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Former SU hoops star Lazarus Sims comes home to run the parks he grew up in - The Syracuse New Times Interview
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Rosamond Gifford Zoo May 2015 Photo Gallery

Michael David captures the essence of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis took a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on May 26 to capture the newborn baby elephant and the crowd that came to see him. Check out the story here. Along the way, he snapped some other pictures around the rest of the zoo, showcasing what kinds of animals it has to offer.

Let Us Continue

A recently installed Connective Corridor public art project invites the public to interact to complete it.

“Let Us Continue” is a beautiful vector art mural that provides a visual timeline of Syracuse’s civic and social history, focusing on the legacy of public works projects such as the Erie Canal.

Second Annual Bacon, Bourbon Fest

Happiness while raising money for veterans.

Last year was the inaugural launch of the Annual Bacon and Bourbon Fest at the Ridge Golf Club and Tavern. It was my introduction to the Ridge as a music venue and from that moment on, it has solidified itself in my heart to be one of the most enjoyable places to hear some great local music in this region.

The Spiritual Age of Hip-Hop?

Are we embarking on a spiritual age in Hip Hop?

For this story, I asked my Facebook friends a simple question: “Who are the top spiritual rappers in the game and why?” Everyone seemed to have a different list of artists and their responses were definitively connected to how they viewed spirituality and faith. Syracuse’s own Sammy Award-winning musician Joe Driscoll joined the discussion and tagged Grammy Award-winning Hip Hop artist Speech Thomas on the thread.

UFO 1989: Saucer Craft Over Syracuse

Who knew a midnight dog walk would result in a sighting of a Saucer Craft.

Late October 1989, the weather was seasonal for Syracuse; in other words it was cold and windy. It was a little after midnight, Mark’s dog Ranger wanted a short walk before bedding down. Mark decided to have one last smoke before bed as well. As man and dog leisurely had their midnight stroll, under a clear sky, as Mark was puffing on his cigarette, he became aware of a sound that was increasing in volume.

Fresh Music Friday: Woodkid

Listen to Woodkid

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.

CNY Dining Bites: Yummy Raw Deals at Brewster Inn

Get your seafood fix in Caz and more food news happening in CNY

Opening soon in Cazenovia is a new place to get your seafood fix. It overlooks the lake and it's at a place where you might already satisfy your seafood cravings and/or pick up some fresh fish to enjoy at home.

Continuing the Hirsute Pursuit

Jeff Kramer won’t give up on his plea for hair

What a town this is! There are walks and runs for every imaginable malady and cause. There are pancake breakfasts, fish fries and bake sales. High school kids stand on corners, hawking car washes to pay for band trips and sports programs.

Redefining Patriotism for Fed Phone Snoopers

It is long past time to let this monstrous invasion of our privacy die.

If you have the time to visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, as more than a million people do every year, in the same exhibit with the famous bell you’ll find an enlarged copy of a Daguerrotype photo of a group of abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass. The early image captures Douglass while attending an anti-slavery convention in the year 1850.

Local Hop Music Reviews

John Allred and Charlie Bertini, J.T. Hall Jazz Consort, Central New York Jazz Combos and Pebble Hill Presbyterian Congregation Singers, The Djangoners

John Allred and Charlie Bertini. Live & Unplugged (AppleJazz). If pure, passionate and powerful horn-playing is your cup of tea, take a big gulp of this CD featuring Orlando-based trumpeter Charlie Bertini and Big Apple trombonist John Allred. Ably backed by bassist Phil Flanigan, pianist David Solazzo and guitarist Tom Bronzetti, the two brassmen waxed 10 terrific tunes on Oct. 2, 2010, at Homer’s Center for the Arts, a former church sanctuary blessed with near-perfect acoustics.

Room to Roam for Edgewood Show

‘The Sum of its Parts’ is on display through June 19 at the Edgewood Gallery

The Edgewood Gallery's current exhibition covers a lot of territory in a small space. The Sum of Its Parts shifts from whimsical sculptures to large abstract paintings, from paper collages to metal work. And it makes room for a slew of mixed-media works.

Tim Bond Sets the Stage One More Time

Syracuse Stage’s upcoming season has all the shows your snobby brother in Rochester has never heard of

Don’t just look at these three items of comfort food-- Peter Pan, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Santaland Diaries --and wheeze, “What? Again?” The other four productions announced for Syracuse Stage’s 2015-2016 season are not only area premieres, but your snobby brother-in-law in Rochester has never heard of them.

Lazarus Sims: He Still Got Game

Former SU hoops star Lazarus Sims comes home to run the parks he grew up in – The Syracuse New Times Interview

Mayor Stephanie Miner never saw Lazarus Sims play point guard for Syracuse University in the Carrier Dome. “I was out trying to find myself in the world,” she reflects on graduating in 1992, the year he started caging. When she had to find someone to replace Baye Muhammad as city parks commissioner, however, a number of trusted colleagues suggested she interview Sims, 42.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again Cass Alder, 22, bought table napkins made with images of $100 bills on them, then cut out the images, glued them onto paper and tried passing one of the bogus bills at a convenience store. The clerk refused to accept it. Alder exited the store but left the bill behind. It was used in evidence against him at his trial in in Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island, where a provincial court judge sentenced him to 18 months probation. (Charlottestown’s The Guardian)

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Keith Moon played drums for the rock band The Who. He was once voted the second-greatest drummer  in history. But his erratic behavior, often provoked by drugs or alcohol, sometimes interfered with his abilities. In 1973, The Who was doing a live concert near San Francisco when the horse tranquilizer that Moon had taken earlier caused him to pass out. The band appealed to the audience for help. "Can anybody play the drums?" asked guitarist Pete Townshend. "I mean somebody good?" A 19-year-old amateur drummer named Scot Halpin volunteered. He played well enough to finish the show. I suspect that sometime soon, Aries, you may also get an unexpected opportunity to play the role of a substitute. Be ready!

Bouncing baby Elephant at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Join the elephant naming contest at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

A big bundle of joy was unveiled at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on Tuesday, May 26. The baby elephant was born on Tuesday, May 12 after his mother - 18-year-old Mali - carried him for 642 days. The calf weighed 281 pounds and stands 36.1 inches tall, just over three feet at birth. He joins Mali and father - 17-year-old Doc - as one of the few third generation Asian elephants born in North America.

Birds a Flea + Brunch

Visit the zoo, the flea market and Funk n’ Waffles with SocietyGurl

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker, The SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens) takes us on a trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Sunday flea market and lunch at Funk n' Waffles.

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.


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

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


Former SU hoops star Lazarus Sims comes home to run the parks he grew up in – The Syracuse New Times Interview


Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Visit the zoo, the flea market and Funk n’ Waffles with SocietyGurl

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

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

News & Opinion

Join the elephant naming contest at Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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.