Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Poetry Corner, by Jim Farfaglia

Sensing Spring, by Jim Farfaglia

Mother Nature has entered

a Crayola Crayon contest

and wins first prize

for best new shade of green.

She calls it “Springtacular.”

Mr. Skunk has returned,

leaving behind his calling card;

I find myself almost grateful

to smell something other than

the dead of winter.

The earth sings again:

my backyard a concert hall,

its icy demeanor warming,

the gurgle of melting snow

murmuring a pleasant melody.

Crocuses pop up everywhere,

like raised hairs on the arm

of an excited world.

I brush their tops

and I bristle, too.

The kale has wintered over.

I strip off a leaf or two

and chew:

Fine dining at the local café,

reopened for the season.

SUNY Oswego students present art at Quest

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

David Owens, a SUNY Oswego junior fine arts major, will present his work-in-progress, “Twelve in Oswego: An Artistic Interpretation of Time and Place,” April 9 at the college’s Quest symposium.

For every month of the year, Owens finds an ideal location to photograph a place in the city of Oswego and creates paintings based on the photos.

His goal is to get people to see his process and understand his work, as well as to think about the environment of the city and how it transforms month after month.

Owens will display and talk about the paintings he has completed and his project at Quest, the college’s daylong celebration of scholarship and creativity.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

The artist hopes to turn these paintings into a 12-month calendar once he is finished.

“I wanted to make the project relatable to people who see it and get them to understand my process,” he said.

With his camera in hand, Owens spends about two hours capturing the perfect moment for a potential piece in his artwork. He has fully completed paintings for the months of January and February, and is  finishing one for March.

Owens received a grant from the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activity Committee to assist his project. The grant helped him pay for art supplies, boards and paint that would have been much too expensive for him otherwise.

He also received the SUNY Oswego Presidential Purchase Award in 2013 and 2014 at the Juried Student Exhibition.

Opening doors

Owens is one of two students selected to represent the college in the “Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State’s Public Higher Education System” in April at the University Faculty Senate in Albany.

His painting for the month of January also was displayed in Schweinfurth Memorial Arts Center in Auburn.

“This project has opened a lot of doors for me,” said Owens, who continuously sends his artwork to publications and regional shows.

Art faculty member Richard Metzgar mentors Owens in the development and completion of his project, and the student has appreciated the teacher’s efforts.

“He’s invaluable,” Owens said. “His professional work relates to mine as an artist, and he pushed me conceptually to go with this idea.”

Metzgar also helps Owens with grant applications and posters that are going to be on display.

Owens said he has always been passionate about painting and expressing himself creatively through his artwork. Along with pursuing his project, he contributes to the student-run newspaper, the Oswegonian, through cartoons, editorial illustrations and covers.

His artwork is displayed on his website, www.cargocollective.com/faidstudios.

Most of the presentations for Quest will take place in the Campus Center. Parking is free for those attending the April 9 symposium in the rear half of the lot behind Hart and Funnelle resident halls and the adjacent commuter lot.

Visit www.oswego.edu/quest for more information, including times and places for the more than 300 presentations, exhibitions and other events.

Hannibal High presents 2 one-act plays April 9, 10

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Hannibal High School’s Purple Gallery Club will present two one-act plays at 7 p.m. April 9 and 10 in the school’s auditorium.

The all-female cast will act in comedy ‘Camp Confidence’ by Diana Raffle, and drama ‘Fighting for Myself’ by Renee J.Clark.

In ‘Camp Confidence,’ a group of four women with their own idiosyncrasies enroll in a program to build their self-esteem. Led by character Julia and her uncertain assistant Fiona, the four women learn a great deal about each other, and themselves.

‘Fighting for Myself’ is a dramatic portrayal of the pressures that young girls feel from society. Characters struggle to win back their self-reliance and hold on to their identities in the face of very real stresses.

Though focusing on women’s issues, ‘Fighting for Myself’  is vital for all, offering a message of hope. The play features topics that are mature in nature.

Tickets will be sold at the door. A $5 donation is asked. Donations will help fund the Purple Gallery Club’s trip to SUNY Oswego’s annual drama festival.

Baroque music influence on dance topic of performance April 6

Dancer, historian and choreographer Ligia Pinheiro will explore Baroque music as inspiration for styles of dance from classical to modern in a SUNY Oswego Focus on Faculty performance with pianist and music faculty member Juan La Manna at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Sheldon Hall ballroom.

Pinheiro, dance students and La Manna will feature Baroque pieces used in many different settings since their inception, from grandiose Romantic renditions to contemporary rock versions. The husband-and-wife team of La Manna and Pinheiro performed two years ago on the Sheldon ballroom stage, highlighting how gesture and narrative are innate to dance and its history.

Tickets for the afternoon of Baroque music and dance are $8 ($5 for students) and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. For more information on SUNY Oswego fine arts events, visit www.oswego.edu/arts.

