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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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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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Hot Stove here Friday: Chiefs welcome IL president to baseball banquet

For 22 years, Randy Mobley has served as president of baseball’s International League. Mobley is scheduled to appear at The Syracuse Chiefs’ 53rd annual Hot Stove Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, on Electronics Parkway, in the town of Salina. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and the dinner program starts at 7 p.m.

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Upstate forecast calls for a ‘White Christmas’": Syracuse Stage musical based on a movie based on a song

A beloved and heartwarming musical based on a movie that was based on a popular holiday song is now playing through Dec. 30, at Syracuse Stage.

Diamond Someday to sparkle at bluegrass Christmas bash in Marcellus

Diamond Someday, a lively local bluegrass band fronted by guitarist-singer Shirley Stevens, often opens its shows with a line from “Old Chunk of Coal,” the Billy Joe Shaver song which explains the band’s name: “I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’ll be a diamond someday.”

Bells & Motley revel in music of Christmas past Saturday at Kellish Hill

When Kathy Kellish promises an “old-fashioned Christmas celebration,” she’s not kidding. In this case, “old-fashioned” means all the way back to the Renaissance.

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Bluegrass banjoman: Mark Allnatt brings his band to Marcellus Sunday

Mark Allnatt's band will play a handful of gospel numbers such as his song, “Goin’ Up to See My Lord,” at the American Legion in Marcellus Sunday.

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Ambitious dark comedy 'King Lee' to recall tarnished reputation of Mayor Lee Alexander

Cast as a “mayoral groupie,” actress Peggy Sundberg will personify any number of real-life ladies who dated Lee Alexander, a married man who served 16 years as mayor of Syracuse, from 1970 to 1985.

The Rhythm-Airs perform Saturday at St. Luke’s

The Rhythm-Airs, a 17-piece orchestra that plays a wide array of Swing Era favorites, will perform for dancers from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5402 W. Genesee St., in Camillus.

Musicians ring in holidays with jam session Tuesday at McNamara's

Jazzy versions of “Jingle Bells” and “Let It Snow” will be heard along with standards such as “Sweet Georgia Brown” when the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse hosts its annual holiday jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.13, at McNamara’s Pub in Camillus. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

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