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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 »

South Side Drummers Reflect on Time Playing

Anthony Williams bought his first conga drum 44 years ago, paying all of $5 for it. At the time, he wanted the drum because he saw the way girls flocked to his brother, who played in a band. Williams, now 62, has been playing ever since. On Syracuse’s South Side, he has played with dozens of drummers in many groups. ... Read More »

Transporting Care

Syracuse native Yvonne Greene operates Band Aid Personal Care Service Yvonne Greene does not like down time. So much so that she works three jobs. Greene, a 49-year-old Syracuse native, owns Band Aid Personal Care Service, a transportation service that includes curb-to-curb, door-to-door, door-through-door, one-way and round-trip options. The South Side resident also works part time with the NYS Justice ... 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 »

Singing for God

South Side native says she was born into a life of music and has never known any other way Markita Collins did not have a choice growing up about the role religion and music would play in her life. Her parents made those rules. “I was not born into a democracy; I was born into a dictatorship,” Collins said. “You ... 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 »

Food Co-Op Plans to Reopen in Spring

Eat to Live board says working on business plan The Eat to Live Food Cooperative on South Salina Street closed its doors due to a lack of funding after being open less than three months, but its board is addressing the issues that caused its closing in hopes of reopening it this spring. “We didn’t make the money we needed ... Read More »

Forum Asks: How Do We Get Best Redesign of I-81?

Residents hear multiple perspectives, pose questions The future of Interstate 81 remained shrouded in uncertainty following a public forum hosted by the Moving People Transportation Coalition on Thursday night. Held at the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave., at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, the forum allowed about 50 residents of Syracuse’s various neighborhoods to voice their concerns and questions ... 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 »

Recap on the Caribbean Cinematic Festival

Four days. Six films. Four countries. Two directors. One actor. One curator. Four discussion moderators. When you blend all these ingredients what comes out of this mix is the Caribbean Cinematic Festival. Read More »