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Mark Hoffmann

Local guitar guru Mark Hoffmann reveals his rockin’ resume to music writer Jessica Novak

As a fixture of the Syracuse music scene for more than five decades, guitarist-vocalist Mark Hoffmann has been involved in major productions (such as the Salt City Waltz and Beatlecuse) and was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammy) Hall of Fame in 2008. Yet his legacy goes far beyond the city limits.

Pen Pals Tired of the Bar Scene, Seek Outside Amour

WriteAPrisoner.com provides and alternative for those looking for love.

For the single lady in search of a man, the pickings can be mighty slim, especially around here, where any dude with valid plates and a toothbrush gets snatched up like shares of Berkshire Hathaway. But to give up hope would be a big mistake. It’s just time to think inside the box.

Pint-Size Guest for Big-Time Hotel

As the Hotel Syracuse prepares to open its doors again, the history of its first guest comes to light.

One of the hot topics in recent weeks has been the coming together of plans to launch the long-anticipated restoration and reuse of the Hotel Syracuse, slated to reopen in 2016 as the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.

Menu Gets Beefed Up at Owera Vineyards

A new small plates menu has been put into place at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia and a food truck from Upstair’s Bistro in Canandaigua is out and about.

Peanut butter and jelly; fish and chips; beer and pizza; wine and cheese. Wine and food, period. Wine tastes better when it's partnered with good food. That's the driving force behind the new small plates menu at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia.

Altared States for Same-Sex Duos

The LGBT community and its allies celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage outside of First English Lutheran Church

Tristan and Max Madden were among the first to arrive Friday, June 26, at CNY Pride’s rally at First English Lutheran Church. The couple, who married in Maryland in 2011, were thrilled at the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Sex, Deutsch and Rock ’n’ Roll

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre puts on the controversial musical Spring Awakening

Keith Richards famously observed, “Rock is music for the neck down.” Imperial Germany in 1891 was a society rapidly moving ahead scientifically and, intellectually, a nation that exalted the cranium. What lay below the neck was best not discussed, and when it was, it should be obedient and disciplined, tightened up and straightened.

Italian Dressing Sparks Sentimental Musical

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse brings a taste of Italy to Auburn with The Light in the Piazza.

Monastery by palazzo by piazza, Florence, Italy, packs in more sublime works of art than any other two square miles on earth. At Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, scenic designer David Arsenault’s gleaming marble-like set for The Light in the Piazza, dominated by a replica of Michelangelo’s David, flanked by white columns, reminds us of this.

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) To determine whether you are aligned with the cosmic flow, please answer the following questions. 1. Would you say that your current situation is more akin to treading water in a mosquito-ridden swamp, or conducting a ritual of purification in a clear mountain stream? 2. Have you been wrestling with boring ghosts and arguing with traditions that have lost most of their meaning? Or have you been transforming your past and developing a riper relationship with your roots? 3. Are you stuck in a gooey muck? Or are you building a flexible new foundation?

New and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Glitter, Glam and Beer Galore

Society Gurl visits the Empire Brewfest and The Palace Theatre

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker, The SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens) dropped by the Center of Progress building at the New York State Fair grounds for the Empire Brewfest for some local craft beers. Her final stop was The Palace Theatre on James Street to see the Salt City Burlesque.

36th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Over 20 hot air balloons took to the sky this weekend at the annual Balloonfest in Jamesville. Now in its 36th year, Balloonfest attracts thousands to Jamesville beach to gaze at these balloons, eat delicious fair style foods, play games, bop along to live entertainment, and if you’re willing, take a trip in one of the massive balloons. They begin their ascent just feet away from attendees on the lawn of the park.

Same-sex marriage on TV: a long history of acceptance

After the legalization of same-sex marriage, Sarah Hope takes a look back at the history of gay weddings on television.

With Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, a line was drawn in the sand.

Civil Servants Pass the Test

Civil Servants will be at Rosie’s Corner for the Brewerton Fireworks on July 3 at 6 p.m.

Rock and roll has always been associated with youth. It is a symbol of righteous rebellion, each generation coming to the fold of the music’s power of self-expression, passion and vitality. So, it is only fitting that one of the risings acts in the CNY music scene is a collective of young guys who call themselves Civil Servants. There is an interesting twist that makes this band stand out from many others, the average age of the band members is 16 years old. Rock may be associated with the young, but seeing this band play brings to mind the phrase, “out of the mouths of babies."

UFO 2010: The Deansboro White Orbs

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of summer evening, grilling and three White Orbs

A sunny summer’s day, meat sizzling on the grill and above... three white orb UFOs.

Fresh Music Friday: Wolf Alice

Listen to Wolf Alice

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.

The Wolf at the Door

The story of Tom, an African-American fiddler, and a history of African American’s and slavery during the formation of Syracuse.

Tom began to head home from the party after 2 a.m. that morning. A farmer, who did odd jobs for neighbors and who loved to play the fiddle, he lived in the Hollow with his wife, Sadie and their four young boys. Earlier in the evening, he had entertained women as they quilted and men who worked on finishing a favorite alcoholic drink of the time called applejack. Tom’s path down the hill must have been as familiar to him as his set list, which, according to sources, consisted of just two tunes, the English/American “Heye Betty Martin" and the well-known anti-Irish satire, “Brian O’Linn.”

