Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Scott Willis / WAER News

The exhibits are in place and stories are ready to be told at the Skä•noñh  Great Law of Peace Center.  Grand opening weekend kicks off Saturday, after more than three months of construction.   The former Saint Marie among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway has been undergoing a $1 million  transformation …from telling the story of the Haudenosaunee from the French perspective…to now sharing that history though the eyes of the Iroquois.   Until recently, center general manager Daniel Connors says most of us were probably taught through a Euro-centric model.

Chris Bolt/WAER News / Point of Contact

  One of Syracuse's more conceptual art galleries celebrates its 40th anniversary tonight.  Point of Contact is as much about the ideas as it is about the works of art and writing.

CNY Jazz Central

  For 20 years CNY Jazz Central has been one of the primary providers of year-round jazz presentation in Central New York. WAER is excited to help CNY Jazz Central celebrate this milestone with an array of performances and events. 


With a focus on central neighborhood locations and local artists, community seems to be the theme for this year’s celebration. Le Moyne College plans to host "Jazz at the Plaza,” this event is meant to bring visitors together during lunch hours. This event includes performances by Dave Solazzo, Jeff Stockhan, Groupo Lite, and Melissa Gardiner. Additionally, on Saturdays, the Scholastic Jazz Jams Series will allow community members to enjoy jazz at the Le Moyne Plaza.


The soulful singer, songwriter Sherma Andrews will kick of the 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 15 in the Sheraton Hotel. The singer will pay tribute to ‘Legendary Ladies of Song,’ like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross. 

Scott Willis

A specialty clothing store and what you might call a culinary boutique are among seven stores in downtown Syracuse Thursday to celebrate their grand opening.  But John Massarah and Kellie Gingold aren’t necessarily new to the downtown business scene.  Both have owned or managed clothing shops downtown for about 20 years.  Their latest venture includes Projex 214 and Showoffs Boutique, a men's and women's fashion store in a shared space on West Jefferson Street. 

Bob Halligan Jr. has seen the music world change so much in the 20 years since he started the band Ceili Rain.

Jen Chapin remembers the dinner time talk while growing up on Long Island, she says. Father Harry presided, and the discussions often turned to the causes he held so dearly.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  An exhibit of rare materials put together by the Syracuse University libraries is likely to shed a different light on the various utopian visions of Black American life.  The collection in part commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

 Late Friday afternoon, Jimmy Cavallo will walk down the jetway at Hancock International, make sure he's got his sax and satchel, and locate his ground transportation.

After three decades of dust, gusts and deluges at the New York State Fair Grandstand, from having my belly pushing up against the front rail for the Southern Spirit Tour to resting my back two rows from the top for Kid Rock, I sat smack dab in the middle of a green patch of grass next to my dear wife Karen Thursday night on chairs from bags I brought slung over my shoulders.