“Illuminating” a City Through Public Art by Quinton Fletchall
The jury is in for the Connective Corridor's call for public art.
Starting Point
The exhibition, Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institutefeatures 35 masterworks, drawn from the permanent collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. Prendergast to Pollock includes important paintings by many of the leading progressive and avant-garde American artists who shaped the history of American art in the first half of the 20th century. […]
Join Miss Maggie as she reads stories by and about famous African American writers, scientists, artists and more! There will be plenty of books, snacks and hands-on activities to enjoy. For ages 5 to 12.
One of Central, NY’S top Acoustic Duo acts playing all your favorite Classic Rock, Classic/ New Country and Alternative songs!! COME SEE WHAT ALL THE TALKS ABOUT!!!

Fresh Music Friday: Banoffee

Listen to Banoffee

Presenting various musical styles, Fresh Music Friday’s goal is to find and share new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.


#takeatour of Columbus Circle

#takeatour kicks off our second year of video tours with a series on local monuments. Join Michael John Heagerty of NOexcuses as he explores Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse.

IUFOC 2015 – Reflections on the Event

International UFO Congress 2015

The 2015 International UFO Congress was a fascinating experience. This was my second IUFOC conference, and my first as a presenter.

“Illuminating” a City Through Public Art

The jury is in for the Connective Corridor’s call for public art.

Last week’s blog post in our Syracuse New Times series focused on the Connective Corridor’s outreach to artists as part of a $650,000 call for public art – one of the largest in the country. We’re pleased to report that as the deadline approaches, we’ve already received more than 100 entries before the on-line application closes at 11:59 p.m., March 1. The call has made it around the country and across Europe, attracting very high quality artists. Now the challenge is to evaluate entries and develop a short list of semi-finalists. To do that, we’ve assembled a talented jury.

(The Last) Tech RoundUp

Thursday’s tech roundup changes formats.

New Batman Video Game Gets “Mature” Rating

The Good, the Bad and the Awkward Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars

Highlights, lowlights and what was he thinking?

I liked Birdman, don't get me wrong. In fact, my review  for the New Times was quite complimentary about the work of leading man Michael Keaton as the former superhero actor attempting to reclaim a career. I called it a compelling little art movie.

You Gotta Wanna Help Donna

DonnaPalooza – a fundraiser on Sunday, March 1 at the Westcott Theater

On Oct. 27 local singer, songwriter and guitarist Donna Colton (Visconti) went to her primary care doctor to have a bump looked at on the back of her head. She’d felt its presence for a year, but assuming it was nothing, didn’t act on it until it started to bother her.

Students Devour Meaty Roles in Teeth Apart

Terrence McNally’s ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart,’ performed by the Syracuse University Drama Department

The title of Terrence McNally’s 1991 dour comic hit Lips Together, Teeth Apart, performed by students of the Syracuse University Drama Department, does not contain a sexual in-joke.

A Letter-Perfect Spelling Bee at Le Moyne

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Le Moyne College

The title’s long, but the show goes down easily. The Rachel Sheinkin-William Finn musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has had a batch of local community and professional productions since it burst upon the scene five years ago. But this one from Le Moyne College’s Boot and Buskin troupe, with performers only a few years older than the spellers, is the first collegiate mounting.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Selma to Montgomery March at 50

Art writer Carl Mellor visits ArtRage’s display of photographs documenting the civil rights movement

The ArtRage Gallery photography exhibit Selma to Montgomery March at 50 pivots on three 1965 civil rights marches that played a key role in influencing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. Matt Herron's images not only discuss that larger narrative but also tell stories of everyday people demonstrating for political and human rights.

Democracy for Sale

The Koch Brothers will spend close to a billion dollars to elect the Republican of their choice.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has a campaign fund in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is all but certain to cruise to a third term this fall without any serious opposition.

How much do you truly want to go to SU?

Kramer takes a walking tour of S.U.

Someday, when Andrew Pregler is president of the United States, he’ll look back on February 2015 when he was a volunteer tour guide at Syracuse University, and he’ll think: Now that was a tough job.

News & Blues

News & Blues for Feb. 25 – March 3

Curses, Foiled Again Bradley Hardison, 24, managed to elude authorities for nearly nine months before they nabbed him after a local paper published his photo for winning a doughnut-eating contest at a police anti-crime event in Elizabeth City, N.C. “I was pissed because it’s like throwing it in our face,” Camden County sheriff’s Lt. Max Robeson said after he read the article, which led investigators to Hardison. (Hampton Roads, Va.’s WTKR-TV)

Free Will Astrology

Astrology for Feb. 25 – March 3

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Lately your life reminds me of the action film Speed, starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. In that story, a criminal has rigged a passenger bus to explode if its speed drops below 50 miles per hour. In your story, you seem to be acting as if you, too, will self-destruct if you stop moving at a frantic pace. I'm here to tell you that nothing bad will happen if you slow down. Just the opposite, in fact. As you clear your schedule of its excessive things-to-do, as you leisurely explore the wonders of doing nothing in particular, I bet you will experience a soothing flood of healing pleasure.

Out of Africa

Stage critic James MacKillop chats with John Kani, co-author of Syracuse Stage’s apartheid-era work ‘Sizwe Banzi is Dead’

“I was never a victim of apartheid,” John Kani says with a wicked smile. An actor, as well as a playwright, novelist and director, Kani savors the momentary puzzlement of his table companions over morning coffee at Phoebe’s restaurant.

The Challenges of February

Our Editor in Chief is out sick for an indefinite period of time

This week’s cover story by Jim MacKillop and the arts feature by Carl Mellor show us, once again, the struggles many before us have waged in the pursuit of basic civil rights for all. A fitting end to our last issue of February to remind us about our history so we don’t endure the misfortune of repeating it.

