Austin Jimmy Murphy returns to the debt-challenged festival in the hopes of saving it.
The past few years have been tumultuous for the New York State Blues Festival. After experiencing tremendous success with the 2011 edition at the Inner Harbor, the 2012 fest ended in debt and disappointment. The financial obstacles were so grave that the planned 2013 edition was scrubbed.
Shoemaker Ralph Rotella wants shoe donations for Christmas
Four years ago, with Christmas approaching, Ralph Rotella looked out the window of his Discount Shoe Repair, 116 E. Washington St., and saw a man passing by in shoes beyond repair, the leather torn, socks more than peeking through the cracks. He invited the man inside to be fitted for a pair of used, but fully functional shoes.
Local musicians link to a yuletide clothing drive
It’s the season for giving, with charity runs, food drives and fundraisers taking place. Among those is the third annual “Beat the Cold for the Kids” clothing drive, through Wednesday, Dec. 18. Clothes for the cold-weather months, such as hats, gloves and scarves, are gathered and donated to the Salvation Army, which distributes to families in need. The drive has gathered more than 4,000 items in the past two years, with hopes to collect 3,500 this season.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States four times, more often than any other president. We can conclude that he was one of the most popular American leaders ever. And yet he never won a majority of the votes cast by the citizens of his home county in New York. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life. You may be more successful working on the big picture than you are in your immediate situation. It could be easier for you to maneuver when you're not dealing with familiar, up-close matters. What's outside your circle might be more attracted to your influence than what's nearer to home.
Avoid painful decisions by selecting the proper running shoes
With hundreds of specialty running shoes on the market, finding your sole mate can be tricky. Looking for the right pair of shoes that you (and your feet) will love depends on a variety of factors. Are you looking for a high-performance shoe for training or racing? How many miles do you run a week? Are you combating an injury? What’s your running style?
Ennis and Cooney on SU’s young backcourt exceed expectations
About one month ago, Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said it would be “foolish” to think that this year’s team would be better than last year’s team, which won 30 games and reached the Final Four.
A look back at the SU chancellor’s decade
As dancers marched in place--pranced, really--in front of a wall-sized mirror at the Redhouse Arts Center, learning the tricky steps for a flash-mob performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Megan Steinberg watched quietly with a handful of brochures in her hand.
Curses, Foiled Again Police accused Troy Ridling, 29, of stealing a computer from his former church in Owasso, Okla., after the software tracking company Covenant Eyes alerted a church staffer that the computer was being used to look up pornography. Upon being told that the company had received a call about removing the laptop’s Internet monitoring software, the Owasso First Assembly of God notified police. They traced the call to Ridling, who confessed. (Tulsa’s KRMG Radio)
Terrible things happen.
What would you do if before you took your next step, you'd be forced to make the ultimate decision of right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, should vs. shouldn't.
This year, the Szareks decided to grow ginger and turmeric, using rootstock from Hawaii.
Most "fresh" ginger at the grocery store comes from Jamaica, India, Africa and China. But there's a new, much-closer source for fresh ginger: Szarek’s Greenhouses, of Westmoreland, harvested 187 pounds of fresh ginger this fall.
Ways to give and feeling thankful.
Two recent developments push me to get back to basics today. One is the warm glow from friendship and kindness extended to me over the last week or two, with two Thanksgiving invitations from friends, a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, attendance at a fun Hanukkah party and the prospect of more celebrations, including a Christmas concert.
12/01 – 12/08
Here the Top 5 Most Read Syracuse New Times Stories of the Week. This week has everything from Local Baking Ingredients, 63 years of UFO’s and some Local Music in between! You read em’, we tallied em’ – so here they are starting with number five! Click the title or the photo to read the story.
Saturday December 7th at the Palace Theater
The southern California suburbs birthed hardcore –– a caustic sound made of surging guitar, breakneck drum beats, and copious amounts of inextinguishable adolescent animus. Descendents, a four-piece from Manhattan Beach, CA, were a wholly unique fixture within this scene.
Are you a baker? Here’s some buy local options!
Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens: The holidays are upon us. That means parties, host/hostess gifts, cookie exchanges and festive desserts that we make just once a year.
To this day he believes “they” have pictures of him.
It was a bright, warm, lazy summer’s day in 1946, about midday in rural Lincoln, in Wayne County. Joshua was playing in his family’s yard when suddenly there was a loud roar coming from the sky.
Check out movies opening in Syracuse!
Get ready for a modern tale of hard and frightening times to begin to fill the sleepier Hollywood list between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Scott Cooper directs and co-wrote (with Brad Inglesby) this tale of family and the drastic things people will do when blood is involved. The trailers reveal a dark tale full of angst and violence.
Who’s suing the Beastie Boys?
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Keeping the faith isn’t easy when churches fail their flock
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Iraq War veteran John Ready writes about horror and humor
A decade ago, Oneida resident John Ready spent a year on active military duty in Iraq. Fifteen years of preparation and training, he reflects now, provided no real relevance for the experience. During that year, Ready sat at a desk in an abandoned building equipped with air conditioning, not in a front-line trench, yet he gained enough perspective on the insane, stupid, humorous, surreal and tragic events that promote extensive post-traumatic stress and a growing suicide rate to chronicle them in a series of self-published vignettes, Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?
Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series brings acclaimed authors to town
Every year, world-famous authors come to Syracuse to speak and impart their wisdom. It’s a chance to hear from the creators of works that have reached millions of people.
Craftivist exhibit by 19 artists explores the fabric of life
The new ArtRage Gallery exhibit, Spoken Threads: Craftivist Fiber Art, showcases work by artists who sew, weave, make quilts or simply interpret fabrics. Their pieces, created in Syracuse, Louisiana, Canada and other locales, reflect varied artistic interests and concern about social and environmental issues.
Soul man Jesse Dee and his big band visit the Lost Horizon on Thursday
For all of the energy and soul of his live performances and recorded music, Jesse Dee is subdued on the phone. He’s slow and thoughtful in his responses, never giving away too much or embellishing his story.
Syracuse Stage and SU Drama re-team for the seasonal pleasures of A Christmas Carol
One of the hallmarks of artistic director Timothy Bond’s era at Syracuse Stage is never taking the familiar for granted. The audience demand for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol remains constant, just as it does for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker or Handel’s Messiah. After a red-hot jalapeno like last month’s Wajdi Mouawad drama Scorched, people have the right to ask for comfort food, but not served with condescension.
A committee of two score and 10 is a recipe for ineffectiveness
As best I can tell, only two 50-member committees exist in the public sector on Planet Earth at this time. One is charged with the fraudulent and ridiculous task of rewriting the Constitution of Egypt, a military dictatorship. The other is right here in Syracuse. It’s a special task force convening through June to revamp the school district’s--no snickering in class, please--disciplinary code.
Salvation Army has served Syracuse since 1883
At 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, a handful of people were straggling into the small Salvation Army chapel on Salina Street. It was 20 degrees, and city streets bore the icy mess of the season’s first real snowfall. It was a good morning to stay home, where it was warm and dry. But by the time the service began--about a half-hour late--more than 60 people, many with infants or young children, were on hand for music, worship and witness. The crowd had grown to more than 75 by the time the high-energy worship ended more than 90 minutes later.