A Little Night Music: Isn't it Bliss? by James MacKillop
Stage critic James MacKillop previews the upcoming A Little Night Music, as Syracuse Opera sends in the clowns
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(PHOTOS) 2015 Tattoo Expo

Photos from the 29th Annual Am-Jam Tattoo Expo

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured images from the 29th Annual Am-Jam Tattoo Expo at the Best Western. The 2015 Tattoo Expo took place Jan, 23 - 25 in East Syracuse.

Corruption Fuels ‘A Most Violent Year’

A Manhattan Crime Story by writer-director J.C. Chandor

Set during New York City’s winter of 1981, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s urban drama A Most Violent Year earns its title from some sobering statistics: The not-so-Fun City served as a troubling backdrop for rapes, robberies and more than 2,100 murders before the year ended.

Super Bowl Food: Eat Local for the Win

Ideas for a local Super Bowl buffet table

Here’s hoping "DeflateGate" doesn’t take any air out of the great American tradition of Super Bowl Sunday and related activities, like drinking beer, eating fattening foods and hosting parties. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will square off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and even those of us who don’t give a hoot about football can get “pumped up” about the Super Bowl buffet table.

Local Hop: Music Reviews

Jessica Novak reviews Pat Shaughnessy and Nick + Noah’s latest releases.

Pat Shaughnessy. The Mighty Cromwell (independent).

Springfield Escapes Bum’s Rush to Judgment

For one Salt City promoter, the concerns and implications of the Springfield case were much more grave.

With news headlines such as “Rick Springfield’s butt is not guilty” (The Journal News) and “Exclusive: Rick Springfield talks infamous ‘butt injury’ lawsuit” (Yahoo Music), it hasn’t been the proudest moment in Syracuse music.

Redhouse Goes to the Oscars

James MacKillop reviews Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and A Man of No Importance

For the past three Januarys the Redhouse Arts Center has presented two productions in repertory on pretty much the same set, sharing many of the cast members. The two would be written by different people at different times, but as artistic director Stephen Svoboda asserted, by juxtaposing them one could be seen to be illuminating the other. By turning your head a bit and squinting, you could always sorta see his point.

Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove Event Sells Out

A sign that more people will come out to NBT Bank Stadium in 2015?

It was only fitting that the Syracuse Chiefs had legendary pitcher Tommy John as the special guest at their annual Hot Stove Baseball Dinner, because the Chiefs, like John’s left arm, have come back from the dead.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Super Bowl

An A-to-Z guide from a conflicted fan of both teams

Need to get up to speed on the Super Bowl? Here’s your A-to-Z guide from a conflicted fan of both teams:

Lawmakers in Albany Need David’s Law

(This may or may not be an exclusive)

A lawyer friend of mine says that whenever a law is named for someone, you can pretty much figure that it’s a bad law.

A Little Night Music: Isn’t it Bliss?

Stage critic James MacKillop previews the upcoming A Little Night Music, as Syracuse Opera sends in the clowns

Some Stephen Sondheim shows, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, thrive while remaining faithful to their original conceptions. A Little Night Music, however, to be produced by Syracuse Opera over the first two February weekends, lends itself generously to reinterpretation.

News and Blues

A weekly re-cap of weird and funny news from around the nation.

Curses, Foiled Again Fugitive Jacob Moore, 25, tried to divert police attention from his home, where officers were preparing to execute a warrant, by calling in a bomb threat to an elementary school in Hayden, Idaho. Moore forgot to turn off his caller ID, however, allowing authorities to trace the call to his phone and confirm that he was at home. They arrested him and added making a false bomb threat to the original felony charge against him. (Spokane-Couer d’Alene’s KXLY-TV)

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for Jan. 28 – Feb. 3

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Do you have an entourage or posse that helps you work magic you can't conjure up alone? Is there a group of co-conspirators that prods you to be brave and farseeing? If not, try to whip one up. And if you do have an inspirational crew, brainstorm about some new adventures for all of you to embark on. Scheme and dream about the smart risks and educational thrills you could attempt together. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you especially need the sparkle and rumble that a feisty band of allies can incite.

The Great Blizzard of 2015

Sometimes the forecast is worse than the reality.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about a bad case of precipitation envy.

How to Set Yourself Apart


Does your business qualify for a Minority or Woman-Owned Enterprise (MWBE) certification?

Small Business Diversity is a blog presented in partnership with the SBDC at Onondaga Community College and is part of the New York State Small Business Development Centers, a  network of 25 regional centers supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the NYS Department of Education/SUNY, and the national SBDC system.

Table Talk: The Art of Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner varies with an interchanging cast of characters

It was in the later part of the evening when Christina stated that she wanted to raise her family in a neighborhood like "This One," referring to the neighborhood where the seven of us were having dessert. "This One" is the suburban, borderline boonies neck of the woods of southern Onondaga county where our families have referred to as "home" for the past 30 years.

