Arts & Entertainment


JCC’s “So-Long Summer” vacation camp starts Aug. 24

Looking to add some fun and excitement to the final weeks of your child’s summer vacation? The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse will make the last two weeks of summer a blast during its upcoming “So-Long Summer” vacation camp.

Movie review: Another reboot and reroute – ‘Fantastic Four’

I’ve never been particularly fond of reboots or rewrites of character histories, yet more and more seem to pop up on the big screen every year. Let’s see. They’ve retold and rewritten Wolverine’s story more than once.

Iris Folding Workshop to be held at Cazenovia Public Library

All are invited to join Jeanette Robertson, local artist and author, for “Iris Folding,” a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 21, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Koinonia studio opens its doors and welcomes Dance Arts Studio to lineup

Dance instructor Linda Facciponte sees herself as both a choreographer and a philosopher. “My goal is that the student, through process implementation, will grasp the spirit of life, manifestation of feelings, consistency of learning and the ability to create from their own personal level,” she says.

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Next Cazenovia Forum: A look inside the CIA and its controversies

John Rizzo, dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as “the most influential career lawyer in CIA history,” and who served as the agency’s chief legal officer in the years immediately following 9/11, will deliver the next Cazenovia Forum lecture on the 14th anniversary of the attacks, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre in Cazenovia.

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Taste of East Syracuse celebrates 10th year

Mayor Tackman successfully defends cook-off challenge title

The village of East Syracuse celebrated its 10th annual Taste of East Syracuse last week by showcasing local eateries and providing a night of family-fun activities.

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Collaborative project helps shape art park’s new entrance

Jared Flynn and Michael Murphy know their way around stones. Both Flynn and Murphy are certified dry stone wall instructors from the Vermont-based organization, The Stone Trust, and for two days recently Flynn and Murphy led a team of 13 participants in the construction of one part of the new design for the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park’s entrance — a 40-foot long, four-foot high, dry-stacked wall.

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B’ville woman to sing at state fair

Denise Ritschel Craig, the 40-year-old music teacher and mother of four from Baldwinsville, has been selected to sing the national anthem at the Great New York State Fair. Craig is one of 12 winners of the fair’s “Star Spangled Challenge” contest.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: State fair combines new attractions with old favorites

For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.

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

The five B’villians pictured above took their sport to national competition. Can you identify them or name their team or their league?

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Library focus: End-of-summer fun at BPL

Summer is speeding by, but there is still a lot to see and do at the library before those school buses start to roll. We’ve got crafts, games, art, trivia, technology, music and authors -- all for free. We even have our very own ComiCon from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrating science fiction, fantasy, comics and cosplay. We may not be as big and famous as the coastal ComiCons but you can take your turn on the bridge of a virtual starship, chat with well-known comic authors, and dress as your favorite character and meet folks with similar interests without the hassles of packing and paying for an expensive trip. Sign up now on the library’s program page and get a T-shirt for a souvenir. Attendance is free, but bring your wallet because we have some fantastic artists and vendors you’ll want to visit.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Car show rakes in $1,000 for Canton Woods

Despite threatening clouds and a few raindrops, Canton Woods grounds were filled with a gorgeous array of classic cars Aug. 3. The clouds blew over, the sun began to shine, and every one had a wonderful evening. Thanks to the optimism and generosity of the car owners and classic car fans, and the hard work of very dedicated volunteers, Canton Woods raised over $1,000 for the senior center!

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Movie review: Cruise Control – another great ‘Mission: Impossible’ installment

One has to wonder how the writers of a franchise that has spanned five decades can manage to keep the stories fresh and exciting over the years. And the wonders will never cease in the case of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise starring Tom Cruise as the redoubtable Ethan Hunt, the heir apparent to Peter Graves’ white haired patriarch of the original IMF super team.

Letters to the editor: Aug. 5 edition

Manlius walker concerned about safety within village

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Baldwinsville Messenger, Beaver Lake announce photo contest

Calling all photographers! The Baldwinsville Messenger and Beaver Lake Nature Center are teaming up to bring you their first-ever Celebrate Fall Photo Contest. Beaver Lake is one of Baldwinsville’s most beautiful sites, and we want you to help us capture its beauty. The contest period will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.