Arts & Culture

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The founder and organizer of the Syracuse Jazzfest confirmed Thursday, the event is cancelled for 2018 – a year after celebrating its 35th anniversary.  Frank Malfitano says money issues prevented him from putting on an event of the caliber of previous years. 

As the political climate has shifted so has the perception of what is acceptable in terms of comedy. This week on Pop Life, WAER's Joe Lee is joined by  Jeff Kinsler of the Salt City Improv Theatre to answer the question, "can America take a joke?"

They'll also rewind the tape on Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner to examine if her routine crossed the line. 

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A Syracuse Music Festival this weekend will be enriching to more than just the audience that goes to hear former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder John McEuen and other musical acts.  Aspiring youth musicians in the area will get a chance to learn about the music business from someone who’s been in it for more than 50 years. 

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Have you ever wondered if just one person can really make a difference? Well, if you have, don't mention that to John DeSantis. He's the Executive Director of the community organization Believe In Syracuse. Their mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area.

This week on The 315, John DeSantis chats with Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss about the positive side of Syracuse. Also, he tells us why Central New York residents should be excited about its future.

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April is National Poetry Month and we don't want to miss out, so this week we are celebrating poetry on The 315 . Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined on this episode by local poets Georgia Popoff and Phil Memmer. They discuss the collaboration between jazz and poetry, the current state of poetry in Central New York and they also perform an original poem.

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To the music industry Joanne Shenandoah is known as a composer, performer, and Grammy Award winner. She's all of those things to us as well, but in Central New York she's also a local icon.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with CNY legend Joanne Shenandoah about her latest project and the important story she's telling. She was even gracious enough to sing a song for us during her visit. Without a doubt this is an episode you want to hear in it's entirety! 

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No one would argue that Syracuse, New York is an entertainment hotbed. But, that doesn't mean there aren't things happening for CNY residents to enjoy. This week on The 315  we are joined by Kathleen Mason of KMase Productions and Charley Orlando from Funk 'N Waffles. 

What is the state of the local music scene in Syracuse? How did it get there? And where are we headed? We'll break it down this week on The 315 with Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss.

You also connect with us by visiting The 315 Facebook Page.

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FOCUS Greater Syracuse’s latest Wisdom Keeper was honored for telling the story of the soul of Syracuse.  Columnist Sean Kirst was honored by the group Wednesday night. 

A theme running through many of his stories has been the positive – and even remarkable – things about Syracuse and its people, in spite of so many negative voices.  Kirst calls it: finding the “unexpected narrative.”

The entertainment community has been buzzing recently with the return of the beloved TV show Roseanne.  This week on Pop Life Joe Lee is joined by Bob Thompson to discuss the return and how it's being received with the political angle the show now features.

They'll also chat about the upcoming Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. What's different this time around? And what staples of the original show remain intact? 

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International Women's Day Thursday got a boost Sunday night, as the Oscars ushered in a week of conversations about the representation, inequality and sexual harassment of women in the workplace. 

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