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Welcome to SALT City by James MacKillop
Surprises and sentiment dominate the 10th annual SALT Awards, and stage critic James MacKillop covered it all from the balcony
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Acoustic or electric. All welcome. Bands duo’s or singles. Music fans welcome.
Times 7pm-10pm Donations encouraged to defray overhead expenses. Cover songs and original music as well as all types of music styles welcomed. Great sound system inside our music barn, Come listen or bring your songs, poetry, dance and or instruments to this special weekly event. Folks wanting to perform with other folks are encouraged. Musicians […]
IT’S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the […]

What’s new in Hawley-Green

Laci’s Lunchbox, the Greenwood Winery Bistro, and Cafe at 407 offer new specials

You love Laci's Tapas Bar for its creative cocktails, small plates, nightly specials and desserts. A taste of that Laci's flair is now available for lunch -- and breakfast. Laci's Lunchbox is also new in Syracuse's Hawley-Green neighborhood. It opened earlier this month in the big lavender house at 115 Green St., a short distance from Laci's headquarters, at 304 Hawley Ave. The building also is home to cheesecake, cupcake and custom cake bakery 83 & Co. [caption id="attachment_19341" align="alignleft" width="231"] Photo by Laci's Lunchbox[/caption]

#takeatour Halloween Edition

#takeatour Halloween Edition

#takeatour is a video blog featuring cool facts and tidbits about Central New York. Hosts Michael John Heagerty and Christi Smith of NOexcuses providing segments with behind-the-scenes insights on Syracuse area culture, history, people and places.

The Spinning Boomerang UFO

A Catskills outing features a Spinning Boomerang UFO

Who knew a Catskills outing to enjoy the fall leaves would feature a Spinning Boomerang UFO.

The Espresso Shot (#026)

Five Sentences for Five Situations

 ~ Five Sentences for Five Situations ~

Tech Roundup

See what’s happening in tech!

Blood Jewelry An Israeli grad student named Naomi Kizhner has invented her own line of “stunning” jewelry that literally feeds off human energy. The pieces stream the host/wearer’s blood through the device to spin the cog wheel, shake the golden rods, or what have you.

Marvel’s Phase 3 splashes all the way into 2019

Are you ready for new Captain Marvel on the big screen? Sit tight

The Marvel Universe is a well-planned machine.

2014 SALT Award Photo Gallery

2014 SALT Awards Photo Gallery

A collection of photos from the 2014 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) at Syracuse Stage on Oct. 26.

Rita Worlock’s Dress

by Staff

Pick your favorite dress to support the Vera House!

Vote for your favorite gown worn by Rita Worlock at the 2014 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) below. If we reach 100 votes or more, Rita Worlock will donate $100 to Vera House! Look at the selections below, then place your vote at the bottom of the page.

Drafters Tackles Unnecessary Roughness

Drafters concerns a semipro football team called the Syracuse Stallions.

Ryan Hope Travis, head of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, has been transforming the community-based outfit since he took over last year. The Syracuse-specific original stage work Drafters allows us to see the new energy and new faces he is bringing to the fare. For his fast-moving 90-minute script, gender roles and sexual harassment dominate the raucous locker-room talk of a dozen players. Not all the cast is African-American, and the words “race” and “color” are never mentioned. “Wegmans” and “Nottingham High School,” however, are heard.

Penguin Tango’s Alternative Zoo Story

The Penguin Tango at the Redhouse Arts Center

In his curtain speech, playwright-director Stephen Svoboda acknowledges that the impulse for the Redhouse Arts Center’s production of The Penguin Tango comes from one of America’s most frequently banned books. Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson’s 2005 children’s book And Tango Makes Three won praise from the likes of Maurice Sendak but brought down the wrath of censors. Reportedly based on an episode observed in life, two male penguins, Roy and Silo, were sitting on a small rock apparently trying to hatch it like an egg. Seeing this, a zookeeper gave the males an egg produced elsewhere, and they hatched it, producing a chick named Tango, whom they raised. Whoa! Call out the moral militia!

Monster Mash

October 30, 31 and Nov. 1, 2 at Baldwinsville Theatre Guild

Mel Brooks’ musical version of his 1974 movie Young Frankenstein is a spoof of a spoof of a film adaptation of a classic novel. Fans of his film (Brooks thinks it’s his best) will be delighted that every quotable gag (“Big knockers!”) is lovingly retained in Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s splashy production.

Slavery Keys Dramatic Conflict in The Piano Lesson

The pun in the title of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson is a signal that of all the plays in his “Pittsburgh Decalogue,” it has the most to teach.

The child in the Hill District household, Maretha (Marcea Bond), is indeed learning how to master the keyboard. The greater lesson is what is to be learned from the heavily engraved piano, a bitter legacy from slave times. Strong-willed Berniece (Erika LaVonn), a niece in Doaker Charles’ home, still cherishes all that the piano represents.

Blues Fest Moves Forward

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers at the Dinosaur BBQ

The New York State Blues Festival has endured a drama-riddled history, with another turbulent chapter added last summer. The 2012 edition, for instance, ended $130,000 short of its $198,000 budget, which led to the cancellation of the 2013 festival.

Ripcords Earn Nammy Nod

Vote for The Ripcords

The Ripcords, one of Syracuse’s own, has received a nomination for a Native American Music Award (Nammy), the first and largest awards show to acknowledge solely Native music. The Nammys recognize Native musicians in the United States and Canada.

Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

Part II

This is the second half of a conversation with Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko, the candidates running to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Readers can find the first half HERE.

The Horror… The Horror!

Jump aboard Jeff’s Rickety Tour Bus of Central New York Horrors

Greetings, knaves and imbeciles. How good of you to JUMP aboard Creepy Master Jeff’s Rickety Tour Bus of Central New York Horrors. Perhaps you know our parent company, Malaysia Limo?

Maybe We Can Learn from the Fears

The teachable moment on Ebola

First to quell the rumors: It is not true that local reporters assigned to cover the Katko-Maffei congressional race have begun begging their editors to transfer them to Liberia to report on the Ebola outbreak. That did not happen, but if you had to endure up close and on a daily basis the mind numbing, childish chatter that has passed for a campaign this season, you might well understand the allure of Monrovia.

Free Will Astrology

October 29—November 4

ARIES (March 21-April 19) If you live in Gaza, you don't have easy access to Kentucky Fried Chicken. The closest KFC restaurant is 35 miles away in the Egyptian city of El-Arish. But there was a time when you could pay smugglers to bring it to you via one of the underground tunnels that linked Egypt to Gaza. Each delivery took four hours and required the help of two taxis, a hand cart and a motorbike. (Alas, Egypt destroyed most of the tunnels in early 2014.) I recommend, Aries, that you be as determined and resourceful to make your longed-for connections as the KFC lovers in Gaza were. Halloween costume suggestion: smuggler, bootlegger, drug dealer, black marketeer.

News and Blues

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

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Classified 10/29

by Staff


Welcome to SALT City

Surprises and sentiment dominate the 10th annual SALT Awards, and stage critic James MacKillop covered it all from the balcony

Streamlining kept the 10th annual Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) Awards under two hours, but still packed in more gags, skits and episodes than ever. The event was held Sunday, Oct. 26, at Syracuse Stage, on the set of the current production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.

On the Rebound

It’s currently back to “me time”

Aside from the clouds raining frogs, the strangest thing that happened this week was receiving a letter from the Syracuse Diocese, asking me for money. Actually, they were asking Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Malone. Looks like I'm off the market.

Makerspace: Syracuse Innovators’ Guild

A Q&A with Dan Jaworski, IT consultant and Guild Board Member of Syracuse Makerspace

I met Dan at a cafe on James Street. We had been childhood friends and I hadn’t seen him in about twenty years, but recognized him in an instant. He eyed my laptop and asked if I was using a secure connection. I gave him my wrinkled “I don’t know face” and then we walked down to his “Makerspace” as if going down into “The Batcave.”

Scene at the SALT Awards

Candid Photos from the SALT Awards

The 10th Annual SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) took place at Syracuse Stage on Sunday, October 26. Syracuse New Times Associate Editor Bill DeLapp was on hand to capture some candid moments throughout the evening.

Bill Murray’s crusty side lets St. Vincent cash in a winning ticket

Melissa McCarthy and new kid Jaeden Lieberher play off the curmudgeon perfectly

Bill Murray is terrific as Vince MacKenna.

A Community Finds Its Voice: Transgender Characters on TV

Laverne Cox, of the series Orange is the New Black, will speak at Syracuse University

October is LGBT History Month, and Syracuse University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is celebrating its conclusion in a big way. Laverne Cox, a star of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB), will speak at the university on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 pm.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Oct. 20 – 26

Each week, we tally our numbers to bring you the Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week on

How Important is Daddy?

He has the ability to change the future generation.

Recently I had to do some research for a new keynote address called, "Bringing up Positive, Happy, Healthy, Well Adjusted Children in a Negative World."

A Family Observes Disk Shaped Object

A 1994 Sighting

It was just an ordinary evening when a Hudson Valley family witnessed a disk shaped object in the night.

How did we get here?

The last tour blog!

I’m sitting under a blanket in Charlotte, North Carolina, thinking about how cold it is (only 64!) and relishing in the comforts of being back in a home (we are staying with my best friend from college’s parents). It’s funny how much Golden and I have come to appreciate the wonder that is staying in a house when we’re so used to our transient lifestyle – drifting from town to town, hotel to parking lot to YMCA to bar to whatever.


The sixth annual Salt Market showcased 56 local artists Saturday at SKY Armory

(Review) Central New York Playhouse’s Evil Dead: The Musical

Syracuse Opera’s Die Fledermaus

Appleseed Productions presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

(pronounced “noom” for Num H.S. Amun’Tehu)


He’s homeless, and many people pass as if he were invisible


October 29—November 4

It’s currently back to “me time”

He has the ability to change the future generation.

Redder than Aldebaran

Treat yourself to a locally raised turkey

News & Opinion


Oct. 20 – 26

The two candidates running for Congress

What Pope Francis has released here is not something you can stop

Next time you steal someone’s iPhone, don’t rename it “Malik’s iPhone”