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James MacKillop previews the hefty stage calendar, with plenty of new productions to go with some classic chestnuts
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Tech Roundup

Watches, tweets and shocks

Here are a few tidbits of what’s happening in the world of tech.

The Espresso Shot (#017)

A third person perspective

"One night I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A magnificent error caused me to see an egg in the cage instead of the vanished bird. I then grasped a new and astonishing poetic secret, for the shock which I experienced had been provoked precisely by the affinity of two objects -- the cage and the egg - to each other, whereas previously this shock had been caused by my bringing together two object that were unrelated."

Steve Carell to Star in a Looney Tunes Project

And Oprah returns to the big screen

Say the name. Steve Carell.

At the Fair (Animals and Exhibits)

(PHOTOS) Animals and Exhibitions

Michael Davis photo gallery from the New York State Fair (2014)

At The Fair (People)

(PHOTOS) People watchers, perfume sellers, prize peddlers

Michael Davis photo gallery from the New York State Fair (2014)

Poster Project Blends Languages of Visual Art and Poetry

The Syracuse Poster Project is accepting haiku submissions until Sept. 5

Artist Roger DeMuth recently went downtown to snap photos of buildings and to study the city’s architectural details.

Workshop Helps to Empower Girls in Music

A week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University

The campers' shirts read “Redefining what it means to be GLAM.” It’s the mission statement of the Girls Leadership Academy for Music, GLAM, a week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University that encourages young women to be leaders in an industry that is predominantly male.

Fall Music Lineup Sounds Good

A few highlights for fall 2014

Colder weather doesn’t mean a slowdown in shows. While outdoor festivals get traded for indoor seasons from groups such as Symphoria and the Legends of Jazz Series at Onondaga Community College, music fans have plenty of reasons to keep their coats handy for a night out.

Symphoria Program Aims to Help Children Learn

by Staff

Symphoria remains committed to re-establishing a fine orchestra in Syracuse

Symphoria will visit at least four middle schools in the coming school year to put its music-making skills to use in the classroom.

Seasoned Greetings

James MacKillop previews the hefty stage calendar, with plenty of new productions to go with some classic chestnuts

There will be more area premieres than in any recent season, as well as four world premieres of completely original dramas. Expect a flush of Tony and Pulitzer winners, including Other Desert Cities and Clybourne Park, previously unseen musicals like The Book of Mormon, Young Frankenstein, A Man of No Importance and The Color Purple and two new plays on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. All these plus The Vibrator Play.

Schoolhouse Rock at the Redhouse

“Education is embedded into everything we do”

Three years ago, Redhouse Education Director Marguerite Mitchell was approached by a social worker thrilled that Rock Camp was being offered. One of the social worker’s clients was interested in making music but was failing classes. Mitchell gave the difficult student a scholarship to attend the camp.

Familiar Musicians Return for Skaneateles Festival

Week 4 of the Festival

The fourth week of the Skaneateles Festival features festival veterans East Coast Chamber Orchestra and Time for Three playing in an intimate and friendly environment.

Exhibits Aplenty Set to Open at Local Galleries

Visual Art takes center stage

The autumn local art season is definitely a varied affair. There are restrospectives showcasing work by a painter, a sculptor and one of the influential photographers of the 20th century. Several shows will either depict scenes from nature or interpret humans' relationship with the natural world. And artworks will portray cloudscapes, Columbus Circle and 1930s Czechoslovakia, among many other subjects.

Labor Day or No, It’s Still Summertime

Labor day is near, but summer is far from over

For many of us, the state fair and back to school signal the start of a new season. But just a reminder: It's still summer! Through September 21, anyway. Pumpkin ales, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin Pop-Tarts and fall's first chill can wait. Let's squeeze every last ounce out of summer.

New Apartments Have a Columbus Circle View

443 S. Warren St. overlooks Columbus Circle

Attorneys Tom and Julie Cerio believe densely built South Warren Street is the next step in downtown living.

SACRÉ BLEU!

Kramer on the Byways of France

Deep in the heart of French wine country, in the town of Chablis, there’s a restaurant called, Le Syracuse. Sorry. I tried to go there two Mondays ago, but much like France itself in August, it was closed.

One Man’s Trash

Garage sales are all about random.

Kids ran and played with dogs. Adults parked their cars halfway on the lawn. Late 1970’s Stones tunes pumped out the windows. People who didn’t know exactly what they were doing hung out with people they didn’t know, for no good reason at all. There was rummaging, and browsing, and bargains to be had. It was one of those uniquely American events: the late summer garage sale.

