Lotus is ready to bloom at the F Shed by Micha L. Crook
Lotus plays Jan. 24 and 25 at the F Shed
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2015 Light Work Grants in Photography CALL FOR ENTRIES—DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2015 apply online:   Light Work is pleased to announce the 2015 Light Work Grants in Photographycompetition. Light Work began offering grants to CNY artists in 1975 to encourage the production of new photographic work in the region. Three $2,000 grants will be awarded to […]
Winter can be a dangerous and difficult season for seniors living in their own homes. The weather, snow and ice can make it difficult for seniors to get out of their houses to run errands and shovel snow — this can contribute to a feeling of isolation and loneliness. That’s why staff at Emeritus at […]
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 […]
Art show combines member’s artwork and work of their invited guest artists.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Jan. 19 – 25

On Sunday, we scan our analytics to find out which stories our readers clicked on the most at

Talk Back with the Publisher

Reader questions and response

The Syracuse New Times has served the greater Central New York community for over 45 years. In the past year, we’ve re-designed the newspaper and the website to better serve our readers.

Fresh Music Friday: LANY

Los Angeles based electronic trio: LANY

Fresh Music Friday is a new feature at introducing you to new music from around the globe. Presenting various musical styles, Fresh Music Friday's goal is to find and share new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

15 years of Cylinder UFOs Over New York State

Cylinder UFOs, who knew they’ve been quietly growing in sighting numbers.

It was about 10:20 p.m. on June 2nd 2000 when a couple of Mineola, NY residents noticed something in the northern sky that appeared to be wobbling back and forth. The two brothers scrambled for a set of binoculars that they had. After a few minutes of observation one of the young men exclaimed, “It’s a UFO.”

Lotus is ready to bloom at the F Shed

Lotus plays Jan. 24 and 25 at the F Shed

Electronic band Lotus is coming to the F Shed this weekend - playing Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, followed by after party performances at the Westcott Theater.

Tech RoundUp

The State of Tech, Holographic Universes and Exploding Kittens

A few things going on in tech.

So many shoot their mouths off about ‘American Sniper’

Yes, it’s damn glorious that we’re free to argue about it all

American Sniper has become the movie folks love to love or love to hate.

WATCH: Castle Creek Performs at NAMM

Catch a live stream of Castle Creek’s performance at NAMM

Direct from the heart of Central New York, blues rock duo Castle Creek is taking the stage in Anaheim, California at the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show on Thursday January 22 from 11 - 11:40 a.m.  (2 - 2:40 p.m. if you're tuning in from Syracuse)

Finger Lakes Named Among Best Wine Travel Destinations

The Finger Lakes region “is home to some of the best cool-climate wines in America.”

The Finger Lakes region has been named one of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015" by Wine Enthusiast magazine -- right up there with the Loire and Rhone Valley regions of France, Piedmont, Italy, Mendocino County, Calif., and others.

Rachel Lampert: The Way She Was

Autobiographical pearls for the stage

“All art is autobiographical,” said movie director Federico Fellini. “The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” Rachel Lampert, artistic director of Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company, has been propagating autobiographical pearls for the stage for some time.

Papership Sets Sail for Rock Glory

On Saturday, Jan. 24, Papership will rock the new Funk ’n Waffles Downtown

Mark Romano was a late bloomer when it came to mastering guitar. “I always wanted to play,” the Papership musician recalls. “I tried drums. I was a failed drummer. I couldn’t get it right.”

Victims of Love

Professional Victims releases their third album on Saturday, Jan. 24

Professional Victims, featuring the husband-wife team of Ashley Cox and Shawn Sullivan, will celebrate the release of their third album on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Funk ’n Waffles Downtown, 307 S. Clinton St. Most of Fathom the Cosmos was recorded at the couple’s home studio during 2014, and mixed and mastered at Moletrax.

Kramer Gets the Story Behind the Springfield Trial

With so many lofty legal principles in play, it was gratifying to see Syracuse finally getting its moment where the sun doesn’t shine.

As European authorities were foiling a massive terror attack in Belgium, Syracuse had concerns of its own: the Rick Springfield butt retrial.

Anonymous Critics of Mark Muhammad are Wrong-Headed

Mark Muhammad is a respected member of this community and is in a good position to deal with the issue of race.

