Dog days

[SkyChiefs wait it out]

Saturday's storm also delayed the Syracuse SkyChiefs' annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony and International League game against the Charlotte Knights.

Change of Pace tavernkeeper and former Major Leaguer Steve Grilli was signing autographs along with fellow ex-Chiefs Frank Tepedino and Alan Closter during the hour and 40-minute rain delay when someone pointed to the water-filled blue tarp over the Alliance Bank Stadium infield.

Isn't this your cue to go run the bases, Steve? the guy asked.

Run the bases? Grilli grimaced.

He didn't get the joke.

Back in the 1970s when he pitched for the Chiefs at MacArthur Stadium, Grilli was famous for acting up during rain delays -- sliding all over the tarp and playing air-guitar on a baseball bat.

[Do actors rarely sin?]

Rarely Done Productions, which stages plays and musicals at Jazz Central, downtown, is conducting preliminary auditions for its 2006-2007 season from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 7 and 8, at Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St.

RDP will be casting three shows, Never the Sinner, Agnes of God and Sin.

Sounds like a redemptive trilogy!

For information, visit www.rarelydone.org.

[Magnolias to bloom again]

Having reviewed thousands of concerts and club appearances over my 30-plus years covering show biz, rarely do I recommend an upcoming concert as a must-see affair. But next Saturday, Aug. 12, four Louisiana ladies known collectively as the Magnolia Sisters will perform a Cajun concert at the new Syracuse Center for the Performing Arts, 728 East Genesee St., kitty-corner and across the park from the Marx Hotel. You gotta catch this act!

The Cultural Resources Council will present the quartet at 8 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets cost $15; 435-2155

One of the sisters, accordionist-vocalist Ann Savoy, has just released a duet CD with Linda Ronstadt.

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