Tracking Santa with NORAD by Ty Marshal
When will Santa arrive? Follow his journey in real time!
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Part of the “Entartete Kunst” Exhibit with Oil and Acrylic Paintings and scattered sketches of works-in-progress from the Studio having invaded the Gallery. (See preview on the ‘John 746′ Facebook page)

The Peace of Contentment

Make a decision to enjoy the life we have right now and be grateful for it.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone you knew was happy with the life they had?

Michael Glabicki Closed out the 2014 music series at 1911’s Tasting Room

A Night of Music and Magic

Traditionally, in agricultural areas at the end of a growing season, the surrounding community would gather to celebrate the harvest. Together they would come, congregating in a large field or barn, gathering to lift their voices in song and share spirits to keep the cold at bay for just a little while longer. Unconsciously, grounded in pagan rites closely attached cycles of nature, it was a way to say thank you to the people of the region whose labors and support made the harvest possible and give one last chance to gather in the glow of each other’s friendship before the winter’s flurries kept everyone at home for a long, quiet season. This autumnal revelry started somewhere around the end of October, spreading through November when the majority of ales, ciders and wines had finally fermented, and peaking at the celebrations nearing the end of the year during the time of winter solstice.

Tracking Santa with NORAD

When will Santa arrive? Follow his journey in real time!

Track Santa's journey from the North Pole

Top 10 Best Television Moments of 2014 – Part 1

It has been a great year for television.

(Spoilers abound below. Proceed with caution.)

Local Hop Music Reviews

Jess Novak reviews new albums from Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Flatface and the Shemp-Dells and Beautiful Mess.

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Syracuse Singers Soar on New CDs

A number of Syracuse musicians release new music in time for the holidays.

Four fine vocalists wax eloquent on material ranging from Cole Porter and Ruth Etting to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. These new discs showcasing some of Central New York’s best singers would make perfect last-minute stocking stuffers, or after-holiday purchases with gift cards.

Fowler Graduate Comes Home

As much as he wanted to live out his dream of making it in a large city, Rahim found himself living paycheck to paycheck and seeing his kids only on weekends.

If you believe that people vote with their feet, then Emad Rahim and his family just voted for Syracuse.

With Apologies to Clement Moore… Or Maybe Henry Livingston Jr.

Kramer gets into the Christmas spirit with an original poem.

This season I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a column on the theme: What if men were in charge of Christmas?  I ended up writing an entirely original poem that pays tribute to the contributions of both genders during this special holiday time:

Fracking Decision: An Activist Victory, or Political Bias?

Tears of joy and distortion mark New York State’s ban on fracking

Emily Bishop says she cried when she heard the news from Albany that New York was banning hydrofracking. As she watched the live stream of the governor’s cabinet meeting on Dec. 17, she and friends in the movement traded messages back and forth tracking the discussion.

Baby Boomers Basketball Back in the Hood

After a season in exile, the Baby Boomers (over 40) Basketball League returns

After a season in exile from its home turf, the Baby Boomers (over 40) Basketball League has returned to the Southwest Community Center court.

Local Cuban Immigrants Hope to Help Families Left Behind

Local Cuban Immigrants have plenty of passion to go around

A friend told me that the lobby of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, where she works, is usually full of Cuban-born Syracusans on Fridays. So last week, just two days after President Barack Obama announced the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba and a series of measures designed to increase economic ties and travel between the two Cold War enemies, I thought that would be a good place to go to take the pulse of the community.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again

Free Will Astrology


ARIES (March 21-April 19) "Hell is the suffering of being unable to love," wrote novelist J.D. Salinger. Using that definition, I'm happy to announce that you have a good chance of avoiding hell altogether in 2015. If there has been any deficiency in your power to express and bestow love, I think you will correct it. If you have been so intent on getting love that you have been neglectful in giving love, you will switch your focus. I invite you to keep a copy of this horoscope in your wallet for the next 12 months. Regard it as your "Get Out of Hell Free" card.

Classified 12/24

by Staff


Under Cover

Larry Dietrich reflects on last week’s Cover Story

There’s plenty of music I like. There’s plenty of music I don’t like.

