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Manlius tap dancer to compete at World Tap Championships

Madeline Albanese, a Manlius resident and student at The Dance Studio CNY, will represent the United States at the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany, in early December, as part of The American Tap Company.

Movie Review: A Better Bond – A review of ‘Spectre’

James Bond has grown up. Actually that can be said of all four of the installments starring Daniel Craig, but the statement most definitely applies here. This is NOT your father’s James Bond. This is a Bond more in tune with the discerning action adventure fans of the 2000s.

Celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards to benefit Food Bank of Central New York

The Madison County Farm Bureau will host a celebrity bartending night at Owera Vineyards from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. All tips generated at the event will benefit the hunger-relief mission of Food Bank of Central New York.

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Lorenzo celebrates Christmas season in the spirit of ‘The Nutcracker’

Inspired by the original German tale and the beloved Russian ballet and music of Tchaikovsky, Lorenzo celebrates Christmas this year with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, Mouse King and the Land of Sweet, as well as the exotic influences of Russia, Spain and China. Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Friends of Lorenzo will host their annual “Mansion Preview Party” for members and member-guests. The mansion will then open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday evening, Dec. 4, for “Christmas by Candlelight;” the merriment will then continue throughout the weekend (from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday Dec. 6).

Spartan Stage to Perform ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

The ESM Spartan Stage will perform “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Thurs., Nov. 19 and Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. each night in the ESM Central High School auditorium. Tickets are $9 each.

Movie review: Holiday movies to look forward to

The holiday season is second only to the blockbuster summer season as box office gold. Some of the hottest movies of the year will make it onto the big screen over the next eight weeks. Here are a few to look forward to:

Movie review: Now we’re cookin’ – Cooper sizzles in ‘Burnt’

Adam Jones is predictably arrogant, confident and masterful. And he’s a world-class chef. When the movie “Burnt” opens, though, he’s at the tail end of a self-imposed penance for his own shortcomings while he was studying in France. It was at that time that he made a lot of friends into enemies.

Manlius Art Cinema to present National Theatre Of London’s ‘Hamlet’ and encore performances of ‘The Audience’

The Manlius Art Cinema, the only Central New York host of screenings of the Royal National Theatre of London, has announced its next production will be “Hamlet,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cazenovia Boy Scouts plan food drive

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Good Turn, Scouting for Food, returns to Cazenovia in November. The Scouts will distribute door hangers announcing the food drive from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.

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C-NS to present ‘Nunsense’

Cicero-North Syracuse High School is excited to announce this year’s fall musical, “Nunsense.” This family-friendly and funny show will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 14 in the high school auditorium.

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EDITORIAL: Help us pick a winner for the Beaver Lake photo contest

For the last two months, we at the Baldwinsville Messenger have been accepting photographs as part of our inaugural Celebrate Fall Photo Contest, held in conjunction with Beaver Lake Nature Center. We’ve received over 100 entries that capture the beauty of Beaver Lake as summer faded into autumn, leaves blazing and geese flying. We’d like to thank the photographers, both amateur and professional, who shared their work with us and wish them luck as we move into the judging phase of our contest.

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College students seek community input for potential Creekside Park design

The senior landscape architecture studio at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ran a short design charette project this month focusing on the proposed playground for the linear Creekside Park to be developed along Riverside Drive. As a result of this brainstorming and design process, the class has published a website to encourage community input and discussion of the site.

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movie Review: Diesel Fueled – A review of “The Last Witch Hunter”

I’m beginning to think that the reason this movie was even made was to perpetuate a running gag where 48-year-old Vin Diesel could call 82-year-old Michael Caine “kid.”

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Theater review: ‘Little Shop’ of humor — Man-eating plant stars in monstrous musical at CNY Playhouse

Hats off to plant designer Liam Fitzpatrick for creating a functional shrub capable of talking and swallowing people whole for CNY Playhouse’s monstrous musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” running through Halloween at Shoppingtown DeWitt.

Cazenovia College to offer ‘Science is Fun’ event

Cazenovia College students and faculty will present “Science Is Fun!” with hands-on activities for children ages 5 to 12. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in rooms 204, 208, 305 and 306 Eckel Hall on the Cazenovia College campus on Lincklaen Street.