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ArtsWeek in Downtown Syracuse

More than twenty-six arts and cultural organizations will collaborate to present ArtsWeek, a week-long program of visual and performing arts events linked through a pedestrian corridor from Everson Plaza to Columbus Circle to City Hall Commons to Hanover Square to Clinton Square. Events take place from July 20 to July 28, 2013.

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43rd Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

A spectacular 3-day showcase of the country’s most talented artists, craftspeople, and entertainers is centered on historic Columbus Circle in Downtown Syracuse. Represented in the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival will be artists and crafters from 25 U.S. states and Canada. The event presents contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, a wide variety of music, multi-cultural performances, summer refreshments, and participatory activities. 

Where: Columbus Circle                          

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: www.syracuseartsandcraftsfestival.com

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Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Jazz and wine are the perfect combination! The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival returns with two days of free jazz, smooth jazz, and RnB programming on three stages.  That’s two days of diverse, world-class acts, quality wines and wine-tasting events, and mouth-watering food, guaranteed to make Downtown Syracuse the cool place to be this summer! Late night jam sessions will be held at the Jazz Central (441 E. Washington St.) both nights.

Where: Clinton Square

When: July 26-27, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm

For more info: www.nejazzwinefest.org

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Syracuse New Times 23rd Annual Street Painting Festival 

A chalk art contest for artists ranging from young kids to seasoned professionals.  The Masters Competition is the highest level of chalk art competition, in which the artist will recreate a renowned masters painting in chalk on the sidewalk.  Cash and prizes will be awarded.  The art will be photographed and showcased in the Syracuse New Times newspaper and web site.  Pre-registration is recommended – call  422-7011.

Where: 200 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 27, Saturday 8 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest

This annual celebration will feature sustainable product vendors, fine Native American crafters, Native American food vendors, a Smoke Dance exhibition and lacrosse stick making demonstrations by Alfie Jacques. Musical entertainment from The Blues Hounds, the Haudensaunee Singers & Dancers, Corn Bred, Los Blancos and Sammy Award winners The Fabulous Ripcords.  Don't miss this free family-friendly event!

Where: Hanover Square, 100 E. Water St.

When: July 26-27, Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday 2-10 pm

For more info: www.bluerainecofest.org

Friday:
5:00 - 5:05 Thanksgiving by Irv Lyons/Opening Remarks by Bill Brod
5:30 - 6:10 Hoop Dancer Micco Sampson
6:15 - 7:45 TBD
7:45 - 9:40 The Fabulous Ripcords 

Saturday:
12:00 - 12:10 Thanksgiving by Irv Lyons/Opening Remarks by Sherry Hopper
12:15 - 1:00 TBD
1:00 - 2:00 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
2:15 - 3:30 Morris and the Hepcats
3:45 - 5:00 Corn-Bred
5:30 - 6:30 Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers
6:45 - 8:00 Los Blancos
8:15 - 9:45 The Blues Hounds

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Syracuse University Bookstore Book Fair

The Syracuse University Bookstore will host a Book Fair as an exciting portion of the Annual Syracuse Arts and Craft Festival.  The centerpiece of the Book Fair is local fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books whose authors and illustrators will be on hand to discuss, read and personally autograph their books.  The literature and creative talents of local and regional authors and illustrators will be showcased. Click here for the schedule

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 11 am-6 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm

For more info: http://bookstore.syr.edu

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The Art of Tinsmithing and How the Statue of Liberty Was Built

Syracuse tinsmith Dennis Heaphy will present an interactive program on the art of tinsmithing and the building of the Statue of Liberty.  Heaphy is the fourth generation of his family to work as a tinsmith in Syracuse.  He is the primary tinsmith for the Statue of Liberty and has worked on the extensive ongoing restoration of the copper statue.  His program describes the building process and its relationship to the Erie Canal.  He demonstrates the process of Repousse, the technique used by the craftsmen, as well as the tools and materials used.  Visitors will gain a greater appreciation for what the builders went through to bring sculptor Frederic Bartholdi’s vision to life.  This program is presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26-28, Friday-Sunday, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm

For more info: www.ellisislandreenactment.com

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Columbus Circle Mural Restoration

Mural Artist Kelly Curry will repaint and restore the public art mural at 264 E. Onondaga St.  The mural depicts a turn-of-the century urban street scene with storefronts, a streetcar and several characters.  The artwork is one of the visual highlights of the historic Columbus Circle area.  Originally commissioned in 1980 by the Downtown Committee, the mural was created by the Syracuse Art Squad, directed by artist Andy Matlow.  Using historic images of the mural, Ms. Curry will bring back the mural’s original brilliance and character by restoring perspectives and colors. This program is supported by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.  The project is also made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Where: 264 E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26-28, Friday-Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

