Arts & Entertainment


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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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Brrr...ing on the ‘Big Chill’!

... and jump in on the fun

Already in its seventh year, the two-day event is back. Sign up for the annual Poker Bear Express, plunge into the Seneca River, then prepare to top off the weekend with whole lot of good food at the Best in Bowl Cook-Off.

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‘Les Mis’ opens Friday

More than three dozen area performers are featured in a full-scale production of “Les Misérables” now being produced by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

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Baldwinsville author to launch children’s book Dec. 7

First-time published author Janine Werchinski-Yates will launch her children’s book, “The Secret Sock Club” at a local event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Baldwinsville Public Library. Editor Tami Scott caught up with Werchinski-Yates to discuss how her writing hobby and dream to write a book came to fruition.

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Church to host free concert

The First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville will host a concert to be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the church sanctuary. This concert is part of the church’s 200th anniversary celebration and will commemorate the music and musicians of the church past and present. 

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Neurotic nonsense

L’pool native Kelly Kinsella, now a Big Apple comedienne, plays B’ville this weekend

Twenty-five years ago in Syracus, Kelly Kinsella was just another Media Unit drone, schlepping video equipment, prepping sets and occasionally stepping into the spotlight on the teen troupe’s cable TV show, “Rough Times Live.”

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

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Dancin’ to the top

Ray Middle School administrator wins first place in world competition

Sharon Gridley-Pelkie is an artist; music and dance are in her blood. This past July, the Ray Middle School sixth grade assistant principal traveled to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2013 Fred Astaire Dance Studios World Championship. Out of the 54 studios from around the globe that brought contestants to compete in this annual event, Baldwinsville’s own brought home the gold, winning first place overall for Smooth Multi Dance Championship. She also won second place at the World Competition in the Multi Dance Latin Championship.

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Syracuse Legends radio show catches on

While countless radio programs provide chatter on the latest Syracuse University sports news, there is only one place where listeners might hear James Southerland talking candidly about why he chose to wear number 43: the NAPA Syracuse Legends Show with Mike Bristol.

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Rocking the cradle

New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

School of Rock im Latham is a unique approach to music lessons.

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Be frightened: ‘Any Number Can Die’ in Baldwinsville!

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is beginning its exciting 71st consecutive season with a mystery, ”Any Number Can Die” by Fred Carmichael. It opens Thursday, Sept. 27 and runs Fridays and Saturdays for three weekends starting at 7:30 p.m. There is one matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

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Wanted: Storytellers

By next spring, residents and visitors of Baldwinsville will have the opportunity to tour the village in a way like no other in Central New York. A trail of artful signage highlighting first person stories, histories and imagery will be dispersed throughout this historic canal town. The signage will include QR codes, linking to an online exhibit accessible from mobile phones.

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Roots: how far back can you go?

Local author takes geneology to a whole new level in new fiction-based book

Have you ever wondered where your family roots originated, who your forbearers were or what they were like? And not just by a couple generations either, but rather thousands of years?