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 […]

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 the 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 fleeting smile is shadowed by a cloud of loss. Every movement takes great effort. Every distraction seems trivial. Even when you’re surrounded by others - mourning for a dear friend, for your grandma, for a beloved leader - 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 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


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.

Blues Festival Returns to Clinton Square

Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites

After a 2013 hiatus, the New York State Blues Festival is back and under the direction of former fest planner Jim Murphy. The two-day event will retake its 2012 home of Clinton Square, bringing a solid mix of local, national and international names. Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites:

Sumo Wrestling Comes to Turning Stone

by Staff

There will be 45 matches at the event at Turning Stone.

A sumo seven league of nations will descend 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. will compete to win an All-Star title.

Starry Nights

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

The 2014 edition of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest was defined by the juxtaposition of new and legendary, blossoming and concluding. These qualities were obvious throughout the two-day festival held at the Onondaga Community College campus on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12.

ArtsWeek Returns to the Heart of Syracuse

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.

ArtsWeek, an annual weeklong festival celebrating artists and art lovers both, will transform the streets of downtown Syracuse from Saturday, July 19, to Sunday, July 27. Festivities are scheduled to take place in Armory Square, Columbus Circle, Hanover Square and Clinton Square.

Hill Cumorah Could Use An Update

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

As the moon rose over the Central New York drumlins on Saturday, excitement mounted in Palmyra for the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. The 75-minute theatrical spectacle, in its 77th year, tells the story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).

A Can’t Miss Les Miz

James Mackillop reviews Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of Les Misérables.

Director Sam Scalamoni may not have a long history with Cortland Repertory Theatre, but he is just the man to figure out how to stage the epic musical Les Misérables (running through July 26) in the up-close-and-personal space of the Little York Lake Pavilion.

A Grand Slam for Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees remains popular for many good reasons.

That sturdy evergreen built on a Faustian pact, Damn Yankees remains popular for many good reasons. The Richard Adler-Jerry Ross score, one of golden Broadway’s last shouts before the arrival of Elvis, is as good as new under Corinne Aquilina’s musical direction in this revival at Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (running through July 30).

Green Thumbs Up for Horror Spoof

James MacKillop reviews Little Shop of Horrors (running through July 26).

To launch her first season as artistic director at Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre, Jen Waldman delivered a crackling good production of John Logan’s drama Red. With David Studwell as the towering painter Mark Rothko, one could not have asked for a more stimulating dance of ideas about aesthetics and self. Just a few weeks later Waldman and Studwell are back again in Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin’s Little Shop of Horrors (running through July 26). But, whoa! This does not mean the company has slid down a cultural pole. In Waldman’s hands, Little Shop is also a cultural adventure, as well as being a helluva lot of fun.

Mainely, it was good to get away

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

Maine gets in your blood, and I’m not just talking about the bee venom. My wife Leigh and I just returned from a week there -- no kids! -- and I can’t say enough about the place. Scenic. Wild. Quirky. Certainly the no kids factor skewed our opinion a little. Had we gone to Paterson, N.J., I’d have a similarly glowing report as long as Miranda and Lily were at their respective sleep-away camps and not sharing our hotel room.


As quality television continues to grow in scope and volume, the Primetime Emmys will grow and change as well.

Watch Trailer #2 for the Hunger Games

The one-night-only events at Liverpool’s Carnegie Café, located at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., will feature local bands from the 1960s and 1970s as they rock once again.

Posh productions and top performances highlight James MacKillop’s visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival.


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


Local food pioneer Circa is dark, a “for lease” sign is in the front window and Hart’s future is uncertain.

Rob O’Connor from the Syracuse Nationals

Fans gathered in public places throughout the nation to watch the World Cup match between the United States and Belgium.

(LIVING SPACE) “When I came in here, I just fell in love with it.” — Michael Fraser

News & Opinion

(PHOTOS) Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured The Music and The People of the two day M&T Syracuse Jazz festival.

CNY Arts is a regional arts council that’s an art service organization

Jack and Nolan Willis were born with a rare genetic disorder. They have been part of a team competing in athletic events to raise money and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the as-yet incurable malady that limits their movement such that they need wheelchairs to get around.

I’m counting on you to overlook the discrete differences between my “regular” column and this new ethically compromised version.