Treat yourself to a locally raised turkey
The turkey, the mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the stuffing, the squash, the green bean casserole, the pies, the gravy, the guests, the grace ... Thanksgiving is one of the most well thought out and lovingly prepared meals for family and friends you'll ever make.
The sixth annual Salt Market showcased 56 local artists Saturday at SKY Armory
More than 50 artists showcased their work at the six annual Salt Market in SKY Armory on Saturday. In a warehouse with Christmas lights strung from the ceiling, the crafters and designers sold their prints, knits, and jewelry amidst fresh scones and espresso.
(Review) Lonely Planet at the Kitchen Theatre Company
People who use typewriters and answer the loud bells of heavy desk phones are still worth listening to. Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, set specifically in 1991, employs light absurdist humor and extended metaphors before the audience at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company figures out just where it’s going.
(Review) The Ballad of the Sad Cafe at Le Moyne College’s Coyne Center for the Performing Arts
Carson McCullers was the female Tennessee Williams, but with an even deeper taste for misfits. Despite her capacious gifts for theatrical dialogue, McCullers’ 1951 novella The Ballad of the Sad Café was adapted for the stage by Edward Albee in 1965, crafting explosive encounters while remaining faithful to the original text. It took visionary director Matt Chiorini, of Le Moyne College’s Boot and Buskin Theater Club, to know that this nearly forgotten treasure would make a great fit with a student company. The townies of Oklahoma (reset from Georgia by Chiorini) look as authentic as scenic designer Karel Blakeley’s rough-hewn but imposing set, the men in scraggly redneck beards and the women in Montgomery Ward duds.
(Review) Central New York Playhouse’s Evil Dead: The Musical
The Central New York Playhouse’s area premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical arrives with a number of firsts. For starters, it’s the first show to have its own designated “splatter zone,” with seats tightly lined up together near the stage.
Syracuse Opera’s Die Fledermaus
Writer Michelle Malia van Dalen reports on Syracuse Opera’s 40th anniversary season,which kicks off this weekend with Die Fledermaus.
Appleseed Productions presents ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’
Director Lois Haas takes three routes to refresh Appleseed Productions' version of The Diary of Anne Frank. One is small, dealing with the accents. With tutoring from voice coach Marcia Mele, all people confined in the secret upper room speak with muted German accents: “anyone” becomes “anyvun.” This reminds us that we always think of Anne as Dutch; her vulnerable family had fled Germany to be in Holland. Such safety would vanish.
(pronounced “noom” for Num H.S. Amun’Tehu)
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Brother Num is known internationally for his reggae music, although he’s not just limited to the dreadlocked genre. The percussionist has appeared on albums with Brian Jackson, Burning Spear, Naughty by Nature, Common and Consequence. He is also fluent in styles spanning African to rhythm’n’blues, Caribbean to blues, and hip-hop to Native American.
The two candidates running for Congress
Incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko are seeking to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Last month, the New Times invited both candidates to a joint interview; Katko agreed within 24 hours, Maffei has yet to get back to us three weeks later. We’re no longer holding our breath waiting for his reply. However, they both participated in a Campbell Conversation, and this week and next the New Times will publish extended transcripts of that interview. The first part focuses on the campaign and international issues.
What Pope Francis has released here is not something you can stop
Forty years is a long time, a number especially significant for a man of a biblical faith, and so, 40 years after his ordination, Fred Daley, the only openly gay Roman Catholic priest in the Syracuse Diocese, can be forgiven for believing that the Promised Land might finally be coming into view.
Next time you steal someone’s iPhone, don’t rename it “Malik’s iPhone”
Tucked off Salt Springs Road, the Elmcrest Children’s Center aspires to “protect the promise of childhood.” Cheery cottages and playgrounds provide the setting for therapeutic services to at-risk children and families.
