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Jan. 27, 2011 Vol. 1 Issue 28
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Every student I know has an iPhone tethered to their side.â€?
Event co-founders Briana Kohlbrenner, left, and Stasya Panova pore over the ballots to determine which project proposal will win $1,000 (photo maren guse) in funding.
- Jen Hamilton, SU School of Design faculty
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ď Ź Belafonte still sings of social justice ď Ź Tough topic, pungent play Page 8
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In February, an iPhone app developed by SU students and faculty will launch in collaboration with the Centro pilot program. The app, called USE, (a play on SyracUSE), will include a bus tracker, events calendar and social networking elements.
ď Ź Mike Powell showcases Saturday ď Ź SSYO, SSO both offer special events this weekend Page 6
The number of months, beginning in January, that Centro will run a pilot GPS program giving passengers access to an interactive map of 20 buses, including those on the Connective Corridor routes. The system allows riders to enter their location and destination on the Centro website and track their bus up to the minute. Audio announcements of upcoming stops and an LED display system will also help riders navigate the bus system.
SUBPAR art project awarded first minigrant, money raised through community dinner
Jan. 27, 2011
City beat Greyhound Canada introduces Ottawa to Syracuse service By Ami Olson email@example.com Looking to get away Friday? Hop on a bus and be in Ottawa by dinnertime. Greyhound Canada announced Jan. 20 that direct bus service on Fridays and Sundays would begin the following morning. The routes will run from Syracuse Hancock International Airport to Ottawa on two schedules every Friday and Sunday. Leaving Syracuse, travelers will depart the airport at 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays and arrive in Ottawa at 5:15 p.m. Coming home, the bus leaves Ottawa at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Sundays and arrives back in Syracuse at 11:15 a.m. Previously, to ride Greyhound from Syracuse to Ottawa meant an 11- to 16-hour trip with several transfers, according to the Greyhound website. The longer route traveled through Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto before arriving in Ottawa. The new, direct route cuts travel time significantly to just four hours and 15 minutes. One-
THE way tickets for the trip cost $96, the same cost to take the trip on the longer routes. Crossing the border requires a United States passport or enhanced driverâ€™s license. Travelers were able to purchase tickets for the new direct line on the Greyhound website beginning Friday Jan. 21. Visit greyhound.com for ticket and scheduling information. --
Corbett wonâ€™t seek ninth term By Ami Olson firstname.lastname@example.org Onondaga County Legislator James Corbett (R) announced last week that he will not run for a ninth term in the legislature. Corbett represents the 8th district, which includes parts of Solvay, Geddes and Camillus, and currently serves as chair of the Environmental Protection Committee and vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
He entered politics in 1989 when he was elected a town councilor for the Town of Geddes. In 1995, he was appointed to fill the legislature seat by then-County Supervisor Nick Pirro. Corbett was re-elected and to the post for seven subsequent terms.
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Armory Square renovation will create 12 apartments By Ami Olson firstname.lastname@example.org First things first: Donâ€™t worry, Alâ€™s will continue to operate throughout construction. Now onto the news. A $2.7 million construction loan will be used to renovate the vacant space of the South Clinton Street building that houses Alâ€™s Wine and Whiskey Lounge in Armory Square. The Community Preservation Corporation recently announced it would gut and rehabilitate the historic five-story building at 315-319
S. Clinton St., creating 12 new two-bedroom residential units that would lease for $1,000 to $1,700 a month. The now vacant retail space on the ground floor will also be renovated and remain commercial retail. The project is in the hands of Robb Bidwell and Doug Balle, the team responsible for converting unused space into 15 loft-style apartments at 121-129 W. Fayette St., just a block north of the new project location. That project was also funded through the CPC. In addition to the CPC loan, Bidwell and Balle received a $600,000 Restore New York grant and $150,000 in construction financing from the city of Syracuse to renovate the property.
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Get out: The guide Thursday Jan. 27
Trail Tales. 1 PM. Ages 3-5. Stories and walk with a naturalist. Free w/park admission. 638-2519. Weekday Snowshoe Jaunt. 1:30 PM. Hour-long outing with a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center. $3/snowshoe rental. 638-2519. Harry Crocker and the Saucerer’s Stove. 6:45 PM. Interactive mystery dinner theater presented by ACME Mystery Company. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St. $32.50 plus tax and tip. Acmemystertheater.com.
Friday Jan. 28
Dolce Flutes. 11 AM. Concert. Storer Auditorium, OCC. Free. Sunyocc.edu. HOPE Club. 3:30-5:30 PM. Social group for teens and adults with special needs. Northside Baptist Church, Liverpool. 243-8897. Poet Judith Harris. 7 PM. Award-winning author and poet reads. Downtown Writer’s Center, 340 Montgomery St. Free. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7:30 PM. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. 473-4444. Arctic Death/Real People. 8 PM. Rock concert. Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St. $3. Sparkartspace.com. Conspirator With Special Guests. Doors at 8 PM, show at 9. Members of Disco Biscuits, RAQ and The New Deal perform as Conspirator; with The Manhattan Project and Pax Effex. Westcott Theater. $20. Thewestcotttheater.com. Mozart’s ‘The Impresario’ and Haydn’s ‘La Canterina.’ 8 PM. Short operatic comedies presented by SU Opera Theatre. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, SU. $10; free for SU students with ID. 443-2512 or email@example.com. Shaun Cassidy Fan Club Improv Comedy. 8:30 PM. Short-form featuring SUNY Oswego college team with special surprise guest. Salt City Improv Theater, Sears Wing, ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt. $8; $6 for students. Saltcityimprov.com.
phony Orchestra Community Foundation Family Series presents local dance group performance. Crouse Hinds Concert Theater, Civic Center. $10 adults; $5 children. 424-8222. Snowshoe Syracuse. 10:30 AM-noon. Snowshoe Heath Park. Sponsored by Baltimore Woods. Meet at Conifer Drive entrance. $5/snowshoe rentals. Pre-register. 673-1350. Dance Fever. 10:30 AM. Local dance companies featured at the Syracuse Symphony Family Series. Mulroy Civic Center. $5/children, $10/adults. 424-8222. Magic Circle Children’s Theatre. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Sleeping Beauty. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 449-3823. SU Women’s Basketball Game. 1 PM. Syracuse University. $. 443-2121. The Lorax. 3 PM. The Palace Theatre. 19 Utica St, Hamilton. Free but donations accepted to support youth theater camps. 824-1420. Don’t Feed the Actors Dinner Theater. 6:45 PM. Audience-interactive improv comedy; show begins at 8. Fire and Ice Banquet Hall, The Locker Room, 528 Hiawatha Blvd. $20 single; $38 couple; $10 show only (if available day of show). Dontfeedtheactors.
com. Mike Powell. 7:30 PM. Words and Music Songwriter Showcase hosted by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. $10. Myspace.com/wordsandmusicshowcase. Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7:30 PM. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. 473-4444. Erica Russo, Doug Campbell, Liana Gabel, Marc Pinansky. 8 PM. Concert. Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St. $6. Sparkartspace.com. Mozart’s ‘The Impresario’ and Haydn’s ‘La Canterina.’ 8 PM. Short operatic comedies presented by SU Opera Theatre. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, SU. $10; free for SU students with ID. 443-2512 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Sullivan’s Travels.’ 8-10 PM. Spoiled director sets out to make serious film on the poor, disguised as a hobo. ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. $5 suggested. Artragegallery.org.
Sunday Jan. 30
Fun, 2, 3, 4 Opening Weekend. 10 AM-5 PM. Learn the fun of applying math to everyday life in this new exhibit. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. 607-272-
0600. Don Giovanni Preview. 1 PM. Performances and insights to composer and score, costuming and staging. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt. Free. 475-5915. Sunday Showshoe Wanders. 2 PM. Brief instructional clinic on snowshoe technique followed by a short wander through the woods and wetlands. Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center. Route 183 between Routes 13 and 69. $3/person or $12/family. 963-7286. Can Images Bear Witness: The visual culture of AIDS activism. 3 PM. Roger Hallas, assistant English professor at SU and author, delivers University Neighbors lecture. Westcott Community Center. $10; $5 students Stained Glass Series: Gabriel’s Oboe. 3 PM. Syracuse Vocal Ensemble presents, featuring conductor Ron Spigelman and Anna Petersen Stearns on oboe. Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Ave., Syracuse. The Jazzuits. 4 PM. Le Moyne College’s vocal jazz ensemble presents jazz and pop standards from 1960s and 70s. Assumption Church, 812 N. Salina St. Free, donations accepted.
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Fun, 2, 3, 4 Opening Weekend. 10 AM-8 PM. Learn the fun of applying math to everyday life in this new exhibit. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. 607-2720600. Kids Performing for Kids. 10 AM-8 PM. Robotics, speech and debates, singing, music, and a variety of performances by kids. Strong Museum, Rochester. Admission. 585-263-2700. Dance Fever. 10:30 AM. Syracuse Sym-
Saturday Jan. 29
Jan. 27, 2011
Salt City DISHES links artists with community to fund projects By Ami Olson email@example.com Only one of the nine project proposals would walk away with the $1,000 minigrant from the debut Salt City DISHES dinner on Sunday, but the intangible benefits, the networking and exposure each project gained from the event were just as invaluable. And that was the goal all along. DISHES debuts Held in the beautiful Saint Clare Theater on the North Side, the DISHES dinner offered a little bit of everything: a sophisticated meal, an informal community gathering, a concert, a networking opportunity and the chance to award one of nine proposed public art projects with a $1,000 minigrant, generated by the $10-$15 admission price each participant paid. A huge group of volunteers and vendors joined forces to make DISHES possible, beginning with co-founders and organizers Rachel Somerstein, Briana Kohlbrenner and Stasya Panova. Their efforts were validated by a sell-out crowd of 135 people. Organizers announced Saturday that the theater would be at maximum capacity, and tickets they had planned to sell at the door would not be available. “Once we knew that it was sold out and that people had gotten tickets in advance we all felt comfortable knowing it was going to be really successful,” Panova said. “It met my expectations, even though my expectations were set high and I was hoping for a really amazing turnout and something outstanding.” The future of funding? With money tight all around and arts taking an especially hard hit in every budget process, are community generated funding systems like DISHES the future of public art? Kohlbrenner and Panova think so. The DISHES event was modeled after the FEAST program already popular in cities throughout the country, and the reception Syracuse gave the inaugural is a positive sign. “I think this trend got teed up with the recession, there has been a lot of pullback in funding
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DISHES organizers Stasya Panova and Briana Kohlbrenner, above, introduce the debut event to the 135 attendees Sunday Jan. 23. Presenters Mark Povinelli and Brendan Rose personify the clash between art and science. for the arts in a lot of cities across the county,” Kohlbrenner said. “People don’t want to wait around for corporate things going on outside the city, they’re saying ‘we should focus our energy right here,’ and they’re throwing the gloves off.” “This idea of DIY economy is growing in all aspects … I think that as the economy does worse and worse people are taking things into their own hands more,” said Joel Weissman, part of the team who won the first DISHES minigrant. A method that uses small amounts of seed money given directly by community members is an idea that can be applied in a lot of ways, Kohlbrenner said. Weissman called it “DIY philanthropy.” By asking for support from the community, artists can get the word out about their ideas and communicate with one another about common goals – often a problem for artists in Syracuse, Panova said. Kohlbrenner said she was - Briana Kohlbrenner, surprised to see how many of Salt City DISHES co-founder the submitted proposals were
“You think Syracuse is so small, and you think you know about everything that is going on, then you realize it’s really bigger than we’re all claiming it to be.”
SUBPAR sets the bar By Ami Olson
The project that won over the crowd at Sunday’s debut DISHES dinner was Tonja Torgerson and Joel Weissman’s proposal to create art that is also activism as part of their collaborative called SUBPAR, or Syracuse Urban Beautification Public Art Resistance. Both graduate students at SU, (Minneapolis native Torgerson is studying print making student; Weissman, from Montana, ceramics), the idea for SUBPAR originated in a class last semester. The classmates were charged with developing a project that would combine their two mediums in a public and meaningful way. They chose to create street art installations, “forcing beauty into urban surroundings,” and SUBPAR was born. The SUBPAR proposal will create “unconventional street art”
using hand-made, screenprinted ceramic tiles mortared permanently into place in an otherwise unused, unnoticed public space. “Imagine a series of tiles that add a splash of color on a drab grey wall or boarded up window,” the team said during their presentation Sunday. The project received 30 votes. Like many of the ideas presented at DISHES, Torgerson and Weissman had plans to realize maren guse their project and agreed they Joel Weissman and Tonja Torger- would have it to fruition with or son present SUBPAR. without DISHES funding. “We were planning on actualizing the project no matter what, but DISHES allows us a lot of leeway in what we’re going to do,” Weissman said.
projects already being realized. Several of Sunday’s presenters made it clear that their projects would become a reality with or without the DISHES funding. The extra cash, they said, would allow them to take their art to a new level. “I found that really exciting,” she said. “These projects are going on right now, and I don’t even know about them. You think Syracuse is so small, and you think you know about everything that is going on, then you realize it’s really bigger than we’re all claiming it to be.” To see more of Maren Guse’s photos from the DISHES dinner, check out the gallery at facebook.com/theeaglecny. Upload photos of your own or tell us about your experience at DISHES there, too! That extra $1,000 certainly opens some doors for the artists. “A couple hundred dollars can make a big difference,” Torgerson said. “A lot of artists aren’t looking for a lot of money, they just need a little help. And people who like the arts feel like they can help the artists.” Their presentation included examples of similar projects by other artists, a detailed tentative timeline for completion and an estimated budget. Though the other eight presentations were delivered in a variety of formats, from improvisational comedy exercise to well-rehearsed skit, co-founder and organizer Stasya Panova said anyone who submitted a proposal had to also submit a budget and project outline. “This is a pretty interesting approach to granting money,” Panova said. “I’m not sure that every artist in the world could make a presentation for their work.” In the runner-up spot with 25 votes was Daniel Aguilera’s Syracuse Community Cookbook Series project. For information on how to submit a proposal for the next DISHES dinner, set for May 1, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 27, 2011
Viewpoints Our view
Activate and create We’ve heard this word being tossed around before in certain arts-centric circles, and it was prevalent again at Sunday’s Salt City DISHES dinner: activate. We weren’t sure exactly what that meant, so we had to ask. Brianna Kohlbrenner, one of the co-founders of the DISHES program and a North Side entreprenuear, agreed that the A-word is a popular one, and she tried to help us nail down what it means. “A lot of people are feeling like it’s their civic duty to activate these spaces that aren’t being utilized,” she explained. As in “activate the space,” with art, energy and meaning. Give something underutilized, neglected and forgotten a purpose by activating it. That was certainly a theme among the nine presentations delivered at Sunday’s dinner. From installing public art on bare, neglected exterior surfaces to creating short-term galleries and event spaces in empty storefronts, all of the projects up for consideration Sunday aimed to, yes, activate. There’s just one catch: only one project won the DISHES minigrant, $1,000 to invest in the winning idea. There is a second DISHES dinner scheduled for May 1, but from the energy present at last week’s event we wonder if the community can really wait until May. The other eight projects still need your support. We’ve outlined all of the proposals given at the DISHES dinner online at theeaglecny.com. If you’re interested in helping those projects be realized, we want to help connect you with the people trying to complete them! Whether you have time, money or knowledge to share, these projects are hungry for help. Contact us at editor@theeaglecny. com, 434-8889 ext.335 or at facebook. com/theeaglecny.com for help in supporting these worthwhile projects.
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Cold hands and feet Cold face and ears Cold homes and cars Cold eyes with tears Frozen cars that can’t start. Frozen pipes that burst When they freeze. Salt that turns snow to grease Especially at zero degrees. Schools that are closed With kids at home But it’s so cold They do not roam. Wind-chill is low But snow piles high. How cold can it be And still have folks get by? Cold wind Cold air Cold breath Out there. Can’t wait For the day Several months away When we all can rejoice With a warm and loud voice That spring is really here! Bob Oberst Syracuse
Jan. 27, 2011
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Best Bets: Music SSO hosts local dancers Saturday Mike Powell at Jazz Central
â€˜Rentâ€™ opens at Syracuse Stage Last Friday night the weather outside was just like that last scene in McCabe and Mrs. Miller when Warren Beatty freezes to death in the blizzard. But inside Syracuse Stage, things were sizzling. Based on Pucciniâ€™s beloved La Boheme, Jonathan Larsonâ€™s rock opera Rent won the Pulitzer Prize for best drama and took home four Tony Awards in 1996, updating the age-old story of young Bohemians intoxicated by the theatre life even in the midst of big city hardships. Directed and choreographed by Anthony Salatino, this production is a joint venture by Syracuse Stage and SUâ€™s Drama Department. It runs through Feb. 13 and is way better than the ill-fated movie version of a few years ago. Read my review, along with other arts coverage Keefe Rhodes from Eagle Newspapers, at nancykeeferhodes@ theeaglecny.com â€“ click A&E. gmail.com
Students from two local dance studios will perform with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in a program called â€œDance Fever,â€? at 10:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 29 at the Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St. This community-collaborative, family event features students from Dance Centre North and Center of Ballet & Dance Arts. Conducted by Ron Spigelman, the concert will feature Cesare Pugniâ€™s â€œPas de Quatreâ€? featuring four dancers from the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts, Deborah Boughton, director. Next, the orchestra will perform the Presto movement from Felix Mendelssohnâ€™s â€œSymphony No. 4.â€? Finally, students from Dance Centre North, Cathy Napolitano Mucci, director, will dance to Johann Strauss, Jr.â€™s â€œGraduation Ball.â€? At 9:30 a.m., kids are invited to explore the instruments of the orchestra at Instrument Petting Zoo, located in the orchestra-level lobby. Children and parents can nibble on breakfast treats provided by Tops FriendlyÂ Markets. Â Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children; 424-8200; SyracuseSymphony.org.
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