On Wednesdays an Open Figure Drawing group meets at the Westcott Community Center. We met one the artists as she did some work during last weekend’s Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival.
Archive for July, 2013
Check out the story of Qua the King from his conversation on New Inspiration for the Nation with George Kilpatrick. His journey shows us the power of faith.
The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival ended with die-hard fans dancing beneath their umbrellas Saturday night.
Despite the steady shower, the fans that remained were treated to superb musicianship of and All-Star Super Jam band that included Gerald Veasley, Michael Wolff, Gil Parris, Dave Hanlon, Mark Nanni and more.
The session was recorded by Syracuse-native Tom Emmi, producer of Studio Jams.
Artist, educator and dancer Micco Sampson returned to Syracuse last weekend to perform at the Blue Rain Eco Festival. He’s pictured here preparing his ceremonial outfit before a Friday evening dance performance in Hanover Square.
Day One for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival was all about dancing. From the early shows to the finale, and almost everywhere in between (including an impromptu session by some young dancers), bodies just seemed to be in motion.
There’s been an effort for more than a decade or so to transform Onondaga Lake from a toxic waste dump into a major tourist attraction. Yesterday, we listened to a short presentation about the changes taking place along the shores and in the water.
Craig Milburn talked about the sustainable operations by his firm, Honeywell, Onondaga County and others to renew, rebuild and restore the 4.6 square mile body of water. The work being done on the massive project includes reclaiming habitats, soil cleaning, hydraulic dredging, solar power, filtration and even recycling of contaminants (such as mercury).
For a peek at some of the metrics, click here.
The presentation was held at the Onondaga Lake Visitor Center (across from the lake’s Destiny USA corner and near State Fair Boulevard). The Visitor Center is open each Friday and by appointment.
Maybe solving environmental issues (such as revitalizing contaminated waterways) will become our new economic ground game.
Meanwhile outside yesterday, birds were hovering around the new plantings and anglers searched among the numerous fishing spots.
The momentum continues.
Here is a photograph of Syracuse bassist Spencer Murphy that was taken from a Jazz in the Square show (circa 2005). Murphy currently hosts Monday night’s “After Hours” at Smalls Jazz Club in the Village.
Maybe the most compelling speech today at the Syracuse Justice for Trayvon Vigil (in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman) was Helen Hudson. She was able to effectively spin the Trayvon Martin shooting into a plea to reduce juvenile gun violence here in Syracuse.
Listen to a portion of her speech below.