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Five Questions, One Minute: Oliver Wood

Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers

On Friday April 10, The Westcott Theater welcomed back The Wood Brothers to Syracuse. I saw them for the first time a year and a half ago at the same venue. Although a healthy attendance encouraged their return, this proved to be a sold-out show that kicked off with Willie Watson. Watson did join the trio in the middle of their show, but his one-man high-energy show proved to be more than just a vital opener. His switching from acoustic guitar to banjo almost every other song paired well with his charismatic stage presence.



Real Versus Make-believe: A Conversation with Martin Casella

Casella’s role in Poltergeist was a dream come true.

April 18, 2015 marks the 10-year Anniversary of Salt City Horror Fest at the Palace Theatre (2384 James St.). Eight feature films will be shown in the 35mm format, and a special Rochester-based bonus will be screened at 10 p.m.. Enjoy all of the films for $20 (in advance) or $25 (at the door) from noon to the wee hours of the morning. Doors will open at 11 a.m. There will be food trucks available outside and in the parking lot. Comedian Alex Bidwell will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. 



Poltergeist’s Oliver Robins to Visit Salt City Horror Fest

Oliver Robins will be appearing in-person at the Salt City Horror Fest

April 18, 2015 marks the 10-year Anniversary of Salt City Horror Fest at the Palace Theatre (2384 James St.). Eight feature films will be shown in the 35mm format, and a special Rochester-based bonus will be screened at 10 p.m.. Enjoy all of the films for $20 (in advance) or $25 (at the door) from noon to the wee hours of the morning. Doors will open at 11 a.m.. There will be food trucks available outside and in the parking lot. Comedian Alex Bidwell will take the stage at 7:15 p.m.. 



Sole Jam: Sneaker Convention Skids Through Year Two

The second annual CNY Sole Jam took place on Sunday March 29 at the OnCenter.

The second annual CNY Sole Jam took place on Sunday March 29 at the OnCenter. As soon as the doors of the event center were opened, a blast of beats being spun by Da Chef emanated from the space like heat waves off the hot summer pavement.



Filming for a Cause: Blue Chips and Hoosiers Screening at The Palace

Proceeds will benefit the City of Syracuse youth basketball league

Central New York fans from around the globe may be disappointed by the recent developments regarding Syracuse University men's basketball. Although Syracuse and Duke are not playing each other, The Palace Theatre will still be showing some hoops on the big screen.



Syracuse Taxi Cab Confessions

Christopher Malone gets in on a taxi ride through Syracuse

The last time I was in a taxi, which was in the latter part of last year, the cab didn't have a credit card machine. The ones in New York City do. This lack caused me to shake my head that Syracuse just isn't with the times. But that was one company. The cab last night actually had one. I still dished out a $20 bill when I got back to my brother’s house.



Where ‘The Action!’ Is

Two-time SAMMY Award recipients The Action!

The location of Bull and Bear Roadhouse in the borderline silent Carrier Circle area comes at both an advantage and a disadvantage. Where the downside is being away from everything in the bulk of Syracuse, its attempts to stand out as a wallflower in the scene. It's the wannabe hole-in-the-wall that reveals itself to be impeccably decent and proper, but fitting enough to hold intimate shows of bands and solo performers.



Getting the ‘Last Word’ at Modern Malt

Brunch at Modern Malt in Armory Square

It's been almost two months since my scoop on Modern Malt, which now (officially) joins the string of businesses along Clinton Street in Armory Square. As a diner junkie, it's only fair that I weigh in with my two cents. The food, atmosphere, and people of a diner makes or breaks a place.



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.



Living It Up in CNY (NYC Style)

Get out and do something

This past weekend was a perfect time to stay inside and keep warm. Valentine's Day came and went. Football is a thing of the past. It was a hot shower and lounge-in-robe kind of weekend, especially Sunday, after waking up and finding my way to the bathroom on my hands and knees to apply hot water to my eyelids, crusted shut by frozen tears, due, in part, to Syracuse's loss to Duke. But shy extroverts as myself need to get out and do something. I'm not talking about enjoying restaurants, because that's a given. I'm talking about stepping out a bit.