October 22 – 28
ARIES (March 21-April 19) The driest place on the planet is the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It gets about a half-inch of rain per year. And yet in 2011, archaeologists discovered that it's also home to a site containing the fossilized skeletons of numerous whales and other ancient sea creatures. I'm detecting a metaphorically comparable anomaly in your vicinity, Aries. A seemingly arid, empty part of your life harbors buried secrets that are available for you to explore. If you follow the clues, you may discover rich pickings that will inspire you to revise your history.
Your weekly re-cap of weird and funny news from around the nation
Curses, Foiled Again Police charged Shanwaz Khan, 30, with being the brains behind a car-theft ring in Birmingham, England, after he attracted their attention by driving a $90,000 Audi with the personalized license plates “S2OLUN” (stolen). “This was a clear jibe at the authorities,” Detective Constable Mo Azir said after investigators who noticed his car traced it to a group of high-end thefts and subsequently linked Khan to more than 80 car thefts and car jackings. “The joke is on him now, though, as he starts a long prison term.” (Britain’s Daily Mail)
His display of unprofessionalism notwithstanding, Maffei has stepped up.
Writing that sticks in the craw only a little. Last month, the New Times invited Maffei and his challenger, John Katko, to a joint interview. Katko responded both quickly (in a single day) and affirmatively. Maffei’s office has yet to respond, 22 days later … and counting. We no longer have a staffer sitting by the phone waiting.
He’s homeless, and many people pass as if he were invisible
Homeless in Syracuse
He’s homeless, and many people pass as if he were invisible
Homeless in Syracuse
Ah, Syracuse, don’t you just know it?
This weekend was typical to the point where life felt cryptic. And that's about it.
TheSocietyGurl adventures are colorful, always spontaneous and fun! Join Jamie Ann Owens in her travels around Central New York and beyond... you never know what other happenings she might be sharing next!
A local tech guy who definitely knows his stuff
I first met Benjamin Ingber on Facebook when I became a member of “CNY Bloggers” – a group of local online writers who share ideas, posts and meet up info for get-togethers outside of the cyber-sphere. Ingber created UrbanGeekCNY.com about a year and a half ago as a way to talk about something he has a real passion for in the public forum – technology.
Reigning as the top party school comes at a cost.
A group of Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF students have created a public art installation of Solo cups to address the environmental effects of waste and party culture in Syracuse.
The cord-cutting revolution
This week, both HBO and CBS announced standalone streaming services. Next year, we'll all be able to access these networks' programming without a cable subscription. With this double-whammy, and Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable on hold with a ruling not due until the new year, it appears that 2015 might be a game-changing year for television access in the United States.
(Review) Amanda will always have Dawson’s heart, thanks to Nicholas Sparks
Yes, it was time for my first Nicholas Sparks-based movie, even though my dear wife Karen - who had thoroughly enjoyed filling me in about how much she loved The Notebook and exactly why and what I missed out on - decided to take a pass.
Oct. 13 – 19
Each week, we tally our numbers to bring you the Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week on SyracuseNewTimes.com.
Occurrences of crosses in the sky
Throughout history there have been reported occurrences of crosses in the sky.
Syracuse musicians, Jess Novak and Brian Golden, are on tour for one month. Read about it here.
It’s hard to believe we’re almost into single digits on the tour. The time warp I talked about in the first blog is in full effect. On one hand it feels like we’ve always been out here, like this life is normal, every day is 100 years long and “home” is a drifting concept. On the other, it feels like it’s only been a moment and when we walk back through the doors of our houses and into the arms of people who love and missed us – it’ll feel like no time has passed (though they will disagree!).
A few things going on here and there in tech.
Reflections of Italy
Five years ago and around this time (October), I somehow ended up in Italy. Home base was Toscolano-Maderno, but my cousin and I ventured. After conversing with my distant cousin earlier that year, he convinced me to buy a ticket to secure a visit. Although simply purchasing the ticket wouldn't technically set anything in stone, personal determination was prominent enough to secure that. The trip itself was intentionally Northern Italy and family heavy (for obvious reasons) prior to ending the last three days in Rome - tourism was inevitable.
The news is speedy, but ‘The Flash’ won’t arrive until 2018
Word gets out fast.
The pleasures of Auburn’s intimate music venue Theater Mack.