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Downtown After Dark: Wars rage, and cries for peace continue

One Black Voice, a.k.a. guitarist Jacques Thomas, will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 41st annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St.

One Black Voice, a.k.a. guitarist Jacques Thomas, will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 41st annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St.

— The funky little brick bistro swiftly developed a core clientele attracted by a menu running the gamut from burger deluxe to black beans and rice, from pollo loco to a panini veggie melt. On Nov. 7, Sparky announced that the restaurant would add beer and wine to its extensive beverage list already featuring espresso and Perrier.

A former devotee of Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse, Sparky was a longtime lover of local music. At Sparky Town she booked acts such as Tenor Madness, the Rhythm Queens, Puente Flamenco, Diamond Joe Davoli & Harvey Nusbaum and the Salt Potatoes.

Restaurant reopens Monday

Kevin Lucas, a customer from Skaneateles, captured Sparky’s good vibes in an online review:

“Sparky waves ‘hi’ from the kitchen as you pass it to go to the dining room,” Lucas wrote. “It feels like a secret little place taken out of time where you might see Igmar Bergman walk through the door for a light pastry and coffee…My dinner was fresh and delicious. Sparky came out from the kitchen and spoke with us and a couple other guests personally to see if they enjoyed their dinner. You never see that anymore. Wonderful.”

Friends and family will at a celebration of Sparky Mortimer’s today, Nov. 27, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, and the celebration of her life continues when the restaurant re-opens Monday, Nov. 28. For info, dial 422-8401; or visit Sparkytown.net.

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