Arts & Culture

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Human Rights Film Festival

The films featured in this year’s Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival are aimed at giving the audience a sense of “place.”  The festival begins today with “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” about the career of a photographer in Mexico whose job it was to capture death and violence in Mexico City. Director Trisha Ziff says Enrique Metinides was the eyes of a community.

Onondaga County Lawmakers reviewed the County Executive’s budget proposal for parks and recreation.  Tucked inside is a substantial $75,000 that isn’t specifically named but was presumed to be budgeted for Syracuse Jazz Fest.   There appears to be an indication that the funding could also be tied to a change in venue.

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  Two former major league baseball players helped kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in Syracuse today by sharing their experiences as Latinos in the sport.  Carlos Baerga is a former second baseman from Puerto Rico who signed on at age 16. 

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  Those who live, work, or visit parts of downtown Syracuse will soon be able to try their hand at playing some musical instruments.  The drums, bells, and pipes will be installed in clusters at three locations as part of an effort to bring music to the community.  Symphoria Managing Director Catherine Underhill says the instruments will be weatherproof and ADA accessible.

"They're all melodic, they're all tuned so they're harmonious one with another," Underhill said.  "They'll all be in ensemble formation, so you can just walk up and make some music."

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  Indian Village at the New York State Fair will see $750,000 worth of improvements over the next year as the state continues it's $50 million makeover of the fairgrounds.  The announcement came during Six Nations Day at the New York State Fair Friday.  

The Indian Village has virtually stayed the same at the state fair for years now.  However, that’s about to change.   Superintendent of the Village Norm Jimerson says the news is lifting the members’ spirits.

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  A one-two-three lineup of crowd-pleasing jazz artists and sunny skies with upper 70's temperatures gave the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island its first complete sellout.

The Saturday slate of Chick Corea, Norah Jones and Gregory Porter packed the outdoor venue at Fort Adams State Park, with views and sea breezes from three sides of Newport Harbor.  

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  Auburn residents Friday celebrated the unveiling of a plaque in honor of little known abolitionist and friend of Harriet Tubman, Morgan “Luke” Freeman.   Here's how it all happened:

Not many people know the name, Morgan “Luke” Freeman but fourth graders; Elliot, Xavia, and Kara do.

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Trombone Shorty closed out the 2016 M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest last night at Onondaga Community Colelge.  The New Orleans musician played with his up-tempo Orleans Avenue and had much of the crowd on its feet call and response singing and enjoying an elaborate light show to go along with the music.

Before Shorty, Guitarist Julian Coryell led the group Eleventh House.  He played this number honoring his father, Larry Coryell who had to cancel the jazzfest appearance after complications from a medical procedure.  

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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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May 9, 2016
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