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Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00pm

“An astute, funny political observer who loosed his
darts in a tone that remained suave and smilingly
ironic.” New York Times

Scott Blakeman is “The top political comedian working in
New York today”(NBC-TV). Scott performs regularly at
Laughing Liberally shows in New York and he hosted
Breaking Convention: A Liberal Dose of Political Humor
in Denver and St. Paul during the 2008 Conventions.
Blakeman was a guest panelist on MSNBC’s live coverage of
the 2010 White House Correspondents Dinner. Scott appears
regularly as a liberal pundit on The Strategy Room, a live
webcast at FoxNews.com, where he takes a pragmatic
approach to try to find common ground with those he disagrees with.
Scott hosts a political comedy talk show The End Of The Week As We
Know It at The Tank in New York, with a panel of liberal and
conservative pundits. Blakeman tours with Palestinian-American
comedian Dean Obeidallah in Standup for Peace: The Two Comedian
Solution to Middle East Peace. Scott was the warmup comedian for the
Late Show with David Letterman. Blakeman teaches the
Standup Comedy Workshop at The New School
and his past students include Jon Stewart and
Caroline Rhea.

Watch Scott: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9DiXaRE_wc

See more Scott here

$12 advance at auburnpublictheater.org or at the box office

Posted: Thursday, January 6th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm by Curt
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“Join in on the Spirit of Holiday Traditions” Auburn: History’s Hometown Free Holiday Celebration December 12, 2010

Holiday Traditions is an event that was created by the Seward House over 33 years ago as a token of appreciation to the Auburn community. Since that time, other local cultural attractions and sites have opened their doors for free the second Sunday in December for residents to enjoy during the holidays. Now, the “open house” is a tradition, and again this year, participation has expanded to include churches and other organizations.

Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission
To ensure communication between the many Holiday Traditions’ partners, the City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission coordinates publicity and advertising for this event. The Commission site members include Auburn Public Theater, Auburn Schine’s Theater, Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab, Harriet Tubman Home, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Seward House Museum and Willard Memorial Chapel.

The Cayuga Museum
203 Genesee Street
(315) 253-8051

Open from Noon to 5PM – come tour the Cayuga Museum beautifully decorated for the holidays. On display will be “Visions Past: Paintings from the Collection of the Cayuga Museum.” The exhibit will include portraits and landscapes by local artists including: Edward Gohl, George Clough, Charles Petersen and Frank Barney. The selected works give insight into the social and physical landscape of Cayuga County during the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit opens November 20th and will be up through December 31st. At 2PM, enjoy a special performance by the Roosevelt Memorial Baptist Choir.

The Harriet Tubman Home
180 South Street
(315) 252-2081

Although only open by appointment this time of year, the Harriet Tubman Home will be open from Noon – 5PM. Please call the Home directly for details on that day’s program.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
205 Genesee Street
(315) 255-1553

Open from Noon – 5PM, come tour the 30th annual juried quilts exhibit Quilts=Art=Quilts, on display through January 9, 2011. The exhibit features 95 quilts by 81 artists from all over the world. This year’s jurors, Jeannee Beck, Elizabeth Busch & Erin Wilson, reviewed 358 entries by 207 artists and selected quilts for their overall visual impact, design and originality.

Enjoy a quilt trunk show by Priscilla Kibee, which starts at 2PM. Priscilla loves to travel shopping for textiles to add to her wearable art collection. She has taught quilting to school children in Nepal, taught Seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey. She’s created garments for five Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teaches classes on embellishment and wearable art.

Seward House Museum
33 South Street
(315) 252-1283

Area florists have adopted the Seward House this year to provide an array of holiday decorations. Visitors will be welcomed from Noon – 5PM and admission is free. Live musical performances throughout the day will add to the holiday splendor.

St. Francis of Assisi Church
303 Clark Street
(315) 252-7593

The Church will be open from 3 – 5:15PM. The Auburn Chamber Orchestra will perform from 4 – 5:15PM, coffee hour to follow.

St. Mary’s
17 Clark Street
(315) 252-6343

St. Mary’s will host their open house from 1:30 – 5PM. Enjoy a concert by the Finger Lakes Camerata, singers from CCC, who will perform at 3PM. The gift shop will be open, and refreshments will be served.

Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum
Route 38A
(315) 252-5009

Celebrate the holidays during the 1800s from Noon – 4PM. Tour the museum and take part in trimming the tree. Enjoy horse drawn-wagon rides, Christmas cookie decorating and holiday musical presentations.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
17 William Street
(315) 253-3331

From Noon – 5PM, visitors can view a display of hand-sewn Advent banners that tell the Christmas story in needlework, and tour the historic church. Children’s activities from Noon – 2PM include decorating a Christmas ornament and a Christmas storytelling program at 1PM. The MasterWorks Chorale will perform selections from its holiday concert at 2PM in the sanctuary.

Willard Memorial Chapel
17 Nelson Street
(315) 252-0339

The Chapel will be offering guided tours from Noon – 5PM. Children can read with Santa, sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers, at Noon and at 3PM. The Literacy Volunteers will also offer a Holiday Book Sale. Enjoy listening to the Herman Ave. Elementary School Chorus winter Concert – performance at 1:30PM.

For more information about Holiday Traditions, call the Cayuga County Office of Tourism at 255-1658. If you have questions regarding a specific venue, please phone them directly.