Thirty-five years ago, when Mark Muhammad was a student at Henninger High School, the president of the Syracuse City School Board was a Roman Catholic priest.

It’s about to get a lot harder for the Orange

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has a number of tough games ahead after holding its own thus far.

Let’s go back to the start of the Syracuse University men’s basketball season in mid-November. What if we had told you back then that …

Clear Path Helps Veterans

Helping veterans and their families transition to a healthy, satisfying non-military life.

How do veterans respond to the wellness therapies offered at Clear Path for Veterans?

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions: Hack Your Brain

How to hack our brain to help change our habits.

We would all like to eat less, exercise more, and finally finish that project. It would be so easy if we could just change our habits to do these things.

Resolve not to Resolve

You know by now that resolutions are a setup for failure. Can you even remember what your resolution was last year?

This year will be different! This time I’ll really do it! No more sugar! No white flour! I’ll exercise every day! No more excuses!

Buzz Off

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

I was looking at changes in The Post-Standard that Steven Cvengros, vice president of content, announced in a note to readers.

Free Will Astrology

Jan. 21 – 27.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Is there a patron saint of advertising or a goddess of marketing or a power animal that rules publicity and promotion? If so, I'm going to find out, then pray to them in your behalf. It's high time for your underappreciated talents and unsung accomplishments to receive more attention. And I am convinced that the astrological moment is ripe for just such a development. Help me out here, Aries. What can you do to get your message out better? What tricks do you have for attracting the interest of those who don't know yet about your wonders? Polish up your self-presentation, please.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again

Antiques + A Full Belly

(VIDEO) SocietyGurl shops for antiques and visits Beer Belly Deli

In this week's episode, SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens) visits the Salt City Winter Antique Show and stops at Beer Belly Deli.

Beating the Mid-Winter Blues at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

A mid-winter’s night at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

If it were us kids, while growing up, my parents would ask if we were brought up in a barn when the door was left open.

Tech Solutions for Third World Water Crisis

A look at how technology is bringing clean drinking water to third world countries.

Over a billion people worldwide are living without clean drinking water.

Amazon’s New Pilots Tackle History, Crossroads

Sarah Hope outlines Amazon Studios’ fourth season of original pilot shows.

In light of Amazon Studios' first Golden Globe win for Transparent, and the announcement that Woody Allen will direct a new half-hour comedy next year (his first foray into TV), there is considerable buzz around their fourth pilot season, which boasts seven new comedies, dramas and docu-series, and six new shows for kids.

Delicious Fried Ricotta Cheese Balls

Do you love cheese that is gooey, and warm, and creamy?

Last week we learned how to make Creamy Homemade Ricotta Cheese. This week, join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, as he makes homemade and delicious fried ricotta cheese balls that are gooey, creamy, and warm.

‘American Sniper’ shows hell of war

Eastwood, Cooper, Miller take on a legend of killing

American Sniper was always going to haul the weight of a nation on its shoulders theater to theater even before Thursday morning's announcement officially anointed the movie about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as a big daddy with six nominations, including for best picture.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Jan. 12 – 18

On Sunday, we scan our analytics to find out which stories our readers clicked on the most at

Rick Springfield is Free

The Jury rules in favor of the defendant

The jury deliberated for one hour on Friday Jan. 16 in the Rick Springfield trial for a lawsuit filed against him by Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool.


The Jury rules in favor of the defendant

Groundbreaking television series and breakout stars took home Golden Globe Awards. Sarah Hope sums up the night of the awards.

James Cameron announces the big ’2′ won’t come until late 2017

“Pure and unpasteurized” music coming to Central New York

Jim MacKillop reviews a 1930s-era screwball comedy


Covers from Charlie Hebdo


(VIDEO) SocietyGurl shops for antiques and visits Beer Belly Deli

A mid-winter’s night at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Do you love cheese that is gooey, and warm, and creamy?

The Power of Flowers

Wake Robin Farm is a 75-acre farm near the village of Jordan

News & Opinion

With so many lofty legal principles in play, it was gratifying to see Syracuse finally getting its moment where the sun doesn’t shine.

A look at how technology is bringing clean drinking water to third world countries.

Steve Kroft shows the world his wild side.

Americans of different races still see the country they love so differently.