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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.
Are you ready for new Captain Marvel on the big screen? Sit tight
The Marvel Universe is a well-planned machine.
2014 SALT Awards Photo Gallery
A collection of photos from the 2014 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) at Syracuse Stage on Oct. 26.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
Melissa McCarthy and new kid Jaeden Lieberher play off the curmudgeon perfectly
Bill Murray is terrific as Vince MacKenna.
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.
Oct. 20 – 26
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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 1994 Sighting
It was just an ordinary evening when a Hudson Valley family witnessed a disk shaped object in the night.
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.
Redder than Aldebaran
Three: the number of times that my arm was stuck with a needle in two days. Why? Because getting blood drawn once isn't good enough.
Zombies, Chimps and Apples
Zombie Shelters for Sale Been watching a little too much Walking Dead lately? This Cold War reminiscent trend is overtaking parts of the nation. From DIY’s to contract builders charging $35k to upwards of $146,000 equipped with a DJ station and entertainment center. So you can take down those walkers to a soundtrack of your choice.
There’s a new matrix in play as far as major studios go
With John Wick hitting the theaters, it's good to be Keanu Reeves, kicking butt on the big screen and picking up dinner checks in real life.
He’s homeless, and many people pass as if he were invisible