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Something for Everyone by James MacKillop
Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites
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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 […]
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Fridays, August 14 and 28 Test your skills on the Nintendo Wii and enjoy an assortment of games. While you’re waiting to play the Wii, enjoy a range of different board games. Ages 6-12.

Ridgestock 2015 Preview

The Ridgestock Music and Sustainability Expo promises to feature the best local music in Central New York

Former flower children, find your roach clips and feel the love.

Events and Concerts for NYS Fair Opening Weekend

The New York State Fair is finally here! Check out the event listings

The Great New York State Fair has arrived! But not all of us are fair goers. It's OK, because there are plenty of things to do around Central New York. To be fair, the things-to-do list has been split.

Fall Preview: TV’s New Favorite Family

CBS’s new comedy “Life In Pieces” looks to run off the success of family comedies before it

I must admit, I haven't watched much new TV this summer. I've been catching up. I'm up-to-date on The Good Wife and The Americans, and I finished Parks & Recreation. I'm slowly working my way through The Sopranos. I tested the waters of Comedy Central's Another Period and Netflix's Sense8 (both awful). I said goodbye to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and replaced it (for now) with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I boycotted CBS's abhorable "reality experiment" The Briefcase. I'll be queueing up the critically-acclaimed UnReal (Lifetime) before its second season.

Diverse Displays Mark Gallery Slates

The fall season of 2015 includes an extensive schedule of art galleries

It's clearly difficult to categorize the 2015 autumn art season. Two shows embrace baseball themes, and one touches on the Three Graces of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Other exhibitions discuss subjects ranging from UFOs to the impact of outside cultural influences on artists.

Tasty Terror on Sweeney Todd’s Plate

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s Sweeny Todd scares and excites

At the close of Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s production of Sweeney Todd, the stage has been littered with more corpses than in that other famous tale of revenge, Hamlet. But composer Stephen Sondheim, in recounting the story of the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” gives us not catharsis, just pure enjoyment.

Fall In for Sonic Delights

As the weather begins to cool, the local music scene heats up in Central New York

Although the temperature drops quickly, music in Central New York never truly cools down. From country superstars to vibrant local venues, the fall music schedule is ramping up.

Strong Hearts Shakes Up Fair Menu

Strong Hearts offers a vegan alternative for fairgoers

Deep-fried everything, food on sticks, frozen treats, hot roast beef sundaes, wine slushies. When it comes to food and drink, the New York State Fair is an oasis of opportunities to indulge — unless you’re a vegan.

Just Innocent Fooling Around

A cheating website caught the intrigue of local columnist, Jeff Kramer

A few months ago, I received a tip about a secret cheating site called Ashley Radisson. “You gotta check this out, Kramer,” the source said. “It’s shocking what some of these Radisson residents will do when no one’s looking.”

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) You like to run ahead of the pack. You prefer to show people the way, to set the pace. It's cleaner that way, right? There's less risk you will be caught up in the messy details of everyday compromise. But I suspect that the time is right for you to try an experiment: Temporarily ease yourself into the middle of the pack. Be willing to deal with the messy details of everyday compromise. Why? Because it will teach you lessons that will serve you well the next time you're showing the way and setting the pace.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Something for Everyone

Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites

Among the wide-open slate of local theater attractions, the holiday run of Peter Pan looms as the biggest box-office magnet, but now you can see the adult prequel Peter and the Starcatcher as a chaser. Usually we don’t see any Greek drama, but this year we’ll have Agamemnon, Medea and Eurydice, the latter two in modern dress. There will be three never-seen-before musicals, including Matilda, Big Fish and Triassic Parq, and an original opera, Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, about the longest-held American prisoner in the Vietnam War. And one Syracuse Stage play comes with a title that will be published in the Syracuse New Times but probably nowhere else.

Always Sweet

Society Gurl enjoyed some deserts and drinks at Bittersweet, then celebrated at Laci’s Tapas Bar

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker The Society Gurl (Jamie Ann Owens) satisfied her sweet tooth at Bittersweet, then paid a visit to Laci's Tapas Bar for its fifth year anniversary celebration.

The Great New York State Fair Setup Photo Gallery

A glimpse inside The State Fair before it is open to the public

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured The Great New York State Fair during its setup process, just days before fairgoers fill the grounds.

2015 UFO: Bright Orange-Red UFOs

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the UFO sighting story of some upstate New York mud runners who saw Orange-Red UFOs

They had just returned from a mud run and never expected to see orange-red UFOs!

18 Activities to Enjoy This Weekend in CNY

18 events in Central New York this weekend

Can you believe that The Great New York State Fair begins next week? We'll be sharing activities when that time comes, but here are some pre-Fair activities that will coax you out from indoors on this seemingly cloudy weekend.

Staycation

Society Gurl relaxes at Sylvan Beach and sample’s Life of Reilley’s newest beverage

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker The Society Gurl (Jamie Ann Owens) visited Sylvan Beach and the surrounding area to relax by the water and sample Life of Reilley's newest concoction, Disco Lemonade.

