Axes to Grind by Jessica Novak
The Guitar League, now in its 10th year, provides teachable moments for musicmakers
News & Opinion
Living Space
Society Gurl
News & Opinion
Id/Ego/SuperEgo @ The Tech Garden, an exhibit of artwork exploring the psychological self. Featuring the work of 18 artists from across CNY working with a wide variety of materials & methods. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fibers, video/film and performance art. Including works by Julie Angerosa Lauren Bristol Kathy Donovan Christopher Farrell Cathy Marsh Jenn […]
The Onondaga Historical Association Museum (OHA) has opened a new photography exhibit to celebrate the pending renovation of downtown Syracuse’s landmark Hotel Syracuse. The hotel, which opened in 1924, has been closed and dormant for several years but a new owner has begun a massive project to renovate it for the future while restoring its […]
Opening April 23, this exhibit features many images and artifacts that explore the saga of the local Armenian community from the 1890s to the present:   The assistance that local Syracusans, such as SU Chancellor James Day played in helping Armenian refugees Businesses and industries that Armenians created here The importance of their religious and […]
This exhibit  covers Rock n Roll in Syracuse from the 1950s to today and include memorabilia from local musicians such as The Trend, The FlashCubes, The Tear Jerkers.   Exhibit runs through August 23, 2015.   OHA is located at 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY, 13202. Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 10-4, Saturday and Sunday, […]

There But for Fortune: The Story of Ronald Brazee

In 1968, the American war in Vietnam had become the focal point of world-wide protest against authority of all kinds.

Christopher Sinatra lives in Oswego, NY where he studies early American history at SUNY Oswego. He is working towards earning his MA in December ’15. Read Sinatra's twice monthly blog,Sleepwalking Through History,on

Fresh Music Friday: Tinush

Listen to Tinush

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

1993- Huge UFO at West Point Academy

On and otherwise dull patrol night, three military police see a UFO the size of a six story building.

Grant tells us that it’s taken him 15 years to work up the nerve to share his UFO account.  It was about 2am on an August 10th 1993. Grant, a military policeman, was on duty with two other M.P.s at West Point Military Academy. Grant is quick to say that M.P. duty at West Point is actually rather dull, “…as nothing much ever really happened.”

10 Things to Make Your Memorial Day

Things to do Memorial Day weekend in CNY

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Many people will frequent and enjoy our town's and village's parades on Sunday and Monday, but in case you're looking for other things to enjoy this weekend, here's what's coming up.

In Memoriam

by Staff

Remembering B.B. King, Kyle Shirley and Joe Galuski

Blues guitar legend B.B. King, 89, passed away on May 14 at his Las Vegas home. The musician was sidelined by health issues that started in October 2014, but just four months earlier he was rocking the rolling lawns at Onondaga Community College, site of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest. King lured more than 25,000 fans to his July 12 show to hear an evening of tunes performed on his beloved guitar Lucille. Jazz Fest founder Frank Malfitano contributed this remembrance:

Vinomania’s Single Nights Match Up Food, Drink and Fun

Singles Mingle and Wine Tasting at Vinomania

When you think wine pairing, you probably think about wine and cheese, wine and chocolate and, well, wine and every kind of food. Gary Decker thinks about those things, too. But lately, he's been thinking about the pairing of wine and local singles.

‘Made in New York’ State of Mind

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

The annual Made in New York exhibit at Auburn's Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center begins with the order imposed by jurors who choose works for the show and then transitions into a sprawling display hung on multiple walls. It features pieces by more than 50 artists who create oils, sculptures, photos, drawings and other media.

Questionable Content = Evasive Answers

There’s no such thing as a stupid question?

Billions and billions of years ago, Carl Sagan asserted that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.

A New Take on the Bard’s Star-Crossed Lovers

Romeo & Juliet at CNY Playhouse

As a director Dan Rowlands made his reputation by taking well-worn properties, like Arsenic and Old Lace, and treating them as if they had just been discovered. So it is with Romeo and Juliet, now at the Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown.

Black and White and Dead All Over

Have black people discovered the secret of eternal life?

People always complain that the media doesn’t report on good news. Always so negative, is the common complaint. So you want to hear the good news? Black people don’t die any more in Syracuse and Onondaga County. At least not very often. I learned this from reading the obituary pages of The Post- Standard, our local thrice-weekly publication.

Axes to Grind

The Guitar League, now in its 10th year, provides teachable moments for musicmakers

There aren’t many organizations that allow beginners and globe-touring artists to mix, mingle and learn from one another, let alone on a monthly basis. But for 10 years, the Guitar League has been providing guitarists of all levels exactly that opportunity.

News and Blues

Your weekly recap of weird news from around the globe.

Curses, Foiled Again A burglar used the homeowner’s devices to log on to porn, YouTube and his Facebook account, but authorities in Monroe County, Fla., quickly identified him because he forgot to log off Facebook. Sheriff’s official Becky Herrin said the 16-year-old suspect also ate a Pop Tart and drank a soda. (Miami Herald)

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for 05/20-05/26

ARIES (March 21-April 19) James McNeil Whistler was an influential painter in the latter half of the 19th century. He advocated the "art for art's sake" credo, insisting that the best art doesn't need to teach or moralize. As far as he was concerned, its most important purpose was to bring forth "glorious harmony" from chaos. But the immediate reason I'm nominating him to be your patron saint for the coming weeks is the stylized signature he created: an elegant butterfly with a long tail that was actually a stinger. I think you'll thrive by embodying that dual spirit: being graceful, sensitive and harmonious and yet also feisty, piquant and provocative. Can you manage that much paradox? I think you can.

