“I believe one must live in a region for a considerable time and absorb its character and spirit before the work can truly reflect the experience of the place.”
Along with homeboys Dan Frigolette (Baldwinsville High grad) and Moody McCarthy (Corcoran High grad), Jessimae Peluso (Henniger High grad) turned the Friday before Christmas at Justin’s Grill into a laugh factory.
I saw Frigolette and McCarthy when the visited for a show last year and again they delivered laughs from the moment they hit the stages. This was the first time I’d seen Peluso, as well as the MC Yannis Pappas however, and they were comical. I particuarly enjoyed when they each hurled hilarious verbal assaults at a lone (female) heckler to the delight of the packed crowd.
Some of humorous anecdotes also included Peluso calling Match.com her new mealplan and McCarthy’s revelation on the availability of real fruit cobbler(s).
Today I heard a wonderful story on NPR’s Tell Me More about an exhibit for the work of Charles “Teenie” Harris, a great visual story-teller. Thanks to some help from the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Tey Stiteler, I got to check out a photo of Albert Mills, who was the first African-American dectective in Pittsburgh. Mills later retired to the Syracuse-area and I knew him from my previous job. Here is a photo Stiteler found.
I got a chance to check out the inaugural show for mixed media artist and activist, George Kilpatrick, Sr. on Saturday. The show,held at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), was attended by community members, artists, as well as the Kilpatrick family.
Media personality George Kilpatrick, Jr. opened the show by reading a poem his dad wrote called “The Artist.” George’s sister Sherri Kilpatrick Duchenne also told a story about how her dad taught the family to harness the power of the pen.
George Kilpatrick, III, a student studying at Howard Unviersity, representing third generation of the family, sang a soulful rendition of “Yesterday,” which reminded me a lot of the Donny Hathaway version.
The show is on display for the rest of this week.