Keeping the Faith

“Miracle on South Division Street” brings the laughs at Cortland’s Repertory Theatre

Sandwiched into Cortland Repertory Theatre’s summer season of big-time musicals and spoofs is the regional premiere of the gentle slice-of-life comedy of Miracle on South Division Street, which concerns a long-ago divine sighting that has defined the lives of a devout Roman Catholic family.

New CDs Enter Friday Drop Zone

Music will now be released globally on Fridays in an attempt to synchronize the industry

The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) represents a $15 billion industry. It has approximately 1,300 member labels in 61 countries. As of July 10, the majority of those countries have agreed to release music at 1 a.m. local time on Fridays. The change is intended to synchronize the release date with when consumers have leisure time and to crack down on piracy.

Local Hop

A number of local musicians are making waves in the industry

John Cadley, The Hard Years (Caity Mae Records): Like so many great singer-songwriters, John Cadley is a storyteller at his core. Every track on The Hard Years takes the listener through an experience, lesson or event. Some songs reflect personal thoughts while in others Cadley seems able to communicate the experiences of those around him through his own words.

Local Funnies Needed to Needle Local Pols

Local political cartoonists would provide comic relief on Syracuse’s issues

Don’t you miss political cartoons? Ever since Joe Glisson hung up his pen here at the Syracuse New Times in December 2012 and Frank Cammuso departed The Post-Standard the following month, we’ve had no local cartoonists.

Viewers Still Relate to Modern Family

Modern Family’s unique approach keeps viewers coming back

Fall is the most highly anticipated season for television series, and this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony holds the promise of living up to the anticipation.

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) You'd probably prefer to stay in the romantic, carefree state of mind. But from what I can tell, you're ripe for a new phase of your long-term cycle. Your freestyle rambles and jaunty adventures should now make way for careful introspection and thoughtful adjustments. Instead of restless star-gazing, I suggest patient earth-gazing. Despite how it may initially appear, it's not a comedown. In fact, I see it as an unusual reward that will satisfy you in unexpected ways.

French Kisses

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits Utica’s MWP Institute for a dazzling show of French impressionists

Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism, at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, serves a scrumptious four-course feast.

Flying Saucers: The Classic UFO

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the notion that flying saucers are perhaps your grandfather’s UFO

The other day, an associate from my day job asked me: Do people still see flying saucers?

A Doggy-Dog World

Society Gurl visited her furry friends at the Canine Carnival in Jamesville

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker The Society Gurl (Jamie Ann Owens) took a trip to the Canine Carnival in Jamesville to play with some furry friends.

20 Events and More For the CNY Weekend

20 events in Central New York to attend this weekend

A handful of concerts, four Syracuse Chiefs baseball games, the last weekend of Sterling's 39th Annual Renaissance Festival, wine and blueberry festivals, a weekend-long horse show at the New York State Fairgrounds, the kicking off of Skaneateles Festival ...

Roth Takes Risks in Everson Show

Artwork by Susan Roth covers numerous mediums at Everson Museum

Handmade: The Art of Susan Roth, on display at the Everson Museum of Art, showcases works by an artist who has been on the move for four decades. Roth has created pieces large and small, experimented with materials, straddled the line between painting and sculpture, and played with color, form and, most of all, surface.

Going Grape at an Ice-Style Fest

The Summer on Ice Craft Beverage Festival inspires collaboration with local beverage vendors

August in Central New York means hot days and nights. But you can chill out on Sunday, Aug. 16, at a cool new festival of libations in the Finger Lakes.

From Hair to Obscurity

Jeff Kramer Follicle Night at NBT Bank Stadium didn’t exactly go off without a hitch

I felt naked out there. Everything the Syracuse Chiefs’ pitching staff had taught me the week before was instantly forgotten when the big moment arrived.

Megan on the Move

Megan Davies is knocking on country music’s door

Megan Davies graduated from Nashville’s Belmont University in December 2012 at age 24. She attended the prominent music school with the hope of majoring in guitar performance.

Arts

The fall season of 2015 includes an extensive schedule of art galleries

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s Sweeny Todd scares and excites

As the weather begins to cool, the local music scene heats up in Central New York

Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits Utica’s MWP Institute for a dazzling show of French impressionists


 

Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites


Lifestyle

Strong Hearts offers a vegan alternative for fairgoers

See what’s in your stars!

Society Gurl enjoyed some deserts and drinks at Bittersweet, then celebrated at Laci’s Tapas Bar

A glimpse inside The State Fair before it is open to the public

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the UFO sighting story of some upstate New York mud runners who saw Orange-Red UFOs


News & Opinion

The fall season of 2015 includes an extensive schedule of art galleries

Strong Hearts offers a vegan alternative for fairgoers

A cheating website caught the intrigue of local columnist, Jeff Kramer

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

A glimpse inside The State Fair before it is open to the public