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‘Game of Thrones’ co-creator to appear at SUNY Oswego

David Benioff“Game of Thrones” co-creator
David Benioff
“Game of Thrones” co-creator

“Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff, author of the 2012-13 Oswego Reading Initiative selection “City of Thieves,” will make a free public appearance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center arena.

Benioff is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer who has written numerous screenplays, including “The Kite Runner” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

He co-created HBO’s “Game of Thrones” with D.B. Weiss and is as an executive producer for the series, recently renewed for seasons 3 and 4.

At the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, “Game of Thrones” picked up six Emmy Awards, including best costumes and best visual effects.

“We think that perhaps because of the multitude of dimensions that he (Benioff) brings to the table, it is not bad to make sure that not only the book and his intents in writing different aspects of it are covered, but also people have a chance to ask questions about the other things he has done or is involved in,” said SUNY Oswego Associate Provost Rameen Mohammadi, who chairs the annual ORI program.

Tim Nekritz, the college’s associate director of public affairs and director of web communication, will moderate the event, featuring an interview-style format with a question-and-answer session.

The ORI committee chose Benioff’s novel, set in Russia during World War II, for a number of reasons, according to Mohammadi. “I think, one, it does have a coming-of-age characteristic to it because the main character is a young Jewish boy who is in St. Petersburg at the time when the Germans had surrounded the city,” Mohammadi said.

The book confronts issues such as food rationing and the difficulties of fighting for one’s life on a daily basis, but also shows the main character trying to figure out who he is and how he learns about himself throughout the novel.

A New York Times Sunday book review said, “In fact, the novel tells a refreshingly traditional tale, driven by an often ingenious plot.” Parking for the arena event is free in Lot 18, the rear half of the lot south of Hart and Funnelle halls, and Lot 32, the large commuter lot south of Lot 18.

Benioff will make a second free public appearance in the Campus Center auditorium at 3 p.m. April 24, with a special invitation for students in the creative writing and cinema and screen studies programs.

Fulton Lions Club to hold Comedy Night this Friday

President Dave Dingman, along with co-chairpersons Gail Holmes and Jamie Beeles, are announced the first Fulton Lions Club Comedy Night set for Friday, April 12 at the Polish Home with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The show will begin at 8 p.m.

The show features three comedians. Host comedian Matt Rohr, who actually lived in Fulton as a youngster, will introduce Matt Wayne and headliner Moody McCarthy, who has appeared on the David Letterman and Jimmie Kimmel show.

Advance sale tickets are available at DeVine Designs, Medicine Place and from Lions club members. Tickets will be available at the door.

The show is geared to the over 18 crowd.

Blue Oysyer Cult and Foghat headline Friday night at Harborfest

Bucking the recent tradition of one Friday night headliner on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park, there will be two nationally known groups rocking crowd on the first full day of the 26th Harborfest Friday, July 26.

Oswego’s Harborfest will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat to the NRG Lakeview Stage.

Blue Oyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, best known for such songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla.”

Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including seven million in the United States.

The band’s music videos, especially “Burnin’ for You,” received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band’s contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.

Today, Blue Oyster Cult’s music continues to be played on radio stations as well as in movies, television shows, and commercials, and even during sporting events.

Blue Oyster Cult’s current lineup includes long-time members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, guitar, vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass guitar).

Foghat is a British rock band that began performing in 1971. The band’s second self-titled album, “Foghat,” went gold before 1974. A 1975 album, “Fool for the City,” spawned the hit single “Slow Ride,” which rose to #20 on the U.S. charts. The 1977 album, “Foghat Live,” sold over two million copies.

Follow-up hits in Foghat’s career included, “Drivin’ Wheel,” “Stone Blue,” and “Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool).”

After band members went in various directions, in 1993, at the urging of producer Rick Rubin, the original line-up reunited. The group released a studio album entitled “Return of the Boogie Men” in 1994 and a live album entitled “Road Cases” in 1998.

The final album of the decade, “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” was from the syndicated radio show of the same name.

Original founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price died in the early 2000s but Foghat continues to tour and be a popular live band belting out the classic hits that made them a staple of the rock and roll community over three decades ago.

Local writer to present new book

Local author and writing instructor Jim Farfaglia has released his second book of poems, “People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

A reading from the book is planned for April 11 at 6 p.m. at the river’s end bookstore.

“This book takes a different look at life than my first poetry collection, ‘Country Boy’,” Farfaglia stated. “That book was a testimonial to my rural upbringing and extended family of muck farmers. This book has a wider perspective, taking a look at the people, places and things that have influenced my life. Like the first book, it is a book of gratitude, but it also addresses some of the life’s challenges.”

Farfaglia’s career as a writer began when he retired from his job with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, where he oversaw the operation of Camp Hollis, a residential camp located on Lake Ontario in Southwest Oswego.

Toward the end of that career, he co-authored a book about the longstanding recreational program entitled “Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp.”

“By helping with that book, I realized I wanted to spend more time writing and assisting others who want to write,” Farfaglia noted. “In addition to my reading at the river’s end, the evening will also feature three new writers, Ali Martin, Margaret Nichols and Diane Sokolowski, who have taken a class from me and have shown excellent writing skills.”

The program at the river’s end will also be announcing a series of classes Farfaglia will teach at the bookstore; the first class is entitled “Doorways: How to Turn Memories into Memoirs.”