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Classical Oasis 

Classical Oasis, a program designed to recognize, employ and promote rising talent around the country, will feature student performers from the Eastman School of Music and Syracuse University who will be performing pop classical and contemporary instrumental music throughout the weekend. Four student musicians, who are top rising starts within the community, will perform live on violin and cello, with pre-recorded accompaniment.  Their CDs will be available for sale as a way to raise funds for the program and promote the arts.  This program is presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Where: 300 block of E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: www.classicaloasis.net

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Syracuse New Times Paper Box Painting Competition 

The Paper Box Painting competition is a chance for local artists to paint a Syracuse New Times outdoor paper box using their own creativity.  These boxes will be located around the City after the competition and be used to distribute Syracuse New Times papers.  Pre-registration is recommended – call 422-7011.

Where: 200 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 27, Saturday 9 am-4 pm

For more info: www.syracusenewtimes.com

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M Street Cooperative 

This event brings 65 local crafters downtown with booths offering stained glass and handmade wooden toys to wrought iron sculpture and handmade children’s and adult clothing.  Culinary delights are supplied by the Onondaga Historical Association's booth with members of the Onondaga Nation cooking Buffalo Burgers and Venison Sausage.  Media Unit street performers provide original choreography with the dancers roving back to Oz Nation and staging a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 26-27, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Media Unit Monster Book Sale 

The region’s largest annual used book and vinyl MONSTER SALE. Browse used books at bargain prices--you make an offer, everything must go!

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm

From Memory

40 Below Public Arts Task Force and the American Institute of Architects CNY present “From Memory”.  Last fall, Syracuse-area residents were invited to write about a significant memory from their lives.  Then, without looking at the previous version, the writers rewrote these memories at regular intervals over the course of six months.  Now, a wide selection of Syracuse artists are sharing their interpretations of this writing process for a group show. The event will include performance poetry, illustration, painting, video and sculpture.  The opening reception on Friday will feature a live performance by local band The Nudes along with performance poetry by Mozart Guerrier.  Refreshments will be served.  

Where: Storefront, City Hall Commons Plaza

When: July 26-28, Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-3 pm

For more info: www.40belowpatf.com

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Candlelight Series 

The international guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.  Their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar instrumentals as well as vocal duets, giving them wide appeal.  Influenced by Americana, Jazz, Country Western and Contemporary music, Loren and Mark’s unique style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark.  Guitar playing like you've never heard before with opening act by a classical guitarist James Horan!

Where: corner of W. Jefferson St. and Franklin St.

When: July 20, Saturday, 7 pm

For more info:  www.armorysq.org

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Jazz Up Your Lunch Series

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs presents free lunchtime concerts. 

When & Where:

July 22: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Clinton Square, 12:15 pm

July 23: Stan Colella All-Star Band, Hanover Square, 12:15 pm

July 23: 42nd Infantry Division Band, Clinton Square, 12 pm

July 24: Stan Colella All-Star Band Pebble Park, 12:15 pm

July 25: Stan Colella All-Star Band Armory Square, 12:15 pm

For more info:  www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/calendarOfEvents2.html

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Downtown Writer’s Center 

The Downtown Writer’s Center of the YMCA, Central New York’s only literary writing center, will offer activities under the Downtown Writer’s Center tent all weekend including collage poems, Magnetic Poetry, writing prompts, and the annual Six-Word Memoir Contest.  Meet Downtown Writer’s Center faculty and browse through the library of books published by both teachers and Center members, with book signings by authors throughout the weekend.

Where: 300 block of Montgomery St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info: http://www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwc.html

Monday Fundays: Paint Your Own Syracuse China-Inspired Tile 

Thousands of businesses sprouted along the Erie Canal during the nineteenth century.  One of these, Onondaga Pottery, became nationally renowned for their beautiful and durable Syracuse China in the 1890s.  Paint your own tile based on Syracuse China designs and learn more about this nationally renowned pottery. ($5/child; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Where: Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 22, Monday, 1 pm

For more info:  www.eriecanalmuseum.org

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Create Your Own Cross-Stitch 

Be inspired by An American Look: Fashion, Decorative Arts, & Gustav Stickley, on view at the Everson Museum of Art now through September 22nd, and create your own cross-stitch! This exhibition features Arts & Crafts style ceramics, Stickley furniture, and costumes from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection at Syracuse University. You can follow the pattern or create a unique cross-stitch square to take home!

Where: City Hall Commons Plaza

When: July 27, Saturday, 10 am-3 pm

For more info: www.everson.org

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Flicks on the Crick: The Dark Knight Rises 

The Sound Garden presents Flicks on the Crick, a weekly film series shown on a massive outdoor screen with professional sound.  Bring some chairs, grab some friends, and enjoy this free film series, Wednesdays, July 10 – August 28.

