Tunes for tipplers, vino for vocalists

For those who enjoy a tipple with their tunes, here's some very tasty news:

Beer and wine are now available at Sophistications, the new jazz club located downtown in the Galleries of Syracuse.

Amherst recording artist Nancy Kelly is singin' and swingin' there from 8 to 11 p.m. every Saturday night through April. Now her audiences can enjoy a glass of vino with her vocals.

Operated by husband-and-wife Ken and Quontina Hill, Sophistications is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Admission costs $10 when there's live music on Friday and Saturday nights. A student open mic is slated for 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays.

The Galleries of Syracuse are at 441 S. Salina St. For info, call Sophistications at 372-0970.

Sleight of hand

Now you see it. And now you don't.

But tell Wade that you saw it here first.

Wade Live will perform close-up magic from 9 p.m. to midnight every Thursday in the intimate setting of the Coffee Pavilion, 111 E. Water St., in Hanover Square, starting tonight, April 17.

Wade promises magic, mind-reading, illusions and enough comedy that "you'll laugh your face off." For info about the magician, visit wadelive.com.

The Coffee Pavilion has also resurrected its Friday night jazz jam sessions, from 8 to 11 p.m. On April 11, musicians from the Onondaga Community College Jazz Ensemble welcomed all manner of sitter-inners, from school kids to old Dixielanders.

To call the Coffee Pavilion, dial 422-4040.

Fiddlers' Fling downtown

The New York State Old Time Fiddler's Association Spring Fling is an indoor event that couldn't be more informal. Old friends reacquaint themselves while greeting new friends who also cherish fiddle tunes. Musicians of all ilk flock to the stage.

The sound is country. The time is old. And the tradition continues.

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