I have a couple words....

stop being gloomy and start being happy, doc.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Social Hour

We don't all drink you know, some of us just socialize. In the spirit of full disclosure...some of us do both. I've posted about Green Drinks Syracuse and some of the other regular events around town. Here are the new faces at the roadhouse.

Drinking Liberally just started up in Syracuse. For those of you from other parts of the States, Drinking Liberally is an informal, inclusive, progressive social group where you can raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month starting at 5:30pm until...whenever.
Where: J Ryan's Pub 253 E Water St Syracuse, NY 13202
More Info: check out the facebook group or email: syracuse@drinkingliberally.org

Keep an eye out for Syracuse Thirst, a variable time schedule event that happens around Syracuse at Syracuse First businesses. Generally, there is good food and good people to meet and mingle with. http://www.syracusefirst.org

CNY Food Revolution Networking Event
Hosted by Slow Food CNY, Monday March 28th from 5-7pm
Location: Eve Galleria, 6456 Collamer Road, East Syracuse
Rumor is there will be more food revolution-themed social hours coming soon. Keep on checking Slow Food CNY for details.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

When you march to the beat of your own drum

sometimes you end up walking kinda funny. But who's watching?

what have you held on to?
A mysterious artist in Syracuse is looking for "submissions for a community exhibit displaying artifacts from past relationships and love affairs, objects/letters/photos/etc. that have a place in your personal history. we hope to assemble what will be an in teresting peek into human nature, break-ups and romance.
items will not be tampered with or damaged. all items will be returned. we will not accept anything hateful, retaliatory, or pornographic."
The deadline for submitting is March 31st. For more info or to submit things, email: paperdollaac@gmail.com

And in the face of the coming age of food scarcity, there is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair at Erwin United Methodist Church (900 Euclid Ave)this Saturday, March 19th from 1:00pm-4:00pm. The way this works is you buy a share of the harvest and then every week for the entire season, you get a box of fresh produce delivered to a convenient location near you. You can also get egg shares and flower shares...and meed the farmers who grow it all.
Check out the link: http://slowfoodcny.org/

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


flash. bang. wow. That's just the way it is. Things will never be the same. You live here, start going out every weekday, every weekend...catch as much of the magic as you can, but still it's gonna happen.

Recap on February; some very cool things went down. The Syracuse Opera had an opera karaoke night at Opus Restaurant in Armory. They brought the pianist and the public brought Attitude with a high A. The Syracuse Crunch Hockey team was doing their thing on ice with a game nearly every day. I watched a near-win by the Crunch vs. the Binghamton Senators. Our boys were up, and then they were down. It was a rough game, made a little rougher by my startled realization that I'm scared to death of "Al" the snow gorilla mascot. Snow gorilla, my tush. He's a yeti. And he has orange eyes. Creepy...I haven't felt this kind of fear since watching Arachnophobia at far too impressionable an age.

Syracuse's Drama Department performed a short run of a highly erotic play based on Lysistrata with as much subtlety to the theme of sexual warfare as only the under 22-year-old set can muster. Considering the cast size, I estimate I paid $1.25 per actor to see two hours of mostly-nude 18 year-old's masturbate on stage. Perhaps that shouldn't go in the 'very cool' category.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld spoke at Hendricks Chapel and Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas. The title of his discussion was, “How Big Is Your God? Religious Pluralism in an Age of Increasing Extremism”. He's a BFD, folks. President of Clal—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which is a think tank and resource center committed to religious pluralism. Newsweek magazine lists him as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis” and Beliefnet.com has him on the shortlist of the nation’s leading “Preachers and Teachers”. Not that I trust those online crazies, but still, he's something.

Major things not to miss in March, in date order:
0) Women Rockin' the World Benefit Concert, March 12, 2011 7-10:00 pm
FEATURING: emma’s revolution & Colleen Kattau, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society (3800 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse). ArtRage is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day & our exhibition of women’s art with this ROCKIN’ CONCERT to benefit the gallery. Tix $15.
1) Permeable Pavement in Cold Climates, with expert presentations on green infrastructure, green jobs, and green funding in Onondaga County. This day-long event will not keep you from your St. Patty's Day drinks and is being held at our sustainably-minded zoo (mere steps away from Tipperary Hill and Armory Square for post-green green drinking)
2) The Regional Chamber Business Show on March 24th, at the Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. This promises to be the most interactive event yet to feature businesses from across Central Upstate NY. And Dinosaur BBQ will be there!
3) The We Live NY Summit March 25th in Ithaca, NY. If you do nothing else this year (and you're under 40) git yourself to Ithaca for this one day.
4) Career Connections at Carousel Mall's Sky Deck on March 30th. For the unemployed or underemployed, this free full day of resume workshops, panels, speakers, and employers can provide a world of information toward effective job searching. Help yourself.

Oh, and the "Ah-hah! So that's what they're up to" moment for those of you wondering what was happening on the E. Genesee Street portion of the Connective Corridor near Phoebe's and Syracuse Stage: here.