Classified 05/20

by Staff


A Tale of Two Traffic Stops

An exchange with a “white” Syracuse policeman who, rightly and justifiably, pulled me over

Friends of Thea St. Omer, a local artist and filmmaker who passed away in her Armory Square loft in late March, will be gathering to see some of her films and paintings at the Palace Theater (2384 James Street) on Thursday May 28 from 7-10 p.m.. All are welcome to attend. This is a free event.

SocietyGurl: CiderHouse Rules

Take a visit to Fingerlakes Cider House

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker, The SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens) discovers the beauty, wonder, and flavor of the Fingerlakes Cider House at Good Life Farm.

The ultimate Italian “goombah” cheeseburger

Cooking Italian with Joe

Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe shares one of his favorite recipes and most delicious cheeseburgers, The "Goombah" Cheeseburger. Your family and friends will love this simple and easy recipe that can be made anytime and goes with any occasion.

Wayward Pines is the Best and Worst of Shyamalan

Wayward Pines premiered Thursday on Fox

I've been waiting for the new Lost.

Creating a Public Art Scorecard

Here’s a copy of the Connective Corridor public art scorecard

We’re moving on the next steps in our public art call, and thanks for following along.

Finding the Money


Meet one on one with over 25 lenders for your small business.

By Tania Hanouille, NYS Certified Business advisor

2000 UFO – Huge Triangular Craft

Who knew that simply going to the dumpster would reveal a huge triangular craft?

When Jake was 15 he lived in a Catskill ski-resort area. Sporting a population of about a thousand persons, the little village of Jewett, in Greene County, New York is quite isolated, being surrounded by hundreds of acres of Catskill mountain forests. It was on an early January night in 2000, at about 9 p.m., when Jake was taking the garbage out to the house complex’s dumpsters. The area around the dumpsters was about 30-40 feet from the houses and was heavily lit with flood lights.

Fresh Music Friday: Savant

Listen to Savant

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

Syracuse Before-and-After: 12 images of recent developments

2007 – 2014 via Google Maps

Google Maps/StreetView has taken several rides through Syracuse snapping pictures of our region since 2007. With the release of a "Time Machine" feature added to the service in the past year, we are able to identify and compare local areas that have seen some big changes between 2007 and 2014. //

A Hair-Raising Experience

The first publicly owned hair transplant in American history

A few weeks ago, I announced that I’d be visiting the Great Doctor Kim, who operates an amazing, new (to this area) anti-baldness machine. Good to my word, I have since consulted the Harvard-educated healer and his crackerjack staff at the Natural Face Center in East Syracuse. Suddenly, my future looks shiny and bright.

Le Moyne Grads Oppose Commencement Cardinal

The petition has over 600 signatures of students, alumni and supporters.

With Le Moyne College’s graduation just a few days away, seniors are calling for the removal of their commencement speaker. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, and is respected in the Catholic community. But he has a checkered past, including what students say is a questionable handling of clerical sexual abuse on his watch. The controversy has led to a dialogue that many find to be in the spirit of Le Moyne’s motto: “Spirit. Inquiry. Leadership.”

Moonlighting Becomes Them

Lay off the side work.

If you would be willing to take a job that paid $79,500 a year, involved no heavy lifting and meant you could work indoors most days (except for the occasional groundbreaking ceremony), please raise your hand. I see a lot of hands going up, and I haven’t even told you about the juicy perks such as the per diem that covers food and lodging, or the extra pay you get for serving on a committee (comfy chairs provided).

Shark Bait on the Kitchen Menu

Swimming in the Shallows at Kitchen Theater Company

Adam Bock was still an unknown playwright in February 2003, when Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company took a risk by slating his Swimming in the Shallows two years before its award-winning debut in New York City. Since then his work has been produced everywhere, he’s won an Obie and further awards, and his name is commonly cited with such wits as Sarah Rule (The Clean House), Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation) and David Henry Hwang (Chinglish).

Folkus Finale Features Seth Glier

Glier performs on Friday, May 15 at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society

At age 12 Seth Glier started writing songs on Sept. 11, 2001, provoked by the events of the day. In 2009, he dropped out of the Berklee College of Music and focused on building a studio in his parents’ basement, where he recorded his first album, The Trouble With People. In 2010, his next album, The Next Right Thing, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Market Values

Writer Leanna Garfield profiles refugees who find community at Syracuse’s first Nepali grocery store

When loyal customer Devi Siwakoti enters the All Asian Store, the first and largest of four Nepali grocery stores in Syracuse, a thick waft of cumin, dill seeds and a sense of home greet him.


Romeo & Juliet at CNY Playhouse

Wayward Pines premiered Thursday on Fox

Here’s a copy of the Connective Corridor public art scorecard

Swimming in the Shallows at Kitchen Theater Company

Listen to Alessia Cara


The Guitar League, now in its 10th year, provides teachable moments for musicmakers


Singles Mingle and Wine Tasting at Vinomania

Take a visit to Fingerlakes Cider House

Meet one on one with over 25 lenders for your small business.

Empire Brewing Company expands in Cazenovia

News & Opinion

Remembering B.B. King, Kyle Shirley and Joe Galuski

There’s no such thing as a stupid question?

Have black people discovered the secret of eternal life?

The petition has over 600 signatures of students, alumni and supporters.

Lay off the side work.