Fests and Furious by Jessica Novak
Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.
FEATURED EVENTS
In partnership with the East Area YMCA Stone Quarry Hill Art Park half-day, week-long art camps for children ages 6-9 and 10-14. The camps include formal art instruction as well as a creative mix of arts media, free play, collaborative projects and nature exploration. Registration required.
Microsoft Office 2010 free computer classes and many workshops: Professionalism, Self Confidence Building, Interviewing Strategies, Resume writing, Financial Literacy,  Myers Briggs Type Indicator July 20-August 28, 2015
The Society for New Music and artist Stephen Carpenter, present a site specific, interactive, sound scape composed of wooden organ pipes on the hilltop at the Art Park.
Ever wonder what Faeries wear? During the month of July, Reyen Design Studios will be showing their award winning Faerie fashions at Cazenovia Artisans Gallery. Reyen Designs recently received and award for Excellence in Workmanship from the New York Faerie Festival.com. Their show will be up for display from July 1 – July 30.

Street Painting 2015 Photo Gallery

Michael Davis’ photo gallery of the 2015 Street Painting Festival

Michael Davis took to Montgomery Street in downtown Syracuse on Saturday, July 25 for the annual Street Painting Festival, hosted by the Syracuse New Times.

Strawberry Shortcake, Italian Style

Joe Borio shares a simple and easy strawberry shortcake recipe, Italian style

Join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, as he shares a simple and easy strawberry shortcake recipe, Italian style! You will love this fresh and delicious way to make your next strawberry shortcake dessert, with the tastes of Italy.

The Evolution of Mixtapes

What is a mixtape? How have they evolved?

Before smart devices, music streaming services, and even MP3s and CDs, there were cassette tapes.

UFO 1979: The Herkimer Black Triangle UFO

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares the story of a snowmobiler’s encounter with a black triangle UFO

Who knew that a simple winter's night snowmobile ride would result in the sighting of a black triangle UFO?

22 Enjoyable Weekend Events in Syracuse, Upstate New York

Twenty-two events to fill your calendar this weekend

It's ArtsWeek in Syracuse. You'd better bring your walking shoes, because you'll want to accomplish a lot. (Plus, parking might be a little iffy with all the Downtown events.)

Retro Games: What’s the Appeal?

Though retro games are a thing of the past for many, fans continue to reach for them when a craving for nostalgia hits

Video games developers are constantly taking advantage of improving technology, resulting in today’s multitude of technologically impressive games. However, many gaming enthusiasts look to the past for their entertainment, enjoying the games of decades gone by just as much as (if not more than) present day gaming. The question is, what gives these games their appeal when so many of them are unpolished compared to today’s software?

Jazz Fest Case Scenario

A roundup of the lineup featured at this year’s Jazz Festival which took place at Onondaga Community College last weekend

Midway through his climactic set during the Friday, July 17, portion of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis launched his solo on Duke Ellington’s “Braggin’ in Brass,” a frenetic post-bop big band number. Sitting — not standing, as is the conventional deportment, Marsalis raced over the spiky contours with a wild, notey ride, a dense, accelerated filigree of minute detail, as if there was barely enough space for all he had in mind.

Planning for a Crude Awakening

Emergency management responders appear when disaster strikes, and some are stepping up their game

Dan Wears was in his first week on the job as head of emergency services for Syracuse University when two train cars overturned within walking distance of the Carrier Dome. One car was loaded with propane. The Dome was about to open its doors to tens of thousands of fans attending a football game against South Florida.

Pavement to Paint

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The Syracuse New Times and Family Times' annual Street Painting Festival marks its silver anniversary on Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The action takes place in front of downtown Syracuse’s City Hall on Montgomery Street.

A Crafty Celebration

The AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

The 45th annual AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival returns this weekend to downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle and surrounding streets. Artists, live performers and food vendors from across the area and beyond will convene from Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26.

Honoring the Haudenosaunee Heritage

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will take place Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 as part of Artsweek in Syracuse

The ecological-themed Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest returns to Hanover Square, at the intersection of East Water and South Warren streets, on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, as part of the ArtsWeek festivities.

Recess Appointment for Downtown

Recess coffee is expanding into the downtown area while keeping their signature cup of joe brewing

People.com's recent list of "24 Coffee Shops You Have to Visit'' put the Westcott Nation’s Recess Coffee on the radar screen of caffeine lovers all over the world. Another benefit of that exposure is Recess' upcoming expansion to downtown Syracuse.

Harborfest Weighs Anchor in Oswego

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26

The 28th annual Oswego County Harborfest promises food, fun and fireworks during the free festival’s weekend run, slated for Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26.

Pyramid Schemes Rock Egypt

The Central New York Playhouse brings Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” to life

Central New York Playhouse continues its summertime tradition of mounting ambitious musicals (such as Reefer Madness and Catch Me If You Can) with this year’s splashy rock opera Aida. Make that Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which is so much a creation on its own that it has its own title.

A Holmes Run at Hangar

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre makes audiences howl with laughter with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” running through saturday, July 25

Don't expect thrills, chills and horror from The Hound of the Baskervilles, currently at Ithaca's Hangar Theatre — just non-stop hilarity for two gleeful hours.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

Free Will Astrology

See what’s in your stars!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto "Carpe diem" shouldn't be translated as "Seize the day!", says author Nicholson Baker. It's not a battle cry exhorting you to "freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it." The proper translation, according to Baker, is "Pluck the day." In other words, "you should gently pull on the day’s stem, as if it were a wildflower, holding it with all the practiced care of your thumb and the side of your finger, which knows how to not crush easily crushed things -- so that the day's stem undergoes increasing tension and draws to a tightness, and then snaps softly away at its weakest point, and the flower is released in your hand." Keep that in mind, Aries. I understand you are often tempted to seize rather than pluck, but these days plucking is the preferable approach.

