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Cast a ballot for the annual Best of Syracuse® awards NOMINATE! First, from Aug. 13 to Aug. 27, go online and create the nominations. We’ll tell you that a category is, say, Best Outdoor Make-out Spot. You tell us what you think the best spot is. Geographically speaking. Not biologically speaking. VOTE! We’ll winnow the […]
The National Science Foundation presents “Evolution of Maize” at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 North Main Street, Canastota NY.   July 1st through August 26th from 10 am to 3 pm , Monday through Saturday.  Produced by the “Museum of the Earth”, Ithaca, NY.   Eye-Popping graphics, creative fun, and interactives provide an understanding of the evolution […]
Selected abstract works by artists Jessica and Jim Olech at The Redhouse Arts Center.  Show runs through September 5, open M-Sat. Closing reception September 5 @ 7pm.
Ever wonder what it would take to truly live with the land? Follow in the footsteps of the great pioneers and voyageurs of old as you learn primitive survival skills, Native American and pioneer craft, lashing, tracking, fire building, campfire cooking, and more! Explore a time when living was not always easy, but there was […]

Madison Bouckville Antique Week (PHOTOS)

A photo essay by Michael Davis

The largest antique event in New York State, the 44th annual Madison Bouckville Antique Week, took place Aug. 10 - 16.

Fair Thee Well

Concerts and surprises aplenty highlight the 12-day run of the New York State Fair, as previewed by Bill DeLapp

You never know who will show up at the annual New York State Fair, running Thursday, Aug. 21, through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1. Since it’s an election year, it’s a safe bet that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be hanging out on Governor’s Day, which takes place on opening day. (Fairgoers with long memories will recall the many times that Nelson Rockefeller was a perennial no-show.) Yet even though Hillary Clinton has a new book to promote, and possible presidential aspirations down the road, nobody knows yet whether she’ll be dropping by for a sausage sandwich.

Driscoll and Kouyate Speak a Universal Language

Driscoll and Kouyate will headline a show on Friday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., at the Westcott Theater.

So many musicians and bands fall victim to “trying too hard,” by pushing flashy vocals, lyrics and instrumental licks as they flit in and out of genres. But Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate push musical boundaries by not trying too hard.

Local Hop

Jessica Novak reviews new releases from The Flashing Astonishers, Donna Dennihy and Mike Ryan Coyotes.

The Flashing Astonishers (Koala Syndicate).

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin Rock the Dino

Baird visits the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Monday, Aug. 25

Most people will recognize the name Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites, the chart-topping 1980s-era rock band he fronted as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. But when Baird visits the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Monday, Aug. 25, he’ll be rocking alongside Homemade Sin, a lineup that also features former Satellite drummer Mauro Magellan, bassist Micke Nilsson and the ever-animated guitarist Warner Hodges from Jason and the Scorchers.

Family Matters in Cortland Rep’s Making God Laugh

It might have been Woody Allen, or maybe it was Albert Einstein, who said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” When playwright Sean Grennan chose the line for his 2011 comedy Making God Laugh, he’s signaling that what people project in the first act is just not going to work […]

It might have been Woody Allen, or maybe it was Albert Einstein, who said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” When playwright Sean Grennan chose the line for his 2011 comedy Making God Laugh, he’s signaling that what people project in the first act is just not going to work out during more than two hours of stage time.

Gypsy Music at Skaneateles Fest

In Classical Form

The Skaneateles Festival presents a varied program of Gypsy-themed music Wednesday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Aug. 23. The music ranges from works of Baroque composer Franz Joseph Haydn to those of contemporary composers Zoltan Kodaly and Miguel Yuste.

Outside at Mission Landing

(Living Space) Mission Landing

Kaila Johansen and her fiance, Kyle Westervelt, have a choice of outdoor spaces at their Mission Landing residence.

Manager Gets Satisfaction from Teaching Young Players

Matt Michael interviews Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr.

