At The Fair by Michael Davis
In Black & White and Color
What is your favorite NYS Fair Food? Do you want to see a special someone win Best Vocalist or Best Band? Who serves the Best Coffee? Where is your favorite park? Show your local love with the Best of Syracuse® 2014 selfie contest! A selfie is a self-portrait typically taken with a hand-held camera or […]
Selected abstract works by artists Jessica and Jim Olech at The Redhouse Arts Center.  Show runs through September 5, open M-Sat. Closing reception September 5 @ 7pm.
Beauchamp Branch Smart Cookies are kids who use the library! They check out books, get homework help from tutors in the library, and they talk to librarians about books they like to read. On December holiday break, smart cookies will get to attend a special Cooking Up Literacy where they will make….cookies! Beginning on September […]
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Getting Real with Bill Maher

In a world full of fabrication and Photoshop, satirist Bill Maher has built a career out of honesty.

In a world full of fabrication and Photoshop, satirist Bill Maher has built a career out of honesty.

Towers of Power in The Guys 9/11 Drama

James MacKillop Reviews

Despite the plural in the title of Anne Nelson’s two-character, 80-minute play The Guys, we see only one man on stage: Nick Flanagan (played by Nathan Faudree) of the New York City Fire Department. A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, catastrophe he meets with an experienced journalist, Joan (JoAnne Rougeux), to craft a eulogy for eight of his comrades, out of the 350 who had been obliterated in the World Trade Center collapse.

Southside Youth March to Stop Violence

What do we want? To stop the violence. When do we want it? Now.

Natisha Foster was waiting for the bus home on Saturday, Aug. 30, when a commotion on South Salina Street caught her attention. She turned and saw a crowd of about 50 people following a pickup truck, carrying banners and signs, chanting as they marched in the middle of the road behind a police escort.

An Exciting Win

…perhaps too exciting

Maybe that early bye week for the Syracuse University football team wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Why Can’t Save 81 Just Tell the Truth?

Now they’re at it again

That sound you just heard was the closing of the door on the comment period for the public to offer input on the future of Interstate 81.

Not Just the Start of School

The start of High School

How did this happen? Starting this week I have a daughter in high school. This makes me quite proud and filled with the highest of expectations. Miranda’s a great kid who studies hard. Plus she has an insider’s advantage.

Interview: Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary for governor this month. She is a professor at Fordham Law School, and in 2004 she was the director of Internet organizing for the Howard Dean presidential campaign. She has been national director of the Sunlight Foundation.

Planned Parenthood Workers Might Join Union

“They call it a merger. We call it a takeover”

Workers at Planned Parenthood in Syracuse and Rochester say they are feeling disrespected after the merger of their agency with its counterpart in Buffalo, and they are getting ready for a union election that they hope will change things.

News and Blues

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

Curses, Foiled Again Authorities in Orange County, Calif., identified Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, as suspected serial killers because the two paroled sex offenders were wearing GPS trackers that placed them at the scene of four murders. “That was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said. (Associated Press)

Free Will Astrology

September 3 – 9

ARIES (March 21-April 19) I don't usually do this kind of thing, but I'm going to suggest that you monitor the number 6. My hypothesis is that 6 has been trying to grab your attention, perhaps even in askew or inconvenient ways. Its purpose? To nudge you to tune in to beneficial influences that you have been ignoring. I furthermore suspect that 6 is angling to show you clues about what is both the cause of your unscratchable itch and the cure for that itch. So lighten up and have fun with this absurd mystery, Aries. Without taking it too seriously, allow 6 to be your weird little teacher. Let it prick your intuition with quirky notions and outlandish speculations. If nothing comes of it, there will be no harm done. If it leads you to helpful discoveries, hallelujah.

On the Record

A weekly note from Larry Dietrich, our Editor in Chief

The contrast was stark.

Classified 9/3

by Staff


Studio Jams Photo Gallery

Studio Jams

Read the Cover Story "In A Jam" - HERE

In A Jam

Music superstars join with local legends to create real reality TV

Under Pressure Some of the most accomplished musicians in the world consider it a pressure cooker: jamming with the best in a studio in front of television cameras. Some amazing musicians come to town without fanfare for the experience, and music writer Jessica Novak was there, too.

