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Keeping the faith isn’t easy when churches fail their flock
Editor’s note: Voices is a weekly column that provides a platform for Central New Yorkers to comment about the issues of the day. If you’d like to submit a column, email Larry Dietrich at email@example.com.
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.
Public power was once an issue in mayoral elections past
The question most often encountered by Howie Hawkins as he knocked on prospective voters’ doors ask for support in his bid for the Common Council seat in the 4th District in the November election, was, “Why aren’t you running for mayor?”
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.
Middle Eastern fare rules at King David’s two restaurants
(Editor’s note: Local Flavor is a feature produced in cooperation with advertisers in the Syracuse New Times.) This was one of those assignments where I was going to a restaurant that I had been to many times before. In fact, when I introduced myself, my husband and my daughter to owner Nader Hatem, he remarked how he thought we looked familiar.
Getting the right gear is essential for swimming athletes
Swimming is often the most daunting leg of a triathlon for athletes. For those who haven’t spent their lives in the water, learning later in life can be difficult. And even for those who have, triathlon swimming, both recreational and competitive, offer very different ball games.
Here are some gift suggestions for the amateur athlete
Looking for that perfect gift for the running or fitness enthusiast on your holiday shopping list? From stocking stuffers to splurges, here are a few ideas that will make any athlete’s season bright.
Orange football squad refused to concede defeat against Boston College
The Nov. 30 game ended, and about 80 or so young men with blue jerseys and orange pants started jumping, screaming and running around the Carrier Dome turf like second-graders at an Easter egg hunt.
Curses, Foiled Again Police named West Virginia University football player Korey Harris their armed robbery suspect after the victims recognized Harris, who was wearing WVU-issued football sweat pants with his uniform number, 96. Harris was arrested and dropped from the team. (Charleston’s Metro News)
What’s in your stars?
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Salt City Waltz returns, even stronger, for a second year
I’ve written this introduction paragraph about 16 times, always failing to capture exactly what I want to say. It’s funny, that the Gonzo style of journalism (made famous by Hunter S. Thompson, where the journalist claims no objectivity and tells the story from a first-person narrative) seems easier. Writing from the gut and the heart is very much like music – the less you think (many times), the better it is. But sometimes, it’s overwhelming. This is very much how I feel.
It’s a story that’s sweet and sad.
Philomena Lee was one tough woman.
Old time places to get coffee and a light meal have fallen by the wayside.
I was sitting with a friend in Café at 407 in Liverpool recently -- one of my favorite places to have a cup of coffee, a bite to eat and a chat because of the comfort, welcoming atmosphere and good coffee -- when the conversation turned to old style coffee shops. You know the ones I mean, the places with formica tables; plastic, colored, leatherette seats; sandwiches, soups (you're in luck if they're homemade), chilis; bouffant desserts -- and coffee -- endless cups from a waiter or waitress who might just call you hon.
UFO Sightings in New York over 63 Years
In the past few years there has been a considerable effort by UFO researchers and experts to advocate for disclosure.
11/25 – 11/30
Here are the Top 5 Most Read Syracuse New Times Stories of the Week. This week has everything from Turkeys to 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.
Which films will Syracuse see next?
Your new offerings showed up on Wednesday this week because, well, that's the way the studios do it, bowing to Thanksgiving. And there are a lot of them. You might want to parcel them out some instead of taking them all in with a movie-o-rama. The next few weeks are quiet, as far as openings go because, well, that's the way studios do it, bowing to the Christmas run-up.
January through August 2013
The Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Live Theatre (S.A.L.T.) Awards are going through a "shakeup" this year! We've got a brand new Academy, a new nomination and voting process, and a new ceremony coming in November 2014! Under these new guidelines, the Academy is voting on shows between September and August of each season. To be sure we didn't forget anyone during these changes, below are the nominations for January through August 2013 (from the previous Academy). We will be contacting the winners very soon. Stay tuned to find out who won!
Artist Tom Huff plays many roles
Tom Huff’s lights are out.
Busted corner-store kingpins had big plans for a new market on Oxford Street
Looks like they won’t be turning over a new leaf after all. Among those arrested by federal DEA agents and Syracuse Police on Wednesday, Nov. 20, was the father-and-son team that had planned to open a convenience store at Oxford Street and Midland Avenue. After executing a search warrant at the T&S Deli, a.k.a. the Honey Market, at 1223 Butternut St, officials arrested Abdalqader Mansour, 46, and his son, Rasheed Mansour, 23, along with two other family members. The Palestinian immigrants were among 10 people charged with peddling synthetic marijuana from behind the counter at nine shoddy convenience stores across the city.
Limited-edition releases to be offered at Armory Square’s Sound Garden
Every year, mobs of shoppers line up outside big-box stores for Black Friday deals. But Armory Square’s Sound Garden and other record stores nationwide are using the shopping holiday to draw attention to what they have to offer.
Maria Tallchief won praise from fans and critics
Editor’s note: November is Native American Heritage Month. This is the conclusion of the month’s articles to recognize Native contributions and achievements.
Manlius boy spreads the word about chronic affliction
When Patty Palladino’s 10-year-old son, Frankie, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she said it felt like a punch in the gut to her family.
A look back during Native American Heritage Month
Editor’s note: Voices is a weekly column that provides a platform for Central New Yorkers to comment. November is Native American Heritage Month. If you’d like to submit a column, email Larry Dietrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.