Sat April 5, 2014

Art and science flow together in the Lava Project

Bob Wysocki

There's a place at Syracuse University where art meets science.  The Lava Project has been fusing the two disciplines for four years now, and soon anyone can get in on the collaboration, through a free online course.

For the scientist, creating lava and watching it flow means to “understand how lava behaves and what it means when we have certain structures in lava flows, what controls that.”

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Wed February 26, 2014

Two plays are the thing in Oswego

A group of up and coming actors are performing two plays rarely produced together as part of a nationwide tour stopping at SUNY Oswego. On Wednesday night, The Acting Company will perform Hamlet, then tomorrow the group of 12 repertory actors will perform Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." The shows follow the same story line, but from different perspectives.

Josh Johnston, who fills several roles in the plays, says the group focuses on giving the audience universally relatable moments.

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Sat February 1, 2014

The play's the thing SU professor discovers

Statue of Lope de Vega at the entrance of the National Library of Spain, in Madrid.
via Flickr. Some rights reserved by Zaqarbal

It’s not every day you come across a lost play from a master of 16th century literature.  But that’s what happened to a professor at Syracuse University’s department of languages, literatures and linguistics.  

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Tue January 28, 2014

Everson art museum cancels two exhibits amid budget deficit

The Everson Museum of Art opened in downtown Syracuse in 1968 and houses 11,000 pieces.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse has canceled two big exhibits in 2014 in an effort to stymie a large operating budget.

The museum lost $135,000 in 2013. Even by canceling two traveling exhibits slated for April and October, the museum’s leadership still predicts being in the red a total of $500,000 by the end of 2014.

The decision to cancel the exhibits was made at a board meeting this week. Had they not aborted on the two exhibits, the estimated deficit would have been $750,000.

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Fri December 27, 2013

One-woman show about young adults with cancer takes stage

Jesse Pardee, 22, will perform a play she wrote about living with cancer this weekend.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

A new play in Syracuse deals with one young adult's experience living with cancer with the goal of raising money for charity and bringing awareness to young adults who have the disease.

Jesse Pardee, 22, received her first dose of chemotherapy five years ago on Christmas Eve after being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer of the pelvis.

"My family's memories are probably worse than mine of that first weekend because I was drugged up," she recalled. "It was all a blur for me."

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Fri November 8, 2013

Looking at video games as art

The Everson Museum has "The Art of Video Games" on exhibit
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

A new exhibition at the Everson Museum examines the 40 year evolution of video games as an art form. The unusual exhibit showcases the technology, culture and the different traditional types of art in video games.

The sounds of an arcade echo throughout the galleries of the Everson Museum. From Atari's Space Invaders to the immersive environment of Playstation 3's Flower, where the player is the wind, "The Art of Video Games" features 80 games that tell the history of the medium.

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Mon October 7, 2013

Empty building provides graffiti artists with temporary outlet

Tim Van Beveren paints on an outside wall of the empty Tully Street building in Syracuse.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

For the last few years, graffiti artists have been going to an empty building on Syracuse's Near West Side, where they can paint without fear of legal hassle. But while dozens of artists have used this building as their outlet, has it helped decrease the amount of illegal graffiti citywide?

The smells and sounds of spray paint fill the air surrounding the vacant structure at then end of Tully Street, as two men paint thin blue lines while another paints a large, pink alien holding a laser gun.

An outlet to paint

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Fri September 20, 2013

Light Work gallery celebrates 40 years

Shane Lavalette, the director of Light Work
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

For forty years, the nonprofit photography gallery Light Work has been bringing photographers from around the world to Syracuse through its residency program. A new exhibition at Syracuse University celebrates that anniversary by showcasing one photographer from each year.  

The first artist-in-residence at Light Work, was Charles Gatewood who photographed the New York State Fair when he was in Syracuse. His black and white portrait of the human pincushion at a sideshow is part of the exhibition “40 Artists - 40 Years.”

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Tue September 3, 2013

Syracuse embracing art revitalization through public pieces

Walt, the Loch West Monster is one of several art installations done in downtown Syracuse to beautify and promote the area.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

The steady loss of manufacturing jobs in upstate cities has caused a similar decline in their downtown areas. But cities like Syracuse are hoping to change that perception through art revitalization projects aimed at promoting the city's center while beautifying neighborhoods.

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Sat July 6, 2013

Syracuse sister city relationship celebrated in exhibit

Photographer Jason DeBose greets visitors to his exhibit at The Tech Garden
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO

A photography exhibition at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Finnish migration to the United States.  And one of the goals is to reestablish a connection between Syracuse and its sister city in Finland, which began more than 20 years ago.

The pictures of people and architecture that line the halls of The Gallery at The Tech Garden look like they’re from the same place. But half were taken in Finland and the other half in America where Finnish people settled, mainly in the Great Lakes region.

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Sat June 22, 2013

International guitar duo visits central and northern New York

Credit Loren & Mark

International acoustic guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb have been traveling around the state performing dates on WRVO's MemberCard Thank You! Tour. WRVO's Mark Lavonier recently spoke with the award-winning musicians, and asked about their growing fanbase and impact on the region.

