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Get a Grip by Ty Marshal
Writer Ty Marshal investigates the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling
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Id/Ego/SuperEgo @ The Tech Garden, an exhibit of artwork exploring the psychological self. Featuring the work of 18 artists from across CNY working with a wide variety of materials & methods. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fibers, video/film and performance art. Including works by Julie Angerosa Lauren Bristol Kathy Donovan Christopher Farrell Cathy Marsh Jenn […]
Letha Wilson: Sight Specific March 17-July 18, 2015 Light Work Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery Light Work is pleased to present “Sight Specific,” featuring the work of artist Letha Wilson. “Sight Specific” will be on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work from March 17 through July 18. A reception and informal Gallery Talk […]
Perspective: Selections from the Light Work Collection March 17–July 31, 2015 Light Work Hallway Gallery Light Work is pleased to present “Perspective: Selections from the Light Work Collection.”The exhibition features recent acquisitions from 2013 Light Work Artists-in-Residence. As photographers, the selected artists employ perspective as an integral technical and conceptual tool of their craft. Each year, Light Work […]
Light Work is pleased to present “Quaking Aspen: A Lyric Complaint,” featuring the work of photographer Gary Metz. “Quaking Aspen: A Lyric Complaint” will be on view at the Robert B. Menschel Gallery in Schine Student Center at Syracuse University from Feb. 1 through June 30. The exhibition is curated by Stephan Apicella-Hitchcock and Joe Lawton; […]

Volu: Giving Non-Profits the Tech They Need

“Doing more good better”

When Chris McCarthy came up with Volu, he didn’t do it in a vacuum. A 40 Below community engagement volunteer, McCarthy was tasked with organizing and promoting non-profit work in the greater Syracuse area. The website he had to work with was not very helpful. In fact, McCarthy found, many non-profit organizations across the globe were having the same problems: mainly, tech.

Five Questions, One Minute: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Hailing from the Catskill Mountain region, and the band blossomed in New York City

A small tremor was  felt around the Syracuse the evening of Friday, April 17. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds took to the Westcott Theater stage. I was able to steal a minute of the Kincheloe siblings' time after the show, checking in to see how their tour is going?

Guests Galore at Cross Creek Gig

History of Syracuse Rock’n’Roll Music: Then and Now

It was another night of reunions, music and dancing on Sunday, April 12, at Pensabene’s Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd., as the recent edition of the History of Syracuse Rock’n’Roll Music Then and Now series presented a pair of longtime favorites. Harmonica impresario Skip Murphy and his Merry Pranksters first took the stage to entertain the sizable crowd, followed by the rockin’ bluegrass sounds of Cross Creek, one of Mike Greenstein’s all-time favorite local acts.

Cooking Italian with Joe goes to Italy

Take a trip to Italy with Joe Borio

Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, takes a trip to his home, a country style villa in Italy, to share the sights and sounds of Puglia and the hillside farms covered in olive trees, lemon trees, fig trees, and more. Relax and enjoy as we take a trip and drink in all the beauty of Italy!

Silly Slapstick Can’t Save Awful ‘Mall Cop 2′

It’s too bad that it’s all so lame.

The burly guy still loves a Segway and security guard work.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

April 13 – 19

Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week Every week, we tally our analytics to give you the Top 5 most read stories of the week on

Meet the Connective Corridor Public Art Call Semi-Finalists

16 semi-finalists have been selected out of 276 applications

This week’s blog post is one you’ve been waiting for. After working through 276 applications from around the world, we are happy to announce that our jury has narrowed the list of potential candidates down to 16 semi-finalists. It was quite a process, guided by a prestigious jury and our colleagues at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, with input from a local steering committee and you, our Syracuse New Times readers.

Fresh Music Friday: Mount Kimbie

Listen to Mount Kimbie

Presenting various musical styles from around the globe, Fresh Music Friday finds and shares new music with our readers in an ever changing sonic landscape.

1967 UFO: Sphere Shaped Craft

Who knew that a Sphere Shaped Craft would join the fun at a late season camping event?

Jeff was very hesitant to share his UFO story with us, “I supposed nobody would believe us…”

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.

Episode 007: WISE: Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Listen to an interview with members of WISE

This week we have members of WISE: Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship talking about their annual Symposium event coming up April 21st at Syracuse University, as well as the WISE Women's Business Center that helps launch and support women entrepreneurs.

Board of Elections Seeks Inspectors

Starting pay for the general election will be $190

The Onondaga County Board of Elections is looking for people to serve as election inspectors for Primary Day (Date TBA) and General Election Day (November 3).

Mewtwo Arrives for Club Nintendo members

The software update suggest two unannounced newcomers

Rumor says music files in the software update suggest two unannounced newcomers.

