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12:00 PM-5:00 PM The Connective Corridor Darkness/Detritus/Illuminations: Works by Eduardo Lalo Point of Contact Gallery
12:15 PM The Connective Corridor Everson TGIF Tour Everson Museum of Art
4:30 PM Legends of Jazz Series: The Rebirth Brass Band Onondaga Community College
7:00 PM The Connective Corridor Author John Vanderslice Downtown Writer's Center
7:00 PM Legends of Jazz Series: The Rebirth Brass Band Onondaga Community College
7:30 PM Legend Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company
8:00 PM Jekyll & Hyde Baldwinsville Theatre Guild (Read a review!)
8:00 PM God's Favorite Central New York Playhouse (Read a review!)
8:00 PM The Connective Corridor Broadway Bound Redhouse (Read a review!)
8:00 PM The Connective Corridor Preview: Measure for Measure Syracuse University Drama Department
9:00 PM Spring Break Clothing Launch Bash Party, with Ca$h Out, Oxburg, Sean Mags, DJ Big Boy, DJ Merc, DJ DG Westcott Theater

This week's events

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In the News

Call for Submissions for Cancer Survivors Anthology
Syracues Stage to Hold Youth Auditions
Call for Poets
Light Work Grants in Photography
Stone Canoe Joins the DWC
Include Your Name on the CNY Arts Film Directory
Call for Wilson Art Gallery Proposals for 2015-2016 Season
Musical Master Class Series Launches Major Regional Talent Search
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Call for Submissions for Cancer Survivors Anthology

A special opportunity from the YMCA's Laurie's Hope, Livestrong, and Downtown Writers Center programs.

The YMCA provides many valuable supports to cancer survivors and those in treatment, through its Livestrong and Laurie's Hope programs. This spring, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center is helping to coordinate and publish a book of stories from cancer survivors. It is our hope that the book will showcase the remarkable spirit and strength of our program participants.

If you are a current or recent DWC student or member, have battled cancer, and are willing to share a story about your experience, we would be happy to consider it for this project. What should your story be about? The best advice we can give you is to try to be as specific as possible: as the old maxim goes, "show, don't tell." Think of something that has happened or a moment from your journey that was important to you, or one that you think others might learn from.

Please follow these guidelines:
* Stories may be up to 1200 words in length.
* Poems may be up to two pages long.
* If possible, email your submission as a PDF or Word file to Phil Memmer.
* If you are unable to submit your story electronically, you may mail your typed or hand-written story to Phil Memmer at the Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202.

We will have a limited amount of space in the book, so we may not have room for every story we receive. In order to make sure that we have time to edit and produce the book on schedule, please provide us with your finished story by April 1.

Contact Phil Memmer if you have any questions about this project.

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Syracues Stage to Hold Youth Auditions

"All children grow up, except one." So begins a magical adventure that has been delighting children (and grown-ups) for more than 100 years. The high-flying musical adaptation of Peter Pan will be performed Nov. 28, 2015, through Jan. 3, 2016, as part of Syracuse Stage's upcoming 2015/16 Season.

Youth auditions will be held on March 27 and 28 for two Peter Pan roles: Michael, 8-10 years old, and John, 10-13 years old. Local youth of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. The roles will require some theatrical flying, which will be coordinated by a professional flying effects company. Children wishing to audition should prepare a one-minute monologue or poem, and up to 16 bars of music sung a cappella or accompanied on piano (please bring sheet music for the piano accompanist.) To schedule an audition, contact Chris Botek at 315-443-4008 or

Helming the Syracuse Stage production of Peter Pan will be director Paul Barnes, who previously directed the Syracuse Stage productions of White Christmas and The Miracle Worker. The musical director is Brian Cimmet (Hairspray), and the choreographer is Anthony Salatino (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Little Women, among others.)

Peter Pan will be co-produced with the Department of Drama in SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to featuring local children, the 28-member cast will be comprised of students from SU's Department of Drama and professional actors from around the country.

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Call for Poets

Point of Contact Gallery is hosting its fourth Poetry Book Fair to showcase books by poets from the Central New York region. This is an opportunity for local poets to showcase and sell their published work. Part of Cruel April, an annual poetry event presented by Point of Contact, the Poetry Book Fair will kick off on April 2 and continue throughout the month of April. Poetry books will be left on display at the gallery during poetry events throughout the month and are available for purchase to all visitors. Point of Contact will retain a 20% commission fee on sold books.

Poets interested in having their published work showcased at the Poetry Book Fair should email or call the Point of Contact Gallery by March 27.

For more information about the poetry events during Cruel April, or to register for the Poetry Book Fair contact Point of Contact's Administrative and Marketing Coordinator Amanda Sterling, 315-443-2169.

