Arts

The Leftovers: Lost creator’s return to TV is dark and different

Sarah Hope reviews HBO’s new series, The Leftovers, from the creators of Lost.

Grief is a lonely emotion. Every thought is replaced by one of the deceased. Every fleeting smile is shadowed by a cloud of loss. Every movement takes great effort. Every distraction seems trivial. Even when you’re surrounded by others - mourning for a dear friend, for your grandma, for a beloved leader - the world feels devoid of hope.



The biggest question about Sex Tape is why, oh, why?

If you still go to see Sex Tape after reading this, you have only yourself to answer to.

It's not sexy, it's not funny. It is awful.



Set for some Universal monster movies?

Owner of many classics wants scaries to come together

Are you ready for a new monster mash-up?



Blues Festival Returns to Clinton Square

Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites

After a 2013 hiatus, the New York State Blues Festival is back and under the direction of former fest planner Jim Murphy. The two-day event will retake its 2012 home of Clinton Square, bringing a solid mix of local, national and international names. Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites:



Starry Nights

Jessica Novak covers this year’s impressive Jazz Fest highlights, from budding talented songbirds to seasoned blues legend B.B. King

The 2014 edition of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest was defined by the juxtaposition of new and legendary, blossoming and concluding. These qualities were obvious throughout the two-day festival held at the Onondaga Community College campus on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12.



ArtsWeek Returns to the Heart of Syracuse

The Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, a three-day event at Columbus Circle that runs July 25-27, showcases artists and entertainers from 25 states and Canada.

ArtsWeek, an annual weeklong festival celebrating artists and art lovers both, will transform the streets of downtown Syracuse from Saturday, July 19, to Sunday, July 27. Festivities are scheduled to take place in Armory Square, Columbus Circle, Hanover Square and Clinton Square.



Hill Cumorah Could Use An Update

Though the story is problematic at best, the production is something to be seen.

As the moon rose over the Central New York drumlins on Saturday, excitement mounted in Palmyra for the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant. The 75-minute theatrical spectacle, in its 77th year, tells the story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).



A Can’t Miss Les Miz

James Mackillop reviews Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of Les Misérables.

Director Sam Scalamoni may not have a long history with Cortland Repertory Theatre, but he is just the man to figure out how to stage the epic musical Les Misérables (running through July 26) in the up-close-and-personal space of the Little York Lake Pavilion.



A Grand Slam for Damn Yankees

Damn Yankees remains popular for many good reasons.

That sturdy evergreen built on a Faustian pact, Damn Yankees remains popular for many good reasons. The Richard Adler-Jerry Ross score, one of golden Broadway’s last shouts before the arrival of Elvis, is as good as new under Corinne Aquilina’s musical direction in this revival at Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (running through July 30).



Green Thumbs Up for Horror Spoof

James MacKillop reviews Little Shop of Horrors (running through July 26).

To launch her first season as artistic director at Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre, Jen Waldman delivered a crackling good production of John Logan’s drama Red. With David Studwell as the towering painter Mark Rothko, one could not have asked for a more stimulating dance of ideas about aesthetics and self. Just a few weeks later Waldman and Studwell are back again in Howard Ashman and Alan Menkin’s Little Shop of Horrors (running through July 26). But, whoa! This does not mean the company has slid down a cultural pole. In Waldman’s hands, Little Shop is also a cultural adventure, as well as being a helluva lot of fun.