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Plucky Charmer Bridgid Bibbens

Weedsport-bred violinist Bridgid Bibbens displays her music gifts during her homecoming week

Bridgid Bibbens is one of the most sought-after violinists in the United States. She plays a bright pink, seven-string, fretted electric violin,  yet is also completely proficient in classical music. She’s been written about in Guitar World, is in high demand as a studio musician and has performed with artists spanning Christina Aguilera to Mary J. Blige to Jay-Z.



The Last Picture Show

Entertainment analyst Bill DeLapp bids farewell to Cinefest, which fades to black after a 35-year run

For 35 years the Syracuse Cinephile Society’s annual Cinefest confab has put the spotlight on examples of forgotten celluloid from Tinseltown’s silent and early sound eras. But all good things must come to an end, as Cinefest takes its final bow on Thursday, March 19, through Sunday, March 22, at Liverpool’s Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway.



March Sadness

Sports writer Matt Michael on the SU men’s basketball’s checkered season, which prematurely ended

For the first time since 1993, the Syracuse University men’s basketball team will not participate in a national postseason tournament (either the NCAA or NIT). And for the first time since 1979 — the year before SU joined the Big East Conference — the Orange will not play in a conference tournament.



In the Groove with David Broda

Michelle Malia profiles local photographer David Broda, who collects records, remembers the past, and embraces change

Sporting a purple polka-dotted smoking jacket, David Broda leaned and rocked to the beat of St. Germain’s “Rose Rouge,” playing on his classic 1200 Technics turntable. The sound system projected the jazz tune with booming clarity through his garage-converted-record-collection-shrine off his Jamesville home, a space he calls Funky Butt Hall.



Local Label for the Love of Music: L.R.S. Records

Music writer Jessica Novak on the success of L.R.S. Records

Mark Turley started playing in bands while at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. He studied sound recording and production at SUNY Binghamton and interned with Ulf Oesterle at Aux Records in Syracuse. Yet starting his own record label still seemed like an elusive dream when he graduated in 2007.



Talk of the Town

Bill DeLapp interviews the voice of SpongeBob, Tom Kenny

Cartoon voice Tom Kenny discusses the new SpongeBob movie, memories of East Syracuse and more with entertainment analyst Bill DeLapp



On With The Shows

Everson Museum’s New Executive Director Elizabeth Dunbar wants to fully explore and showcase its permanent collection

Arts writer Carl Mellor reveals executive director Elizabeth Dunbar’s plans to explore the Everson Museum’s vast collection of works



A Little Night Music: Isn’t it Bliss?

Stage critic James MacKillop previews the upcoming A Little Night Music, as Syracuse Opera sends in the clowns

Some Stephen Sondheim shows, like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, thrive while remaining faithful to their original conceptions. A Little Night Music, however, to be produced by Syracuse Opera over the first two February weekends, lends itself generously to reinterpretation.



Je Suis Charlie

Covers from Charlie Hebdo

This week, the New Times republishes covers from Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that was the target of a massacre by Islamic terrorists. Editor-in-chief Larry Dietrich explains why.



Get Down(Town) with the Funk

Funk n Waffles Moves Downtown

Funk n Waffles Moves Downtown Jessica Novak talks with Adam Gold about the expansion of Funk n Waffles downtown from University Hill