October 1, 2009 - 1:32pm
Manlius Art Cinema provides an intimate, independent alternative to traditional movie theaters.

If you’re heading to the Manlius Art Cinema for showtime, don’t expect to find the crowded parking lot and long lines you’re accustomed to at the local Regal Theater. In fact, you could drive right by the small theater because it’s subtly nestled between a local pottery shop and an embroidery store. Once inside, you may even need to run out to an ATM because of the cash-only policy (in place because credit card fees would drive the ticket prices up). 

September 23, 2009 - 10:55pm
The Grammy-winning R&B singer shares advice on college, pursuing dreams and love.

On an evening when the audience didn't know if they would get a lecture or a concert, soul sensation John Legend took the stage with a soulful cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."


Almost 1,400 students attended Legend’s performance Wednesday night in Goldstein Auditorium. The evening included questions and answers from the audience, a few of Legend's hits, and an inspirational speech.

September 13, 2009 - 10:08pm
DJ and remix master Girl Talk headlines an afternoon of music on SU's south campus.

With more than 4,700 tickets sold, the largest crowd in Juice Jam’s history was treated to an afternoon of energetic performances from a diverse lineup of musical acts.  The Cool Kids, Jack’s Mannequin and Girl Talk each brought something different for fans to enjoy. No matter who was on stage, the crowd never waned in their numbers or their energy.

September 11, 2009 - 6:14am
Review: Syracuse's indie rocker plays an intimate and energetic show at Castaways in Ithaca.

It felt like they never left, but no one was complaining about musical deja vu.

Lead singer Wes Miles called it their, "first show of their last tour of the first album" throughout the night, and Ra Ra Riot reminded fans and friends why they became nearly instant campus heroes at SU not long ago. 

July 16, 2009 - 3:54pm
Business slows at Funk 'n Waffles but owners plan to weather the downturn.

There’s only one place in Syracuse that sells a falafel waffle.

Funk ’n Waffles co-founders Adam Gold and Kyle Corea began experimenting with music and waffles while they were film students at Syracuse University.

“We brought that same [living room] vibe to the restaurant, so a lot of people feel like they’re just hanging out in our apartment,” Gold said. “But now we have a food service permit.”

The business started strong, he said. But then things changed.

By mlisson
June 16, 2009 - 3:07pm
Chuck’s Cafe is like an old sneaker—comfortable, familiar and a little smelly.

Grimy, crowded, sweaty, and loud…what is it about Chuck’s that keeps students coming back for more? It might be the cheap Friday night pitchers. It could be the opportunity to write your name in Sharpie on every surface in sight. Or, maybe, it’s just that Cheers-esqe feeling of togetherness you get after a night of drinking with your closest pals. And here, almost everybody does know your name.

By mlisson
June 5, 2009 - 12:49pm
Al's, a hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match. Now there’s something that goes down easy.

Picture this: your dad’s favorite armchair meets funky New York swank.  It’s that unique hybrid that puts Al’s Wine & Whiskey at the top of our list.  If you’re not feeling up for the crowded Beerfest at Chuck’s or the underage dance party at Maggie’s, Al’s offers a refreshing change from the norm.  A hip chilled out lounge with an indie music selection to match.  Now there’s something that goes down easy.

May 1, 2009 - 9:34am
Student stand-up comedians struggle and succeed with an isolating art.

Syracuse University senior Matt Harris knows his roots as a stand-up comedian.

“I’m a big fan of George Carlin,” Harris said.  “I wish I could write like him, and I try, but nobody writes like Carlin.”

Harris is a leader of the Woo-Hoo Comedy Club at SU, and he’s been performing stand-up comedy since his sophomore year.  He said he got into stand up after a girl told him he was funny at a party.

“I was pretty bombed, and she was like, ‘You should try stand-up,'” Harris said.  “I thought, ‘Hey, why not?’”

Sophomore...

May 1, 2009 - 9:14am
Reuben Bresler, a 20-year-old stand-up comic from Ohio University, shares what it takes to make others laugh.

Listen to this interview wtih Reuben Bresler, a Ohio college student cultivating a stand-up act in hopese of turning it into a full-time career.

April 28, 2009 - 2:59pm
The Icon and The Axe bring some "Propaganda" to Aux Records

Aux Records' fifth anniversary show was more than just a party - it was a release show for  the debut album for local band The Icon and The Axe. "Propaganda" is the result of more than a year of hard work for the band, and the show is a sort of homecoming. 

The album has been in the works for 14 months, and both Ulf Oesterle, manager and owner of Aux Records, and the band members said they were excited to see the release.