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ArtsWeek Returns to the Heart of Syracuse by Lauren Cavalli
The Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, a three-day event at Columbus Circle that runs July 25-27, showcases artists and entertainers from 25 states and Canada.
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Join the Syracuse New Times and Family Times for the annual Sidewalk Art Contest! Create art on the streets and win cash and prizes! When: Saturday July 26 (rain date, July 27) 8:00am – 4:00pm Where: Montgomery Street (at City Hall) Cost: $10/Youth (12 and younger) and Teens (ages 13 – 17) $20 Adults (18 […]
Paper becomes more through the manipulation of a poet, artist, typographer, painter, graphic designer—each a facet of the Paper Manipulator. Miranda Whitman, a local professional graphic designer, was recently recognized for her terrarium tryptic and paper sculpture “Faux Forest” and chosen as the People’s Choice in the SUNY Oswego On My Own Time gallery show. […]
The Cayuga Museum of History and Art invites Haudenosaunee artists to submit works for our upcoming exhibit, “A Living Legacy: Arts of the Haudenosaunee.”  Artwork/s of any subject matter and media are welcome, the only requirement is that you self-identify as Haudenosaunee.   Works may be for sale and/or you may provide pieces for sale in […]
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 […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Rap

No, Vanilla Ice is not back for an encore

The original fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles already are howling long and hard about how their childhood memories are ruined by the new version.

The Tech RoundUp

This week in tech.

Real Life Jetsons Still dreaming of the days when you will never have to change your clothes? (Urg! Why?) According to AllthingsCK.com the wearable tech industry is set to explode 1,000% over the next 2 years! The forecast includes light up clothing for when no one looks at you in the night club, Google contact lenses so you can freak people out with your “knowledge” like a Bond super-villain, man bras that cost an arm and a leg and calculate how fast your heart is beating (right?), jackets with GPSs that zap you if you make a wrong turn and tell everyone which dumpster your jacket is in after you’ve been kidnapped, and printed make-up for when going to the store or ordering it online is just out of the question.

The Espresso Shot (#012)

Architecture is captivating.

There is uncertainty with the sudden infatuation with The Hotel Syracuse. There is no personal attachment to it, but the familiarity that seems to be lingering in the background begs to differ. There is a history behind those walls. There is an elegance that no one will be able to understand.

Syracuse Pops Chorus to Premier Musical in Colorado

How Green Was My Valley

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer has invited local amateur singers from the Syracuse Pops Chorus (Syracuse Symphony Pops Chorus) to premiere his new musical next month in Colorado Springs.

Filmmakers Compete for $2,000 and Film Fest Screening

Help promote the advantages of filming in Central New York

Film a short video, and you can win a $2,000 prize and your video will be shown in October at the annual Syracuse International Film Festival.

Cohn to Kallet: Walking in Pulaski

Cohn has toured more in the past six years than the 10 previous years. He emphasizes that the rise in tour dates is dependent on the people he’s found to join him, such as Patscha.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Marc Cohn is on the road again, this time with Glenn Patscha, performing a more stripped-down, improvisational, acoustic show than in the past.

A Fistful of Festivals

This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest.

Summertime schedules get overwhelming in sunny Syracuse as every festival packs into the short and sweet season. This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest.

Outlaws Have More Fun

through Saturday, July 26

Covey Theatre Company’s summertime mounting of Bonnie and Clyde (at the Mulroy Civic Center’s BeVard Community Room through Saturday, July 26) is an extremely gutsy choice, given that the Broadway show opened and closed during December 2011. Yet director Garrett Heater clearly had faith in the work, notably its score by Frank Wildhorn, the popular composer best known for The Civil War (performed in June during the District Festival) and Jekyll & Hyde. The trick to adapting this musical, however, comes with ignoring that long shadow cast by director Arthur Penn’s trend-setting 1967 film version, with its ample star power (provided by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) and then shocking levels of silver-screen violence.

Counterfeit Comedy

running through Aug. 2

The criminal in Catch Me If You Can isn’t packing lead, he instead robbed banks the easier way, through forged checks and stolen identities. Director Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie introduced audiences to the unbelievable yet true adventures of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a con man extraordinaire played with cherubic yet cunning innocence by Leonardo DiCaprio. And what was fun at the movies manages to also deliver its zippy goods in the musical stage version from Central New York Playhouse (running through Aug. 2).

Gas, Pizza… and Maybe More Gas

There’s nothing wrong with eating gas station pizza other than it proves your human.

Who has the best gas station pizza in Central New York?

Fancy Some Fiddling?

Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27

Craig Duncan, who has been featured on more than 90 record albums, will be among the performers at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum’s 42nd annual Fiddlers’ Picnic in Osceola Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27.

Letting Go: Chiefs Souza Emerges as IL’s Best Player

Souza, 25, is the Triple-A Chiefs’ best hitter (a .362 batting average with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs through July 19) and will likely make his major-league debut in September, if not sooner.

In his first regular-season game after deciding to devote his life to God, Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Steven Souza went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts for Single-A Hagerstown.

