Nightlife in Cortland

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional DVD and Nutcracker on December 16 (Up to 51% Off)

Moscow Ballet's

The Oncenter

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$71.55 $35

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David Sedaris at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on October 16 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 32% Off)

An Evening With David Sedaris

The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater

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Bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day reads excerpts of biting satire and hilarious social commentary

$49.50 $34

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Improv Comedy Show Featuring Don't Feed the Actors Plus Dinner at The Central New York Playhouse (Up to 50% Off)

"Don't Feed the Actors"

The Central New York Playhouse

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Improv troupe specializes in games and scenes based on audience participation

$50 $25

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Standup-Comedy Show for Two, Four, or Eight at Syracuse Funny Bone Through April 25 (Up to 75% Off)

Syracuse Funny Bone

Lakefront

Lineup of nationally touring comics includes Owen Benjamin, Ryan Hamilton, and Tom Cotter

$30 $15

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Jingle Mingle: Y94's Holiday Party at The Oncenter on December 11 at 6 p.m. (Up to 53% Off)

Jingle Mingle: The Multi-Office Holiday Party

The Oncenter Convention Center

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Giant holiday office party is open to everyone, regardless of where they work, and includes buffet dinner, complimentary beverage, and more

$40.65 $19

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Lisa Williams at The Oncenter Convention Center on November 16 at 7 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Lisa Williams

The Oncenter Convention Center

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Psychic medium with two books and two Lifetime TV programs under her belt connects audience members with late loved ones

$54.65 $32

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Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Alice Cooper at Oncenter War Memorial Arena on October 29 (Up to 42% Off)

Mötley Crüe

Oncenter War Memorial Arena

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The final tour sees Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, & Mick Mars going out big, performing glam-metal hits with special guest Alice Cooper

$60.75 $35

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Flashback Monday Movie Night with Popcorn and Beer for Two or Four at Palace Theater (Up to 50% Off)

Palace Theater

Eastwood

Upcoming screenings include “Pulp Fiction,” “Deliverance,” “The Shining,” and “L.A. Confidential”

$28 $16

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The Fresh Beat Band at Landmark Theatre on Friday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

The Fresh Beat Band

Landmark Theatre

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Pop quartet of Nick Jr. stars play irresistibly catchy tunes from a trove of new material and fan favorites in a dance-along show

$47.50 $22

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An Evening with Groucho stars award-winning Groucho Marx impersonator Frank Ferrante in a rollicking evening that pays tribute to the bespectacled and mustachioed master of wit. Slinging out Groucho one-liners, anecdotes, and classic tunes such as “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” Ferrante creates a comedic experience accessible to die-hard Groucho fans and Marx Brothers novices alike. With several moments of ad-libbing and audience engagement, as well as an onstage pianist to provide a little mood music and play a few cuts from Groucho’s solo techno-folk album, the performance paints a precise portrayal of the legendary comedian. The show runs at a fast-paced 90 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission. Call ahead for showtime availability.

8 Exchange St
Auburn,
NY
US

Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.

116 Walton Street
Syracuse,
NY
US

At Guzmán's, owners Michael Guzmán and Jennifer Greene and their talented staff of experienced hoofers lead students of all ages through torso-twisting routines in weekly beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Hip-hop dance classes mine pulsating beats that spur bodies to pop, lock, and break, and beginning instruction in salsa teaches students the basic steps and vocabulary of the sultry dance. High-energy Latin sounds reverberate through frames in cardio-focused Zumba classes, which help tone cores and limbs with easy-to-copy moves. Test out musical-theater choreography and practice the motions dictated to you by the tiny dancer living in your cerebellum while gliding across the Stagestep dance floor in one of three separate studios.

410 E Genesee St
Fayetteville,
NY
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Vitreous chocolate reservoirs and scratch-made desserts melt on tongues in Bittersweet Wine Bar & Desserts' romantic, subdued environs. Dining duos that opt for the Noah's Ark fondue shepherd morsels of cake, fruit, and brownies into pools of milk, white, or dark chocolate. Three or more friends gather around the Fun-Due's bountiful sugary basin and share dipped morsels along with tips for delivering leftover liquid chocolate into baggie-lined pockets. For un-dipped desserts, the peanut butter dream ($5.75) slathers a chocolate cookie crust in pillowy peanut ribbons, and the death by chocolate ($7.15) hints at penalties for Candy Land treason, as it enrobes spongy chocolate cake and mousse in a creamy chocolate ganache. Diners can take chewing breaks to admire hanging frosted lights that illuminate a marble bar as a pink paint ribbon bisects chocolate and cream walls.

121 W Fayette St
Syracuse,
NY
US

Pictures at an Exhibition mates digitally projected visual art with composer Charles Pillow’s modern jazz suite to create a multimedia event that enchants both the eyes and ears. The format for this event was inspired by esteemed Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, whose iconic 1874 piano suite was sparked by the work of artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. Building on that idea, guest artist Charles Pillow will use musical themes from Mussorgsky to form an original piece, using members of the CNY Jazz Orchestra and adding guitar, harp, and vocalese. Blending this modern piece with visual art provided by the Orange Line Gallery gives this nineteenth century work a twenty-first century feel that pleases music lovers, art enthusiasts, and time-traveling bohemians alike.

441 E Washington St
Syracuse,
NY
US

Not many establishments offer the chance to see a Steven Sondheim musical, catch a concert, take a theater workshop, and eat an organic salad in one place. But at Red House Arts Center, all of these things flourish. Founded and renovated by a group of local artists, the center beckons visitors to fully immerse themselves in the arts, whether they’re watching an experimental-theater performance, strolling the halls of the second-floor art gallery, or pouring a bucket of house paint on themselves in the lobby.

201 S West St
Syracuse,
NY
US