Jazz Festival, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Hockey Pond: 10 Things to Do in CNY This Weekend

This weekend is packed with great things to do, so layer up and get out there! There’s the return of the Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic at Hiawatha Lake, the Sportsman’s Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds (plus a Dockdogs competition and an indoor trout pond), and a houseplant workshop at the Baltimore Woods Nature Center to ward off the winter blues.

Speaking of blues, the Seneca Savings January JazzFest will be in full swing on Sunday, with a lineup of musicians playing many different flavors of jazz. Looking for laughs? Pick up one of the few remaining tickets to Sebastian Maniscalco’s stand-up show at the Landmark Theater or head to the Stanley Theater in Utica to see “Spamilton.” (If you’re going to enjoy a night out, try dining at the Hops Spot.) There’s more, too, like a printmaking workshop, an electronic music concert, and a queer book club.

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Marianne Solivan is a jazz singer from Brooklyn and a vocal jazz instructor at Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Larry Luttinger

January Jazz Festival

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Seneca Savings January JazzFest, which takes place on Sunday from 1-9 pm at Mohegan Manor in Syracuse. Brooklyn jazz vocalist Marianne Solivan will lead the main band with regional musicians Rick Montalbano, Tom Brigandi, Jimmy Johns and Joe Carello. Artists will perform music from bebop to traditional acoustic swing and Latin music in the festival’s most cross-generational show to date. The festival runs for eight continuous hours throughout the day, and ticket holders will receive wristbands so they can exit and re-enter the venue. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cnyjazz.org. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test is required to enter, and masks are required during the festival.

Where: 58 Oswego Street; Baldwinville

When: Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How many: $25 to $30

Pond Hockey Classic

The first Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Hiawatha Lake. The event, hosted by Tim O’Donnell, consisted of a 4v4, 12-team round-robin tournament along with winter activities for spectators. Aiden McGuire | MediaAiden McGuire | Media

Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic

The Syracuse Pond Hockey Classic will return on Saturday after a hiatus in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will be held at Lake Hiawatha in Onondaga Park and will pit 16 teams on six tracks in competition for the winner of the championship. The round robin game will begin at 10 am; with the championship round scheduled to begin around 3:30 pm There will be music, food and drinks at this event, with a portion of the proceeds going to the St. Baldrick/Luke’s Army Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. Attendance is free. For more information visit syracusepondhockeyclassic.com or email syracusepondhockeyclassic@gmail.com.

Where: Lake Hiawatha, Syracuse

When: saturday at 10 am

How many: Free

Syracuse Queer Book Club

Wunderbar is hosting “Queer Book Club” this week at the bar. The book of the month is “On Earth We Are Briefly Beautiful” by Ocean Vuong, but don’t worry if you haven’t read it. The book club is open to all, and attendees will discuss how the book’s themes relate to their personal lives. The book club is monthly and meets the last Friday of the month. This week’s meeting starts at 7 pm Visit wunderbarsyr.com for more information or call (315) 671-0648. Attendance is free.

Where: 201 S. West Street; Syracuse

When: friday at 7pm

How many: Free

Athletes Expo

A dog named Ziva, owned by Charlie Bochenek of Union Springs, jumps into a pool after a pet toy in the Dockdogs Big Air competition at the 2016 Sportsman’s Expo. David Lasman | dlassman@syracuse.com

Sportsman’s Expo at NYS Fairgrounds

The annual Sportsman’s Expo is coming to the NYS Fairgrounds this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The expo floor will showcase the latest products, travel and entertainment for hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, and the weekend will be packed with events and competitions. Get your money at the New York Big Buck Club booth, try a virtual trap shot, pre-register by calling (315) 834-6904 for a kid or adult archery battle, cast a line into the pond covered trout and Watch the dock dogs soar through the air as they compete for the longest jump. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors 65 and older, children 6-12, military and police; and free for children under 6 years. Discount tickets must be purchased at the door. For more information and to purchase non-discounted tickets, visit newyorksportsmanexpo.com. Go to the New York Sportsman’s Expo Facebook page for updates.