Weird and Wacky Games

A rundown of some of the the most bizarre video and arcade games available

In the 40 some-odd years that video games have been around, some have been good, some have been bad and some have been just downright strange. Here’s a brief look at a few strange games that are worth checking out, despite their weirdness (or because of it!):

15 Events for Your CNY Weekend

Events Editor Chris Malone gets you ready for the weekend with his events roundup.

Here is an upcoming forecast of 15 events to do in Syracuse and Central New York this weekend. There is a plethora of music, historical reenactments and lectures, along with a briefest, a roller derby doubleheader, a couple of races to benefit local nonprofits and a halfway-to-Christmas celebration, among several other outings.

Dish to Pass

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Follow these steps to become your own small-scale food processor

By: Karen Livingston, SBDC Business Advisor

Lifeguard Training Photo Gallery

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis visited Onondaga Pool, where lifeguard training kicked off in preparation for those hot summer days.

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis made a stop at Onondaga Pool where lifeguard training was in full swing in preparation for the first swim of the summer when local pools open their gates to the public. Burnet, Onondaga, Schiller and Thorndon Park Pools opened Monday. Kirk, Lincoln, McKinley and Wilson Park Pools will open on June 29.

Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

“Is your college or university ready for the transgender wave of students?” I asked this question to a group of about 40 college employees, support persons and students at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, held June 4 to 6. The answer I received was a resounding “No!”

Teens in Transition

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance

The transgender community is having a pop culture moment. When former Olympic star Bruce Jenner shared his story of transitioning to female to 20.7 million TV viewers, barely anyone blinked. Perhaps that’s because of months of breathless media speculation about his gender identity. Or maybe it’s thanks to groundbreaking, award-winning TV shows like the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, starring Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who plays a transgender inmate in a women’s prison. Amazon’s streaming series Transparent also set the stage with its touching comedy about a divorced father of three who transitions from Mort to Maura.

Begging the Questions

What is the “correct” response to have when a homeless person comes begging?

We’ve all been there. Sitting at the red light that won’t change, watching the guy with the sign, trying to figure out what to do about the homeless man begging for a few coins. He’s a veteran, says the sign. He hasn’t eaten in days, says the sign. He’s out of work, out of luck, out of options.

Meet the New Sauce Boss

Tom’s Bootleg BBQ sauce has been making mouths water in Upstate New York since 1995.

You might have tasted Tom's Bootleg BBQ sauce at the Buy Local Bash, the Regional Market or the New York State Fair. You might have tasted it at a cookout, cookoff, concert, gift shop or hardware store.

Ann Wilson: Wild at Heart

Music writer Jessica Novak goes one-on-one with Ann Wilson of Heart prior to their June 30 performance at the Mulroy Civic Center

In the 1970s, a female-led band that sang, wrote and played their own songs was anything but common. But it didn’t stop the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, from pursuing their dreams with their band Heart.

Inside Track on Outside Exercise

Syracuse New Times intern Vanessa Langdon covers affordable and entertaining ways to stay in shape in Central New York.

As the summer heats up, there are lots of opportunities to work up a sweat outdoors that won’t break the bank.

History Comes Alive in Cortland Rep’s ’1776′

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776″

The musical blockbuster Les Misérables and the venerable Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone patriotic musical 1776 are not often spoken of the same voice. The current Cortland Repertory Theatre production of 1776 invites us to do just that.

Remembering Rod Serling

Syracuse New Times intern Colin VanCourt recalls the life of “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling, who died 40 years ago on June 28.

Although his family moved to Binghamton when he was just 2 years old, Syracuse still proudly proclaims itself to be the birthplace of Rod Serling.

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19) During my regular hikes along my favorite trails, I've gotten to know the local boulders quite intimately. It might sound daft, but I've come to love them. I've even given some of them names. They symbolize stability and constancy to me. When I gaze at them or sit on them, I feel my own resolve grow stronger. They teach me about how to be steadfast and unflappable in all kinds of weather. I draw inspiration from the way they are so purely themselves, forever true to their own nature. Now would be an excellent time for you to hang out with your own stony allies, Aries. You could use a boost in your ability to express the qualities they embody.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Arts

Local guitar guru Mark Hoffmann reveals his rockin’ resume to music writer Jessica Novak

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre puts on the controversial musical Spring Awakening

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse brings a taste of Italy to Auburn with The Light in the Piazza.

After the legalization of same-sex marriage, Sarah Hope takes a look back at the history of gay weddings on television.

Civil Servants will be at Rosie’s Corner for the Brewerton Fireworks on July 3 at 6 p.m.


 

Local guitar guru Mark Hoffmann reveals his rockin’ resume to music writer Jessica Novak


Lifestyle

A new small plates menu has been put into place at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia and a food truck from Upstair’s Bistro in Canandaigua is out and about.

See what’s in your stars!

Society Gurl visits the Empire Brewfest and The Palace Theatre

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of summer evening, grilling and three White Orbs


News & Opinion

WriteAPrisoner.com provides and alternative for those looking for love.

As the Hotel Syracuse prepares to open its doors again, the history of its first guest comes to light.

The LGBT community and its allies celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage outside of First English Lutheran Church

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville