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Cast a ballot for the annual Best of Syracuse® awards NOMINATE! First, from Aug. 13 to Aug. 27, go online and create the nominations. We’ll tell you that a category is, say, Best Outdoor Make-out Spot. You tell us what you think the best spot is. Geographically speaking. Not biologically speaking. VOTE! We’ll winnow the […]
The National Science Foundation presents “Evolution of Maize” at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 North Main Street, Canastota NY.   July 1st through August 26th from 10 am to 3 pm , Monday through Saturday.  Produced by the “Museum of the Earth”, Ithaca, NY.   Eye-Popping graphics, creative fun, and interactives provide an understanding of the evolution […]
Selected abstract works by artists Jessica and Jim Olech at The Redhouse Arts Center.  Show runs through September 5, open M-Sat. Closing reception September 5 @ 7pm.
Ever wonder what it would take to truly live with the land? Follow in the footsteps of the great pioneers and voyageurs of old as you learn primitive survival skills, Native American and pioneer craft, lashing, tracking, fire building, campfire cooking, and more! Explore a time when living was not always easy, but there was […]

What’s new at Cafe at 407?

The kitchen, for starters

Imagine banging out soups, grilled sandwiches, breakfast burritos, biscotti, muffins, monkey bread, cookies and more -- for dozens of customers, on a daily basis -- with an oven and a stove designed for residential rather than restaurant use.

StartFast Demo Day 2014

Venture capitalists and angel investors from all over the country were in attendance.

Just a few years ago, starting a company meant renting out or buying an old storefront somewhere, swinging a hammer over a few nails until it looked just right, and selling some odd number of trinkets or plumbing services.

How to Effectively Disgust Others

11 things to keep in mind when in public

According to the analytics of this Inevitable Coffee Ring, the audience this blog reaches and appeals to are: human beings, dolphins, really intelligent primates, and cats that decide to walk across keyboards at inopportune times. Since humans are at the top of the list and cats eked out the Top 5 because of paw placement happenstance, a few things have come to light. Where human searches are purposeful and the cats' searches are not -- keyboard walking is often noted as "bad behavior" and is rewarded with spritzes of water to the face -- there has to be a gray area, right? When you Google this, a few things come up:

Top Running and Biking Spots in CNY

According to Strava

Strava, a company that offers a free app to digitally track bike rides and runs via your smartphone or GPS system recently released a global heatmap of running and biking data using information from 77,688,848 rides and 19,660,163 runs.

Cuse Comedy Showcase

by Staff

Comedians compete for cash prizes.

The Central New York Playhouse, now in year two at it's home in Shoppingtown Mall, produces a variety of entertainment outside of the regularly scheduled season of musicals and dramas. In their latest effort to provide "a venue uniquely dedicated to local performers and theatrical entertainment" CNYP presents the new "Cuse Comedy Showcase," where comedians from Central and Upstate New York will compete for cash prizes.

New Releases in Video Games

Watch the trailers

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Ubisoft is making waves once again with new gameplay trailers for its final last gen console release, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Rogue will be the third time players take to the seas in the fight between the templars and the eponyous Assassin’s, and players can’t help but wonder if Ubisoft isn’t just throwing in one last cash-in before abandoning the old software. While the gameplay trailers do show a few new weapons and some potentially interesting new areas to explore, it’s obvious that Rogue will be almost identical, in terms of gameplay, to its predecessor Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Ubisoft has found success before in squeezing as much content as it can out of a formula, for example the three spin-offs of Assassin’s Creed 2, so it’s no surprise they’re trying again. Like before, whether or not Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will be worth it for Assassin’s Creed fans comes down to the quality of the story, and for that we’ll just have to wait and see.

Robin Williams was first, and last, a TV star

We can continue to celebrate his life. Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

Last week, I sat down to watch something featuring Robin Williams. In the wake of his death, I’m sure many of us have wanted to watch little else. The great comedian is known for his crazy antics in Disney’s Aladdin (1992), as well as the great dramatic achievements Dead Poets Society (1989) and Good Will Hunting (1997). But I think many of us - particularly those of us who grew up loving and learning from the Genie and Mrs. Doubtfire - forget that Williams’ career began and ended on the small screen, not the big one.

They’re not real cops, but they’re really dumb

And in the end, Let’s Be Cops is really enjoyable

There is so much silly stuff bouncing around the screen during Let's Be Cops, most of it surrounding the smirking guy named Ryan.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

August 11 – 17

Each week, we tally the numbers to bring you the Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week on SyracuseNewTimes.com.

#takeatour Sam Skelton

Meet Sam Skelton

In this week's episode of #takeatour - Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses shares some #chatter with Sam Skelton of Junam Clothing.

26 July 2014 UFO – The New York Lights

“They appeared to be very high over downtown Syracuse.”

Saturday, 26 July 2014, was a relatively clear night, perhaps that why so many folks witnessed the New York Lights. The pattern of fireball sightings covered a flight path spanning from Long Island, NY to Ontario, Canada.

The Tech Round-Up

Facebook, Starbucks, Snapchat and Disney

What’s happening in tech? The Facebook Messenger

The Espresso Shot (#015)

Feeling free, the illusion of flying or floating.

The bench you're sitting on isn't doing this justice right now. Get up and walk towards the water. However, don't stand out on the Skaneateles pier and put your hands out as if you were standing at the bowsprit of the Titanic.

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Makes History

Oldies prove to be goodies, all the way to No. 1

Everybody knows that music can help drive what you think of a movie.

Screen Savers to the Midway’s Rescue

Nagelschmidt was at the Syracuse Regional Market

The hellacious July 8 tornado destroyed a Minetto landmark: the Midway Drive-In’s screen, which stood tall for 66 years. It looked like curtains for the summertime favorite until the Girl Scouts from Troop 10101 convinced Midway owner John Nagelschmidt that a series of fundraisers might be a good idea to raise a new screen. The young ladies quickly sold out more than 1,300 T-shirts and 1,000 bracelets during Oswego’s Harborfest weekend, and they are still making the rounds at area spots to solicit donations.

Dolce Vita Boasts an Eclectic Menu

The restaurant serves some outstanding, chewy, lightly crusty white bread with an ever-changing flavored butter.

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East Meets West in the Skaneateles Festival’s Second Week

The schedule for week two includes a mixture of music played on traditional Chinese instruments and western masterworks inspired by eastern themes.

The Skaneateles Festival celebrates the second week of its 35th anniversary with a program of Eastern-inspired music beginning on Wednesday.

Dutch Masters

Carl Mellor travels to Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor to take in an impressive show of European paintings.

Hendrick van Somer’s painting of Saint Jerome depicts him as old and gaunt, for a moment glancing away from the manuscript in front of him. With quill in hand, he spent years translating the Hebrew Bible into Latin. The painting places him in an isolated location, perhaps a cave on the edge of a desert. A contrast between shadow and light invigorates the painting and highlights Saint Jerome.

A Perfect Summer for Golf

David Armelino sums up his favorite golf courses of the summer and what makes them unique.

What a summer it has been out on the golf course. I have been fortunate enough to get out and play nearly every week, or close to it, with my father and others joining in along the way.

New Uses Begin for Historic Former Restaurant

The Courier Building was erected in 1844, one of five buildings or blocks of buildings still standing in Syracuse that were built before the Civil War.

James Prioletti, owner of 110 Montgomery St., would like us all to stop calling the building with the distinctive curved windows the L’Adour building. It’s the Courier Building, named for the Syracuse Daily Courier newspaper, which was printed by steam in the building from 1856 to 1905 — long before Syracuse’s one and only French restaurant opened in 2001.

Redhouse Moves Toward The Center of Syracuse Arts

After 10 years at 201 S. West St., the center will pump life into the Salina-Jefferson corridor, near the Landmark Theatre in the former Sibley’s department store.

The Redhouse Arts Center is planning to move to a new address and role in the heart of downtown Syracuse.

Hue Ought to See Gallery 4040’s New Show

Colors of Summer opens at Gallery 4040

Color is a fundamental aspect of art, an ingredient serving many purposes. It conveys emotion, catches a viewer’s attention, and plays other roles. Colors of Summer, a five-artist exhibit on display at Gallery 4040, certainly touches on color as a basic element but is much more interested in the quintet’s creative strategies.

They’ll Take Manhattan in Merry-Go-Round’s On the Town

James MacKillop reviews the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse production of “On the Town.”

Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein were brash 20-somethings when they shook up the musical theater world with their highly innovative On the Town during one of the darkest years in World War II. Seventy years later in this dynamite production at Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (through Aug. 27), it still challenges complacency.

Play On Brother

Alan Evans’ New Group, Visits Funk ’n Waffles.

Central New York is a familiar place for Alan Evans. The multitalented dynamo has played with Soulive since 1999 with his brother Neal Evans and Eric Kranso and has ties to both Woodstock and Buffalo.

Kramer’s Wild Rides

On a long, long ride to nowhere.

Gone is James E. Strates. Wade Shows is the new midway man in town. We wish them luck at the Great New York State Fair. And we hope to finally see some rides that truly reflect Central New York.

County Plans Training for Volatile Oil Shipments

Ed Griffin-Nolan covers Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office plan of a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.

Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office will plan a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.

Interview: Mayor Miner and County Exec. Mahoney pt. 2

This is the second of three parts in which Mayor Stephanie Minor and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney participate together. (Part 2)

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner have both appeared on the Campbell Conversation program before. This is the second of three parts in which they participate together.

Classified 08/13

by Staff


News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again

Free Will Astrology

August 13 – 19

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Researchers in Peru have recently tracked down many previously unknown varieties of wild cacao plants. What that means is that there are exotic kinds of chocolate that you and I have never dreamed of, and they will be commercially available within a few years. As delicious as your Chocolove XOXOX Extra Strong Dark candy bar may taste to you now, you will eventually journey further into a new frontier of ecstatic delectability. I propose that we use this theme as a metaphor for the work you have ahead of you right now. It is time for you to make good things even better -- to take fun diversions and transform them into experiences that engender transcendent bliss. Turn "yes" into "YESSSS!!!!"


The Ridge is an amazing place to enjoy a meal and with the addition of Charley Orlando’s performance, it was the perfect place to make your own sunshine.

Sarah Hope tells us what to expect from this years installment of Shark Week.

And it might not be between who you expect

Terminator Genisys hits the road in 2015

Tinseltown treats that will be screened during this weekend’s Capitolfest 12 in Rome


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Meet Sam Skelton

The restaurant serves some outstanding, chewy, lightly crusty white bread with an ever-changing flavored butter.

Adopted or not, I’m their son.

(Travel) Would we return from this trip?

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On a long, long ride to nowhere.

Ed Griffin-Nolan covers Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office plan of a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.

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

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