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Battle of the Wings, Long Island Medium, Film Festival: 13 Things to Do in CNY This Weekend

Lots to do this weekend. First: “Battle of the Wings”. Head to Inner Harbor to weigh in on the best wings in the area. Then, watch a show. There is an opera production, a pop sibling duo and a string quartet of music through the ages. There’s also a 70s disco dance at the Oncenter this weekend, and all proceeds go to charity. SUNY Cortland will host its annual free Blackbird Film Festival featuring shorts from around the country, and psychic Theresa Caputo will perform at the Landmark Theater on Friday. There are two occasional drawing meetings this weekend, plant sales and a high school chess championship.

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These Limp Lizard Chicken Wings are among those served at this year’s Battle of the Wings in the city’s Inner Harbor. (Charlie Miller | [email protected])

Chicken wing fight

A festival celebrating the almighty chicken wing will return to the city’s inner harbor for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic. Eleven restaurants and bars will face off in the “Battle of the Wings” on Friday and Saturday. The two-day festival will also feature 11 bands on two different stages, and a dozen food trucks will line the grounds and sell their food. Tickets are $10 at the door. has the details.

Or: 328 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse

When: Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.

How much: $10

Blackbird Film Festival

SUNY Cortland will host the 8th Annual Blackbird Film Festival in Cortland this weekend, screening 136 short films over three days in themed time blocks like “Dead & Gone (Sorta),” “Rhythm & Vibe,” and “Re-Opening: A Lockdown Mockumentary.” The weekend begins with two hours of “Micro Madness”, a screening of 20 short films of less than three minutes each. Each session lasts approximately 70 minutes and includes 6 to 8 short films of 1 to 30 minutes. All films will screen at the Brown Auditorium Theater at SUNY Cortland. For a full list of films and events like the Film Trivia Luncheon, go to

Or: 32 Graham Ave, Cortland

When: from Thursday to Sunday

How much: Free

United Booty Foundation

Boogie down to the Oncenter on Saturday for a 70s show, the United Booty Foundation’s first since 2015. There will be photo booths, a silent auction, costume contests, 70s-themed drinks and lots of dancing. Tight pants and sequins strongly recommended. Doors open at 8 p.m., “Booty time” starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $31 after fees through Ticketmaster or $20 if you buy at the box office in person. The box office phone number is (315) 435-2121. All proceeds will go to Give it Back to the Kids, a non-profit organization that funds kids in sports.

Or: 800 S. State St., Syracuse

When: Saturday at 8 p.m.

How much: $31 online or $20 in person at the box office

Therese Caputo

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Therese Caputo

The star of the TLC show, “Long Island Medium,” will speak at the Landmark Theater on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Caputo will share personal stories and read to a few audience members during the show. Tickets cost between $56 and $109 after fees. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test required for ages 12 and up. Mandatory masks.

Or: 362 S. Salina Street, Syracuse

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $56 to $109

Geneva Music Festival

The Fête de la Musique de Genève 2022 will begin on Friday with “New Beginnings: From Quartet to Hard Core”, a concert hosted by musicologist Anya Wilkening. Violin, viola and cello musicians will preview the musical motifs of the festival season, from Haydn to ATLYS pop rock and ska punk. The performance will include “Only Now” by Seven Lions and Tyler Graves, “Allegro moderato, cantabile” by Haydn, “Larghetto espressivo-Allegretto agitato” by Beethoven, “Shenandoah” arranged by Joseph Ittoop, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons and more . The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Cracker Factory in Geneva. Tickets are $30 for adults, free for children through grade 12, and $10 for students. Season passes are $200. For more information, visit

Or: 35 rue Lehigh, Geneva

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $30 for adults, $10 for students, free for children up to grade 12

Open figure drawing

Open Figure Drawings Inc. will be leading another open figure drawing session at the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court at the Everson Museum of Art on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. model. Bring your own pencils and sketchbooks. Admission is free as part of the museum’s Free Third Thursday series. Come back on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for food truck lunches on the square. Call the museum at (315) 474-6064 for more information.

Or: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse

When: Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

How much: Free

W. Genesee Chess Championship

Chess championship rules. Provided by Robert Nasiff.

High School Chess Championship

The West Genesee School District will host a chess championship on Saturday open to all CNY school players from K-12, including home-schooled players, school teams and non-club players. The Championship is a four-game non-elimination event. The first round begins at 10 a.m. and prizes will be awarded after the last round, usually around 2 p.m. Register by Friday by sending your name, school, class, phone number and section to [email protected] Registration is $12 per person with discounts for teams and families. Late registration on site is $15 per person. Do not send your fees by mail; bring cash or a check to the tournament. Email for more information.

Or: 5201 W. Genesee Street, Camille

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How much: $12 per person with registration before Friday. $15 per day’s person. Team and family discounts apply.

Plant sales

The volunteer Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Onondaga County will hold their annual plant sale (including native plants) Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville. The event is free but it’s $5 to park at the center. Bring cash or checks. For more information, visit The Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus will also be holding a native plant sale on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Kambuyu Marimba will play at 6 p.m. on Friday. More information at

Or: Baldwinsville and Marcellus

When: Friday or Saturday

How much: $5 to park in Baldwinsville, otherwise free.

The Splitting Chelsea Opera

Image courtesy of Chelsea Opera

“The Separation” at the Chelsea Opera

Chelsea Opera will present “The Parting”, a contemporary opera for voice and chamber ensemble, Saturday and Sunday at CNY Jazz Central. The production is a lyrical imagination, sung in English, of the final moments of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti and his wife Fanni on their last night together in May 1944, before their assassination in World War II. Tickets are $40 after fees. For more information on the opera, visit Masks and proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test required.

Or: 441 E.Washington St., Syracuse

When: Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

How much: $40 online

Java and drawing

A no-frills drawing meet at Cafe Kubal in downtown Syracuse. Bring a sketchpad and crayons and sit at a table with a cup of coffee and illustrator Rebecca Miller to sketch. The event is the brainchild of the non-profit Cathedral Collective, which is also running an art scavenger hunt around the city until the end of May. Cathedral Collective hides a piece of art from a local artist around Syracuse every day, then posts a hint of where to find it on its Instagram by 11 a.m. Whoever finds art can keep it! Head over to the Cathedral Collective Instagram page for more information.

Or: 401 S. Salina Street, Syracuse

When: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: A beverage

Oshima Brothers

Photo courtesy of Folkus

Oshima Brothers

Maine-based roots-pop duo “Oshima Brothers” will perform as part of Syracuse’s Folkus Series Friday at 8 p.m. at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society. The brothers, Sean and Jamie Oshima, sing, loop and play guitar, keyboard and bass, often at the same time. Tickets are $20 after fees or $17 for members. For tickets and more information, go to Masks and proof of vaccination required.

Or: 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse

When: Friday May 20 at 8 p.m.

How much: $20 for general admission, $17 for members

Red Oak Music Series

Open air music. The Lime Hollow Nature Center and Homer Arts Center will hold monthly outdoor concerts outside the Lime Hollow Environmental Education Center through September. Folk musician Austin MacRae and indie-folk singer-songwriter Jen Cork will perform at this month’s concert Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Hiking, picnicking and land exploration are encouraged. Free entry; donations accepted.

Or: 3277 Gracie Road, Cortland

When: Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

How much: Free

Sale of albums and rubber stamps

Take the baby pictures. Vendors selling rubber stamps and scrapbooking supplies will set up shop in the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn this Friday and Saturday. Demonstrators will also be present to share design tips and tricks. Find the show at the north end of the mall. More information at

Or: 1579 Clark Street, Auburn

When: Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: Free

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