Considering Marriage Equality

Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments

The 14th Amendment of the Constitution focuses on citizenship and citizens rights in the U.S. It forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The Most Delicious Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

Aunt Emily’s recipe for ricotta cheesecake

Did you watch how to make Creamy Homemade Ricotta Cheese a couple of weeks ago?

New PBS Documentary Hopes to Open Eyes and Inspire Action

Independent Lens: “Stories are Powerful”

Most of us turn to TV for great stories that entertain and allow us to leave our own lives behind for a spell. But TV, with its focus on visual (sometimes visceral) storytelling, can also serve as an important source of education. It allows us to see how people in communities outside of our own live—be they gay communities, communities of color, rich communities or poor communities. This week, a new documentary series from PBS's Independent Lens brings us into the horrifying worlds of sex trafficking, poverty and abuse—worlds that exist not only in faraway lands, but right here in our backyard.

Does Johnny Depp make a madcap, slapstick British ‘Mortdecai’ work?

Even with a mustache that makes Gwyneth Paltrow gag and a tooth gap that looks like rogue spinach?

Now I know what it's like to be an upper crust English guy born into money and privilege but scurrying around trying to keep his wife happy and the manor under their feet.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Jan. 19 – 25

On Sunday, we scan our analytics to find out which stories our readers clicked on the most at

Talk Back with the Publisher

Reader questions and response

The Syracuse New Times has served the greater Central New York community for over 45 years. In the past year, we’ve re-designed the newspaper and the website to better serve our readers.

Fresh Music Friday: LANY

Los Angeles based electronic trio: LANY

Fresh Music Friday is a new feature at introducing you to new music from around the globe. Presenting various musical styles, Fresh Music Friday's goal is to find and share new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

15 years of Cylinder UFOs Over New York State

Cylinder UFOs, who knew they’ve been quietly growing in sighting numbers.

It was about 10:20 p.m. on June 2nd 2000 when a couple of Mineola, NY residents noticed something in the northern sky that appeared to be wobbling back and forth. The two brothers scrambled for a set of binoculars that they had. After a few minutes of observation one of the young men exclaimed, “It’s a UFO.”

Lotus is ready to bloom at the F Shed

Lotus plays Jan. 24 and 25 at the F Shed

Electronic band Lotus is coming to the F Shed this weekend - playing Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, followed by after party performances at the Westcott Theater.

Tech RoundUp

The State of Tech, Holographic Universes and Exploding Kittens

A few things going on in tech.

So many shoot their mouths off about ‘American Sniper’

Yes, it’s damn glorious that we’re free to argue about it all

American Sniper has become the movie folks love to love or love to hate.

WATCH: Castle Creek Performs at NAMM

Catch a live stream of Castle Creek’s performance at NAMM

Direct from the heart of Central New York, blues rock duo Castle Creek is taking the stage in Anaheim, California at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show on Thursday January 22 from 11 - 11:40 a.m.  (2 - 2:40 p.m. if you're tuning in from Syracuse)

Finger Lakes Named Among Best Wine Travel Destinations

The Finger Lakes region “is home to some of the best cool-climate wines in America.”

The Finger Lakes region has been named one of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015" by Wine Enthusiast magazine -- right up there with the Loire and Rhone Valley regions of France, Piedmont, Italy, Mendocino County, Calif., and others.

Rachel Lampert: The Way She Was

Autobiographical pearls for the stage

“All art is autobiographical,” said movie director Federico Fellini. “The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” Rachel Lampert, artistic director of Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company, has been propagating autobiographical pearls for the stage for some time.

Papership Sets Sail for Rock Glory

On Saturday, Jan. 24, Papership will rock the new Funk ’n Waffles Downtown

Mark Romano was a late bloomer when it came to mastering guitar. “I always wanted to play,” the Papership musician recalls. “I tried drums. I was a failed drummer. I couldn’t get it right.”


The Jury rules in favor of the defendant

Groundbreaking television series and breakout stars took home Golden Globe Awards. Sarah Hope sums up the night of the awards.

James Cameron announces the big ’2′ won’t come until late 2017

“Pure and unpasteurized” music coming to Central New York

Jim MacKillop reviews a 1930s-era screwball comedy


Covers from Charlie Hebdo


(VIDEO) SocietyGurl shops for antiques and visits Beer Belly Deli

A mid-winter’s night at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Do you love cheese that is gooey, and warm, and creamy?

The Power of Flowers

Wake Robin Farm is a 75-acre farm near the village of Jordan

News & Opinion

With so many lofty legal principles in play, it was gratifying to see Syracuse finally getting its moment where the sun doesn’t shine.

A look at how technology is bringing clean drinking water to third world countries.

Steve Kroft shows the world his wild side.

Americans of different races still see the country they love so differently.