Arts & Entertainment


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Skaneateles student wins first place, four honored in photography contest

Four Skaneateles High School students were finalists in the 2013 Bousquet Holstein photography contest — and one of them took first prize.

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Stenuf Music Studio offers private piano, voice lessons

Skaneateles residents interested in learning to play piano or getting one-on-one piano or vocal instruction now have an option available without leaving town. As of Aug. 1, Stenuf Music Studio is open for business in Skaneateles. Owner and instructor Marlene Stenuf specializes in piano and voice lessons and takes students of any age or experience level.

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Preposterous probe

 Up-and-coming actress Kitty Doupe shines as a bewitching West Indian maid

Anything can happen in “Any Number Can Die.” Owls hoot, thunder howls, lights flicker and lives are lost due to gunshots, poison, hanging and stabbing. But don’t let that constant violence spoil your evening at the theater. It’s all in good fun, as the stage play soundly satirizes every murder mystery you’ve ever read or seen. The campy comedy by Vermont’s prolific and playful playwright, Fred Carmichael, is being staged through Oct. 13 by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

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Zoo to welcome original ‘Wild Kingdom’ host Jim Fowler Oct. 3

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will host, “Twilight at the Zoo Special Edition: A Life in the Wild with Jim Fowler.” The evening lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., and is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

Dickens’ auditions to be held Oct. 9

This is the 20th year Dickens Christmas will be presented in Skaneateles. The auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church, (in the sanctuary) 97 E. Genesee St. in Skaneateles.

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Syracuse Legends radio show catches on

While countless radio programs provide chatter on the latest Syracuse University sports news, there is only one place where listeners might hear James Southerland talking candidly about why he chose to wear number 43: the NAPA Syracuse Legends Show with Mike Bristol.

Skaneateles music information night to be held Sept. 10

The Skaneateles Central School District will hold a music information night from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. in the High School Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the SCS Music Booster club.

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Skaneateles Festival begins 34th year

First week’s events well received, big names still to come

The Skaneateles Festival opened its 34th year last week with concerts and events around town. Most of the concerts in the festival’s four-week run are held on Thursday and Friday at First Presbyterian Church on East Genessee Street and Saturdays at Brook Farm on West Lake Road.

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Skaneateles Festival begins Aug. 8

Four weeks of summer in a land of music

A small town has been making a big splash for over three decades with just a few key ingredients: top performers, adventurous programming, and a community that knows how to celebrate summer (and make a killer picnic). The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and National Public Radio’s Performance Today all agree that the Skaneateles Festival, tucked away in the Finger Lakes, is a rare opportunity to witness extraordinary music-making.

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SKARTS presents free July 4 concert with Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook

The Skaneateles Area Arts Council will present Dave Hanlon's Cookbook for free from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, July 4 for their annual SKARTS 'n the Park concert in Clift Park.

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Skaneateles hosts NYSSMA with joy

For the third year in a row, Skaneateles hosted the New York State School Music Association Major Ensembles Festival. Groups ranged in size from 12 to 108; districts small (Southern Cayuga) and large (Liverpool) attended. In total, 30 different music groups performed.

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First Friday in Skaneateles returns May 3

With the arrival of spring, Skaneateles’ First Friday art walk continues its “May to December Romance” of the arts. First Friday, now in its seventh year, returns from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 3 with art openings, wine tastings and entertainment throughout the village.

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Skaneateles jazzman honored

Trumpeter and middle school teacher Dave Wilber named jazz educator of the year

After more than 30 years in the Skaneateles Central School District and more than 20 years at the helm of CNY Jazz Central’s scholastic programs, Wilber has been named outstanding jazz educator of the year by the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation.

Documentary film about the Post-Standard to be screened at Skaneateles High School

A Skaneateles resident has created a documentary film that criticizes the Syracuse Post-Standard. The film, titled “The Post Standard and the Reader,” will be shown at Skaneateles High School on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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SAS holds first-ever Battle of the Bands at SRC Arena

Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time. Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.