Syracuse Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr. is a true baseball lifer. He grew up around baseball because his father, former major-league infielder Billy Gardner Sr., managed in the minors and then the majors with the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. After two years as a minor-league player, Billy became a coach and has been a minor-league manager for the last 20 years.

Trumped Up Benghazi Conspiracy Haunts U.S. Politically

(Sanity Fair) “No intelligence failure surrounding the Benghazi attacks”

You remember that moment. The first time you hold your baby in your arms. You pick up the little darling, gaze into his or her eyes, and say, “Someday you can help provide close air support for the Yazidis fleeing ISIS on Mount Sinjar.”

Interview: Mayor Miner and County Exec. Mahoney pt. 3

Leadership and politics in Syracuse

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have appeared on the Campbell Conversation program before. This is the last of three parts in which they participate together. This week, they discuss leadership and politics in Syracuse.

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for Aug. 20 – 26

ARIES (March 21-April 19) An American named Kevin Shelley accomplished a feat worthy of inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records. While wearing a blue satin martial arts outfit, he smashed 46 wooden toilet seats over his head in just one minute. Some observers may be inclined to dismiss his efforts as frivolous and ridiculous. But I admire how he playfully mocked his own competitiveness while fully expressing his competitiveness. He satirized his ego's drive to be first and best even as achieved the goal of being first and best. I recommend you try something similar. You're entering a phase when you'll be wise to add a bit of humility to your bold self-presentation.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again Police investigating the burglary of a restaurant in San Mateo, Calif., arrested Keveen Quintanilla, 31, after he stopped to flirt with bartender Ashleigh Cullen, 22, who was taking out the recycling. “He said he’d seen me around and wanted to hang out, which was strange since it was already 1 a.m. when he approached me,” Cullen said. After she realized the restaurant had been burglarized, she gave police Quintanilla’s name and phone number. Pretending to be Cullen, officers texted the suspect and arranged a date, then arrested him when he showed up. (San Jose’s KNTV-TV)

Are Our Teachers Safe?

Will a new code of conduct help?

Safety in the Schools Teachers and parents have been talking with writer Ed Griffin-Nolan about the state of Syracuse’s schools. One question: Even if the number of violent incidents is stable, are they getting worse?

What’s new at Cafe at 407?

The kitchen, for starters

Imagine banging out soups, grilled sandwiches, breakfast burritos, biscotti, muffins, monkey bread, cookies and more -- for dozens of customers, on a daily basis -- with an oven and a stove designed for residential rather than restaurant use.

StartFast Demo Day 2014

Venture capitalists and angel investors from all over the country were in attendance.

Just a few years ago, starting a company meant renting out or buying an old storefront somewhere, swinging a hammer over a few nails until it looked just right, and selling some odd number of trinkets or plumbing services.

How to Effectively Disgust Others

11 things to keep in mind when in public

According to the analytics of this Inevitable Coffee Ring, the audience this blog reaches and appeals to are: human beings, dolphins, really intelligent primates, and cats that decide to walk across keyboards at inopportune times. Since humans are at the top of the list and cats eked out the Top 5 because of paw placement happenstance, a few things have come to light. Where human searches are purposeful and the cats' searches are not -- keyboard walking is often noted as "bad behavior" and is rewarded with spritzes of water to the face -- there has to be a gray area, right? When you Google this, a few things come up:

Top Running and Biking Spots in CNY

According to Strava

Strava, a company that offers a free app to digitally track bike rides and runs via your smartphone or GPS system recently released a global heatmap of running and biking data using information from 77,688,848 rides and 19,660,163 runs.

Cuse Comedy Showcase

by Staff

Comedians compete for cash prizes.

The Central New York Playhouse, now in year two at it's home in Shoppingtown Mall, produces a variety of entertainment outside of the regularly scheduled season of musicals and dramas. In their latest effort to provide "a venue uniquely dedicated to local performers and theatrical entertainment" CNYP presents the new "Cuse Comedy Showcase," where comedians from Central and Upstate New York will compete for cash prizes.

