Tips from a teacher: Succeeding as an adult student

While the traditional path to college is still full-time, on campus, and directly out of high school, more and more people are going a different route. People are getting degrees after they have been...
Almanac

Mohawk Valley Almanac for January 2023

By Roger Chambers | Utica Phoenix Columnist  Life is nearly “back to normal” as the surge of Thanksgiving to New Year’s travel to pre-Covid levels continues. Public theater, musical concerts, and sporting extravaganzas have returned....

Letter to the Editor: We Deserve a Functioning Government

Editor, I don’t know about you, but as I watched the disfunction of the GOP Congress as they elected their Speaker, I saw only one thing besides their rush to dismantle all the protections and...
Tár

Film Review: ‘Tár’

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It seems odd to say, but necessary to, that “Tár” is not a film about music. Sure, there are orchestral rehearsals speckled throughout, which boom with loudness, tempo, and awesomeness. Lydia muses over sheet...

When scammers exploit the best in us

Whether they are from across the world or across the street, out for money or just out to manipulate people for their own enjoyment, all scammers have two things in common. They have little...

The Heat Beat: The Music of Phoenix Radio and Beyond: Five favorite songs about...

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By Jess Szabo | Arts Writer  January always marks a new beginning, beyond just marking a new year on the calendar.  It is of course a time when we traditionally make resolutions and set new...

Guest Editorial: A Look at How Arizona’s Marijuana Law is Going One Year In

By Paul Lewin | Contributor  In January of 2021, Arizona state legislators took the previously unimaginable leap of legalizing recreational marijuana sales with their signing of the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, more popularly known as Proposition...

Feature: The Ins and Outs of Tutoring — Is it Right for You?

Adult students, and some parents visiting their child’s online or offline school, may see tutoring services offered through the school. Those who do not have tutoring offered through their own, or their child’s, school...

Editorial: The November Elections and Weakening of Democracy

By Roger Chambers | Columnist  In the short book “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” Timothy Snyder outlines tactics used by would-be autocrats to overturn a popularly elected democracy. These trends were frequently...
Pinky Velazquez

Music: Talking Music with Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez

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Utica resident Ray “Pinky” Velazquez knows musical talent when he hears it. Velazquez began working in music in 1972, when he started DJing for the Impanema at 240 West 52nd street in New York...