Vinyl Floors the Sound Garden for Record Store Day

Saturday is National Record Store Day, hosted locally by The Sound Garden

In what is becoming an annual sign of spring in Armory Square, the resurgence of vinyl will again be celebrated on Saturday, April 18, during the eighth annual National Record Store Day, hosted locally by The Sound Garden at 310 W. Jefferson Street.

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Salt City Scares

Salt City Horror Fest starts at noon on Saturday, April 18

Many teens and 20-somethings now watch horror movies with a laptop and earbuds, thus missing out on the visceral rush of seeing such terror thrillers on the big screen, complete with larger-than-life imagery, the loud screams of the easily frightened in the audience, and the barely audible clicking of the projector in the booth.

Chiefs Swing Into Spring for Opening Day

The Syracuse Chiefs will play their home opener on Thursday, April 16

Central New Yorkers can’t say this loud enough: Winter is finally over! Now it’s time to play ball!

Micere Mugo’s Tireless Pursuit

Professor Mugo has served on the faculty of the African American studies Department at SU

Can you imagine a Syracuse without Micere Githae Mugo? Can you imagine if a giant walked in our midst, so quietly that we did not know it?

Poetic License to Kill

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, but before you stop reading, just hear me out. A lot of poetry is actually interesting. Or, barring that, here are some recent news events in our area that I’ve turned into verse in an homage to National Poetry Month:

Yuppies Get Physical in God of Carnage

(Review) God of Carnage at Covey Theatre Company

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza’s much-lauded black comedy, is not about God or religion at all. It does, however, have much to do with blood-letting combat.

Brecht Gets Whacked in the Windy City

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Le Moyne College

German modernist master Bertolt Brecht was fascinated with America, especially before he actually moved to the United States during World War II. Having fled the Nazis in 1941, he was stranded in Finland when he imagined that Adolf Hitler’s consolidation of power in the previous decade could be retold as a cautionary tale by portraying the brutal ambitions of a Chicago-area gangster not unlike Al Capone.

Witty Writers Take Sides in Syracuse Stage’s ‘Other Desert Cities’

James MacKillop reviews ‘Other Desert Cities’ at Syracuse Stage

“It was the liberals who ruined Hollywood with all their whining and preaching.” So opines ever-blonde Polly Wyeth (Barbara Broughton), once a middle-level writer for MGM who now lives in elegant seclusion in a white-on-white showplace near Palm Springs.

Get a Grip

Writer Ty Marshal investigates the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling

Nearly five dozen arm wrestlers top-rolled, hooked and pinned at the Tilted Kilt Bar and Restaurant, 3017 Erie Blvd. E., to compete for a chance to flex their muscles in the 2015 regional championship coming up in Las Vegas.

(Photos) Arm Wrestling

Photos from Battle of Arms III: Judgement Day

To read "Get a Grip" - the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling - CLICK HERE

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. 

Women-Owned Businesses and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

WISE: Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

According to, over the past decade and a half, the number of women-owned businesses has grown substantially by 54% (roughly 8 million). However, though 30% of companies are now owned by women, only 5% of venture capital is invested in women-owned ventures.

(PHOTOS) Underground Fashion

Photos from The Underground Show at Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty

The Underground Show took place on Friday April 10 at Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty (220 Walton St.) as part of Syracuse Fashion Week.

Lune Chocolat Set to Move to Bigger Digs in Manlius

So long to cramped quarters – hello to “bean to bar” chocolate.

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest chocolate seasons of the year. At Lune Chocolat in Manlius, the line was so long it snaked out the door. And the temperatures were so cold that some customers didn't wait for their heart-shaped chocolates, caramel pyramids, cabernet barrels (filled with wine ganache) dark chocolate "hot lips" (with rum and organic habenero pepper) and other artisan chocolates.

How to Make Steamed Mussels with Garlic & Wine

Steamed Mussels with Garlic & Wine

Join Joe Borio, host of Cooking Italian with Joe, as we take a journey to the shore of the Mediterranean sea and enjoy some steamed mussels or "Cozze" cooked with wine, garlic, butter, olive oil and more.


James MacKillop reviews ‘Other Desert Cities’ at Syracuse Stage

The encouragement and promotion of the growth of public art in Syracuse

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

Prendergast to Pollock: American Modernism at Everson Museum

Syracuse Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’


Writer Ty Marshal investigates the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling


Writer Ty Marshal investigates the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling

So long to cramped quarters – hello to “bean to bar” chocolate.

Steamed Mussels with Garlic & Wine

#takeatour of the Goethe-Schiller monument

Fettuccine Alfredo with Homemade Pasta

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An exchange with a “white” Syracuse policeman who, rightly and justifiably, pulled me over

Is Indiana the gayest state in the Union?

Katko has just completed his first quarter representing New York’s 24th Congressional District

Writer Tina Schwab profiles local author Maggie Simone and her new book on compulsive disorders

It’s an embarrassment of riches in the TV landscape these days