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Fests and Furious by Jessica Novak
Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.
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In partnership with the East Area YMCA Stone Quarry Hill Art Park half-day, week-long art camps for children ages 6-9 and 10-14. The camps include formal art instruction as well as a creative mix of arts media, free play, collaborative projects and nature exploration. Registration required.
Microsoft Office 2010 free computer classes and many workshops: Professionalism, Self Confidence Building, Interviewing Strategies, Resume writing, Financial Literacy,  Myers Briggs Type Indicator July 20-August 28, 2015
The Society for New Music and artist Stephen Carpenter, present a site specific, interactive, sound scape composed of wooden organ pipes on the hilltop at the Art Park.
Ever wonder what Faeries wear? During the month of July, Reyen Design Studios will be showing their award winning Faerie fashions at Cazenovia Artisans Gallery. Reyen Designs recently received and award for Excellence in Workmanship from the New York Faerie Festival.com. Their show will be up for display from July 1 – July 30.

Heroin, Jail and Family Values

Photographer Ben Cleeton’s gallery, titled Green Eyes: El Viejo, displays the struggle of a convicted criminal to continue supporting his family

Photographer Ben Cleeton’s Green Eyes: El Viejo, on display at the Community Folk Art Center, deals with a time of crisis for a Syracuse family. Cleeton documents a six-month period when Luis Charlesman, also called Green Eyes, was out on bail and awaiting sentencing for felony possession of heroin. The exhibit moves beyond involvement with the courts to discussion of a family context, to Charlesman’s ties with his wife and two stepdaughters.

Passport Impasse Blocks Haudenosaunee Lacrosse Team

The Haudenosaunee tribe continue to contend for their right to play lacrosse; a game their decedents helped invent

Haudenosaunee have traveled internationally on passports from their sovereign nation since 1977. But for the second time in five years, the United Kingdom has refused to admit a Haudenosaunee lacrosse team, preventing the players from competing in a game their ancestors created.

A Poetic Pitch for Bad Hair Days

Channeling his inner poet, Kramer pleas for support of Jeff Kramer Follicle Night at NBT Stadium

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for Jeff Kramer August Five. He’d be throwing out the first pitch, with few follicles still alive. The Syracuse Chiefs OK’ed this lark, because its GM knew That while the cause was dubious, he was a sufferer, too.

Street Painting Chalks Up Another Winner

The 2015 Street Painting Festival unleashed a barrage of colors on Montgomery Street in Syracuse

Artists of all ages painted the town every color one could imagine at the 25th annual Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting Festival, which took place on July 25 in front of City Hall.

Jazz in the City Takes Sides

The traveling music series Jazz in the City returns to Syracuse in August

A reinvigorated Jazz in the City returns on Thursday, Aug. 6, for its first stop at Syracuse’s South Side. The traveling music series, which features national and local jazz artists, is designed to reach urban residents by placing the free shows in their backyards. The four separate music programs will take place on Thursday nights in different parts of the Salt City.

Greens Out Early for 2nd District Council Seat

Green party candidate Frank Cetera looks to take over the 2nd District seat in the Syracuse Common Council

Green Party activist Ursula Rozum doesn’t remember when she first heard it. Sometime during the two and a half campaigns she managed for Green perennial candidate Howie Hawkins, or her own congressional run in 2012, someone passed on word of the mythical prohibition on politics before Labor Day. But it has no reality for her this year as she serves as campaign manager for Frank Cetera, the Greens’ 2nd District Common Council candidate.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for July 29 – August 4

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "I am very much in love with no one in particular," says actor Ezra Miller. His statement would make sense coming out of your mouth right about now. So would this one: "I am very much in love with almost everyone I encounter." Or this one: "I am very much in love with the wind and moon and hills and rain and rivers." Is this going to be a problem? How will you deal with your overwhelming urge to overflow? Will you break people's hearts and provoke uproars everywhere you go, or will you rouse delight and bestow blessings? As long as you take yourself lightly, I foresee delight and blessings.

Foodie with Flair

Writer Margaret McCormick chats with Tom Kiernan, named Chef of the Year for his kitchen cuisine

For Tom Kiernan, 2015 has been a year of accomplishments, achievements and experiences to savor and remember and build on. And the year is still young.

AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival Photo Gallery

Michael Davis’ photo gallery of the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Michael Davis photographed the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival this past weekend as a part of Artsweek in Syracuse.

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival Photo Gallery

Michael Davis’ photo gallery of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.

Michael Davis photographed the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival this past weekend as a part of Artsweek in Syracuse.

Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest Photo Gallery

Michael Davis’ photo gallery of the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest

Michael Davis photographed the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOFest this past weekend as a part of Artsweek in Syracuse.

Return to Camp Firewood: Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer”

Sarah Hope previews Netflix’s mini-series follow up to 2001′s “Wet Hot American Summer”

The summer is about to get wetter, hotter and American-er. Cult comedy fans are already mixing up the bug juice and practicing their arts and crafts while posted up in front of their TVs, waiting impatiently for the big day. This Friday on Netflix, the full cast of Wet Hot American Summer will return for an eight-episode prequel titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Street Painting 2015 Photo Gallery

Michael Davis’ photo gallery of the 2015 Street Painting Festival

Michael Davis took to Montgomery Street in downtown Syracuse on Saturday, July 25 for the annual Street Painting Festival, hosted by the Syracuse New Times.

Strawberry Shortcake, Italian Style

Joe Borio shares a simple and easy strawberry shortcake recipe, Italian style

Join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, as he shares a simple and easy strawberry shortcake recipe, Italian style! You will love this fresh and delicious way to make your next strawberry shortcake dessert, with the tastes of Italy.

The Evolution of Mixtapes

What is a mixtape? How have they evolved?

Before smart devices, music streaming services, and even MP3s and CDs, there were cassette tapes.

UFO 1979: The Herkimer Black Triangle UFO

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of a snowmobiler’s encounter with a black triangle UFO

Who knew that a simple winter's night snowmobile ride would result in the sighting of a black triangle UFO?

22 Enjoyable Weekend Events in Syracuse, Upstate New York

Twenty-two events to fill your calendar this weekend

It's ArtsWeek in Syracuse. You'd better bring your walking shoes, because you'll want to accomplish a lot. (Plus, parking might be a little iffy with all the Downtown events.)

Retro Games: What’s the Appeal?

Though retro games are a thing of the past for many, fans continue to reach for them when a craving for nostalgia hits

Video games developers are constantly taking advantage of improving technology, resulting in today’s multitude of technologically impressive games. However, many gaming enthusiasts look to the past for their entertainment, enjoying the games of decades gone by just as much as (if not more than) present day gaming. The question is, what gives these games their appeal when so many of them are unpolished compared to today’s software?

Jazz Fest Case Scenario

A roundup of the lineup featured at this year’s Jazz Festival which took place at Onondaga Community College last weekend

Midway through his climactic set during the Friday, July 17, portion of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis launched his solo on Duke Ellington’s “Braggin’ in Brass,” a frenetic post-bop big band number. Sitting — not standing, as is the conventional deportment, Marsalis raced over the spiky contours with a wild, notey ride, a dense, accelerated filigree of minute detail, as if there was barely enough space for all he had in mind.

Planning for a Crude Awakening

Emergency management responders appear when disaster strikes, and some are stepping up their game

Dan Wears was in his first week on the job as head of emergency services for Syracuse University when two train cars overturned within walking distance of the Carrier Dome. One car was loaded with propane. The Dome was about to open its doors to tens of thousands of fans attending a football game against South Florida.

Pavement to Paint

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The Syracuse New Times and Family Times' annual Street Painting Festival marks its silver anniversary on Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The action takes place in front of downtown Syracuse’s City Hall on Montgomery Street.

A Crafty Celebration

The AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

The 45th annual AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival returns this weekend to downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle and surrounding streets. Artists, live performers and food vendors from across the area and beyond will convene from Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26.

Honoring the Haudenosaunee Heritage

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will take place Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 as part of Artsweek in Syracuse

The ecological-themed Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest returns to Hanover Square, at the intersection of East Water and South Warren streets, on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, as part of the ArtsWeek festivities.

Recess Appointment for Downtown

Recess coffee is expanding into the downtown area while keeping their signature cup of joe brewing

People.com's recent list of "24 Coffee Shops You Have to Visit'' put the Westcott Nation’s Recess Coffee on the radar screen of caffeine lovers all over the world. Another benefit of that exposure is Recess' upcoming expansion to downtown Syracuse.

Harborfest Weighs Anchor in Oswego

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26

The 28th annual Oswego County Harborfest promises food, fun and fireworks during the free festival’s weekend run, slated for Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26.

Pyramid Schemes Rock Egypt

The Central New York Playhouse brings Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” to life

Central New York Playhouse continues its summertime tradition of mounting ambitious musicals (such as Reefer Madness and Catch Me If You Can) with this year’s splashy rock opera Aida. Make that Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which is so much a creation on its own that it has its own title.

A Holmes Run at Hangar

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre makes audiences howl with laughter with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” running through saturday, July 25

Don't expect thrills, chills and horror from The Hound of the Baskervilles, currently at Ithaca's Hangar Theatre — just non-stop hilarity for two gleeful hours.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto "Carpe diem" shouldn't be translated as "Seize the day!", says author Nicholson Baker. It's not a battle cry exhorting you to "freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it." The proper translation, according to Baker, is "Pluck the day." In other words, "you should gently pull on the day’s stem, as if it were a wildflower, holding it with all the practiced care of your thumb and the side of your finger, which knows how to not crush easily crushed things -- so that the day's stem undergoes increasing tension and draws to a tightness, and then snaps softly away at its weakest point, and the flower is released in your hand." Keep that in mind, Aries. I understand you are often tempted to seize rather than pluck, but these days plucking is the preferable approach.

Arts

A roundup of the lineup featured at this year’s Jazz Festival which took place at Onondaga Community College last weekend

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will take place Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 as part of Artsweek in Syracuse

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26


 

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.


Lifestyle

Recess coffee is expanding into the downtown area while keeping their signature cup of joe brewing

The Central New York Playhouse brings Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” to life

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre makes audiences howl with laughter with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” running through saturday, July 25

See what’s in your stars!

Society gurl visits the Syracuse Nationals, Jazz fest and the Sterling Renaissance Festival


News & Opinion

Emergency management responders appear when disaster strikes, and some are stepping up their game

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.