Drum Line Leaders

Elks Pride 315 get new drum thanks to donations The sound of drums pulsates through the walls of the Elks Lodge as members of the Elks Pride 315 drum line practice for their next show. The drum line has been a part of the tradition of the Elks dating as far back as 1909. After a hiatus, the drum line ... Read More »

City's Aspiration True Question of I-81's Redesign

During third speaker series, keynote encourage Syracuse to have a wider vision William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein were present in spirit in the Onondaga County Civic Center on Sept. 24. Peter Park used phrases attributed or misattributed (in Einstein’s case) to these historical figures and others to buttress his arguments during his lecture titled “Remove a Highway, Improve ... Read More »

Join The Stand's Board

Call for New Board Members The Stand currently has an opening for a community member to join our Board of Directors. Board members meet every other month for two hours on a Saturday morning. Members discuss story suggestions, events, advertising opportunities and workshop offerings. Read More »

Rare and Used Book Store Opens

Jon Speed: The Book Scout has an inventory of 15,000 books Jon Speed held its grand opening this week. The business hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Owner Jon Speed brings 20 years of antiquarian bookselling experience to the Syracuse literary scene, and the store’s fields of specialty are: literature, modern first editions, Americana and ... Read More »

Review of Corcoran's Spring Production

A senior-lead cast at Corcoran High School put on their final musical with “Bye Bye Birdie” Friday and Saturday night in the Corcoran Auditorium. Anywhere from 100 to 150 people were in attendance opening night according to Mrs. Liles, the ticket keeper. “Bye Bye Birdie”is a 1960 musical that circulates around a famous musical sensation, Conrad Birdie, who is drafted ... Read More »

'Hoodoo Lord of the Delta' Fuses with Bengali

Author Flowers speaks on latest book from Indian publisher Mesmerizing beats resonating throughout Shemin Auditorium kept the audience enthralled for an extended timespan. The eclectic sounds of “Rickydoc Trickmaster, Hoodoo Lord of the Mississippi Delta” cast a spell that drew spectators closer to the edges of their seats. A performer channeled the Lord by blowing a lambi – a Creole conch shell -, shaking bells and plucking an African kalimba – a traditional thumb ... Read More »

Religion and Politics in the Age of Obama

Barbara Savage speaks at the 31st Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Affairs Lecture In 1988, a twenty-something community organizer in Chicago named Barack Obama stumbled into Trinity United Church of Christ and fell to his knees beneath an old rugged cross, according to his memoir “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Had this event not ... Read More »

Black Panther on the South Side

Former Black Panther Party Chapter founder speaks at Fountain of Life Church The ’60s and the new millennium. The West Coast and the East Coast. Seattle and Syracuse. All these came together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle when a former Black Panther roared on Syracuse’s South Side on Feb. 23. Read More »

Abye Assefa on Africa: “Country” of Women

Scholar speaks on African women’s possibilities Abye Assefa went from living in a refugee camp in the African republic of Djibouti to teaching sociology at St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York, where he is an associate professor. In between, he worked in a factory assembly line in New York City and earned a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at ... Read More »

Anthropomorphized Felines On the Prowl at the Everson

A pack of cats have taken over the plaza adjacent to the Everson Museum of Art. The felines creep up at dusk and mysteriously vanish by 11 p.m. Attempts to physically capture the critters had been futile so far. These aren’t regular cats. Instead, they are anthropomorphic animals, meaning they possess human characteristics such as walking on two legs. Read More »