Get ready to laugh at Fulton Lions Comedy Night

Anzalone
Anzalone

The Fulton Lions Club is hosting “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone, at 8 p.m. Friday April 25 at the Fulton Polish Home, said Don Labarge, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Labarge said. “Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

“Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive-In,” Labarge said.

“The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each. For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245,” he said.

Tom Anzalone is an international musical comedy star, Holmes said. He has been on Showtime, the Comedy Channel, America’s Funniest People and he has been featured on National Public Radio.

He has been the opening act for Jay Leno, Ray Romano, Dennis Miller and Rob Schneider. He headlines at comedy clubs, casinos, colleges, military bases and cruse ships.

Grant Fletcher has been a long time student of comedy, Holmes said. As soon as he took his first comedy class he knew he wanted to get on stage.

His self-deprecating style of humor has been seen in New York City, Atlanta and Raleigh and throughout Upstate New York. Not only is he performing but also he produces The Unforgettable Comedy Challenge to find up and coming comedy stars.

“Steven Rogers has been making people laugh for the past year to the delight of audiences throughout the Northeast, including his parents who hope he becomes successful enough to move out of the basement,” Holmes said.

“He’s funny, likeable, and takes you on a journey into the world of ‘loveable victim’.’”

Rogers performs regularly at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, Syracuse, as well as at banquet halls, bars and restaurants.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

Learn to make glass jewelry April 5, 12 in Oswego

A series of two classes for people who want to design and create fused glass jewelry is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the Art Association of Oswego, Fort Ontario Complex.

In the first session, participants will make pendants and/or earring sets while in the second session, they will create their own original beaded necklace with one of the pendants and matching earrings.

Attendees must be 16 years old or older. The class size is limited to six.

Information regarding class tuition and fees available at www.OswegoArts.org.

The instructor will be Sandra Dowie. For information on registration or to register for the class, call Dowie at 947-6000. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Mail a check or money order for tuition to the Art Association of Oswego, PO Box 271,  Oswego, NY 13126, or you may pay using a debit or credit card via PayPal through our website – www.OswegoArts.org.

If the class is canceled due to low enrollment, your entire payment will be returned.

Easter passion through music comes to Fulton April 5

The struggle of light over the shadows as told through the passion of Easter will come alive on stage in music as Fulton Community Theatre presents the return of the rock and roll cantata “Tenebrae.”

The musical work – composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, and featuring the talents of the Christian rock band The Sent Forth – will play for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in the Jubilee Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made by calling 598-7840.

Proceeds from the event will go to help support Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and welcomed at the performance.

“We are happy to be once again dedicating part of our season towards helping Catholic Charities,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said.

“Tenebrae”, which made its world debut as part of the theater’s 2013 season, features 11 original songs linked by dramatic narration and multimedia images, using the religious metaphors of the Light and the Shadowed forces that sought to extinguish it.

Tenebrae, which is Latin for “darkness,” is a long-held tradition in Western Christian churches, and describes a service where candles are slowly extinguished.

For Bolio, a bass guitarist who formed The Sent Forth band in 2007 with drummer Robbie Brown and lead guitarist Al Weaver, “Tenebrae” is a very personal journey. His inspiration comes not only from the original Gospels, but from attending many Tenebrae services around Central New York.

“Although every one of them told the story of The Passion beautifully, I felt there was a calling for a more contemporary approach,” Bolio said.

Joining the men of The Sent Forth on stage for “Tenebrae” will be the vocal talents of Molly Brown, Dawn Weaver, and Brian Pringle in the role of the narrator.

For more information, visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fultoncommunitytheatre.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

During the next several weeks the following classes are being offered:

Multi-Arts Workshop 

Jim Farfaglia, Kendra Matott and Diane Sokolowski will offer this class from 9 a.m to noon, Saturday April 12. The cost is $15.

In this whatever ART Workshop for adults, students will spend the first hour exploring writing, culinary and studio arts. Then they can choose which art to work in for the remainder of class.

Topics will include using art to inspire writing, mixing medias in visual art and Easter themed goodies in culinary.

Photoshop Demonstration 

Kendra Matott offered this class from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26. The cost is $15.

Digital Mixed Media artist Matott will provide a demonstration using Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images with the software. Watch and learn as she covers topics such as image size, levels and the lasso tool, as well as demonstrate different ways to combine images using layer modes and masks.

Students will be able to watch the instructor use Photoshop and may be able to take turns trying different techniques. Great as an introduction to the program or, for the advanced user, a new perspective!

Facebook: Promotion for the Arts 

This workshop will be presented by Kendra Matott from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26. The fee is $15.

Learn step by step how to create and manage a Facebook business page. In today’s market, social networking is a must for any small business — and that includes the arts!

Whether you are an actor, painter, chef or anything in between, this workshop will teach you how to promote your trade on Facebook.

Learn how to create an interactive environment between you and your fans/clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events. All skill levels are welcome, so if you already have a page or if have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you!

Pre-registration is appreciated.

We also offer children’s classes and private lessons.

Visit our web site at www.cnyartscenter.com or call 315-592-3373 and be sure to visit Arts in the heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.