Where: Sound Garden, 310 W. Jefferson St.

When: July 24, Wednesday, dusk

For more info: www.cdjoint.com

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Onondaga Historical Association’s Native American Circle of Life 

The OHA Museum will host for the fifth year, Native American arts, crafts and foods including buffalo burgers, jewelry, native blankets, ladies’ bags, sweet grass, dream catchers, soaps, and face painting! A performance by the Native Shawl Dancers will take place in the Museum Auditorium Saturday at 2 pm. Museum exhibits on display include: Onondaga at Gettysburg: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance, No Place Like Home: History of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement in Onondaga County, Paintings from OHA’s Collection, The Ties that Bind: The Heritage of Onondaga County’s Bridges and Transforming Syracuse’s Lakefront: The 25th Anniversary of a Bold Vision –1887-2012. The OHA gift gallery, offering a variety of gifts connected to CNY and its history, will be open.

Where: 321 Montgomery St.

When: July 24-28, Wednesday-Friday 10 am-4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-4 pm

For more info: www.cnyhistory.org

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Summer Film Under the Stars: Toy Story

Bring your lounge chairs, blankets, and snacks and settle in on the Everson Community Plaza to enjoy a free film projected onto the side of the Everson building!  In this Pixar animated movie, a cowboy doll named Woody is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure, Buzz Lightyear supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.  Presented in partnership with the Urban Video Project and The Oncenter.  

Where: Everson Community Plaza

When: July 26, Friday, 8:30 pm

For more info:  www.everson.org

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Plymouth Congregational Church Art and Bake Sale

All are invited to browse Plymouth Church’s sale held within the church, featuring eleven artisans from the community.  Outside there will be an assortment of church baked goods, Saratoga water, Snapple, and Sparky Town coffee for sale.  All proceeds will go to support the community ministries of the church.  Also, there will be an outdoor worship service on Sunday at 10 am with music by a jazz ensemble.

Where: 232 E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm

For more info: http://plymouthuccsyracuse.org

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Garage Sale

Ongoing during the Arts and Crafts Festival in the Hanson Dining room.  Visitors will find clothes, household items, books, toys, and other miscellaneous items for sale.  The Cathedral doors will be open daily.  Parishioners will be on hand to welcome visitors who may come in, enjoy the beauty of the Cathedral, relax, get a drink of water and use the rest rooms.  Some recorded music of the Cathedral choir and organ will be playing throughout the weekend.  A morning service will be held on Sunday at 9 am.

Where: 310 Montgomery St.

When: July 26-28, Friday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm

For more info:  www.saintpaulscathedral.org

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Syracuse Stories

Syracuse Stories is a collaborative grassroots initiative celebrating and sharing the stories of the people, cultures and institutions that make up our community.  During ArtsWeek, Syracuse Stories invites members of the Syracuse and CNY community to share your stories; who you are, where you come from, how you came to live in CNY, why you stay, what you care about, what you would like neighbors to know about your culture and its traditions.  Syracuse Stories and the Downtown Writer's Center collaborate to help people tell their stories in a variety of ways; in writing, in story-circles, thru individual story-telling and two person interviews modeled on NPR's Story Corps.  More stories will be gathered and filmed at the Downtown Writer’s Center on Saturday during ArtsWeek as a part of the "Know Your Neighbor, Know the World" project.  

Where: Downtown Writer’s Center, 340 Montgomery St.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Email: syracusestories@gmail.com to schedule a time to tell your story, or sign up that day. 

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Film: “Syracuse Stories”

The documentary comprised of stories collected during last year's  ArtsWeek and throughout the year by Malinda Masing (SU Newhouse senior) and other members of Syracuse Stories in the course of their travels in Brazil and throughout the Middle East, will be shown several times each day at the Downtown Writer’s Center.  Come see how members of both the CNY and international communities shared their stories over the last year.  Stay for a story circle or tell your own Syracuse story.  

Where: Downtown Writer’s Center, 340 Montgomery St. and Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd E.

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Email: syracusestories@gmail.com

Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society

Stop by the Guardian Angel Society's booth at 264 East Onondaga Street across from the Cathedral, to learn more about their mission to support the education of local children in need.  Father Joseph Champlin's books entitled Slow Down and Take Five will be available for purchase as well as Guardian Angel Society merchandise and beautifully handmade remembrance beads featuring stunning Austrian crystals. 

Where: 264 E. Onondaga St., Columbus Circle

When: July 26-28, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-5 pm

For more info:  www.guardianangelsoc.org

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New Jerusalem Church Chicken & Rib Barbecue

Where: 300 block E. Onondaga St.

When: July 26-28