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The 10th Annual SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) take place on Sunday October 26, 7:30pm at Syracuse Stage. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Rita Worlock and Carlos Clemenz, with special live performances by CNY Playhouse, Baldwinsville Theatre Guild and more! Plus special guest appearances throughout the evening. Tickets are general admission and […]
Fridays, October 3, 17 and 31 Do you feel anxious about speaking in public? Toastmasters can help you polish your skills and gain confidence.
Open house sessions at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center will be held on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Onondaga Lake Visitors Center gives the community a chance to experience and learn about the lake cleanup firsthand.   TO ACCESS THE VISITORS CENTER: From Points West: Take I-690 East to Exit 7, turn […]
Fridays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Do you like to design? Build? Destroy? Try something new? Paine Branch is looking for 7th-12th grade students to participate in the MOST’s bridge building competition. It’s free and fun. Competition is November 8 at the MOST. Please email to register. Pre-Registration Required by 10/1/14. We would […]

Red Solo Cup, Let’s Not Fill You Up

Reigning as the top party school comes at a cost.

A group of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students have created a public art installation of Solo cups to address the environmental effects of waste and party culture in Syracuse.

2015 Will Be a Big Year for TV

The cord-cutting revolution

This week, both HBO and CBS announced standalone streaming services. Next year, we'll all be able to access these networks' programming without a cable subscription. With this double-whammy, and Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable on hold with a ruling not due until the new year, it appears that 2015 might be a game-changing year for television access in the United States.

More than enough drama for 2 sets of actors in The Best of Me

(Review) Amanda will always have Dawson’s heart, thanks to Nicholas Sparks

Yes, it was time for my first Nicholas Sparks-based movie, even though my dear wife Karen - who had thoroughly enjoyed filling me in about how much she loved The Notebook and exactly why and what I missed out on - decided to take a pass.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Oct. 13 – 19

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

#takeatour of the McGinn-Arnold Haunted House

Video tours of Central New York

Join Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses Tours at the McGinn-Arnold Haunted House (123 - 129 Loomis Ave., Syracuse). The McGinn-Arnold Haunted House is a community sponsored haunted house. (October 18 & 25, 7 -10pm)

The Cross in the Sky Phenomena

Occurrences of crosses in the sky

Throughout history there have been reported occurrences of crosses in the sky.

On The Road

Syracuse musicians, Jess Novak and Brian Golden, are on tour for one month. Read about it here.

It’s hard to believe we’re almost into single digits on the tour. The time warp I talked about in the first blog is in full effect. On one hand it feels like we’ve always been out here, like this life is normal, every day is 100 years long and “home” is a drifting concept. On the other, it feels like it’s only been a moment and when we walk back through the doors of our houses and into the arms of people who love and missed us – it’ll feel like no time has passed (though they will disagree!).

Tech RoundUp

A few things going on here and there in tech.

Social Media and Politics

The Espresso Shot (#024)

Reflections of Italy

Five years ago and around this time (October), I somehow ended up in Italy. Home base was Toscolano-Maderno, but my cousin and I ventured. After conversing with my distant cousin earlier that year, he convinced me to buy a ticket to secure a visit. Although simply purchasing the ticket wouldn't technically set anything in stone, personal determination was prominent enough to secure that. The trip itself was intentionally Northern Italy and family heavy (for obvious reasons) prior to ending the last three days in Rome - tourism was inevitable.

DC Comics Hero to Hit the Big Screen

The news is speedy, but ‘The Flash’ won’t arrive until 2018

Word gets out fast.

Check This Out: The Salt Market

Sixth Annual Salt Market to Showcase Artist’s Work this Saturday

Artists and designers will fill two floors of SKY Armory (351 S. Clinton St) for the sixth annual Salt Market this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include everything from silk-screened tea towels and fairy tale-inspired prints to dewdrop leaf pendants and chai tea lip balm.

Good Vibrations

A thriving local success story

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on the sizable increase of Gorham Brothers Music, a local business that keeps it all in the family

Prejudice Drives Tony-Winning Tuner Tragedy

SU Drama throws a ‘Parade’

Parade sounds like an unlikely title for a musical about a lynching. The title also carries two meanings for this season opener from the Syracuse University Drama Department.

Famous Artists Musical Takes Missionary Position

The Book of Mormon coming to The Landmark Theatre

The edgy, irreverent, sometimes profane cartoon satire South Park has been a part of the landscape so long, some playgoers might feel it is a known quantity. Something happened, however, when that energy moved from the tube to the stage.

Why Does a Dog Move Us More Than Dying People?

Priorities During Crisis

Ebola hemorrhagic fever doesn’t have a name or a face that we can relate to, or at least it didn’t until Thomas Duncan died Oct. 1 in Texas days after flying in from Liberia. It is believed that Duncan contracted the virus while performing an act of kindness: helping a pregnant 19-year-old woman into a cab so that she could get to a hospital.

