Arts

Ridgestock 2015 Preview

The Ridgestock Music and Sustainability Expo promises to feature the best local music in Central New York

Former flower children, find your roach clips and feel the love.



Fall Preview: TV’s New Favorite Family

CBS’s new comedy “Life In Pieces” looks to run off the success of family comedies before it

I must admit, I haven't watched much new TV this summer. I've been catching up. I'm up-to-date on The Good Wife and The Americans, and I finished Parks & Recreation. I'm slowly working my way through The Sopranos. I tested the waters of Comedy Central's Another Period and Netflix's Sense8 (both awful). I said goodbye to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and replaced it (for now) with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I boycotted CBS's abhorable "reality experiment" The Briefcase. I'll be queueing up the critically-acclaimed UnReal (Lifetime) before its second season.



Diverse Displays Mark Gallery Slates

The fall season of 2015 includes an extensive schedule of art galleries

It's clearly difficult to categorize the 2015 autumn art season. Two shows embrace baseball themes, and one touches on the Three Graces of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. Other exhibitions discuss subjects ranging from UFOs to the impact of outside cultural influences on artists.



Tasty Terror on Sweeney Todd’s Plate

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s Sweeny Todd scares and excites

At the close of Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s production of Sweeney Todd, the stage has been littered with more corpses than in that other famous tale of revenge, Hamlet. But composer Stephen Sondheim, in recounting the story of the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” gives us not catharsis, just pure enjoyment.



Fall In for Sonic Delights

As the weather begins to cool, the local music scene heats up in Central New York

Although the temperature drops quickly, music in Central New York never truly cools down. From country superstars to vibrant local venues, the fall music schedule is ramping up.



Something for Everyone

Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites

Among the wide-open slate of local theater attractions, the holiday run of Peter Pan looms as the biggest box-office magnet, but now you can see the adult prequel Peter and the Starcatcher as a chaser. Usually we don’t see any Greek drama, but this year we’ll have Agamemnon, Medea and Eurydice, the latter two in modern dress. There will be three never-seen-before musicals, including Matilda, Big Fish and Triassic Parq, and an original opera, Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, about the longest-held American prisoner in the Vietnam War. And one Syracuse Stage play comes with a title that will be published in the Syracuse New Times but probably nowhere else.



Keeping the Faith

“Miracle on South Division Street” brings the laughs at Cortland’s Repertory Theatre

Sandwiched into Cortland Repertory Theatre’s summer season of big-time musicals and spoofs is the regional premiere of the gentle slice-of-life comedy of Miracle on South Division Street, which concerns a long-ago divine sighting that has defined the lives of a devout Roman Catholic family.



New CDs Enter Friday Drop Zone

Music will now be released globally on Fridays in an attempt to synchronize the industry

The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) represents a $15 billion industry. It has approximately 1,300 member labels in 61 countries. As of July 10, the majority of those countries have agreed to release music at 1 a.m. local time on Fridays. The change is intended to synchronize the release date with when consumers have leisure time and to crack down on piracy.



Local Hop

A number of local musicians are making waves in the industry

John Cadley, The Hard Years (Caity Mae Records): Like so many great singer-songwriters, John Cadley is a storyteller at his core. Every track on The Hard Years takes the listener through an experience, lesson or event. Some songs reflect personal thoughts while in others Cadley seems able to communicate the experiences of those around him through his own words.



Viewers Still Relate to Modern Family

Modern Family’s unique approach keeps viewers coming back

Fall is the most highly anticipated season for television series, and this year’s Emmy Awards ceremony holds the promise of living up to the anticipation.