Mark Bialczak

Digital Editor

Mark Bialczak has lived in Central New York for 30 years. He's well known for writing about music and entertainment, and currently is the movie blogger for syracusenewtimes.com.   In 2013, he started his own blog, markbialczak.com, to comment about the many and various things that cross his mind daily. Mark will post a weekly column about life in and around Syracuse on waer.org.

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I could guess it's because Francis Scott Key decided that the line "bombs bursting in air" needed to be in the verses of that poem he wrote that became our National Anthem that we've been fascinated with fireworks, this country of ours, so thoroughly and collectively.

So far so good, Mark Coyle.

Music will fill the streets and bounce off the stoops of the city Sunday, thanks to the folks at Making Music magazine decided a few years ago that Syracuse, the place where they walk up those steps to work so many morning, deserved to take part of a worldwide phenomena.

You've gone to NBT Bank Stadium for a Chiefs game, settled into your seats, looked out over the green field, leaned back to enjoy the game and ...

Somebody giving a fleeting glance while passing room G22 in Jamesville-DeWitt High School around 2:30 p.m. earlier this week might think that second-year teacher Kristin Hardy had invited a student up front for an English class presentation.

The sight and sound filled my eyes and ears, a piece of America on Memorial Day Weekend so right.

Some three years ago, Victoria Coit and Vanessa Campbell partnered on a project they named  SOTE.

It's gown-wearing time up on the Syracuse University hill this weekend, and that starts the procession of graduates, parents, siblings, boyfriends and girlfriends, grandparents, neighbors, friends, proud people all at the colleges in the valleys and on the shores of our fine region.

Some people are no fans of karaoke.

For years, Kimberly Rossi has been pointing me toward stories that have turned out to be good. I'd get a message or a phone call, pleasantly worded and toned. When a CD from Syracuse blues band The Fabulous Ripcords turned up hand-dropped in my Eastwood mailbox as promised, it came with her calling card: Indigo Productions.

  Fine album from Irv Lyons, and he and his fellow First Nation band mates went on to gain recognition at the Native American Music Awards, too. Later, a story idea for my markbialczak.com blog wasn't about music, but rather alerted me of the good work done by Dr. Joan Laura, who on Veterans Day would devote her Eastwood practice to free dental care for those who'd served our country. I didn't go when Rossi invited me to a media get-together to meet Jessica Lahr, Mrs. New York State, but I took notice later when one of Lahr's appearances raised recognition for the services provided abused women by Syracuse's Vera House.

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