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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Manlius natives prepare to share their handmade goods on a trip across America
For as long as they can remember, Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler have had wanderlust – which is a big reason why the young couple said ‘farewell’ to the East coast after graduating from college in 2008. They moved to San Francisco, where they started their company, The Local Branch, as a part-time creative outlet. But now, they’re abandoning their West coast life and jobs to sell their goods full-time in a mobile pop-up shop while traveling across the country.
Doug Brode’s new book depicts Lee Harvey Oswald as a “Patsy!”
Can you see Lee Harvey Oswald as a Frank Sinatra fan? If so, you’d probably enjoy Doug Brode’s new novel, “Patsy! The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald.”
Nina Davuluri may have been home for the first time since being crowned Miss America in September, but that didn’t mean she was taking the weekend off. Davuluri was out and about for three days as a part of her “Hometown Celebration Tour,” which began on Nov. 16 with a visit to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and concluded on the morning of Nov. 18 with a breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, sponsored by Syracuse Woman Magazine.
Impressive acting, taut direction carry CNY Playhouse’s ‘Inherit the Wind’
Playwrights Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee insisted that “Inherit the Wind” stands not as a piece of journalism but as a piece of theater.
Last week, we took a look at five local haunted attractions that were well worth checking out. Here are six more that you can sink your teeth into. Or perhaps it would be better to say that the ghouls here can sink their teeth into you.
Up-and-coming actress Kitty Doupe shines as a bewitching West Indian maid
Anything can happen in “Any Number Can Die.” Owls hoot, thunder howls, lights flicker and lives are lost due to gunshots, poison, hanging and stabbing. But don’t let that constant violence spoil your evening at the theater. It’s all in good fun, as the stage play soundly satirizes every murder mystery you’ve ever read or seen. The campy comedy by Vermont’s prolific and playful playwright, Fred Carmichael, is being staged through Oct. 13 by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.
Actress Mimi Kennedy to perform play about women’s rights visionary Matilda Joslyn Gage
Mimi Kennedy hasn’t always been passionate about history. In fact, until the mid-1990s, she even disliked it. The actress, author and activist was doing research for a fictional story when she called Sally Roesch Wagner, the executive director at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, with a question. When Wagner told Kennedy about who Gage was and her role as an American suffragist and abolitionist, Kennedy said that a lightbulb turned on inside of her head.