Fests and Furious

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.

The 2015 edition of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival features much more than its name suggests. The event, first inaugurated as Jazz in the Square in 2002, has brought all types of jazz and soul to the stage. But this year’s expanded fest will include a variety of vibrations with a trio of themed days: Funky Friday on July 24, Jazz Saturday on July 25 and Blues Sunday on July 26.

Just a Few Festivals

Society gurl visits the Syracuse Nationals, Jazz fest and the Sterling Renaissance Festival

Blogger, vintage lover and cocktail shaker The Society Gurl (Jamie Ann Owens) takes you on a journey to three of her favorite July festivals including the classic car show, the Syracuse Nationals, Jazz Fest and the Sterling Renaissance Festival.

Trainwreck is good, but Amy Schumer is better

Amy Schumer has taken the world by storm with her unique and, at times, controversial brand of comedy

It would be silly of me to ask, "Hey, have you heard of Amy Schumer?" Of course you have. She's the 34-year-old comedian who sprang onto the scene in 2013 amid a spray of daisies and vagina jokes with her original Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer. She's irreverent, controversial and convicted. Her first movie, Trainwreck, opened this weekend to nearly universal critical acclaim.

Bad Fences and Good neighbors

The story of European refugees and their journey to Oswego, where they took emergency shelter from their war-torn homeland

Christopher Sinatra lives in Oswego, NY where he studies early American history at SUNY Oswego. He is working towards earning his MA in December ’15. Read Sinatra’s twice monthly blog,Sleepwalking Through History,on SyracuseNewTimes.com.

Light the Night 315 Photo Gallery

Light the Night 315 took to the streets on July 13 to spread a positive message

In correlation with Light the Night 315, community members took to the streets to march on July 13 to spread the message that violence is not the answer. Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis was there to capture the event.

UFO Sightings Drop Dramatically

Columnist Cheryl Costa discusses a shocking downward trend in 2015 UFO sightings both in New York and in North America

As UFO sightings have crept upward the past few years, expected UFO sightings dropped dramatically!

More Than 20 Enticing Events This CNY Weekend

Twenty entertaining events that are occurring this weekend

Rain, rain go away. Come again another day. All these puddles for miles on end, save it for another weekend.

Nintendo President Passes Away

Nintendo President Satori Iwata left behind a storied legacy before passing away at the age of 55

President of Nintendo Co., Ltd., Satoru Iwata, died Saturday from a bile duct tumor. Iwata had been battling the illness for several years. Nintendo issued a statement mourning the loss of Iwata and the temporary appointment of co-Representative Directors Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda, both long-time developers at Nintendo. He succeeded the late Hiroshi Yamauchi after his retirement, and was the first executive to come from outside the Yamauchi family. Iwata was 55.

Comic-Con Roundup

Sarah Hope gives an overview of the new trailers and teasers debuted at last weekends Comic-Con in San Diego

Last weekend at the San Diego Convention Center, the geeks of the world came together for the annual swarm that unites pop culture, sci-fi, video games, TV, film and nerd culture under one giant roof for four exciting days. Comic-Con International 2015 was full of cosplay (dressing up as your favorite characters) and celebrity. As usual, a number of new trailers and teasers were released for upcoming films and TV. Here are some of the most exciting.

Jailhouse Jills Seek Gents for TLC, Too

Lady inmates look to receive equal compassion

No, I didn’t forget all those beautiful prison ladies.

Local Flavor: Tender(s) is the Night at Tully’s

Tully’s famous tenders have been keeping Central New Yorkers satisfied for over 20 years

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

Hip-Hip-Hooray for “Hair”’s Happy Hippies

Covey Theatre Company puts on “Hair” at the Mulroy Civic Center’s BeVard Studio

Of all the theatrical milestones of the last half-century, composer Galt MacDermot’s Hair (subtitled “the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical“) is the most malleable. It has to begin with the clarion “Age of Aquarius,” trumpeted here gloriously by Gabrielle Gorman, and it has to climax with the anthem-like “Let the Sunshine In.”

Ghastly Guffaws for a Ghoulish Good Time

Cortland repertory Theatre shows their spooky side with the production of “The Addams Family”

From its origin, The Addams Family was a sophisticated series of one-panel cartoons in The New Yorker magazine. Their subtlety and nuance flew over the heads of rubes who didn’t always get the jokes. The 1960s black-and-white TV sitcom, followed by two color movies during the 1990s, nearly drowned cartoonist Charles Addams’ mordant wit with treacle.

Arts

A roundup of the lineup featured at this year’s Jazz Festival which took place at Onondaga Community College last weekend

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will take place Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 as part of Artsweek in Syracuse

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26


 

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.


Lifestyle

Recess coffee is expanding into the downtown area while keeping their signature cup of joe brewing

The Central New York Playhouse brings Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” to life

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre makes audiences howl with laughter with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” running through saturday, July 25

See what’s in your stars!

Society gurl visits the Syracuse Nationals, Jazz fest and the Sterling Renaissance Festival


News & Opinion

Emergency management responders appear when disaster strikes, and some are stepping up their game

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.