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Re-capping the NYS Fair; Clean-up in Full Swing After More Visitors Spend More Time and More Money

Another New York State Fair is in the record books thanks to strong attendance, and that has acting fair director Troy Waffner reflecting on how things went, and how to pull off the same feat again next year. He says he and his team have been working hard to find ways from big to small, mundane to outrageous to make the fair fun and cool to spend more than just a day. " We're seeing more and more people coming for multiple days. Some of that is...we're making it cheap for people to get in....

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Number 5 Syracuse (11-3) takes on number 6 Notre Dame (10-3) for the second time in 6 days.

Senator Charles Schumer has a new plan to cut down on prescription drug abuse.  Re-classifying a certain drug could fight the growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction plaguing Central New York.

About 250 anti-war protestors from across New York and several other states rallied at Hancock Air National Guard base Sunday to protest the military’s use of armed drones.  The demonstrators wore long, black robes, carried fake coffins, and held pictures of innocent victims of drone strikes as they solemnly walked along Thompson Road to the base’s gates.  They tapped drums and chanted “arrest the war criminals.” 

Syracuse’s Red House Theater has announced the line-up for its mainstage productions that will start later this year.  The theater is taking on ambitious works and sticking to its mission.

  

Grupo Pagan

The Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse has been an established cultural epicenter of Central New York since its founding in 1972. This Friday evening, the CFAC is opening its doors and offering the community a chance to engage with and support its mission. In partnership with Syracuse Public Media WAER, the Folk Art Center is hosting An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tasting to wrap-up a month-long celebration of jazz appreciation. The event will feature the well-known talent of the locally based Latin American band, Grupo Pagan.

In preparing for her upcoming Syracuse performance, saxophonist Tia Fuller spoke with afternoon jazz host and WAER Music Director Eric Cohen.  Eric believes that you can learn a lot about an artist by " asking a series of random questions to get a feel for what they are all about."

Take a listen and see if there are any "ah ha" moments for you.

Tia Fuller performs with her quartet in Syracuse Sunday April 28th at 3:00 PM at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood.  The program is the culmination of a month-long celebration of Jazz Appreciation.

The recently announced 2013-2014 Syracuse Stage season offers well-known classics mixed with exciting contemporary work.

SU Lacrosse Focused on Notre Dame

Apr 23, 2013

Though the SU men's lacrosse team dropped to #7 in the country after a loss to Hobart last Tuesday, it still finds itself in a top-10 matchup with Notre Dame this weekend. After top-ranked Denver fell this past week, the Fighting Irish are now the number one team in the nation.

Last year, Syracuse took on Notre Dame on the road in South Bend and fell 8-6. But now, the game is at a neutral site in the Kinoca Minolta Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ this weekend.

SU Lacrosse Beats Georgetown on the Road

Apr 23, 2013

Georgetown (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) scored a pair of late goals, but No. 3 Syracuse (10-3, 4-1 BIG EAST) stifled the charge and held on for a 9-8 win against the Hoyas Saturday, April 20 in front of 2,736 fans at Multi-Sport Field. The win closed the book on a grueling stretch of five games in two weeks for the Orange.

Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, the first performer at Woodstock, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 72.  While he was known internationally for his excellent guitar work and cover songs, his death hits close to home here in Central New York.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, knew him well on both personal and professional levels.

"For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist

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