Posted: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:14 am by Curt
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The Best Small Cities to Raise a Family


“Auburn, N.Y., a tiny Finger Lakes, takes the top spot for the Northeast region, and comes in at No. 18 in the nation.”

Big, bustling cities are magnets for adventure-seekers and ambitious young people. But the grit and flashiness that attract singles to New York, Los Angeles and Miami aren’t necessarily what parents look for in a place to settle down. Young people looking to start a family might do well to look past the bright lights of the big city.

Instead, maybe consider a place like Dubuque, Iowa, Manitowoc, Wis., or Marquette, Mich. These places boast solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times and high rates of home ownership–all reasons why they rank as the top three small cities in America to raise a family.

So what is so special about these places? Our top-ranked city, Dubuque, Iowa, is much smaller than a place like New York, with a population of 92,139, but still one of the larger cities on our list (we only ranked cities with a population under 100,000). Dubuque’s size puts it in a kind of sweet spot: large enough to be a center of industry, small enough to not be overcrowded.

An economy that successfully diversified after the collapse of the local manufacturing industry contributes to an unemployment rate that’s nearly half the national average, at 6.5%, and a median household income of $48,779. That means most families have the jobs they need. They also don’t have to spend a lot of time getting there: Only 2.6% of the population spends an hour or more getting to work.

Our top three cities are all in the Midwest, and the region is home to 12 of the top 15 cities. It would seem that mountains, big skies and open plains lend themselves to family life. But while the small towns in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and Illinois dominate the list, there are small cities that shine in every region of the country. The rugged mountain town of Casper, WY, is the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation. The city does particularly well providing residents with affordable housing–families there spend only 17% of their income on housing costs.

Auburn, N.Y., a tiny Finger Lakes town probably best known for its correctional facility, takes the top spot for the Northeast region, and comes in at No. 18 in the nation. Prison jobs boost the local income, which ranks 20th among small cities at $48,991.

The best Southern small city for families? Tiny Frankfort, Ky., with a population of only 69,659. It ranks No. 20 on our nationwide list. Frankfort may be small, but the few families there are well off: The median household income is $50,671.

To pinpoint the best small places to raise a family, we looked at quality-of-life measures that make living easier for families. We started with the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau on all Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas with a population under 100,000. That left us with 126 cities, which we ranked on five measures.

Short commute times improve family life because they give working parents more time at home with their kids, so we scored cities on the percentage of residents that spent an hour or more getting to work in the morning: the lower the better. Since educational outcomes are a key consideration of families looking to relocate, we ranked cities on the percentage of adults aged 25 and older that had at least a high school degree.

We also scored cities on median household income, the rate of home ownership, and housing affordability, for which we used median housing costs as a percentage of income as a proxy. We averaged the rankings across these measures to arrive at final scores. When cities were tied in rank, we used the rate of homeownership to break the tie.

The choice of where to settle down and bring up youngsters is based on a number of complex and personal factors, many of which can’t be measured in a ranked list. But things like affordability, education and jobs are often among them–and these off-the-radar metros have a great deal to offer.

Posted: Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:08 am by Curt
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All Tied Up” Yarn Shop Coming to State Street

Calling all knitters, All Tied Up Yarns is opening at 14 State Street next to Nash’s Framing & Art Supply. Shop creator and owner, Andrea Cosachov, has been knitting since she was 16 years old, and considering opening a yarn shop for some time. Connie Reilley, Executive Director of the Downtown Auburn BID, encouraged Cosachov’s idea and helped her secure her downtown location.

The new retail effort is a family affair. One of Andrea’s young daughters created the charming illustration of a cat all tied up in yarn, which became the shop’s logo. Next, Andrea put a great deal of thought and research into the products and classes she will offer.

The shop will be very comfy and inviting, and will stock many American sheared, spun and dyed yarns like Schaeffer Yarns from Interlaken, NY, as well as internationally-known brand yarns. Needles, books, notions and patterns, including the Interweave line, will also be stocked.

Andrea has exciting ideas for the classes she will offer, ranging from the basics of knitting to group classes for all ages and levels of experience. Learning how to make Christmas stockings, do sock knitting and lace knitting, plus offering a special project each month, will ensure a variety for local knitters to choose from. Another possibility is a knitting book club will be organized.

All Tied Up Yarns promises to be a wonderful draw to State Street, and a social gathering place for like-minded people, which is a valuable resource to the community. Please visit Andrea’s website www.alltiedupyarns.com for updated information about the opening.

Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2010 @ 12:47 pm by Curt
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YOU KNOW YOU CAN DANCE! Competition and Fundraiser

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street @ Genesee Auburn, NY 13021

WHAT: 2nd annual fundraiser for Auburn Public Theater: YOU KNOW YOU CAN DANCE!

WHEN: Saturday, October16th at 8pm
Doors open at 7pm for cash wine/beer bar (with proper I.D.)

COST: $15 advance/door
Tickets: www.auburnpublictheater.org , (315) 253-6669 Box Office

CONTACT INFORMATION: Angela Daddabbo – Artistic Producing Director 315.253.6669; angela@auburnpublictheater.org


Join us for our 2nd annual fundraiser for Auburn Public Theater. Come support your local dancers and help sustain our downtown arts center!

First Place Prize: $300

If you are interested in competing, please contact us at (315) 253-6669 or info@auburnpublictheater.org IMMEDIATELY!

Dance party to follow the competition. Wine/beer with proper I.D.

Posted: Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 @ 2:46 pm by Curt
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