Where: 601 State Fair Boulevard; Syracuse

When: Friday from 12 noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How many: $10 to $12

New York Central Wing Wars

This Saturday, the Joseph Michael Chubbuck Foundation will host a chicken wing competition to raise money for cancer patients in financial need. “Wing Wars” will include wings from Hot Off the Brick, Pizza Boys, Killabrew Saloon, Piggy Pat’s BBQ, Cavallo’s Restaurant, Tony’s Pizza & Deli, Ray Brothers BBQ, Bone Yard BBQ, Big Jay’s Pizzeria, Enzo’s Pizzeria and Fratello’s Pizzeria. Get a ticket to the event to help decide which wings in the Whitesboro area reign supreme (then compare them to the top six in Syracuse). Attendees and judges will vote separately on the best and also the most unique wings of the war. Tickets are $25 each and will get you a beer or water, a slice of pizza and a dozen wings, one from each of the vendors in the competition. Visit thejmcf.org or call (315) 339-5993 to register.

Where: 135 Clinton Street; Whitesboro

When: Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

How many: $25

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Comedian Sebastián Maniscalco is coming to the Island for four performances in December. (False images)

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco

Comedian Sebastián Maniscalco will perform at the Landmark Theater this weekend on Friday and Saturday as part of his “Nobody Does this Tour.” Maniscalco is a hugely popular comedian who has performed shows at Boston’s Madison Square Garden and TD Garden, has four Netflix specials to his credit, and has starred opposite Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in Martin’s “The Irishman.” Scorsese. Tickets for Maniscalco’s Syracuse shows start at $50 and go up to $300+ for front row seats. For more information on the comic and to purchase tickets, go to landmarktheatre.org. Masks and proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test are required.

Where: 362 S. Salina Street; Syracuse

When: Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

How many: $50 and up

Dabin at the Westcott Theater

Electronic music producer and instrumentalist Dabin will perform at the Westcott Theater on Sunday at 8 p.m. The musician has collaborated with Seven Lions, Slander, Said The Sky, Illenium and Gramatix, and was nominated for Canada’s JUNO Award in 2018 for Electronic Album. of the year. . He released his second album “Wild Youth” in March 2019 under MrSuicideSheep’s label Seeking Blue and has over a million monthly listeners on Spotify. Tickets are $20 or $30 to access the lounge. Visit thewestcotttheater.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Doors will open one hour before the show.

Where: 524 Westcott Street; Syracuse

When: Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

How many: $20 to $30

Acid etching shop in Everson

The Everson Art Museum will hold a workshop on acid etching on Saturday night at the Danial Family Education Center. Attendees will be able to design a drawing to chemically etch onto a piece of metal provided by the museum, under the instruction of Claire Hughto, a local Syracuse University studio arts student who runs the jewelry and goldsmith club there. The workshop costs $40 and is open to adults of any experience level. Come to the event with an idea for a small keychain-sized sketch and avoid loose clothing or heavy jewelry. To pre-register for this event, go to everson.org.

Where: 401 Harrison Street; Syracuse

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

How many: $30 for members, $40 for non-members


From left to right: Jared Alexander, Brandon Kinley, TJ Newton. Photos by Ron Elkman


“Spamilton,” the musical spoof of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” will perform at the Stanley Theater in Utica on Thursday after splitting in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. The show was created by Gerard Alessandrini and is performed by a cast of eight. The musical spoof weaves in celebrity skits, hints of pop culture and hip-hop on the piano to poke fun at “Hamilton,” though you don’t have to have seen the original to appreciate the spoof. Tickets are $50-$65 and can be purchased through broadwayutica.org.

Where: 259 Genesee Street; utica

When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

How many: $50 to $65

Fight the winter blues with indoor plants

Who doesn’t love indoor plants? Head to the Baltimore Woods Nature Center on Saturday to learn about the different types of houseplants and how to care for them during New York’s gray winters. You will also learn about propagation and be able to take home your own leaf cutting using recycled materials from the nature center. The event is for adults and costs $9 for the general public or $6 for members. Pre-registration is required and walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To register, go to baltimorewoods.org. Masks will be required throughout the event.

Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Rd; Marcelo

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

How many: $6 to $9

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