Arts & Culture

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  A film about the first spectator sport in North America is part of a special spring edition of the Syracuse International Film Festival. They’re calling SpringFest.  It’s focusing on films that have a Central New York connection through subject, filmmaker or local talent working on them.  Syracuse University Sport Management Professor Dennis Deninger says his film “America’s First Sport” tells of the first time spectators actually watched a sporting event: a lacrosse game.

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  Symphoria is announcing its new season on the heels of a successful year which saw attendance jump more than 20 percent in single ticket sales.  Some highlights of the new season reflect how the orchestra is attracting audiences. 

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The upcoming season at Syracuse Stage will be the last chosen by outgoing artistic director Tim Bond.  It reflects his ideas of diversity – in style, tone, and culture.

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  A Syracuse filmmaker counted on the talents and generosity of hundreds of people to get to the debut screening of his feature-length film Iris.  Chris Steinberger wanted to make an Independent film…that didn’t seem like an Independent film.

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  One of the annual rites-of-passage every spring is the release of the Syracuse M-and-T Jazzfest Lineup.  This year’s announcement has plenty of story lines...the music, the local gathering of talent, and some national recognition for the founder.

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  Many musicians in Central New York grew up on Beatles music and might well have been influenced by it.  Some of them are remembering the group’s long-time producer George Martin who passed away Tuesday. 

The song yesterday might point out one of George Martin’s most significant contributions to popular music.

Manny Scott's Inspirational Story Touches Syracuse Schools

Feb 25, 2016
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Manny Scott—author, motivational speaker and pilot—speaks at the Syracuse City School District development center for teachers all over Syracuse. Scott says his journey from being a high school dropout with a broken home in the streets of Long Beach, California to earning two degrees and a PhD began with his teachers.

“I didn’t know how to study, I didn’t know how to comprehend what I was reading,” Scott said. “I didn’t have the basic disciplines of going to bed at night and getting up early. So I had to break so many bad habits.”

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  Most Central New Yorkers know about the Jerry Rescue, where a group of Syracuse abolitionists freed  fugitive slave William "Jerry" Henry from jail and snuck him to Canada.  But chances are most don’t know the story behind Enoch Reed, one of the men who helped rescue Jerry in 1851.

Onondaga Historical Association Curator of History Dennis Connors says to understand the significance of the Jerry Rescue is to understand that those involved were committing a serious act of civil disobedience.

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  Syracuse Stage has an unfortunate note of nostalgia added to its production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” that opens this week.  The passing of Harper Lee who wrote the novel has caused some reflection on the story and its characters.

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