Downtown Syracuse

December 6, 2017 - 10:04pm
The concert at St. Paul's in downtown Syracuse is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Amid shopping for gifts and stringing colorful lights all over houses, there is one seemingly forgotten part of the holiday season: Winter Solstice. Falling on Dec. 21 this year, the Winter Solstice marks the end of the longest night of the year. In Downtown Syracuse, this event is celebrated weeks ahead of time with Solstice at the Cathedral.

September 24, 2017 - 9:41am
LadyFest Syracuse provided a safe space for the celebration of music and art on Saturday night with profits going toward Vera House.

 

This Saturday, while Paul McCartney played in the Carrier Dome, an all-inclusive music-based feminist festival, LadyFest, held its fourth annual social gathering to champion “women, POC, and the LGBTQIA+ community.”

February 9, 2017 - 12:00am
As more businesses find success in downtown Syracuse, community leaders struggle to persuade recent college graduates to live in the area.

For more than a decade, Maren King drove from her home in DeWitt to her office on the SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry campus. However, after years of taking the same route to work, King said the suburban life didn’t appeal too much to her after her two sons left for college, so she decided to move and buy a condo in downtown Syracuse in 2009.

December 12, 2016 - 6:40pm
Review: The pleasant rendition of Disney’s 1991 award-winning animated feature provided the audience with enthusiastic and humorous, yet heartfelt performances.

At first glance, it was hard to imagine how an extravagant and familiar Disney story would unfold in the intimate space of the Redhouse Arts Center. But as the actors took the stage, the audience was magically transported to a secluded French village surrounded by lush green trees, houses and bakeries.

December 2, 2016 - 6:09pm
Five Finger Death Punch closed a memorable concert that featured As Lions, Sixx A.M., and Shinedown.

A metal concert might not seem like an obvious family outing, but the lead singer of featured act Five Finger Death Punch didn’t shy away from including families in his band’s performance on Tuesday.

November 16, 2016 - 11:55pm
Review: Now, perhaps more than any time in recent memory, a musical about life, protest, love and community is needed.

Jonathan Larson’s Rent is, distilled to its purest form, a story about life and what you do with it. One of the musical's most quoted lines is "No day but today" - a sentiment that is as poignant today as it was when Larson premiered it off-Broadway in 1996.

The 20th anniversary tour of Rent, which played at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater from Nov. 15-17, provides audiences with heartfelt, powerful performances and proved why the musical has lasted 20 years.

October 28, 2016 - 12:10pm
Young dancers and dance enthusiasts filled The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater to see alumni of the 'So You Think You Can Dance' program.

Dreams take us to places we could have never imagined.

Out of the dreamland and mind of one of So You Think You Can Dance’s most well-known alums, Travis Wall, comes Dance Reimagined, a story about the manifestations of dreams, innermost thoughts and confronting your demons through dance.

October 20, 2016 - 7:07pm
Review: Production of award-winning musical 'Once' at The OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater reminds audiences to celebrate creative passions and fall in love.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a play that made me feel so much at the same time. Once was like riding a roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end.

The touring production of the Broadway musical that won eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, was performed at the The OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater from Oct. 18 - 20. Also the winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Once was sold-out for its limited run in Syracuse at the 2,117-seat theater.

September 14, 2016 - 9:37pm
Syracuse's Fall 2016 Fashion Week kicked off on Wednesday with its first ever dog fashion show.

Syracuse Fashion Week put on its first runway show of the season on Wednesday and instead of strutting their heels and bags, the models showed off their paws and tails.

The event, “Dressed To The K-9’s,” was Syracuse’s first dog fashion show. It took place in Perseverance Park between Armory and Clinton Squares. The outdoor show was free to attend and free to enter.

Lisa Butler, executive director of Syracuse Fashion Week, said the idea for this event came from the Office of Innovation at City Hall.

September 8, 2016 - 7:43pm
Syracuse transplant Max Puglisi fell in love with his city after fostering a community of creativity at downtown jam sessions.

Max Puglisi spent three years in the city of Syracuse before he started living in it.

While studying music industry at Syracuse University, Puglisi didn’t like the city he was in. Once he finally left the Hill his senior year, though, he said he fell in love.

“It never really seemed like anything was going on here until I got down there,” said Puglisi, who grew up in Rochester. “And then, all of a sudden, these past two years, Syracuse has blown up in terms of culture.”