Meet ‘TV Fit Girl’: News reporter Rachel Polansky

Polansky is passionate about fitness and fit foods

When she's not busy working on a news or feature story for WSYR-TV (NewsChannel 9), you might find Rachel Polansky on the treadmill, in a CrossFit class, on a hike or in a yoga studio. You might also find Polansky in her kitchen, preparing a healthy recipe and taping a new segment of "TV Fit Girl'' to post on her YouTube channel.

Cocktails + A Tour

A splash of history and some cocktails!

The SocietyGurl (Jamie Ann Owens), with Michael John Heagerty and Christi Smith of NOexcuses (#takeatour), provided a Winterfest weekend schedule of tours over the weekend of Feb. 21-22 that included some Syracuse history and, of course, some savory cocktails!

Interview: Eric Hinman and Jamar Clarke of Urban Life Crossfit

Technology and Fitness

How can technology aid in fitness? The Syracuse New Times visited Urban Life Crossfit, a local crossfit gym (1003 W Fayette St) to ask founders Eric Hinman, local businessman and world-class triathlete (206th place in the Iron Man World Championship 2014) and Jamar Clarke, former Minor League Baseball player and popular crossfit coach how they use technology to increase performance.

Much Ado About an SU Game

A college basketball game has a certain appeal to it.

Ever since I was a child, I've always enjoyed the fun of going to an SU game. The fact we have this particular major university is a great thing. It's difficult to imagine what Syracuse would be like without the school bringing in people from out of town - the result is pretty obvious. We can't take the Pyramid approach and cross our fingers while we sip from a tumbler in a compound, hoping that the Canadians continually arrive to give Congel business. Nothing like those international benefits. This is a continual tug-o-war.

Where to find your favorite Oscar winners and nominees on TV

What are this year’s Oscar winners doing on TV?

The Academy Awards are over for another year. In a few weeks, when we've seen (or reseen) all of the winners, and can't get the infinitely talented people who won (or didn't win) out of our minds, it will be time to visit their other work. Many of this year's Oscar winners and nominees, both in front of and behind the camera, have done (or will soon be doing) great work on TV, too.

Nutella Crepe Cake with Whipped Cream and Strawberries

If you like Nutella then you’ll love this fun recipe

Join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, as he shares this fun and simple recipe of Nutella, whipped cream and crepes, all piled up for a fantastic and beautiful dessert or treat.

Run fast to see ‘McFarland, USA’

Kevin Costner and his young athletes warm to each other in true story

I don't know about you, but this hard February has left me plenty surly. Cold, snow, worse cold, more snow, wind-chills that defy credulity and snow banks around the driveway that are challenge shoveling shoulders.

Field Report: Saturday at IUFOC 2015

Cheryl Costa reports from the International UFO Congress

All of yesterday’s activity at the International UFO Congress (IUFOC) 2015 tired me out a great deal. But I was up early and out to attend an early morning seminar on abductions.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Feb 16 – 22

Every Sunday, we tally our analytics to give you the Top 5 most read stories of the week on

Field Report: Friday at IUFOC 2015

Cheryl Costa interviews Stanton Friedman and Craig Campobosso at the International UFO Congress

New Times UFO writer Cheryl Costa (New York Skies) is corresponding from the International UFO Congress in Arizona. Follow daily updates HERE through Feb. 22.

What is Good Public Art?

The process that goes into selecting public art

What is good public art? Who decides? Questions like these spark debate in communities around the world when it comes to spending public funds on public art. This week’s blog focuses on the process that goes into selecting public art. The process is what leads to the end product – either good or bad, so, it’s really important to get it right, be transparent about it, and to invite conversation. Thanks again to our partners at the Syracuse New Times for this blog series to generate dialogue about these topics.

Field Report: Thursday at IUFOC 2015

Cheryl Costa interviews Dave MacDonald, Jennifer Stein and Travis Walton

New Times UFO writer Cheryl Costa (New York Skies) is corresponding from the International UFO Congress in Arizona. Follow daily updates HERE through Feb. 22.

Fresh Music Friday: Alxndr London

Listen to Alxndr London

Fresh Music Friday is a feature at that introduces you to new music from around the globe. Presenting various musical styles, Fresh Music Friday’s goal is to find and share new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

Fireworks and UFOs

Who knew playing around with some bottle rockets would result in Fireworks and UFOs

Richard was eight years old back in 1983 in his home town of Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County, NY. It was early evening on June 28, Richard and a couple of his friends were shooting off some small fireworks in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July display his family was planning. Of course his parents were supervising the boy’s activities. They had just tested some bottle rockets and with the help of his dad were prepping some skyrocket mortars. They had just tested a couple of the rockets when something strange happened.


Exhibit opening at the OHA on Friday, February 20

Michelle Malia profiles local photographer David Broda, who collects records, remembers the past, and embraces change

Music writer Jessica Novak on the success of L.R.S. Records

Clybourne Park is a coup for Central New York Playhouse

Syracuse’s Ryan MacConnell talks about his experiences on tour with ‘Flashdance the Musical’


Music writer Jessica Novak on the success of L.R.S. Records


Polansky is passionate about fitness and fit foods

A splash of history and some cocktails!

A college basketball game has a certain appeal to it.

If you like Nutella then you’ll love this fun recipe

A follow up interview with Brazzlebox Founder, Glen Zinszer.

News & Opinion

The Koch Brothers will spend close to a billion dollars to elect the Republican of their choice.

Kip Hargrave reflects on the legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero

The words of an expert on Valentine’s Day

The beatification process of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador