Tech RoundUp: Tony Hawk rides a Hendo, Kim Kardashian, Social Media and Civic Pride
Tony Hawk Rides the Hendo Hover Who would be the coolest person to test out this new tech (besides Michael J. Fox)? The most famous skateboarder in history took a spin on the world’s first hoverboard as shown in this YouTube video. X-Games fans are eager to see him take it out on the open road in years to come.
Beef With Cheddar Makes It Better at Clark’s Ale House
Sometimes a writer needs a place to sit, abandon the coffee or tea and opt for a cask craft, to look at a piano and stare at it and debate whether to play it. Sometimes this place is not the most conventional or the most quiet (but has its moments), but there is a comfortable seat available in a quiet nook. And if food is either not an option or you're full, a handful of peanuts is within an arms reach. The cracking of the legumes not only disrupts silence, but it is a stress reliever: and there is a just reward within the shell of constructive channeling. And this is the only beginning of Clark's Ale House.
Every time, Charles Champlin says, he respected the art
The particular item isn't about film, per se. And it's not going to take on the humorous tone - snarky, even - that I usually venture into on this side of my twice-weekly film blogging venture.
This is the story
Syracuse has an historic and appropriate link to Italy, one that pre-dates the influx of immigrants from that country during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city is the namesake of the ancient town on the Italian seacoast in Sicily called Siracusa.
Sentimental Blues. Tim Herron.
Sentimental Blues. Tim Herron (independent). Usually known for the energetic guitar-driven jam rock of the Tim Herron Corporation, when Herron sets out on his own, the result is quite a far departure. Much like his previous solo venture Gone By Now (reviewed in the Dec. 19, 2013, issue of the Syracuse New Times), Herron’s music takes a revealing turn.
Crissing the Atlantic for the first time
In August 2013, Syracuse-based band Sophistafunk went across the Atlantic for the first time. The trio, composed of Adam Gold, Jack Brown and Emmanuel Washington, had become tight friends with another Salt City musician, Joe Driscoll, who primarily lives and works abroad. Sophistafunk and Driscoll played several shows together, giving England a taste of Central New York’s funk tribe.
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman perform two Syracuse shows
It has been years since Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman performed locally on a regular basis, yet recognition of their names has not dwindled among Syracuse fans. The powerful soul duo, born from weekly gigs at the Westcott Nation, has become one of the most revered collaborations in Central New York music. Longtime admirers can enjoy the twosome’s tunes during a Folkus Project concert on Friday, Nov. 21, at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society.
Stepping Out boasts nine roles for women and one for a man
It’s something we’re not supposed to say out loud but, even worse, should not be put in print: Most university drama departments are oversupplied with female talent.
Art writer Carl Mellor takes in a trio of diverse exhibits at the Everson Museum
The Everson Museum of Art’s autumn exhibits are literally in the mix. One show speculates on links between our world and the afterlife, another features works by Syracuse potters, and a third presents single-channel videos, sound and video installations and other pieces created by artists in residence at Owego’s Signal Culture. Clearly, each exhibition has its own identity.
Who serves the best?
As the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend approaches, thoughts inevitably turn to gas station pizza. Who serves the best?
How ’bout that raise?
Just a day after the elections, I’m sitting in my editor’s office and in walks our esteemed publisher. The publisher is a well-known conservative Republican. The editor describes himself as a proud liberal Democrat, and I prefer to be known as an unaffiliated radical; I’ve always been taught that in our system, political parties stand for only one thing — winning elections — and that is not a principle I care to sign on to.
Basketball season might be heating up, but it’s about to get a lot colder in the Carrier Dome.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Dome — home to Syracuse University’s football, basketball and lacrosse teams — will be transformed into an indoor ice hockey arena. The Syracuse Crunch will play the Utica Comets in the Frozen Dome Classic, the first professional hockey game in the Dome.
The author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time.
Jeff Speck is a highly regarded city planner and architectural designer and the author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. He's the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Someone on Reddit.com posed the question, "What have you always been curious to try?" In reply, many people said they wanted to experiment with exotic varieties of sex and drugs they had never treated themselves to before. Other favorites: eating chocolate-covered bacon; piloting a plane; shoplifting; doing a stand-up comedy routine; hang-gliding and deep-sea diving; exploring the Darknet and the Deep Web; spontaneously taking a trip to a foreign country; turning away from modern society and joining a Buddhist monastery. What would your answer be, Aries? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to explore what you have always been curious to try. The risks will be lower than usual, and the results more likely to be interesting.
Your weekly re-cap of weird and funny news from around the nation
Curses, Foiled Again Police chasing a stolen car in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said that the car came to a sudden halt after it collided with an alligator. “It’s pretty unimaginable that police officers would be at this point in time looking for these suspects,” Detective Keith Boham said after driver Calvin Rodriguez and two others in the car were arrested, “and that an alligator unfortunately just happens to cross the road and assist us in catching these criminals.” (West Palm Beach’s WPTV-TV)
Two or three inches of snow every day for two months straight
One of my biggest disappointments came nearly 38 years ago. In Buffalo, they call it the Blizzard of 1977. In Central New York, where I was attending Syracuse University, they called it “another winter day.”
An evening at The Blue Tusk
The populated backroom of The Blue Tusk was filled with friends, strangers, and family members (not my own). As the group waited for our friend to arrive for her surprise 30th birthday, it was nice to take a moment of time to reflect on the fact that, aside the bleakness this Central New York city may present at times, my staying put is primarily due to having family and friends around. And, to them, I raise my glass.
Television advertising has been a major part of political campaigning
In living rooms across America, it has been hard to turn on the television in the last two months without seeing a political advertisement. Candidates are shown on the campaign trail or in their kitchens with their families, talking in soothing tones about how they'll do great things. Ever since televisions entered American homes in the 1950s, television advertising has been a major part of political campaigning.
At the center of this love story is the talented and beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Think of any cliche that you'd expect to find in a modern day not-supposed-to-be love story, and you'll find those mountains separating Noni and Kaz in Beyond the Lights.
Nov. 10 – 16
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Being grateful at every age
In my 30's and 40's I rather enjoyed shoveling snow. In fact I was actually grateful for the excuse to exercise while getting a chore done. It was a two for one. Once in my 50's, I was grateful that several of my neighbors were kind enough to run their snow blowers up and down the driveway every time the snowflakes fell, because my aging bones were not really enjoying the chore any longer. Now that I'm in my 60's, I 'm rather grateful to be heading south each year just before the first snowflake falls, to spend my winters in the sun.
A call for hearings
Dear readers of New York Skies,
It’s about quality, not quantity
The initial thought was to head over to Clark Reservation, but my first decision was Pratt's Falls. Apparently the park closes in November. I should have looked up this information prior, but who would do that research beforehand? Others people were gathered and cars were huddled around the entrance; this is supposedly a legitimate thing.
Mortdecai and Depp’s deadpan delivery
Johnny Depp has made me laugh in what was supposed to be a really big movie in the not too distant past. But when I was chortling at his Tonto bits during The Lone Ranger last year, I half thought maybe I wasn't supposed to be.
Tech RoundUp for Nov. 13 – 19
Macaulay Culkin Is (Not) Dead After another “Orlando Bloom Died In A Tragic Bungee Jumping Accident”-like internet lie, the Home Alone actor who is, by the way, still alive, had a little fun by posting pictures of himself pretending to be dead in a Weekend At Bernie’s stunt that rivals Barney Stinson’s in the final season of How I Met Your Mother. Kudos to “Kevin” for the [k]reativity.
Four stage events to put on your calendar