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‘Cherry Orchard’ on Orchard Street

Redhouse artistic director and longtime professional actress Laura Austin will star as Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky, an aristocratic pre-revolution Russian matriarch, in “The Cherry Orchard,” being staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Fayetteville Free Library, 310 Orchard St. Tickets cost $25 or $15 for Redhouse members; theredhouse.org; 362-2785.

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Femme fatale

Alicia Bronzetti makes impressive debut in CNY Playhouse mystery

Dame Agatha Christie – who wrote more than five dozen mystery novels and a dozen plays – thought “And Then There Were None” was her best piece of stage “craftsmanship.”

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

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East Syracuse Fire Department Field Days to be held June 19 – 21

Since he was a kid, Mike Cramer has been attending fire department field days. He said that 25 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to attend a different department’s field days every weekend – on some weekends, there were may have even been two field days.

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‘The Coolican’ trophy has a new home at Syracuse Hall of Fame

The James J. “Bud” Coolican Memorial Golf Tournament, Central New York’s first golf tournament to raise money for the charity, has ended its 43-year run, having raised $900,000 for the American Cancer Society since 1970.

Silent auction and dinner to be held to support F-M Relay

The Fayetteville Manlius Community Relay for Life is quickly approaching. Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 31, Relay is a team walk, where team members alternate walking the track throughout the event in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the F-M High School track, and will feature Hot 107.9 along with local bands playing throughout the afternoon and evening.

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Intriguing instruments

Two upcoming concerts to showcase hammered dulcimer and clarinets

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Dan Duggan will triumph on the trapezoid at a concert to benefit Great Camp Sagamore at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre Live programs

The Manlius Art Cinema is proud to announce that it will present the National Theatre of London’s program starting with “King Lear.”

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Syracuse Go Club holds annual Salt City Tournament

26 enthusiasts of the ancient Chinese strategy board game of Go competed in the Salt City Go Tournament at Manlius Pebble Hill School on April 19. Jason Bates of Schenectady won the A division with a 3-1 won-loss record. The tournament featured some age extremes: 96-year-old Milton Sack, of Fayetteville, was only able to play in two rounds of the competition, but he won both of his games, while 8 year old Liya Luke, of LaFayette, finished with a 2-2 record.

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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.