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Theater review: Solid vocals carry the day in Elton John/Tim Rice musical at CNY Playhouse

Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”

Feedback wanted on modernizing local government

‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall

Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.

Not your father’s regatta

USRowing Masters Regional Championships set to race June 28 on Onondaga Lake’s new seven-lane course

The second annual USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships hosted by the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club Sunday, June 28, is unlikely to attract the same kind of crowd that flocked to the IRA races all those years ago.

Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Personal ‘Project’ — Director dedicates ‘Laramie Project’ to his late brother

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In early-July, as Justin Polly prepared to direct “The Laramie Project” for CNY Playhouse, he learned that his troubled 26-year-old brother, Christian, had gone missing outside of the city where he lived and worked, Jackson Hole, Wyo. On Sept. 4 — a week before the play opened at Shoppingtown Mall — Christian’s decomposing body was found by construction workers at the base of Snow King Mountain. In his director’s note, Justin Polly likened his brother’s untimely death to that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old murder victim who is the subject of the play.

Sept. 11 turned a journalism professor into a playwright; ‘The Guys’ opens Aug. 29 at ShoppingTown

Anne Nelson, the director of International Programs for the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, had never written a play.

Folk Strings back on the hill

Acoustic quartet stretches the definition of “folk” music

When they first got together in 1992, the founding members of Folk Strings realized that they had a lot in common.

Critical Link V-P leads septet Saturday at Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Dave Rice is co-owner of Critical Link, a prominent town of DeWitt electronics product development company on Brooklawn Parkway, but he’s also a talented saxophone player and bandleader. His group, Tradewind, which also features his daughter, Lauren, will be showcased at the 2014 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Admission is free.

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Catchy ‘Catch’

Imposter thriller makes for murky musical at CNY Playhouse

Based on a film which was based on a ghost-written autobiography by an admitted scam artist, “Catch Me If You Can” is a far cry from your usual feel-good musical. But the venturesome CNY Playhouse dives right in, doing its level best to wring some sense of the offbeat blend of tunes and trickery.

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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.”

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