Interview: Larry Wilmore

Wilmore will host a new series to replace The Colbert Report

Larry Wilmore is best known as "senior black correspondent" for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been an Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer and producer for such shows as the Bernie Mac Show, The Office and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and is the author of the book I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts. After this interview took place, Comedy Central announced that Wilmore will host a new series to replace The Colbert Report called The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again

Online Tracking Gets Creepier

There’s a tracker that’s virtually impossible to block

Meet the Online Tracking Device that is Virtually Impossible to Block ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin has been tracking the trackers that collect information about you online. Here is her latest report.

Modern Family

The profound effect of technology on human relationships.

When I was a kid, “smart phones” were only in bad Mad Libs jokes, asking a girl on a date was done either in person or on a rotary dial while you stretched the cord into the bathroom and hoped no one was on the line upstairs, you actually sent and received handwritten snail mail on a regular basis from real people, and to find out what your friends did over the weekend you had to actually have a conversation with them.

A Wedding

In fact, this post is not about a wedding.

Sometimes running away from your issues is possible, but they say that it's not good for you. Sometimes listening to music is the route that one can take, but it can be combined with the former. And so it was done, running away (or trying to) from issues for the sake of music. We can be moved by such simple things. It's time to drive. It's time to throw on some music and sing and dance and shout and scream and laugh and cry ... and to all add up to something that has been said before, a thing that had inspired the has-yet-to-be-finished novel.

All-Star Sumo (Photos)

Athleticism on display

A sumo seven league of nations descended on Turning Stone Resort and Casino for a round-robin All-Star sumo wrestling event on Saturday, July 19. Contestants from Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Poland, New Zealand, Egypt and the U.S. competed to win an All-Star title. Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured the action.

The 2014 Syracuse Nationals (Photos)

See photos from the 2014 Syracuse Nationals

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis was at the 2014 Syracuse Nationals with his camera in hand. See his photos below.

Open Farm Day offers first-rate farming experience

The seventh annual Open Farm Day, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (July 26).

Jean Armour Polly visited 13 farms in Madison County one Saturday last summer -- and put more than 110 miles on her car.

The Leftovers: Lost creator’s return to TV is dark and different

Sarah Hope reviews HBO’s new series, The Leftovers, from the creators of Lost.

Grief is a lonely emotion. Every thought is replaced by one of the deceased. Every movement takes great effort. Every distraction seems trivial. Even when you’re surrounded by others, the world feels devoid of hope.

The biggest question about Sex Tape is why, oh, why?

If you still go to see Sex Tape after reading this, you have only yourself to answer to.

It's not sexy, it's not funny. It is awful.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

July 14 – 20

Each week, we tally the numbers to bring you the Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week on SyracuseNewTimes.com. As tastes and interests change, so do the Top 5. Whether it’s a story about a local restaurant, a theatre review or a blog about UFO’s, Syracuse New Times readers click and read the stories that are meaningful to them.

#takeatour inside the Syracuse Nationals

#pinstripes

Join Michael John Heagerty from NOexcuses Tours as he visits the Syracuse Nationals.

2012 UFO – A Big Purple Mothership

“It was enormous; it was longer than our 10 acre field.”

A Big Purple Mothership was the last thing Lenny expected to see when he went out four-wheeling.

Tech Tidbits

A few pieces of tech news this week.

Tech Meets Taste

How to motivate and inspire your workforce

Money as a motivator is a very temporary thing at best.

Money doesn't motivate me. It never has.   If you want to light a fire under my butt, offer me an opportunity to work on something important or shower me with adulation for something I've already completed. Put me in a situation where I can laugh with the people I'm working with and I will be motivated to excellence. But that's just me; or is it?  I wanted to find out what motivates employees. I contacted 35 of my finest clients and asked them. Here's what I found out.

Projecting, Part Two: Human Versus Companion

That connection, gazes meeting, is a breath of fresh air.

(For Projecting, Part One: Click Here)

Set for some Universal monster movies?

Owner of many classics wants scaries to come together

Are you ready for a new monster mash-up?

A Bit of History on James Street

(LIVING SPACE) Gloria Wright takes un into The Leavenworth Apartments on James St.

A 5-year-old F. Scott Fitzgerald might have scuffed his shoes on the hallway of the Kasson Apartments at 615 James St., but the building across the street at 622 James is no slouch in the history department.

Arts

Sarah Hope reviews HBO’s new series, The Leftovers, from the creators of Lost.

Owner of many classics wants scaries to come together

Jessica Novak covers this year’s impressive Jazz Fest highlights, from budding talented songbirds to seasoned blues legend B.B. King

Though the story is problematic at best, the production is something to be seen.

Damn Yankees remains popular for many good reasons.


 

He pledged to change campaign finance rules, but he’s the biggest beneficiary of the status quo.


Lifestyle

Athleticism on display

The seventh annual Open Farm Day, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (July 26).

Money as a motivator is a very temporary thing at best.

(Local Flavor) The Gem offers a true diner menu and experience.


News & Opinion

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

See photos from the 2014 Syracuse Nationals

Coastal Maine was the perfect place to decompress from the rigors of family life.

Lorenzo does sport and pleasure like no other event. Set on the jewel-box grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic site, the competition takes full advantage of the lush surroundings.

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