Interview: Randi Bregman

Randi Bregman is the executive director of Vera House

Randi Bregman is the executive director of Vera House, in Syracuse, a human service agency focused on domestic abuse and sexual violence. She’s also co-chair of the Syracuse-area Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition and serves on the policy committee of the state Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again Michael Briggs, 38, was convicted of murdering an 82-year-old retired nun in Albany, N.Y., based on fingerprints found at the scene after police Sgt. Darryl Mallard noticed the toilet seat had been left up in the bathroom. Since the victim lived alone, Mallard guessed the killer was a man who had used the toilet. Fingerprints from the toilet’s handle matched those of Briggs, who was on parole for robbery. (Albany’s Times Union)

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for the week of Aug. 27 – Sept. 2

ARIES (March 21-April 19) In the coming weeks it will be important for you to bestow blessings, disseminate gifts and dole out helpful feedback. Maybe you already do a pretty good job at all that, but I urge you to go even further. Through acts of will and surges of compassion, you can and should raise your levels of generosity. Why? Your allies and loved ones need more from you than usual. They have pressing issues that you have special power to address. Moreover, boosting your largesse will heal a little glitch in your mental health. It's just what the soul doctor ordered.

Classified 08/27

by Staff

08/27/14

The Green Mountain State

Vermont, naturally.

“Avoid clichés,” said every writing teacher I've ever had.

Finding the Nerve

You’re not going to barf, are you?

The train of three four-person cars were at the top of the first RC-48 Coaster hill when the flashback hit. The perspective came from the smallest flying gnat that flew straight into my eye; and the insect was so small that the collision into my iris was never felt. This is when we explore the flashback, travelling back to my younger self in the family den, and I'm walking backwards while peeking through my fingers at a horror movie -- let's say Hellraiser -- that was playing on television. This was brought upon by myself. Let's flash forward a few years at Disney's The Haunted Mansion. Flash forward more years later to the first time riding [Six Flags] Darien Lake's Mind Eraser. As the years progressed, bravery developed, and the more intense rides were (eventually) conquered.

What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

Sometimes social media can surprise you.

By now all of your Facebook friends and enemies have posted a video of themselves dumping an ice bucket on their heads. There are videos of Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Katy Perry, Charlie Sheen, Emily Blunt, Weird Al, Derek Jeter, and, well, pretty much everyone online doing it also.

Best of Syracuse Selfie Contest

by Staff

#BestOfSyr #BestOfSyracuse

What is your favorite NYS Fair Food? Do you want to see a special someone win Best Localist or Best CNY Ambassador? Who serves the Best Coffee? Where is your favorite park?

10 Emmy Nominees with Upstate New York Connections

Which Emmy nominees have central and upstate New York connections?

On Monday night, the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate the best of the best across all genres of television programming from the past year. This year’s host is SNL funnyman-turned-late-night-host Seth Meyers. In addition to handing out statuettes and indulging in dozens of “I’d like to thank God and my mom” speeches, the awards will feature a musical performance by Sara Bareilles (uh, random?) and what is sure to be a moving tribute to Robin Williams by his friend and colleague, Billy Crystal.

If My Football Squads Could Be This Inspiring

When the Game Stands Tall shows a team that learns a big lesson

I won't say that the De La Salle High School football squad will be my favorite team this season. But for 1 hour, 42 minutes of When the Game Stands Tall Saturday afternoon in the theater at Destiny USA, I sure was pulling for the boys coached by Bob Ladouceur.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

August 18 – 24

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

You Don’t Know Jack Until You Know Joe Driscoll

Interesting facts you’ve always wanted to know about Joe Driscoll.

Joe Driscoll is a man of immense talent and passion. This Syracuse-born musician has taken the world stage by storm; accumulating a global fan base that ardently adores him and his music. Nowhere is that love of Joe Driscoll more evident than with his fans back home in good ol’ Syracuse, NY.  Joe is reciprocating that affection by playing a show at the Westcott Theater, this Friday, August 22, with collaborator, Sekou Kouyate, and bandmates James Breen (percussion) and John Railton (bass).

15 August 2014 UFO – The Long Island Orbs

Two unique UFO sightings

This story is about two interesting and perhaps related UFO sighting incidents on Long Island.

Arts

Interesting facts you’ve always wanted to know about Joe Driscoll.

Two more Midway benefits go on this weekend.

And they’ll do it in the interestingly named Yoga Hosers

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

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


 

Will a new code of conduct help?


Lifestyle

#BestOfSyr #BestOfSyracuse

Michael Davis Photos

A photo essay by Michael Davis

(Living Space) Mission Landing


News & Opinion

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

#BestOfSyr #BestOfSyracuse

August 18 – 24

Matt Michael interviews Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr.

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