Kramer Says Goodbye to his Father

Kurt Kramer MAY 9, 1928 – AUG. 28, 2014

Kurt Kramer, a dispenser of kitchen table wisdom whose wisecracking style possibly influenced this columnist, has died at 86 following a stubborn battle with every disease known to Western medicine. His memorial was Saturday in Seattle.

Author of memoir on rape questions closing of SU Advocacy Center

“I am troubled seeing SU’s center being disbanded”

Laura Gray-Rosendale, a Syracuse University graduate who wrote a memoir about her 1988 rape while she was a student, said she’s concerned that SU has closed its Advocacy Center.

They Work and Work, but Will They Get to a Bowl Game?

Players fought their “butts” off against No. 1 Florida State

As promised by head coach Scott Shafer, the Syracuse University football players fought their “butts” off against No. 1 Florida State Saturday, Oct. 11,  and held their own in a 38-20 loss at the Carrier Dome.

For Lectie Altman, 10.5 Happy Hours

The first American amateur woman out of the water at Kona

Question: Who is Miranda Carfrae?

Interview: Gene Conway and Toby Shelley

The two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff

This week’s Campbell Conversation is with the two candidates running for Onondaga County sheriff, Democrat Toby Shelley and Republican Gene Conway. Shelley has had a long career with the Air Force and the National Guard and worked in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. He runs a family farm and an excavation business in Otisco. Conway is the DeWitt police chief. He worked in the Sheriff’s Department for 24 years and retired as captain of criminal investigations.

Behind the Scenes at Dinomania

Dinomania returns to the MOST

They’re back!

Best of Syracuse 2014 Winner Photos

by Staff

Best of Syracuse 2014 Winner Photos

On Wednesday October 8, the Syracuse New Times invited the 2014 Best of Syracuse® winners to the Hank Sauer Room at NBT Bank Stadium for a Best of Syracuse soiree!

Free Will Astrology

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21

ARIES (March 21-April 19) New York City's Diamond District is home to more than 2,000 businesses that buy and sell jewelry. Throughout the years, many people have lost bits of treasure here. Valuable bits of gold and gems have fallen off broken necklaces, earrings, watches and other accessories. Now an enterprising man named Raffi Stepnanian is cashing in. Using tweezers and a butter knife, he mines for the rich pickings that are packed in the mud of sidewalk cracks and gutters. "The percentage of gold out here on the street is greater than the amount of gold you would find in a mine," he says. I'd love to see you get inspired by his efforts, Aries. Dig for treasure in unlikely places where no one else would deign to look.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again Investigators charged Ian Dishon Isabel, 29, with secretly recording girls using an elementary school restroom in Davenport, Iowa, after cameras found behind the toilets showed not only close-up images of children from the waist down, but also those of the man installing them. Isabel conducts an after-school program at Hayes Elementary. “Although the male’s face is not visible,” the police affidavit said, “his identification card can be seen hanging from a lanyard on his neck.” (Moline, Ill.’s WQAD-TV)

Classified 10/15

by Staff


Setting the Bar

They and their contemporaries have set the bar very high

I wasn’t going to write about this. But then I came to work Monday and edited Jeff Kramer’s column.

Mack to the Future

The pleasures of Auburn’s intimate music venue Theater Mack.

Music writer Jessica Novak details the pleasures of Auburn’s intimate music venue Theater Mack.

Beyond Our Control

Everything happens for a reason

On Friday, some regular Joe was passing by while en route to the exit. Skaneateles' LakeHouse Pub was crowded, filled with what could presumably be the standard end-of-the-week crowd. Some members of a wedding party trickled in. There was no music, but dissonant noise of vocal bar patrons harmonized: talking through drinks and drinks talking through them, talk of love and the love of talk, and the boisterously silent that stirred the place more than the cute brunette, who was cheering for her baseball team amidst the conversation.

Vyer: The “Top Shelf” Version of Netflix

An interview with Vyer Films CEO, K.C. McCleod

Syracuse New Times tech writer Joe Cunningham speaks with K. C. McCleod, CEO of Vyer Films, a unique way to “see something new.”

Downey Jr. and Duvall carry The Judge to tense heights

(Review) A pair of RDs can’t stand each other’s idea of the law

Watching The Judge is a lot like going back to a family dinner after decades spent consciously deciding, again and again, that you can't sit at the same table with a relation who's done you wrong.


Syracuse musicians, Jess Novak and Brian Golden, are on tour for one month. Read about it here.

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Syracuse Area Live Theater

The Everson Museum of Art screened Julien’s film to open this year’s Urban Video Project series, “Celestial Navigation: A Year into the Afro Future.”

Writer Carl Mellor finds much to admire in SU Art Galleries’ salute to photographer Margaret Bourke-White


A conversation with Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern


#takeatour of Seward House Museum

This season is the season of letting go, letting things fall away.

We’re all ugly when we wake up.

“It just really felt like the right thing.”

News & Opinion

Best of Syracuse 2014 Winner Photos

Syracuse Area Live Theater

Have you received your free NYS Prepare survival backpack?

An expert on Russian foreign and security policy