Posts Tagged ‘2013’

Year in Review (Festivals/Parades)

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
World Refugee Day, Hanover Square

World Refugee Day, Hanover Square

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Clinton Square

Second Nature

Monday, December 16th, 2013
A salute to the 12 month bike culture in Syracuse.

We salute Syracuse’s 12-month bike culture (South Crouse Avenue)

Founding Father Fashion

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Scott Peal as Abe Walton in Armory Square

Scott Peal as Abe Walton in Armory Square

Who Keeps Moving the Cheese

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

A Shout in Salty Water is a one man/one act play that serves up some answers to single fatherhood. But it also raises some questions as well.

The name of the play, which was conceived and performed by Ryan Johnson-Travis (directed by Joseph Trevino), was derived in part by the definition of Salina (as in Salina Street…think Landmark Theater, Rite Aid and the old Centro hub). Salina is defined as a salt pit or salt marsh. Many of the brothers portrayed in the show seem trapped in what seems like pockets of despair and closets of hopelessness.

Are the men dead-beats or just dead broke? Why are some voluntarily absent from their children? Why do they feel their pie in the sky has been reduced to crumbs?

These are some of the serious issues Johnson-Travis tackles on stage (and in the question and answer session). The performance takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

Maybe the most creative parts of the play are the actor/director vignettes (are they real or imagined) and the hilarious re-enactment of a dialogue with a Syracuse Post Standard reporter. But this is not about fun and games, which is evident when on opening night, Johnson-Travis fights through tears to sing about a slain 6-month old.

This complex experience is like being inside the head of a single father, yet inside the head of someone studying them/interviewing them as well.

The show concludes tonight. We look forward to a second act in the future.

Kudos again to CFAC and Johnson-Travis for collaborating on this must-see stage endeavor.

Street gaze (part 6): Couture meets Culture

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Marshall Street

A season’s greeting: Marshall Street

Then & Now (Midtown)

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
The nearly century-old Sycamore tree stands guard near southern entrance to the Syracuse Center of Excellence property.

The nearly century-old sycamore tree stands guard near southern entrance to the Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) property.

Construction continues on Washington Street near the CoE building (interrupting our normal Connective Corridor route).  We took a recent tour of the facilities and were briefed on the numerous green projects and advanced energy systems.  We also found out that Syracuse is taking sustainability + conservation to new heights, because although new foliage was added on Washington Street, they didn’t displace this mature sycamore (located near what will become the CoE parking lot).


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
East Genesee Street

East Genesee Street

Year in Review (Music)

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

You can have Justin Bieber; you can have Katy Perry, you can have Miley Cyrus; and you can even have Daft Punk. What excited us most this year in music was the return of our friend, Michael “Our Reality” Childs to the stage. We got to preview the Our Reality album at the beginning of 2013.  He spent most of the summer touring. It has been 20 years since we’ve seen him perform, and we finally caught him ripping up the stage and kicking knowledge to a younger generation at the Westcott Theater last night. Ironically, Childs was on the bill with fellow West Coast Hip Hop heads Blackalicious.

Still Black, Still Strong

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Gift of Gab

Gift of Gab

The Westcott Theater served up a dose of  West Coast positivity with the anticipated arrival of Blackalicious in Syracuse last night.  The group was founded in the 1990s by Tim Parker (aka Gift of Gab) and Xavier Moseley (aka DJ Chief Xcel).  Gift of Gab had a health scare with kidney failure last year, so it was good to see him back on stage.

The duo was joined on stage by the Portland team Lifesavas,  made up of Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbage Man (who wore a “Less Drama, More Music” t-shirt).

Their hour-long set included the first Blackalicious single “Swan Lake” and some new material, including the song “Blacka,” from their upcoming album (due out in March).

In the mean time, check out the East Bay Funk from this song.

Openers for the show were Our-Reality and Chaz Ultra.


Vursatyl from the Lifesavas

Year in Review (Venues)

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Maybe the most progressive programming (artistic and otherwise) we’ve covered this year was held at the Community Folk Art Center this year. Here is a short clip of media personality George Kilpatrick talking about his radio endeavors during the CNY Mocha Men event produced by Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling.