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Archive for February, 2011

A Homecoming

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Former Syracuse Orangeman Carmelo Anthony made his debut with the New York Knicks tonight, proving that it is possible to come home again.

Adjust The Color

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Blake Bradford, Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation

Blake Bradford, Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation

Artists and curators discussed the role of the public artist yesterday during the My America conversation series at Syracuse University.  

Painter and curator Benito Huerta said it is important to advocate for diversity in gallery staff as well as curators and artists. 

After talking about the exhibit that has stopped at SU (next scheduled stop: Miami), then showing some of his favorite contemporary portraits and juxtaposing them with more classic works, Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity Curator Blake Bradford reminded the audience that we don’t have to sacrifice artistically to pursue diversity.

Precious Metals

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

One of the early interviews I conducted for SIF was with sculptor Sharon BuMann at her wonderful studio. Here’s an update on her latest work on our region’s monuments.

Upstate NY’s Best Export

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Club Wegmans continues to branch out from Upstate New York.

Surrogate Medical Provider

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Luvenia Cowart RN, EdD, director, Genesis Health Project Network, speaks at Upstate Medical Center

Luvenia Cowart RN, EdD, director, Genesis Health Project Network

Syracuse University Professor Luvenia Cowart, RN, EdD, discussed the strategies of the Genesis Project this afternoon at SUNY Upstate Medical Center’s Sarah Loguen Fraser Day.  She discussed culturally competent principles as it relates to spreading news about healthcare and nutrition.

The Genesis Healthcare Project is a faith-based initiative that seeks to make black men good healthcare consumers by engaging them at community locations such as barbershops and churches.

Genesis received a NIH grant in 2009.

Sophisticated Lady

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Antoinette Montague, jazz vocalist, at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom

Antoinette Montague, jazz vocalist, at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom

Singer and Newark (aka Brick City)-native Antoinette Montague returned to Syracuse for this year’s Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation Black History Month Cabaret. Montague’s range includes jazz, blues and gospel. She sang several standards and also interpreted “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” but really moved the crowd with “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister).” 

The show hit a cresendo when Montague was joined on stage by wealth management professional Vicki Brackens for a duet.  Brackens was this year’s Cabaret sponsor.

Antoinette Montague sings with Vicki Brackens

Antoinette Montague sings with Vicki Brackens (left).

Montague was accompanied by Joe Carello (sax), Rick Montalbano (keys), Larry Luttinger (drums) and Darryl Pugh (bass). She closed the show with ”When The Saints Go Marchin In.”

Antoinette Montague

Antoinette Montague

Winter Weather Advisory

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Oak Street Ice Dam

Ice Dam, Oak Street

Snow storms and lingering cold temperatures commonly bring ice dams to Syracuse and Central New York this time of year.

Ice Dam, James Street

Ice Dam, James Street