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Uva excels

Actor Jim Uva regularly energizes the action at CNY Playhouse stage

After ducking behind-the-scenes to stage manage last month’s “Death of a Salesman,” versatile actor Jim Uva returns to centerstage in CNY Playhouse’s current offering, Neil Simon’s “Laughter of the 23rd Floor.”

No good movies playing? No way! Check out your local arts cinema

The spring and summer months after the Oscars come out can be a difficult time for American movie goers. It seems like all of the well-crafted, interesting movies have gone into hiding and in their place have arrived jarring blockbusters and action flicks designed solely to overstimulate the senses. While those movies can sometimes be fun (Thor, I'm thinking of you here), overall they don't offer much satisfaction to people who see cinema as an art form on par with great literature or painting.

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Zimbabwean gospel singer brings music, joy to Cazenovia

On his first visit to the United States, in the midst of an East Coast tour, international gospel sensation and social activist Tembalami is spending some of his time in Cazenovia and performing three concerts in the village this week. Tembalami Tagwirei— who is typically known simply as “Tembalami” — is a gospel musician from Zimbabwe with a passion for inspiring, motivating and educating the current as well as the next generation.

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Lowdown and high lonesome

The Good Acoustics showcase two varied vocal styles Saturday at Steeple

A fiery fiddle and a propulsive upright bass drive the music of Larry Hoyt & The Good Acoustics, but two distinctive voices – one male and one female – dynamically deliver the group’s lyrics.

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CNY Decorative Artists paint rain barrels to help ‘Save the Rain’

Unlike most fine artists, the majority of the members of the Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters never went to school to hone their craft. In fact, most of them, like Roseann Guidera, picked up the skill later in life and immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the decorative painting process.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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CBA Lenten Drive supports Challengers ‘Field of Dreams’ project

Christian Brothers Academy Peer Ministers in Social Justice presented this year’s Lenten Drive to students and faculty prior to an Ash Wednesday prayer service on March 5.

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Dynamic ‘Death’

Salesman Willy Loman lives and dies again on CNY Playhouse stage

Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” is not for the faint-hearted. Audiences should prepare themselves for three hours of intense drama as the story of washed-up traveling salesman Willy Loman unfolds onstage through March 22, at the CNY Playhouse at ShoppingTown.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

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Teenage rock band Kill the Lites nominated for Sammy Award

A rock’n’roll group featuring four Fayetteville-Manlius High School students and their lead singer from West Genesee High School have been nominated for a 2014 Syracuse Area Music Award. The band, Kill the Lites, is one of five nominees in the Sammys “pop” category. The awards show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Palace Theater, in Eastwood.

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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J-D to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

A ravenous, blood-sucking plant, ‘60s doo-wop girls and a love-struck florist inhabit the “Little Shop of Horrors” at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Feb. 6 through 8. The show runs three performances, Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m.

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ESM to perform ‘West Side Story’ Feb. 6 through 8

Featuring stunning choreography, East Syracuse Minoa Musical Theatre will perform the 1950s musical “West Side Story” Feb. 6 through 8 in the ESM Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $9 each.

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Extramarital muddle

Unfaithful husbands hide unclothed mistresses in closets in CNY Playhouse’s ‘Not Now, Darling’

CNY Playhouse prides itself on presenting “something for everyone.” The troupe, based at ShoppingTown Mall produces serious dramas such as “Streetcar Named Desire” and “Death of a Salesman,” silly musicals such as “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” and “Spamalot,” and improvisational comedy shows such as the Syracuse Improv Collective “Bank Show” set for Jan. 31.

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An ‘eclectic’ approach

Audobon Eclectic Antiques to hold grand opening Jan. 18

Six months ago, Audobon Eclectic Antiques owner Nikki Waters wasn’t sure if she’d still be in business at this time – and that shows how much can change in six months. Today, she’s seeing a steady stream of customers and is prepping for her store’s Grand Opening in its new location, still at 131 West Seneca Street in Manlius, but in the space directly above where the store used to be.

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