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Immigration on Film by Renée K. Gadoua
New book by Syracusan focuses on migration from Central America
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Peter B. Jones is a highly accomplished and talented artist who, during a career spanning fifty years, has created pottery and ceramic sculpture that is sought after by museums and collectors worldwide. He fell in love with clay as a medium in early childhood, and dedicated his studies to clay sculpture at the Institute of […]
Associated Artists of CNY presents its 88th Annual Juried Members Art Show at the Gallery at the Manlius Library from Sept. 6th through Oct.11 during regular library hours.
Alison Rossiter: Revive Aug. 18-Oct. 22 Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery Gallery Talk: Thursday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-7p.m. Light Work is pleased to announce the exhibition “Revive,” featuring the work of Alison Rossiter.  In 2007, Rossiter purchased a battered box of silver gelatin print paper stamped with an expiration date of […]
2014 Light Work Grants in Photography: Trevor Clement, Sebastian Collett, Dan Wetmore Aug. 18-Dec. 17 Light Work Hallway Gallery Reception: Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m. Light Work is pleased to announce the 40th annual “Light Work Grants” exhibition, featuring the work of the 2014 Light Work Grant recipients: Trevor Clement, Sebastian Collett and Dan Wetmore. […]

Mary Fahl Rises to the Occasion

Mary Fahl performs Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Redhouse Arts Center

Mary Fahl doesn’t believe in following the rules. A singer since childhood, Fahl had her first big break with the October Project in the early 1990s. But after leaving the pop group in 1996, Fahl had to figure out how to keep competing against the odds.

Local Hop (Album Review)

The whole disc bumps with positivity

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Steady (Easy Star Records).

Checking Out Chekhovian Comedy at Syracuse Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Syracuse Stage

There’s nothing like a recent Tony Award winner to get the Syracuse Stage season off to a rousing start, and there’s nothing quite like Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s epic dysfunctional-family comedy wears its heart on its sleeve, even as its droll humor tickles the brain waves.

Some ‘Best Of’ Categories that Eluded Voters

Jeff Kramer gives his own ‘Best of Syracuse’ Awards

Before we get to my personal Best of Syracuse list, a heartfelt congratulations to Sean Kirst of the Post-Standard. Sean was named “Best Columnist” as voted on by Syracuse New Times readers.

Of Puppies and Lattes and Bombs Away: Asking All The Wrong Questions

Will we run out of targets?

If you are growing weary of my taking up this space to once again write about Syria and the War on Beheadings, you can blame the check-engine light on my wife’s Subaru.

Solarize Syracuse Reveals Demand for Renewable Energy

by Staff

These efforts in Syracuse reflect a national interest in solar energy.

More than 80 people filled the foldout chairs in Natur-Tyme’s Community Room on a Saturday in September for Solarize Syracuse’s standing-room-only Last Chance Workshop. The 90-minute meeting wrapped up the campaign’s nine-presentation run, which taught attendees about renewable energy’s benefits, the process of installing panels and the environmental and economic impacts of going solar.

Interview: Peter Waite and Marsha Tait

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

In a continuation of the Campbell Conversations’ series on poverty, this interview focuses on adult literacy. Peter Waite is the executive vice president of ProLiteracy, an international literacy organization in Syracuse. Marsha Tait is executive director of Literacy CNY, a local literacy organization offering services and expertise. Both have headed the National Coalition for Literacy.

Free Will Astrology

Oct. 1-7

ARIES (March 21-April 19) As I hike through the wilderness at dusk, the crickets always seem to be humming in the distance. No matter where I go, their sound is farther off, never right up close to me. How can that be? Do they move away from me as I approach? I doubt it. I sense no leaping insects in the underbrush. Here's how this pertains to you: My relationship with the crickets' song is similar to a certain mystery in your life. There's an experience that calls to you but forever seems just out of reach. You think you're drawing nearer, about to touch it and be in its midst, but it inevitably eludes you. Now here's the good news: A change is coming for you. It will be like what would happen if I suddenly found myself intimately surrounded by hundreds of chirping crickets.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again When a man pulled a gun on a bank teller in Pompano Beach, Fla., she rejected his demand for money and simply walked away from her bulletproof window. The robber fled empty-handed but left behind his holdup note, written on the back of an online job application with a user name and password belonging to Felipe Cruz, 39. “The robber has given us a clue,” FBI agent Michael Leverock said after investigators matched fingerprints on the note with Cruz’s. “He probably should have continued looking for honest work.” (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Best of Syracuse 2014 Winners

by Staff

Best of Syracuse 2014

Best of Syracuse® is a reader-generated poll trademarked by the Syracuse New Times. Each year, we ask our readers to nominate in seven categories: Metro Living, Sports & Leisure, Love & Sex, Going Shopping, Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment and Family (formerly the Besties Awards from our sister publication, Family Times).

Changing the Way We Learn

SU’s Illustration Symposium Skypes with Despicable Me Director, Chris Renaud

The room is dim. 70+ college students in jeans, hipster gear, and pajamas sit up in their seats and giggle, mesmerized by a giant, friendly Wizard of Oz-like head projected in front of them that walks them through a series of illustrations as if reading the children a storybook and acting out all the voices. One would expect a popcorn and candy stand nearby.

15 Years Within a 15K

The Ice Cream Kids Club’s ‘Ice Cream Run’

We all love ice cream, some of us more than others, and this includes the lactose intolerant folk living on the edge - they know ice cream is worth it. How can you not take advantage of an ice cream outing during the summer and fall months when weather is appropriate and homemade ice cream flavors shift appropriately? But you don't have to be a kid to fully enjoy the ice cream experience; there are the adults who cannot resist sprinkles or eating their frozen treat and embracing their inner child, forgetting where their mouth is. And speaking of inner child, this proved to be a meditative trip down memory lane.

