Jazz, Rock concert at Cayuga Community College

The Cayuga Community College Jazz Combo and Rock Ensemble Spring Concerts on May 8th will feature students performing songs from legendary performers and songwriters. Professor Michael Cortese, who is also music coordinator for Cayuga’s School of Music and the Arts, said the Jazz Combo will perform compositions by Herbie Mann, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Eddie Harris.  The songs will... more

Vendors wanted for Celebrate-Commemorate Juried Arts & Craft Show

Calling all artisans!! We are eager to invite you to our Arts & Crafts Show during our nationally recognized Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Festival in the birthplace of Memorial Day, Waterloo, NY. We always have a huge crowd estimated in the 10 thousands. If you or anyone you know is interested, please don’t hesitate to join us! Applications can be downloaded... more

Grants will help multiple projects get off the ground in Newark

Seven education and recreation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. 

The grants range from $2,000 to $7,000 and are leveraging an additional $77,231 in... more

Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice... more

Smith Center for the Arts looks to upgrade in 2018

It’s going to be a busy year at the venerable Smith Center for the Arts — and not all for the music, theatre and dance performances for which the opera house is known. 2018 will bring in what new Executive Director Susie Monagan and its board leader call a host of much-needed renovations. Armed with $719,500 in state grants, the... more

Environmental tests, concept designs unveiled for 1-7 State St. lot

Preliminary soil and ground water tests for the future community park space at 1-7 State St. — the site of the former Kalet building — came back “non-detect” for contamination, Ted Liddell, a landscape architect with Bergmann Associates, said during a public meeting Monday night at the Hilton Garden Inn. Given the site’s history of lawsuits based the environmental testing,... more

Ithaca College student and production partner win prestigious award

Kyle Arnold, a senior in the Journalism Department at Ithaca College, developed, along with Ismael Byers from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a short film called, “Solitude: A Companion Abroad,” documenting the four months the two men spent studying in Chile at the renowned Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Santiago. Although the weather was always hot while there from February... more

Sculptor’s studio is ‘total loss’ after Milo fire

Fire destroyed the studio of a well-known sculptor Wednesday morning. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike deemed the Baker Road workspace of Dexter Benedict a total loss. Deputies said Benedict’s wife, Faith, woke up around 5 a.m. when she heard their dog barking. She looked outside and saw Fireworks Foundry, as the barn/studio is called, engulfed in flames. Firefighters were unable... more

SCP offers free monthly theatrical series

If you missed Seneca Community Players’ performance of Little Shop of Horrors in 1996, you have another chance to see it soon! Over the last 46 years Seneca Community Players has performed and produced over 200 shows. Generally, each show involves a cast and crew of 15 to 40 people and is in production rehearsing for 6-8 weeks. After all... more

Directors sought for Seneca Community Players 46th season

Seneca Community Players is seeking theatre directors from throughout the region to participate in their 46th season of providing live theatre in the Finger Lakes. Individuals of all experience levels, from first time directors to seasoned veterans, are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals for dramatic, comedic and musical productions of any length are welcome. Opportunities for a... more

STARSTRUCK IN LYONS: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner film scenes at local store

Sean Dobbins found out that it’s not easy to run a pharmacy while John Lithgow and Blythe Danner are in your store. However, the award-winning actor and actress were not there to pick up prescriptions from Dobbins Drugs. Rather, they were there for some filming of a yet-to-be-named movie that is being described by producers as a love story. The... more

Apple Shed kicks off fall harvest with Kids Weekend

The Apple Shed in Newark is kicking off the fall harvest with its annual Kids’ Weekend on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. Festivities run from Noon-5 pm each day. Saturday features a marketplace of kid entrepreneurs, Sunday features live entertainment. Both days, orchard hayride will run from Noon to 5 pm and proceeds will be donated to Newark... more

Michaela Kenny finds America Miss World Pageant grueling but fun

Michaela Kenny was competing in the America Miss World Pageant, held Aug. 8 to 13 in Orlando, but you might not know it by some of the events she took part in. Like the sports competition, where the women had to perform sprints, do high jumps, long jumps and battle rope (weighted ropes). None other than former NFL great Charles... more

Seneca County Arts Council announces 2017 “6×6 Frenzy”

The Seneca County Arts Council will hold its annual fundraiser the “6×6 Frenzy” on Friday, August 18th at the Art Works Gallery, 109 Fall St. in downtown Seneca Falls. A reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm gives participants a chance to view the work while enjoying refreshments. Door prizes add to the excitement of the evening. Here’s how the “6... more

Aurora native returns home to perform ‘On the Road’ at Morgan Opera House

Aurora native Leslie Goddard can’t wait to get ‘On the Road’ again. She currently lives in Cincinnati, but loves coming home, she said. Last summer, Goddard did so to perform in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s production of “Oklahoma!” and said she would return every summer if she could. This weekend, Goddard will be home again to perform “On... more

Auburn student: Why the Schine should be restored

The Schine Theater in Auburn, smack dab in the heart of the city’s downtown, with its Art Deco architecture and historical presence has been a part of downtown Auburn for almost 80 Years. Many lifelong residents of Auburn can recall happy memories while visiting this ornate Theater. Auburnians have mixed feelings on whether or not the building should be saved... more
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