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  Many of us will indulge this holiday at the dinner table, maybe the dessert tray, the office party or the bar.  But you might not realize overdoing it is actually posing a health risk.  Saint Joseph’s Hospital Interventional Cardiologist Doctor Michael Fischi says a flood of calories, carbohydrates and other things in a big holiday meal or party can lead to emergencies – especially for people with underlying health issues.

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A Syracuse artist is offering to support Symphoria in a unique way…by raffling off a piece of his stained glass art at  Friday night’s first holiday pops concert.  Here's the story of a former computer programmer and professor turned full-time artist who also appreciates classical music.

Robert Oddy came to Syracuse from England in 1981 to teach at S.U.  Sixteen years later, he decided to leave the university and pursue stained glass art full-time.  And he’s been doing it ever since.

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Officials at Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre are hoping to return some stability to the historic venue after a period of poor management and questionable business practices.   New leadership and a strong schedule are aiming for a more promising future.  

It’s been a period of transition at the Landmark.  They parted ways with their executive director in February, and there’s a new president of the board of trustees.  Stephanie Crockett says the board’s mission is clear:

It's an EP that's been five years in the making, this "Mystic Kingdom" that Kimberly Schad has written, recorded and produced. You could say more, actually, if you consider the years that the young woman who carefully put together her four songs in the studio in Jamesville spent following her father Tim and uncle Steve around Central New while they played and engineered shows, big productions like Pink Floyd tribute band Childhood's End. "Styleen's (Rhythm Palace). (Oswego) Harborfest. Yes, that's where I learned delay. Give me echo," she says during an interview in the studio in the basement of the family home.

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Syracuse singer Ronnie Leigh says his ears and vocal cords perked up immediately when he first heard the sound of Frank Sinatra. Leigh will take on songs from the legend as part of a show Dec. 10 at Drumlins. Hear about the connection in this edition of Mark Bialczak's Mark It Up podcast.

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The exhibits are in place and stories are ready to be told at the Skä•noñh  Great Law of Peace Center.  Grand opening weekend kicks off Saturday, after more than three months of construction.   The former Saint Marie among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway has been undergoing a $1 million  transformation …from telling the story of the Haudenosaunee from the French perspective…to now sharing that history though the eyes of the Iroquois.   Until recently, center general manager Daniel Connors says most of us were probably taught through a Euro-centric model.

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  One of Syracuse's more conceptual art galleries celebrates its 40th anniversary tonight.  Point of Contact is as much about the ideas as it is about the works of art and writing.

CNY Jazz Central

  For 20 years CNY Jazz Central has been one of the primary providers of year-round jazz presentation in Central New York. WAER is excited to help CNY Jazz Central celebrate this milestone with an array of performances and events. 

 

With a focus on central neighborhood locations and local artists, community seems to be the theme for this year’s celebration. Le Moyne College plans to host "Jazz at the Plaza,” this event is meant to bring visitors together during lunch hours. This event includes performances by Dave Solazzo, Jeff Stockhan, Groupo Lite, and Melissa Gardiner. Additionally, on Saturdays, the Scholastic Jazz Jams Series will allow community members to enjoy jazz at the Le Moyne Plaza.

 

The soulful singer, songwriter Sherma Andrews will kick of the 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 15 in the Sheraton Hotel. The singer will pay tribute to ‘Legendary Ladies of Song,’ like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross. 

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A specialty clothing store and what you might call a culinary boutique are among seven stores in downtown Syracuse Thursday to celebrate their grand opening.  But John Massarah and Kellie Gingold aren’t necessarily new to the downtown business scene.  Both have owned or managed clothing shops downtown for about 20 years.  Their latest venture includes Projex 214 and Showoffs Boutique, a men's and women's fashion store in a shared space on West Jefferson Street. 

Bob Halligan Jr. has seen the music world change so much in the 20 years since he started the band Ceili Rain.

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