Arts & Culture

8:25 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Wanna Jazz it up in Syracuse Wednesday Night?

Jazz in the City Producer Steve Becker poses holding a sign for the event at the 2014 New York State Fair on Sunday.
Credit John Smith/ WAER News

City of Syracuse residents will get together for an annual Summer Tradition tonight… 'Jazz in the City' returns!  The location is a bit different from previous years when concerts were held in City Neighborhoods.  Speaking to us recently at the New York State Fair, Producer Steve Becker says he’s noticed something that’s happening all-around tonight’s concert venue in Perseverance Park.

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Skaneateles Festival
9:53 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Skaneateles Festival to Close with a Classical Encore

Violinists Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall met bassist Ranaan Meyer at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Friday, the trio performs as Time for Three at the 2014 Skaneateles Festival.

This year's Skaneateles Festival has taken fans of chamber music to the Orient, serenaded them with strings and dazzled them with traditional gypsy tunes. In its final week, titled "Encore!," the festival is looking toward the future.

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, known as ECCO, and string trio Time for Three will bring their contemporary takes on classical music to Skaneateles Lake beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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11:41 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Arise's "Unique" Exhibit at the Everson Features Voices, Visions of Those with Different Abilities

Artist Michael Simmons in front of his oil painting "The Lone Wolf."
Scott Willis WAER News

 A large part of the Everson museum has been set aside for the next couple weeks to display the art of those who might have no other way to express themselves.  The “Unique” exhibit and magazine  are the result of a partnership between Arise, the museum and several sponsors.   Artists of differing abilities submitted more than 180 pieces of art from a six county region.  One of them was Michael Simmons of Watertown.  

This was Simmons' second entry to Unique.  He prefers the process used by some of the masters.  

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Arts & Culture
6:23 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Where do Arts and Culture Fit in to Watertown's Economic Development?

Construction and economic development that's going on in the city of Watertown might be leaving arts and culture behind.  But some people are trying to change that.  Garrett McCarthy is an artist in the area and works in historic preservation.  He's noticed areas such as Clayton and Sackets Harbor have invested to increase music venues, galleries, and events.

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6:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

A Place to Create in 'SALT Makerspace' on Syracuse's West Side

Saws in the 'dirty space' inside the SALT Makerspace.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Tucked away in the Delavan Art Center are a couple of workshop areas for those who want to create something out of handcrafted wood, metal designs or 3D design and modeling.  Aspiring woodcrafters or high-tech sculptors can learn it all from instructors - all in one place developed by a Syracuse University Alum. 

It’s called the SALT Makerspace on the Near West Side, which stands for Syracuse Arts Learning and Technology. Mike Giannattasio, the founder and organizer of the space, says it all began with a dream:

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