Downtown After Dark: Arts quietly blossom in Hawley-Lodi neighborhood

In the film, two musicians witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and try to elude their pursuers by joining an all-girl band traveling to Miami. Actors Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis dress up as ladies while actress Marilyn Monroe turns in a memorable comic performance as singer Sugar Kane.

ArtRage is located at 505 Hawley Ave, on the near North Side. The suggested donation for the screening is $5; 218-5711; artragegallery.org.

Lavendar Inkwell online

Another North Side cultural landmark, the Lavendar Inkwell Bookshop owned by John Besaw and Scott Henni, got its start there at 304 N. McBride St., but now does business exclusively online at lavenderinkwell.com; 378-1345.

Puerto Rican power hitter

Over his 16-year major-league career, Puerto Rican power hitter Carlos Delgado blasted 473 home runs while batting a respectable .280. Having spent the bulk of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, Delgado was a three-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award (1999-00-01) and won the American League’s Hank Aaron Award in 2000. But the honor closest to his heart has to be the 2006 Roberto Clemente Award.

Like Clemente, Delgado is a peace activist. When the U.S. Department of Defense was using the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, as a bombing target-practice facility, Delgado spoke out against the detonations until the government ended the bombing in 2003. That same year, he voiced his opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a stance that prompted negative responses from baseball fans.

Delgado appeared in 181 games for the Syracuse Chiefs during his minor-league career. The slugging first baseman smacked 43 career home runs in a Chiefs uniform, primarily during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

Hot Stove heats up here

Now 39, Delgado will be inducted into the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame in a special ceremony at the Syracuse Chiefs’ annual Hot Stove Dinner & Silent Auction, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Liverpool. Chiefs infielder Seth Bynum and new Chiefs manager Tony Beasley will join Delgado at the head table.

“It’s a tradition for our manager to attend the Hot Stove dinner,” said Chiefs General Manager John Simone. Last season, Beasley managed the Double-A Harrisburg Senators to the top of the Eastern League’s Western Division. He’s a three-time winner of Baseball America’s Manager of the Year award.

A silent auction gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the dinner program following at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Hot Stove cost $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and younger, or $500 for a table of 10; syracusechiefs.com; 474-7833.

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