At The Fair

In Black & White and Color

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured the 2014 New York State Fair in black & white (with some sprinkles of color).

New Concept and New Executive Chef at Diamond Catering

Diamond Catering is located at 4221 Fay Road

What's new at Diamond Catering? That's a good question.

How CRMs Are Stoking Up Business

Customer relationship management

Once upon a time there was the address book. Then came the rolodex. After that, Excel spreadsheets and then Access: a program that was about as efficient as a stampede of wildebeests during a fire drill.

It’s Breakfast, You Champion

It’s important to start the day off well

Good morning, you beautiful person. Regardless on how you look upon rolling out of bed -- the makeup you missed is smeared, you have linen lines (or carpet pattern) on your face, and/or your hair is sticking up in different directions -- you can fake whine all you want in front of that mirror, but you have to get moving and out that door.

Is the MDA Telethon Still an Inspiration?

Spoiler alert: it isn’t.

When I was a kid, I watched the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon every year. On the last Sunday night of summer vacation, my mom and I would curl up on the couch, my dad across the room in his La-Z-Boy, and we would watch celebrities raise money for (as I saw it) kids who walked funny. The show’s animated host told stories and jokes and thanked us for caring. He cried. He cared more than all of us. It was fun and inspirational. And plus, I got to stay up late!

Brosnan is not quite Bond, but The November Man keeps the action

(Review) He’s Peter, not James, and he’s back with his former gig, the CIA

It's no shock to the system to see Pierce Brosnan doing all that spy game stuff as main action figure Peter Devereaux in The November Man.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

August 25 – 31

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

1969 UFO – An Orange Cigar Shaped Object

A large orange cigar shaped object moving slowly from the north

On an October night long ago, when two young men observed an orange cigar shaped object, neither suspected that the sighting would affect one of them for decades.

Tech Roundup

Watches, tweets and shocks

Here are a few tidbits of what’s happening in the world of tech.

The Espresso Shot (#017)

A third person perspective

"One night I woke up in a room in which a cage with a bird sleeping in it had been placed. A magnificent error caused me to see an egg in the cage instead of the vanished bird. I then grasped a new and astonishing poetic secret, for the shock which I experienced had been provoked precisely by the affinity of two objects -- the cage and the egg - to each other, whereas previously this shock had been caused by my bringing together two object that were unrelated."

Steve Carell to Star in a Looney Tunes Project

And Oprah returns to the big screen

Say the name. Steve Carell.

At the Fair (Animals and Exhibits)

(PHOTOS) Animals and Exhibitions

Michael Davis photo gallery from the New York State Fair (2014)

At The Fair (People)

(PHOTOS) People watchers, perfume sellers, prize peddlers

Michael Davis photo gallery from the New York State Fair (2014)

Poster Project Blends Languages of Visual Art and Poetry

The Syracuse Poster Project is accepting haiku submissions until Sept. 5

Artist Roger DeMuth recently went downtown to snap photos of buildings and to study the city’s architectural details.

Workshop Helps to Empower Girls in Music

A week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University

The campers' shirts read “Redefining what it means to be GLAM.” It’s the mission statement of the Girls Leadership Academy for Music, GLAM, a week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University that encourages young women to be leaders in an industry that is predominantly male.

Fall Music Lineup Sounds Good

A few highlights for fall 2014

Colder weather doesn’t mean a slowdown in shows. While outdoor festivals get traded for indoor seasons from groups such as Symphoria and the Legends of Jazz Series at Onondaga Community College, music fans have plenty of reasons to keep their coats handy for a night out.


Which Emmy nominees have central and upstate New York connections?

Interesting facts you’ve always wanted to know about Joe Driscoll.

Two more Midway benefits go on this weekend.

And they’ll do it in the interestingly named Yoga Hosers

Concerts and surprises aplenty highlight the 12-day run of the New York State Fair, as previewed by Bill DeLapp


Nominate! Vote! Celebrate!


Labor day is near, but summer is far from over

Vermont, naturally.

Sometimes social media can surprise you.

Let the show continue.

News & Opinion

August 25 – 31

(PHOTOS) People watchers, perfume sellers, prize peddlers

Garage sales are all about random.

#BestOfSyr #BestOfSyracuse

A photo essay by Michael Davis