Denzel Washington’s Perfect Part In The Equalizer

When Denzel goes gonzo, the meek need not even peek

The folks who work with quiet older new guy Robert McCall at the Home Mart store are having fun trying to figure out what he used to be in life before this job of unpacking boxes and stocking shelves and whatever is asked of him.

Henneberg Brewing Company: Beer Made Here, ‘Beer Grown Here’

“People come in for a sample or a mug, and they take a growler home. They wouldn’t take that much beer home if they didn’t enjoy it.”

John Henneberg may have the ultimate work-at-home job. Each morning, Henneberg wakes up at his 97-acre farm in New Woodstock and heads to an out building to brew beer, check on beer already in progress and tend to his hops and barley.

Oprah Winfrey to Visit Newhouse

Monday’s Dedication Ceremony Schedule of Events

If you've ever wanted to see Oprah, here's your chance. Winfrey will serve as a special guest as part of Newhouse's Studio and Innovation Center's dedication on Sept. 29. Unfortunately, free tickets that were made available to SU students have sold out. The program, which will also include remarks from Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham and SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, will be broadcast to TV screens throughout the Student Center and the Newhouse School as well as computers with a Syracuse University IP address.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Sept. 22 – 28

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

#takeatour of Oakwood Cemetery

(VIDEO) NOexcuses Video Tour

Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses Tours shows us some highlights of Oakwood Cemetery.

The Glowing Blue Sphere UFO

“I thought someone had set off a firework”

As a level headed, well-educated man trained in the technical sciences, the last thing Edward ever expected to witness was a Glowing Blue Sphere UFO.

Syracuse Students Demand Safe Space

“Thousands of homosexuals are content with who they are.”

Syracuse University students led an impromptu protest against homophobic messages on campus Wednesday. Jim Deferio, a Syracuse resident and devout Christian, carrying a 10-foot sign that claimed, "Thousands of Ex-Homosexuals Have Experienced the Life-Changing Love of Jesus Christ" stood on Waverly Avenue next to the Schine Student Center. In a tan baseball cap that read, “I love Jesus,” he said into a microphone that homosexual people are “sinners” and “need help from Jesus Christ.”

North to the Future

Travel to Alaska

The fiftieth star to our flag and the destination frozen at the top of many bucket lists, Alaska, recently melted the expectations of a group of travelers. This frigid fortress is comprised of 65% national parks, 20% state parks and local land and only about 15% privately owned.

SALT Award 2014 Tickets

by Staff

Syracuse Area Live Theater Awards

The Central New York community is rich with live theater, and has a long history of being an epicenter of theatrical activity. Besides reviewing regionally produced theatrical shows, the Syracuse New Times also salutes the talents of those involved in the theater community through the SALT Awards program (Syracuse Area Live Theater), now in it's 10th season.

Tech Roundup

What’s happening in Tech?

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The Espresso Shot (#021)

Welcome back to dating

It's perfect timing to have someone close to you say they know a "secret" about you as your mouth chomps on an apple. There is reason why the quotation marks are in bold - for emphasis. There are a variety of scenarios that can then take place, a variety of scenarios that can play out:

Vin Diesel shows the world FF7 still with Paul Walker

Remembering Paul Walker

Get the tissues out, fans of the Fast and Furious franchise.

Lonely at the Top

Climbing the greased pole at the Jordan Fall Festival

The 68th Jordan Fall Festival took place Sept. 19 - 21 in the Village of Jordan, New York. A popular feature of the festival is the greased pole climbing competition, where contestants slip and slide their way to the top of a greasy pole.

Guitar Project Passes the Six-String to Syracuse

The Acoustic Guitar Project takes place Sept. 26 at May Memorial

When Syracuse-based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers first heard about The Acoustic Guitar Project, it was as a journalist. Rodgers, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, wrote about the venture for the issue published last March and he has since become involved in other ways. He’s producing a Salt City version of the showcase in which 10 area songwriters will perform their project pieces (and more) on Friday, Sept. 26, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St.

The House Keys Humor over Property Values

(Review) The House

Speed. Breathtaking, high-velocity delivery is an even more decisive element in farce than mistaken identities or slamming doors. The world premiere of Brian Parks’ The House at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company runs a bit more than 90 minutes without intermission, but if its four leads spoke at the rate of characters in, say, a Eugene O’Neill play, the running time would be more than twice as long. And there might be as many giggles as there are in O’Neill.

Fall Flavor at Phoebe’s

Fall into Fall at Phoebe’s

Local Flavor is a feature produced in cooperation with advertisers in the Syracuse New Times.

Provocative Images Highlight ArtRage Juried Show

Global Issues. Climate Matters. Social Change.

A group exhibition featuring more than 20 artists typically has differences and some commonality. That's certainly the case with Global Issues. Climate Matters. Social Change, the first-ever juried show in ArtRage Gallery’s seven-year history. It includes work by painters, photographers and a videographer, by artists who create prints or etchings. What they share is a propensity for heading down diverse paths, for interpreting familiar themes in a distinctive idiom.

The Erin Brockovich of the DMV


Lawsuit type: Class Action


The group’s members still make each other laugh.

Greene taking the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The Legends of Jazz music series is now in its sixth season

(Review) The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

(Review) The Laramie Project


Fall into Fall at Phoebe’s

Syracuse Style is a big outdoor street party

(Living Space) A four-story former warehouse transformed by the Near Westside Initiative

Photos by Michael Davis

Farmshed CNY U-Pick Organic Apple Party

News & Opinion

(Sanity Fair) Did you watch the Foley beheading video?

They rejected a plan for a tunnel going through any part of the city

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

A weekly note from Larry Dietrich, our Editor in Chief

What if you could create your own dream job? Chedy Hampson did.