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Movie review: Heroes to the Rescue – A review of ‘The Finest Hours’

Okay, I have a bone to pick with Hollywood. Why is it that characters named Bernie are always either bad guys or butlers?

Turnabout is fair play

Director, actor to switch roles in upcoming performances

The Central New York theater community is close knit and small, a group of talented artists who are so close they refer to each other as family. So, it’s not surprising, given the especially small pool of male actors and qualified directors, that they sometimes direct each other. Such is the case for two upcoming productions at CNY Playhouse.

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ESM Spartan Stage to perform ‘Guys & Dolls’ Feb. 4-6

East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Stage will present the classic “Guys and Dolls” on February 4, 5 and 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night at ESM Central High School with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Movie column: Coming soon to a theater near you

There are times when I enjoy the previews of movies more than I enjoy the movies themselves. But when it came to action, 2015 was a banner year on the big screen. Looking at the previews, 2016 is shaping up to be another bombastic annum. Here are a few of the titles I’m looking forward to in the coming months.

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‘The Cuddlefish' win 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands

Eight bands rocked the 14th annual JCC high school Battle of the Bands for four hours on Saturday night, January 16 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The many young, talented musicians in this year’s concert played a rainbow of sounds and musical styles before a crowd of 350 in the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. And they did not disappoint.

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The Book Beat: Top Reads of 2015

The year 2015 is behind us, but you might be interested to know what the top reads were — at least locally. According to circulation statistics at the DeWitt Community Library, the following books were the most read titles by local residents. How many did you read?

Open auditions announced for musical ‘Sweet Charity’

Auditions for the musical “Sweet Charity” will be held at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. Auditions are open to the entire Central New York theater community, all roles are open.

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Bernie’s Commercial; Highly Controversial Top Ten of 2015

Each year, critics all over the world come up with lists of what they feel are the best movies that came out the previous year. My list is just a little different.

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Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby returns Feb. 6

ACR Health will hold its sixth Annual Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville.

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Chilly Chili 5K to have altered route this year

Race will start and finish at Cazenovia College athletic center

The annual Chilly Chili 5K event will return to Cazenovia in just under three weeks and, for the first time, the location of the race’s start and finish lines have been changed. The race will begin and end this year on Liberty Street, near the intersection with Union Street, which will allow runners to start and finish closer to both the registration and the after party locations at the Cazenovia College Athletic Center.

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Eastside Vineyard Church helps those in need; produces Christmas movie

Those involved in children’s ministry at the Eastside Vineyard Church in DeWitt have been busy during the month of December, taking time to give back to those less fortunate, and even producing a Christmas movie titled “A Superhero Christmas,” which depicts the birth of Jesus with a modern twist.

DCL's ‘Discovery to Go’ collection makes science, math, and engineering fun

Thanks to a $20,000 New York State Special Legislative Grant sponsored by then-Assemblyman Sam Robert, the DeWitt Community Library is circulating collections of kid-friendly science, math and engineering equipment, materials and resources, all packaged with easy, do-it-yourself activities and directions.

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Theater review: Ralphie’s air rifle ardor

Young actors bring “A Christmas Story” to life at Shoppingtown’s CNY Playhouse

Viewers of the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” know what to expect — Ralphie Parker’s desperate desire for a BB gun, his father’s fascination with a sexy-leg lamp, his brother’s wee-wee whining, his mother’s meatloaf and red cabbage and his own devotion to Little Orphan Annie’s radio show.

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Column: The top ten reasons I’m looking forward to the new Star Wars movie

In May of 1977, the first “Star Wars” movie (later re-titled “A New Hope”) was released in theaters — and the movies would never be the same. Nor, for that matter, would I. This was a movie that changed the way I viewed movies. In some ways, I became obsessed with the culture that was “Star Wars.”

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus


Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun newspaper, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials and on posters and stamps.