on-demand services, new set top boxes and the buy-in of more and more network players, we are fast approaching the day when fully severing the cord may be the best move for most of us.

Networking Solutions: A Look at Teracai

Teracai: a local company that creates a wide range of technical business solutions

Doing business today is almost impossible without technology. Whether it is a budding startup or an established corporation looking to upgrade, making expectations become reality almost always involve some sort of box that is connected to the internet.

How to Make Fig Pastry with Fontina Cheese

(Cooking Italian with Joe) A delicious and simple dessert

Joe Borio of Cooking Italian with Joe shares a wonderful recipe from San Servo Italy made with figs, fontina cheese, and pastry. This is a delicious and simple dessert to make with the family and will certainly be a favorite.

‘Get Hard’ offends, in a smart and funny way

(Review) Ferrell and Hart forge a chemistry

Your assumption is right.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

March 23 – 29

Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week Every Sunday, we tally our analytics to give you the Top 5 most read stories of the week on Syracusenewtimes.com.

Monuments (Part 5)

#takeatour of the Benjamin Franklin monument

#takeatour Join Christi Smith of NOexcuses as she explores the Benjamin Franklin monument in Syracuse’s Franklin Square.

Art and Suicide in ‘The Static Speaks My Name’

(Gaming) A brief, mystifying horror experience.

Horror video games are currently experiencing something of a renaissance. The astounding popularity of the recent “Amnesia” and “Five Nights at Freddy’s” series are proof  of that. Even so, the current popularity of the genre has led to quite a few empty cash-grab games that rely on cheap jump-scares to cause fear. However, a recent creation, “The Static Speaks My Name” by independent developer Jesse Barksdale, proves to be something of an antithesis to the typical modern horror game, but it is no less of a surreal, unnerving experience.

Hideo Kojima to leave Konami and Metal Gear Solid series

Konami will retain the rights to the Metal Gear franchise.

Hideo Kojima, best known as the creator of the beloved Metal Gear franchise, is set to officially leave his longtime position at Japanese game developer Konami Digital Entertainment. Konami will retain the rights to the Metal Gear franchise.

2014 – A Formation of UFOs over CNY

Thomas stayed up to watch the 11 O’clock news; he never expected to witness a formation of UFOs instead.

It was early October 2014 in Mexico, NY. Thomas was getting ready to watch the 11 o’clock news before heading to bed. Suddenly the apartment he lives in began to shake with a rumbling sound. The sound was familiar to him; it was the sound of a military helicopter.

Fresh Music Friday: ONUKA

Listen to ONUKA

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

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‘A Star is Born’ Gets Bradley Cooper’s Attention

Time-tested story of experience could be right for directorial debut

You know Hollywood can't keep its hands off a good storyline.

EPISODE 004: Mitchell Patterson, Hack Upstate

(Podcast) An Interview with Mitchell Patterson of Hack Upstate

The Next Best Thing Stories about Innovation This week we have Mitchell Patterson, co-founder of Hack Upstate. Special thanks to Sarah Roche and Tony Kershaw for hosting the program this week! For more info on Hack Upstate and how to sign up for the upcoming April 11-12th event, visit their website at www.hackupstate.com.

Friday-Night Brass-Kickin’ at OCC with The Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band performs Friday, March 27

Bringing NoLa North Since 1983, The Rebirth Brass Band has been delivering traditional New Orleans brass band music, complete with second line, funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop. They released their first album on Arhoolie Records in 1984 and were signed to Rounder Records in 1989. Since then, they’ve released more than a dozen albums, tour North America and Europe consistently and won a Grammy Award (for Best Regional Roots Music in 2012).

Syracuse Food Truck Association Thinking Spring

Weekly food truck round-ups starting April 22

George Shattuck, owner and operator of Shattuck's Paddy Wagon, pronounced the first food truck "rodeo" of the season in Syracuse a success -- and despite the lingering winter is looking forward to weekly round-ups starting April 22 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m..

The Cider Mill: Closed Until Further Notice

Owners Dan and Teresa Seeley plan to repair/rebuild restaurant damaged by ice

The winter of 2015 has been long and cruel. Dan Seeley, his wife, Teresa and their children escaped it for a few days of warmth and sun earlier this month, then received the news that an ice dam had "let loose" and caused part of the roof to collapse at The Cider Mill, causing extensive damages to their recently renovated restaurant on Fay Road, in Onondaga.

Laughs and Tears Drive Neil Simon’s Memoir

(Review) Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound

Although set chronologically in the middle of the trio of Neil Simon’s “BB” autobiographical plays, Broadway Bound was written and produced last. The playwright tells us why in the first scene: dirty laundry.

Arts

Rebirth Brass Band performs Friday, March 27

Testing boundaries and expanding creative limits

Hip-hop has deep roots in Syracuse

“Winter Recipe” now at the Tech Garden

Meet Steve Nyland, the new curator/artist-in-residence at Syracuse Tech Garden


 

Sports writer Matt Michael on the SU men’s basketball’s checkered season, which prematurely ended


Lifestyle

Stay Fabulous with The Society Gurl

#takeatour of the Sniper Monument

(Blog) Have you ever considered leaving a significant tip?

Maple syrup is much more than something to pour on pancakes.

Unico Re’ Clothing line draws on passion


News & Opinion

An Interview with CNY native Aaron Speach, founder & CEO of ONICS, the intelligent car system.

Vera House leads the local White Ribbon Campaign.

Photos from the Boeheim press conference

Which saint is doing the better job this year?

If trimming government waste is the goal, why not start by abolishing the state Senate?