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Movie column: Coming soon to a theater near you

There are times when I enjoy the previews of movies more than I enjoy the movies themselves. But when it came to action, 2015 was a banner year on the big screen. Looking at the previews, 2016 is shaping up to be another bombastic annum. Here are a few of the titles I’m looking forward to in the coming months.

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‘The Cuddlefish' win 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands

Eight bands rocked the 14th annual JCC high school Battle of the Bands for four hours on Saturday night, January 16 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The many young, talented musicians in this year’s concert played a rainbow of sounds and musical styles before a crowd of 350 in the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. And they did not disappoint.

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Beat cabin fever at January JazzFest

Annual event supports CNY Jazz

Blanketed by a series of blizzards, Central New Yorkers are already searching for a cure for their seasonal bout of cabin fever. One remedy for being cooped up is the annual January JazzFest, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 31, at Mohegan Manor.

Theater review: Sinister ‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome yet mesmerizing

With music by heralded composer Stephen Sondheim and book by the late mystery-writer Hugh Wheeler, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” uses mesmerizing music to tell a monstrous story of revenge-killings and cannibalism. It’s a gruesome musical — a grusical.

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NOPL NEWS: Book sale and tech toys at NOPL

Saturday, Feb. 6, sees the return of the ever-popular “Sweets for Your Sweetie” Book and Bake Sale at NOPL @ Cicero.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Sheriff supports a sane approach to addiction

For decades, police considered people who used illegal drugs as people who needed to be arrested and jailed. Now, finally — thanks to forward-thinking law-enforcement leaders such as our own Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway — police are starting to see addiction as an illness rather than a crime.

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Baldwinsville History Mystery: Do you know anything about this picture?

We think we’ve been having a lot of snow in the last couple of weeks. If you’re an old-timer you will remember the blizzard that we will remember at the end of the month. What was the year? Do you have any memories from it? What’s the location of the photo?

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Love your library in February

February is on the horizon with lots of new reasons to love your library. Start your kids and grandkids out right next month by joining us for the third annual Take Your Child to the Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Morrisville State College to host Global Game Jam

Only one among handful of sites in New York state to host

Morrisville State College will once again serve as a host site for teams of artists, hobbyists, programmers, designers and musicians during the popular Global Game Jam event, which will be held Jan. 29 to 31. Morrisville is one of only a handful of sites in New York state hosting the event, which is a chance for gamers throughout the world to collaborate, explore creativity, tout inventiveness and let their imaginations roam as they create playable video games in under 48 hours.

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Cold feet, warm bellies: 500 run in Chilly Chili

Cazenovia College, Ray Bros. BBQ claim best chili titles

About 500 people ran through the cold streets of Cazenovia and the best chili makers in the Cazenovia area were crowned this past Sunday as part of the 12th annual Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk.

Well-known local musician offers free Hamilton College online course

Well-known local musician and Hamilton College Jazz Archive Director Monk Rowe will present a free six-week online course titled “Jazz: the music, the stories, the players” beginning Feb. 2. Those interested in enrolling must register online at hamilton.edu/jazzcourse.

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Stay curious Cazenovia!

In anticipation of the new permanent museum exhibit that is nearing completion, Cazenovia Public Library Museum educators Pat Hill and Julia Smith Shotzberger have created a new lobby exhibit that will engage people’s minds. The exhibit, “Stay Curious Cazenovia,” features 24 curious objects from the museum’s “attic” that have long been out of public sight.

High school musical tickets to go on sale Feb. 1

Auditions have been held and rehearsals are well underway as the Cazenovia High School Drama Club prepares for their staging of “Footloose,” the musical. Performances will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5. Reserve seating will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1.

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The Book Beat: Top Reads of 2015

The year 2015 is behind us, but you might be interested to know what the top reads were — at least locally. According to circulation statistics at the DeWitt Community Library, the following books were the most read titles by local residents. How many did you read?

Open auditions announced for musical ‘Sweet Charity’

Auditions for the musical “Sweet Charity” will be held at the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, on Lincklaen Street in Cazenovia. Auditions are open to the entire Central New York theater community, all roles are open.