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.   In 2013, he started his own blog,, 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

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Syracuse Jazz Fest press kit

  The huge names are coming back out for the 33rd edition M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest on July 17 and 18 on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

Syracuse's version of the Grammys rolls out the red carpet Friday night at the Palace Theatre on James Street.

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With a name like Winterfest, you've got to expect a certain amount of snow and cold in Hanover Square for the annual Chili Cook-Off.

It couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't happen this year.

  Tired of snow? Snow plows? Winter?

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  The Cheesecake Factory in Destiny USA got its second chance Saturday night.

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  Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old on Jan. 8.

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  It's not unusual to hear folks complain about the Onondaga County War Memorial.

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  When my friend Theresa Constantine told me how she'd signed up as a tour guide for the Onondaga Historical Association's walk through the Hotel Syracuse set up for the last weekend of 2014 and asked if I'd like to tag along as her back-of-the-pack support, I jumped.