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Fri June 7, 2013

Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse

The Sound Garden, a new and used music shop, as been a staple of downtown Syracuse for several years.
elh70 via Flickr

It looks like The Sound Garden, a popular new and used music and videogame store in downtown Syracuse, will be staying put after all.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Friday afternoon announced a deal has been reached on proposed legislation that would exempt games, videos and music from the provisions of the city's new secondhand dealer law.

Those provisions had forced the owner of the store to make plans to close down the Armory Square fixture. The Sound Garden has a second location in Baltimore, Md.

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Sun May 19, 2013

Tim Bond on the Campbell Conversations

What function do staged plays serve in our society? A critical one for civilization itself, argues Tim Bond in this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations.

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Wed May 15, 2013

Symphoria launches first full season of concerts

A brass quartet provided musical accompaniment for the announcement of Symphoria's new season.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

For the first time since before the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt two years ago, musicians will play a full season of symphonic music. The Symphoria's "Music in the Key of CNY" series marks a big moment for the fledgling musical group.

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Mon April 29, 2013

New arts festival coming to Syracuse

Artists in central New York will try to bring their craft to the masses during a new art festival and conference slated for late September.

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Sun March 31, 2013

North Country Arts Council brings out kids' creativity

An instructor leads a workshop on card making during a day of children's art activities at the North Country Arts Council's studio in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

The North Country Arts Council has been a growing force for cultural activity in the Watertown area since its inception in 2009. The group aims to spotlight the work of regional artists, but it also hopes to draw more community members into arts activities too. Over the schools' winter break this year, the organization offered a day full of different art workshops for kids at its home on Public Square. 

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Tue January 1, 2013

What's Landmark Theatre's economic impact on Syracuse

The Landmark Theatre opened in 1928, with seating for just under 3,000 people, as a silent movie theater. It was first known at Loew's State's Theatre.
Landmark Theatre

Most major centers for the arts, like an old theater downtown, usually don't turn a profit. They're not really expected to. But last month at a forum at downtown Syracuse's Landmark Theatre, the argument was made that grandiose theaters shouldn't be viewed as charities.

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Mon December 24, 2012

Area teenager's voice takes him to New York City

Alex Ottaviano

Fans of the Great American Song Book -- music first made popular by singers like Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Ella Fitzgerald -- can thank singer Michael Feinstein for keeping the flame alive. His nightclub in New York City is a mecca for enthusiasts. Now, a local teen singing phenom is getting into the act. Sixteen-year-old Nick Ziobro from Fayetteville is currently the opening act for Feinstein's holiday show.

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Fri December 21, 2012

Sci-fi author Meghan Muriel on writing, disabilities and the end of the world

From a young age, It had been a dream of central New York science fiction author Meghan Muriel to become a career writer. Thanks to the L. Ron Hubbard "Writers of the Future" contest in Hollywood, Meghan's chances have improved as she recently took first place for her short story, "The Siren". WRVO's Mark Lavonier spoke with Meghan about her mission as an author.

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Fri December 14, 2012

New central New York orchestra debuts

Conductor and arranger Sean O'Louglin will conduct the new central New York orchestra
Musical Associates of Central New York

Friday night a new symphony orchestra is unwrapped for central New York, as the orchestra that replaces the bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra takes the stage for its official debut.

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Thu December 13, 2012

Holiday music on the radio - enjoyable or irritating?

It's a sign of the season -- holiday songs are flooding the local radio airwaves. But, it’s a holiday tradition that can be as irritating to some people, as it is enjoyable.

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Thu November 29, 2012

New Syracuse orchestra to debut in December

A new orchestra is rising out of the ashes of the old Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. The new group has announced it will make its official debut at a holiday concert December 14.

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Fri October 19, 2012

Tosca production inspired by sights and sounds of Rome, Italy

Syracuse Opera opens its season Friday, October 19 with Puccini's passionate and politically charged Tosca.

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Fri September 28, 2012

Syracuse Opera director of music talks about "Nine More Operas"

Syracuse Opera has once again teamed up with WRVO Public Media to present Nine More Operas in 90 Minutes to the central and northern New York region. The tour will feature scenes from several timeless operas and musical theater presentations performed by Syracuse Opera’s newest resident artists. 

WRVO’s Catherine Loper spoke with Douglas Kinney Frost, Syracuse Opera's director of music to talk about this unique program which encompasses a variety of genres from the classic operas of Mozart and Tchaikovsky to modern tales like “Sweeney Todd.”

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Fri September 14, 2012

Film project hopes to tell story of each Syracuse neighborhood

A new film will tell a story from each of Syracuse's neighborhoods.
The 26 Neighborhoods Projects

Jamil Munoz grew up in Syracuse. He even moved around a couple times as a kid. Still, he had no idea there were so many different neighborhoods here.

Three years ago, while still in film school at Syracuse University, he came up with the idea to make a documentary about all of the city's different sections.

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Mon August 27, 2012
Media Criticism

Daniel Schwarz on the Campbell Conversations

The New York Times is still the nation's flagship newspaper - "the paper of record." But it has struggled recently, financially and otherwise.

On this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations, Daniel Schwarz, an English literature professor at Cornell and the author of "Endtimes," a new book about the newspaper's last 10 years, dissects its troubles and explains why he thinks the Times is the worst paper in America, except for all the others.

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