Archive for January, 2012

Architecural Eye from a Hometown Guy

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I discovered Re-Think Syracuse (blog) recently and find the ideas very valuable and insightful as it relates to developing the city.

Get on the Bus

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Band on the Bus

Band on the Bus

Centro driver Raul Erives of Baldwinsville has been driving for 7 years, and he says he’s had musicians on his bus before (the 443 on the Connective Corridor), but never like this.

Centro driver Raul Erives of Baldwinsville has been driving for 7 years, and he says he’s had musicians on his bus before (the 443 on the Connective Corridor), but never like this.

Bill Horrace, Bass

Bill Horrace, Bass

This afternoon at about 3:45 p.m., Centro, Connective Corridor and the Bill Horrace Trio combined to turn a 40-plus minute ride into a live jazz party.  Many of the riders, students from Syracuse University, seemed pleasantly surprised to get on the bus as the music was playing.
John Solazzo

Dave Solazzo

Tom Bronzetti

Tom Bronzetti

According to Horrace, who plays a regular gig with his band at Pheobe’s on East Genesee Street, there was no particular playlist for the ride. Instead he and his mates, John Solazzo and Tom Bronzetti improvised and played  everything from Miles Davis to Kurt Weill as the bus rolled from Midtown through Downtown and the Near West Side. This particular Centro route is free.
Let Me Ride: Live Music on the Connective Corridor Bus

Let Me Ride: Live Music on the Connective Corridor Bus

Hopefully, this isn’t the last intersection between the arts and transportation sectors in the city.  To see a video of the trip, click here. To find out more about Bill Horrace, click here.

Statement in the City

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Outside the State of the City Address (Landmark Theater)

Outside the State of the City Address (Landmark Theater)

The Art of Innovation

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Brother Mars and Chenoa Baker at the Salon Art Show at the Syracuse Tech Garden.

Brother Maars and Chenoa Baker at the Salon Art Show.

Salon, seek a local venture featuring dozens of local artists, held an open house tonight at the Tech Garden downtown.

Dream to Destiny

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Hon. Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit, gives the keynote address at Syracuse University's 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

The theme for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Syracuse University was “A Living Legacy: The Fierce Urgency of Now.”  The event featured performances by Dance Theater of Syracuse, BCCE, and a keynote address by the Hon. Dave Bing, the Mayor of Detroit, who graduated from SU 2 years before Dr. King’s assasination.

Dance Theater of Syracuse

Dance Theater of Syracuse

Ave Maria

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Maria DeSantis sings at the Sitrus Lounge sings with her band last night.

Maria DeSantis sings at the Sitrus Lounge with her band last night.

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Joe Riposo on the sax at Sitrus Lounge

Principal Photographer

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I saw some of the viagra sale photographer” href=”http://artragegallery.org/daughters-of-ixchel” target=”_blank”>colorful portraiture of Montessori School Headmaster Mary Lawyer O’Connor today at the ArtRage Gallery. The work explores the lives of  Mayan women and their handmade textiles. I had the pleasure to interview O’Connor a decade or so ago about her educational philosophy. I had no idea she was also an accomplished photographer.

Empire State of Mind

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I saw this write-up on a former Orangman atop the Empire State Building on the sports blog by Razz and Jazz.

Last Stand

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Occupy Syracuse, Day 109

Occupy Syracuse, Day 109

Welcome to Day 109 at Occupy Syracuse (About 5 minutes beyond the deadline for eviction).

Occupy Syracuse--Day 109

Occupy Syracuse–Day 109

Occupy Syracuse--Day 109

Occupy Syracuse–Day 109

Urban Planners and CEOs (Chief Energy Officers)

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Urban Planners: Local skaters redevelop tennis court on Water Street.

Urban Planners: Local skaters redevelop tennis court on Water Street.

Back in 2010 Victor Guilefoy, A.J. DeStephano, Alton Lawson (pictured above, far left) and some of their friends began to develop a dilapidated court at  Ormand G. Spencer park (East Water Street) and make it a place to skate.

Victor G. told me his friends wanted a public skating facility since there are times when skates get tickets for being on the road or sidewalks. After some civic finesse with the Parks Commissioner they got their wish.

Fast forward to Wednesday, when it was almost 50-degrees and Ormond Spencer Park, located near the vacated Kennedy Square Complex,  pulsated with kick…push…jump, and the sounds of skateboarders surfing on air.