Arts & Culture

Westcott Street Cultural Fair
11:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Photos: Westcott Street Cultural Fair 2014

Entertainers read Shakespeare from soapboxes as people filed into the closed-off street.
Patrick Hosken

On Sunday, thousands gathered on Westcott Street between Concord and Dell to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Intermittent downpours started around 1:30 but couldn't kill the party. Performers still sung and danced in the rain while crowds huddled and watched from the Recess Coffee porch or from the windows of the packed Petit Branch Library. According to the fair's website, nearly 8,000 people come out each year to enjoy the festivities.

Westcott Street Cultural Fair
10:40 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Westcott Fair Helps a Community Remember Its Roots

Crowds gather at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair in 2010.


This weekend, Westcott Street will harken back to its hippie history.

The Westcott Street Cultural Fair, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 6:30 p.m., began in 1991 after a group of arts-minded neighborhood residents sought to celebrate their surroundings. Westcott Street was once called the "Greenwich Village of Syracuse" for its commitment to local culture, fair organizer Sharon Sherman said.

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9:06 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Local Legacy to Meet Young Talent at Jazz-N-Caz Festival

Jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell will perfom Saturday night at the 2014 AmeriCU Jazz-N-Caz festival at Cazenovia College.


One of Syracuse's biggest jazz success stories is likely one of its most unknown.

In the 1930s, Edward Chester Babcock, a Cazenovia College graduate, changed his name to Jimmy Van Heusen and headed for a bigger city: New York. Van Heusen started penning hit songs, eventually co-writing the top Frank Sinatra hits "Come Fly with Me" and "Love and Marriage" and winning four Academy Awards and one Emmy.

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2014 Festa Italiana
12:01 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Syracuse Italian Festival Connects Culture Through Food, Music and Youth

The 2014 Festa Italiana set up right in front of City Hall this year
Credit Michael Lehr/WAER News

  Syracuse has wrapped up this year’s Italian Festival after a final day of live music, cultural celebration, and of course, lots and lots of Italian food.

More than a dozen local restaurants were at the festival and they offered customers a wide variety of treats including meatball subs, chicken rigatoni, and cannoli.

For visitors like Karen Grella, it was like a taste of home cooking.

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Open Hand Theater
9:44 am
Mon September 15, 2014

A Rainy Day Sends the Northside's Puppet Festival Indoors

The International Arts and Puppet Festival had to be moved inside Open Hand Theater's building because of rain. Still, local organizations braved the elements in tents outside.
Credit Patrick Hosken

As the rain fell outside, a pair of imposing, lanky puppets slumped silently in the corner of the Castle-like building at 518 Prospect Avenue. The edifice's main tenant, Open Hand Theater, had changed its plans in light of Saturday's ugly morning downpours.

The International Arts and Puppet Festival took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, though many of the events and performances scheduled to occur on the closed-off North Salina and Ash streets had to be moved indoors. Others, like Open Hand's giant puppet circus, were canceled entirely.

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