2014: Mash Up – A Year in Review

(Inevitable Coffee Ring) Looking back at 2014

The Inevitable Coffee Ring is a bi-weekly blog (Tuesdays and Thursdays) exploring life and lifestyle in Central New York, exclusively on

Thanks, Robin, for a Night at the Museum

A sad farewell for Robin Williams

For this reviewer, the fact that Robin Williams was making his last on-screen performance as Teddy Roosevelt was the deciding factor that pulled me into the theater for the Saturday afternoon matinee of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. (Yeah, our great comic visionary who took his own life last August is listed as Dennis, the title character teacher with magical powers, but when that comes out next May, it's just his voice.) Otherwise, I'd have been a couple theaters over, seeing if I wanted to sing here today and tomorrow, tomorrow, about the remake of Annie.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Dec. 15 – 21

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

#takeatour of the Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum

Explore the Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum

#takeatour of the Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum with your host Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses.

2011 UFO: The Nissequogue UFO Incident

Consider this account and photo of the Nissequogue UFO incident.

It was late August 2011, Puerto Rico and the Great Antilles had been battered by a category three hurricane; that storm’s name was Hurricane Irene. Coastal areas up the eastern seaboard braced for the worst as the storm and it’s 120 mph winds made its way northward, causing significant storm surge and coastal flooding. On the north shore of Long Island, the Suffolk County bayside community of Nissequogue, NY (pronounced NISS-ə-kwog) was dealing with surge flooding.

Phantom Chemistry’s latest release: Whiskey Slurs

High energy and intensity mark the latest release from Phantom Chemistry

Phantom Chemistry seems an apt name for this Syracuse band.

Santa Swings by Barnes-Hiscock Mansion

Saturday, December 20, Santa will be spending the day at the historic Barnes-Hiscock Mansion in Syracuse.

Santa Claus. Yeah, we know him. He makes an annual appearance in stores and malls around world, and it's a rare occasion that he gets to stay in one place for an extended period of time.

Tech RoundUp

Tech updates for Dec. 18 – 24

Tonino Lamborghini to Release $6,000 Smartphone The son of the owner of the popular luxury sports car company recently announced the release of a new smartphone, called the Tauri 88, with a price tag of six grand.

Sony pulls ‘The Interview’

Everybody watches incredible plot twists and then SONY pulls ‘The Interview’ from theaters

Someday this plot might make a good movie.

Still Making Radio Waves – Soundcheck celebrates 35 years

Music writer Jessica Novak checks in with Dave Frisina as his Soundcheck program celebrates 35 years

When Dave Frisina landed his first professional radio gig in 1978 after graduating from SUNY Cortland in 1977, he had two main goals:

Neil Young on Neil Young

Waging Heavy Peace is exactly what you’d expect a Neil Young autobiography to be like.

Written at age 66, Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press, 502 pages) is exactly what you’d expect a Neil Young autobiography to be like. Wildly candid and disorienting in its jumps, much like a ping-pong ball across a table of time, the book doesn’t follow rhyme, reason or even a rhythm. Young talks about what he wants to talk about, and when he wants to talk about it, as chapters jarringly move from a story about a dying friend to a passage about his wife’s dog.

Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

A list with a local twist

Looking for something special for a music lover? Here’s a little list (with local twists!) for the musical mate in your life.

Visiting Bammy Lewis Revels in Holiday Sneer

A new comedy at Central New York Playhouse

Subtitled “A silly little Christmas story,” Visiting Bammy Lewis is an unpretentious, two-hour portrayal of massive family dysfunction, now playing at Shoppingtown’s Central New York Playhouse.

Gluten-Free Alternatives for the Holidays

Don’t be discouraged this holiday season if you’re on a gluten-free diet.

Life without gluten doesn't mean passing on the cookie plate at Christmastime. It might have, at one time, but not anymore.

Munjed’s offers array of classic Greek dishes

Munjed’s has been a constant on Westcott Street for years.

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One little girl moves her emotions into Headquarters

Hairspray’s musical mix of rock innocence and racial harmony at Syracuse Stage

‘Isn’t It Delicious’ screens on Friday, Dec. 12 at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre

Charley Orlando: CD Release Party at Sparkytown on December 13

Skycron’s ‘The Undersigned’ looks to give back


Behind the scenes at Syracuse Stage


Munjed’s has been a constant on Westcott Street for years.

Mother Nature is clearly one of the most original creative minds.

Looking for the perfect cocktail to impress your guests during the holidays?

Everson Museum’s Festival of Trees

Not in the mood to be ‘That Guy.’

News & Opinion

Publisher Bill Brod responds to your questions

Worth the read.

Do you have a billion-dollar idea for Syracuse?

Albany has become a hub for transshipment of Bakken crude oil over the past two years.

History favors change, abortion-rights advocate says