Auditions set for Harborfest musical

Area students ages 8 through 16 will have the opportunity to audition for a part in a youth musical to be presented during Harborfest 2013.

The production this year is “Ellis Island…The American Dream” by Cheryl Kemeny. The musical follows the adventures and struggles of European immigrants who are searching for a better life in “the land of the free.”

The musical will be under the direction of Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden.

“The musical will entertain and delight our audiences while reminding us all of the heroic people, our own ancestors, who built this great country,” said Farden.

“The storyline follows several families and young people from Italy, Ireland, Germany and Russia. They endure storms at sea, hunger and discomfort on the voyages and then are faced with a final hurdle; the scrutiny of the American officials at Ellis Island.

“Who among them will pass through the gates at Ellis Island and realize the American dream? The production includes songs and dances, humor and drama,” added Farden.

Farden said that the production requires between 45 to 50 performers and features several speaking parts, singing and dancing.

Auditions for interested children in grades 3-10 will be held April 15 or 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

Children will be asked to sing “America” and “Happy Birthday” as well as do a little reading.  Previous theater experience is not required.

“Ellis Island…the American Dream,” which features an array of colorful costumes and scenes, will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Harborfest with performances on the Children’s Stage at West Park.

Times of the performances are still being finalized.

The play is part of the entertainment to be presented at the Children’s Park during Harborfest 2013.

Those seeking more information may call Farden at 272-7805 or Palange at 343-9595.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

CNY Arts Center offers an exciting spring line-up of classes for all arts and all ages starting April 6 with Kids Onscreen from 2 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 and up; oil painting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ink drawing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Introduction to Writing from 1 to 4 p.m.

Information on these classes can be found at

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 pm will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

For these and more classes in the month of April, the web site has all the latest news and updates.  Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out.

Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. Visit  for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the center’s first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage, will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets and reservations are available online at or by calling 592-3373.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Artists are being sought for the new Art Gallery opening in downtown Fulton early May.  Art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, stained glass or sculpture will be featured in the galley and artists are encouraged to reserve exhibit space.

The gallery will be open for downtown shopping and browsing most evenings and weekends including Saturday mornings during Farmer’s Market.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for June comedy

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its June production of “Alone Together” — a comedy about a not-so empty nest by Lawrence Roman.

Auditions will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 8, 9, and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the theatre’s meeting and rehearsal room at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St.

Those auditioning are asked to enter through the Buffalo Street school entrance and go upstairs to the top floor.

No preparation is necessary. Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the script.

The comedy, directed by Michael A. Bolio, explores the problem of what are parents to do when their baby birds fly back into the nest? This is the dilemma facing George and Helene Butler. Dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly shattered when oldest son Michael, quickly followed by middle brother Elliot, return home and take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth.

Add to the mix college freshman Janie, who shows up seeking temporary lodging, and Helene and George have a real situation on their hands. The youngest son Keith was the last to leave. Will he also be the last to return?

The production will run for three weekends, June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. All roles for the production are open. Age range for George and Helene are 50 to 55, with the children roles ranging from late teens to 30. Character descriptions are as follows:

George Butler: Age 50-55 (or capable of playing older); a generally likeable father of three, loving husband. Always trying to be a great conciliator, wants to see everyone happy all the time, but knows in his heart of hearts he is failing miserably in every attempt.

Helene Butler: Age 45-50 (or capable of playing older); a vibrant happy woman confidant of herself and her talents, looking forward to being an empty nester. She starts to show her dark side as the story lingers on and travels the full range of emotions through the          performance.

Michael Butler: Age 25-30; oldest of the Butler children. Works as a math professor at MIT.  Appearance is generally disheveled, but Michael really doesn’t care. Both confident in his mathematical skills and afraid of failure at the same time.

Elliot Butler: Age: 21-23; the Butler’s middle son. An insufferable womanizer, who fails to see any connection between his actions and his wife throwing him out. Very much lost in himself.  Ever the huckster always seems to have a get rich quick scheme under way.

Keith Butler:  Age 18-19; the youngest to the Butler boys, seems to be the most well-adjusted of the three, and is actually looking forward to going to college.

Janie Johnson: Age 17-19; an unsuspected house guest at

the Butler Home. She seems to ooze teenage sexuality, but doesn’t seem to notice her effect on men. Janie is very confident in her little world, yet is worldlier then she lets on.

Those seeking more information, may call 598-7840 or visit


High school art show’s Viewers’ Choice Award presented

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.
The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition.

All individuals who attended the high school show were provided the opportunity to vote for their favorite art or photography entry in the show.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for 2013 receives a ribbon comparable to Best of Show and a check for $50 sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for the 2013 high school show was awarded to Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won 1st place in the 3D category.

The artwork with the second highest number of votes was “Disney,” a pencil drawing by Karly Hotaling, a senior at Phoenix.

Third place tally was Nikki Baker-Lanning, a junior at Fulton, for her ceramics entry, “Jack & His Hill.” Fourth place was taken by William Hollis, a Fulton senio for his computer graphic art entry entitled “Galaxy.”

Fifth place was a five-way tie:  Kayla Volkomer, an Oswego sophomore for her mixed media painting called “Birds in Winter”; Ashley Pitters, an Oswego senior for his drawing pencil entry, “CATastrophe,” which took the judges’ Best of Show Award; Jake Baker, a Fulton senior for his 3D metal entry, “Crush”; and Allie Dennison, a Hannibal junior, for her oils painting titled “Daisy.”