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Light Work Grants in Photography

Light Work is pleased to announce the 2015 Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Three $2,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse. Recipients are invited to display their work in a special exhibition at Light Work, and will have their work reproduced in Light Work's award-winning publication, Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

In its 40-year history, the grant program has supported more than 118 artists, some multiple times. With the help of the regional grant, many artists have been able to continue long-term projects, purchase equipment, frame photographs for exhibitions, promote their work, collaborate with others or otherwise continue their artistic goals.

All applicants must reside in of one of the following Central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga or Tompkins.

Three judges from outside the grant region will review the applications. Their decisions are based solely on the strength of the candidate's portfolio and completed application. Individuals who received this award prior to 2010 are eligible to re-apply. Full-time students are not eligible.

Apply online at Application deadline is April 1, 2015.

Light Work is a nonprofit, artist-run photography organization and imaging center located in Syracuse. The organization is dedicated to helping artists working in photography and related media, and supports artists from across the world through exhibitions, publications and artist-in-residence program.

For further information, contact Light Work at 315-443-1300 or

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Stone Canoe Joins the DWC

The YMCA's Downtown Writers Center is delighted to announce that it is now the new publisher of acclaimed literary journal Stone Canoe.

Formerly published by Syracuse University's University College, Stone Canoe is a journal of work by artists and writers with ties to Upstate New York. The journal appears annually. While the latest volume (#9) was produced independently by founding editor Bob Colley, it is being sold by the DWC, and all future issues will be published by the YMCA. We are tremendously excited about this addition to our programming, and delighted to help ensure that Stone Canoe continues its tradition of presenting fine art and writing from our region.

The new issue of Stone Canoe is $18 (including shipping) and features nearly 275 pages of art, poetry, fiction, and essays. To order, send a check payable to "YMCA" to the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center, Attn: Stone Canoe, 340 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202. Or call us at 315-474-6851 x328 to order by phone.

Learn more about Stone Canoe at

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Include Your Name on the CNY Arts Film Directory

If you have experience with any of the roles listed below, the Onondaga County Film Commission would love to hear from you. Register on the CNY Arts Directory so film companies know about the talent in our region. Make sure to choose "Film" as a category and tag your skills so that you're easy to find! If you're already on the Directory, you can always edit your profile with new categories or tags.

Film Maker
Assistant Director
Production Design
Camera Operator
Hair & Makeup
Costume & Wardrobe
Art Department
Set Design
Set Construction
Set Dressing
Special and Visual FX

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Call for Wilson Art Gallery Proposals for 2015-2016 Season

The Wilson Art Gallery of the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College seeks proposals for exhibitions of visual art for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Gallery has openings for four exhibitions lasting three to four weeks each between October 2015 and March 2016.

The Wilson Art Gallery is dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural life of Le Moyne College, the local community, and Central New York, and to that end the Gallery Committee will select works based on merit and the need for varieties of media.

Proposals must be received by close of business, Mon., Mar. 30 for consideration. Decisions and the 2015-2016 gallery calendar will be announced by May 2.

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Musical Master Class Series Launches Major Regional Talent Search

Calling all instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, and composers! Starting in February, the Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) will launch an innovative new outreach program called "OCPL MasterClass" with presenting partner CNY Jazz Central. Intended to identify, nurture and reward developing musical talent of all kinds in Central New York, OCPL MasterClass will offer all participants critical feedback by experts, concert performance opportunities, a marketing workshop, professional video recordings and prizes including free studio time.

The goal of the program is to "cultivate cultural capital" in all musical styles by identifying and nurturing artists who need to be recognized, gain confidence, and advance their education and careers. Said Larry Luttinger, designer of the series, "MasterClass is not a competition; there will be no mean judges! These classes are open to all 12 and older, at all levels of experience, in all conceivable styles, and they are free. Professionals, semi-pros, amateurs, and students are all welcome to perform in absolutely any style. Syracuse has produced some amazing performers who have achieved fame on the national scene. This program will give tomorrow's talent a boost to the next level."

Participants choose one of four classes that are offered on Saturdays throughout the spring, and those who have any questions may attend a pre-class information session. In each master class, performers will be given up to four minutes to perform in any style, and will receive immediate constructive public feedback from a panel of experts and a video card of their performance and feedback session for self-study. They are encouraged to stay in classes to observe their peers. Master teachers will be local professionals such as Todd Hobin, Joe Altier, Jacque Tara Washington, Jackie Warren-Moore, a classical music judge TBA, and others -- all successful career professionals and educators.

All participants will then perform again in a gala grand finale concert which is preceded by a one-hour workshop on the basics of developing an online artist portfolio. Their finale performances will be professionally video-recorded and given to them for future use in their online portfolios, and for use as audition material.

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