Archive for November, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Mentors

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Today is a day to be thankful for good mentors.

Throwback Thursday: Profiles in Courage (part 4)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Paul Russesabagina

Paul Russesabagina spoke at Hendricks Chapel nearly 10 years ago.

Park View

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Forman Park

Forman Park

POV

Monday, November 25th, 2013
Downtown

Downtown

This week is a holiday week for many with the highlight being the Thanksgiving Holiday, or this year,the beginning of Hanukkah; still others look forward to Black Friday shopping (and the beginning of the Christmas season).

We met Gina Stokes at the Social Media Breakfast and found out that last week was National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. To celebrate and highlight the issue, the Rescue Mission invited filmmaker and homeless advocate Mark Horvath to Syracuse. He premiered his film @home, and participated in a panel discussion at the Palace Theater. Horvath is from Binghamton and is the creator of Invisible People. Listen to a clip of his statement during the Q&A below. Also there’s a comment by the Syracuse Rescue Mission’s Alan Thornton.

Architectural Dialogue

Monday, November 25th, 2013
“There’s 30, 000 brilliant individuals who are creating green buildings, nontoxic classrooms and sustainable architecture. And they’re in Philly this week, taking in our city skyline, Federal Donuts & local fare.” Julie Hancher, GreenPhilly (blog)

Here’s a good dose of self-esteem for Central New York. Our region is actually ahead of the curve in terms of planning and implementing green infrastructure and sustainability. Linda Dickerson-Hartsock, Owen Kerney and Andrew Potts were in Philadelphia last week to present the Syracuse experience at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo. Here is a summary of their presentation.

Matt Millea and Matt Marko from the Center of Excellence also presented at the conference.

The keynote speaker at Greenbuild was former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

Ebony Men

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
CNY Mocha Men with author and educator Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling (center).

CNY Mocha Men with author and educator Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling (center).

Here are some of the photographs from Saturday’s CNY Mocha Men event at CFAC organized by Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling.

 

Ahmeed Turner, Scholarship Director, Say Yes (Syracuse) with his father Rev. Phil Turner.

Ahmeed Turner, Scholarship Director, Say Yes (Syracuse) with his father Rev. Phil Turner.

Davine Bey, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Cornell University

Davine Bey, Manager of Talent Acquisition, Cornell University

Panelists Vincent Love, Rev. Harry Patterson and Dr. James Haywood Rolling

Panelists Vincent Love (100 Black Men), Rev. Harry Patterson (Abundant Life Christian Center) and Dr. James Haywood Rolling (Syracuse University).

TV Host Vicky Brakens with panelist Rickey Brown

TV Host Vicki Brakens with panelist Rickey Brown (Home Headquarters, Inc.)

Good Band, Good Sound

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Kristen Tegtmeyer and Bill Horrace (Lemon Elefant) played a gig at the Community Folk Art Center on Thursday.

Kirsten Tegtmeyer and Bill Horrace (Lemon Elefant) played a gig at the Community Folk Art Center on Thursday.

Lemon Elefant (Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo) have become the de facto band for the Connective Corridor. They’ve played in nearly every venue and even on the street and aboard buses once or twice.

No matter who sits in with them lately, the sound and the fury of their interaction creates combustible tones. It’s like watching a modern version of Mingus and Monk.

For their latest gig, they welcomed in drummer Kinyatta King (the drummer an MBA) and singer Kirsten Tegtmeyer. The audible aroma  they stirred up got caught in the coffered ceiling of the gallery and then slowly descended like a morning fog.

Lemon moved the crowd with cuts by Michael Jackson (Human Nature, Smooth Criminal) and some of their own compositions during the one hour show, but the audience was equally impressed by the strong vocal display of Tegtmeyer on Maroon5’s This Love.

The collective did an encore Friday night for Jazz @ Sitrus (Sheraton Hotel).

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Social Media Breakfast Syracuse #10 Panel (with moderator Patrick Finlon, left)

This kind of collaboration is encouraging.

We finally got to attend a Social Media Breakfast here in town. The group had its latest meeting at Syracuse Stage on Thursday, and the focus was how arts organizations engage online.  Participants included representatives from The Red House, The Everson Museum, CNY Arts and Art Rage.

The discussion ranged from generating unique content and boosting awareness to using “gamification” (rewards) and data collection methods to gain new followers/supporters. 

What was most impressive is that you didn’t have to be a savvy social media manager or represent an art venue to pick up pearls of wisdom from this conversation.   Quick, power-packed, yet very filling, it was like breakfast for your head.

Throwback Thursday: Musical Expression

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Thanks to Kofi Jacque, aka One Black Voice (at the former OnaJava), who was an early supporter of the SIF venture.

Thanks to Kofi Jacque, aka One Black Voice (at the former OnaJava), who was an early supporter of the SIF venture.

Wandering Women Can Wear Nude Shoes

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
“Creating When We Were Wanderers required actors to excavate and mine their personal experiences…” Ryan Johnson-Travis, Director
Cocoran, Obeng and Jordan: SU stduents took the stage to discuss race and gender at CFAC tonight.

Corcoran, Obeng and Jordan: Three of the seven ladies who took the stage to discuss race and gender at CFAC tonight.

Bravo to director and actor Ryan Johnson-Travis.  The theater man continues to write, direct and produce some creative stage work along the Connective Corridor Arts District.  His latest conception, “When We Were Wanderers” closed tonight to a packed house at the Community Folk Art Center’s Black Box Theater. The play touched on a plethora of emotions, and honestly explored race and gender from a female perspective.

Later this weekend brothers will grace the stage at CFAC for the CNY Mocha Men production by Me’Shae Brooks Rolling. The Mocha Men event will focus on financial literacy.