7 marimbas, heavenly rhythms

The ensemble features Karen Curry, Diane Emord, Diana Green, Ethan Jenks, Barb Root, Debroah Rose, Peter Sinatra and Caroline Stafford.

For band info, visit kambuyu.com.

Folkus Project carries onSaturday's Kambuyu Marimba performance is part of the Second Saturday series at the WCC presented by the Folkus Project, a nonprofit organization that fosters traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music in CNY. Some 30 shows are presented each year between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Occasional workshops on songwriting, singing and instrumental technique are sponsored along with concert appearances.

To learn more about Folkus and its upcoming concerts, visit folkus.org.

Marty with Mayer & MatthewsSyracuse songwriter Marty Sexton joins guitar god John Mayer for versions of "Can't Stop Thinking 'bout You" now available on YouTube.com. The videos have attracted nearly 150,000 viewers. On Feb. 8, 2008, Mayer introduced our hometown hero to a big crowd at North Charleston Coliseum, in South Carolina as "One of the most treasured singer-songwriters I've ever heard."

Marty continues to climb the showbiz ladder. On June 23, he opened for the Dave Matthews Band at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit.

"Sexton is the perfect complement to the Dave Matthews Band with his masterfully woven lyrics that flow into his folk-soul repose," noted Natalie Sugarman in the Detroit Music Examiner. "He's a storyteller who brings musical flavor to the table, blending jazz, soul, folk, a bit of scat and whatever suits his mood."

Spinnaker guy signs his bookAs he learned to sail a boat on Owasco Lake, Jim Crawford was struck by the inherent humor of sailing's terminology. Words like like boom-vangs and spinnaker guys really impressed him.

So the Syracuse cartoonist and graphic designer put together a book, "The Unofficial Rules of Sailing," his wacky take on sailboat racing.

Crawford will sign copies of the new book at Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Boulevard East, in DeWitt, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18.

Exploiting sailing's arcane terminology for maximum humorous effect, Crawford's book mixes offbeat visuals with sailing's odd lingo to create an absurdist volume that's both entertaining and educational.

A great gift for sailors who will identify with rules like Giving Mark Room or Movable Ballast, the book's many visuals draw upon Crawford's experience as a Flying Scot sailor, which he also used in cartoons previously published in Sail Magazine. Crawford is a member of the Flying Scot Sailing Association (fssa.com) and sails out of the Owasco Yacht Club.

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