New Releases in Video Games

Watch the trailers

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Ubisoft is making waves once again with new gameplay trailers for its final last gen console release, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Rogue will be the third time players take to the seas in the fight between the templars and the eponyous Assassin’s, and players can’t help but wonder if Ubisoft isn’t just throwing in one last cash-in before abandoning the old software. While the gameplay trailers do show a few new weapons and some potentially interesting new areas to explore, it’s obvious that Rogue will be almost identical, in terms of gameplay, to its predecessor Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Ubisoft has found success before in squeezing as much content as it can out of a formula, for example the three spin-offs of Assassin’s Creed 2, so it’s no surprise they’re trying again. Like before, whether or not Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will be worth it for Assassin’s Creed fans comes down to the quality of the story, and for that we’ll just have to wait and see.

Robin Williams was first, and last, a TV star

We can continue to celebrate his life. Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

Last week, I sat down to watch something featuring Robin Williams. In the wake of his death, I’m sure many of us have wanted to watch little else. The great comedian is known for his crazy antics in Disney’s Aladdin (1992), as well as the great dramatic achievements Dead Poets Society (1989) and Good Will Hunting (1997). But I think many of us - particularly those of us who grew up loving and learning from the Genie and Mrs. Doubtfire - forget that Williams’ career began and ended on the small screen, not the big one.

They’re not real cops, but they’re really dumb

And in the end, Let’s Be Cops is really enjoyable

There is so much silly stuff bouncing around the screen during Let's Be Cops, most of it surrounding the smirking guy named Ryan.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

August 11 – 17

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

#takeatour Sam Skelton

Meet Sam Skelton

In this week's episode of #takeatour - Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses shares some #chatter with Sam Skelton of Junam Clothing.

26 July 2014 UFO – The New York Lights

“They appeared to be very high over downtown Syracuse.”

Saturday, 26 July 2014, was a relatively clear night, perhaps that why so many folks witnessed the New York Lights. The pattern of fireball sightings covered a flight path spanning from Long Island, NY to Ontario, Canada.

The Tech Round-Up

Facebook, Starbucks, Snapchat and Disney

What’s happening in tech? The Facebook Messenger

The Espresso Shot (#015)

Feeling free, the illusion of flying or floating.

The bench you're sitting on isn't doing this justice right now. Get up and walk towards the water. However, don't stand out on the Skaneateles pier and put your hands out as if you were standing at the bowsprit of the Titanic.

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Makes History

Oldies prove to be goodies, all the way to No. 1

Everybody knows that music can help drive what you think of a movie.

Screen Savers to the Midway’s Rescue

Nagelschmidt was at the Syracuse Regional Market

The hellacious July 8 tornado destroyed a Minetto landmark: the Midway Drive-In’s screen, which stood tall for 66 years. It looked like curtains for the summertime favorite until the Girl Scouts from Troop 10101 convinced Midway owner John Nagelschmidt that a series of fundraisers might be a good idea to raise a new screen. The young ladies quickly sold out more than 1,300 T-shirts and 1,000 bracelets during Oswego’s Harborfest weekend, and they are still making the rounds at area spots to solicit donations.

Dolce Vita Boasts an Eclectic Menu

The restaurant serves some outstanding, chewy, lightly crusty white bread with an ever-changing flavored butter.

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Arts

The Ridge is an amazing place to enjoy a meal and with the addition of Charley Orlando’s performance, it was the perfect place to make your own sunshine.

Sarah Hope tells us what to expect from this years installment of Shark Week.

And it might not be between who you expect

Terminator Genisys hits the road in 2015

Tinseltown treats that will be screened during this weekend’s Capitolfest 12 in Rome


 

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Meet Sam Skelton

The restaurant serves some outstanding, chewy, lightly crusty white bread with an ever-changing flavored butter.

Adopted or not, I’m their son.

(Travel) Would we return from this trip?


News & Opinion

On a long, long ride to nowhere.

Ed Griffin-Nolan covers Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office plan of a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.

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

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