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January 2015 “things to do” in Syracuse & Central New York

Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest

Monday, January 5, 2015 – Saturday, January 31, 2015

10:00AM – 4:30PM

Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place
Syracuse, NY 13204

Event Contact: 315-435-8511

Welcome the arrival of the New Year by entering the zoo’s annual photo contest—celebrating 10 years in 2015! Photographers of all abilities, ages 5 and up, are invited to enter for a chance to win fantastic prizes. For complete contest information, rules and entry forms, visit http://rosamondgiffordzoo.org/photo-contestAdmission Info: Complimentary zoo admission offered to contest participants who show their camera at the ticket booth (cell phones are not acceptable); limit one


Saturday, January 10, 2015

7:00PM – 11:00PM

Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission Info: $7.50 per person

Event Contact: Rae Angrand, 347-874-0486

The First Poetry Slam of the Year has arrived in Syracuse: Queen Elizabeth Way Poetry Slam Hosted by HBO Def Poet “Gemineye” and UPS’ First Female Hostess “Kaushen”Music by “DJ Maestro”

Syracuse will start the year with poetry like you’ve never seen. Six amazing teams of performers from four cities across the Queen Elizabeth Way Region competing for one title: The Best Slam Poetry Team in the Region. Every moment will count.


“Roc Bottom Slam Team” from Rochester
“Nitty Gritty Slam” from Albany
“Nickel City Slam” from Buffalo
“Pure Ink Slam” from Buffalo
“The Confused Poets” from Syracuse
“The Underground Poets” from Syracuse 


Cinemagogue Presents:

“Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent”

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Event Contact: Temple Concord, 315-475-9952

Temple Concord
910 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

The story of a rabbi kicked out of Nazi Germany, Joachim Prinz spent the rest of his life fighting for the rights of both the Jewish people and African-Americans. In Berlin in the 1930’s, the civil rights of Jews were systematically stripped away.

A young raTemple Concord logobbi refused to be silent. His name was Joachim Prinz and he set out to restore the self-esteem of the German Jews. Knowing the Nazis were monitoring his every word, and despite repeated arrests, Prinz continued to preach about the value of Judaism. He saved many lives by encouraging Jews to emigrate from Germany. Expelled from Germany in 1937, Prinz arrived in the United States, and became a leader in the civil rights movement speaking out for justice, unconcerned with the popularity of his positions. Free of charge


 Saturday IMAX Special: “Amazon”







Saturday, January 10, 2015 – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Repeats every Saturday

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)
500 S Franklin St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission Info: Up to $6.50 for members; up to $10 for nonmembers

Event Contact: 315-425-9068

Journey down this mighty river with a biologist and a shaman as they search for medicinal plants. Along the way, experience the abundance of animal and plant life indigenous to the world’s most important rainforest. The movie runs 38 minues and is shown in the MOST’s Bristol IMAX Omnitheater, the only domed IMAX theater in Upstate New York.


Dr. Leonard Newman Lecture: “How ‘Normal’ People Become Perpetrators    of Genocide”

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Temple Concord
910 Madison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Event Contact: Temple Concord, 315-475-9952

Dr. Newman, director of the social psychology program at SU, will give a lecture explaining how circumstances can cause a person to commit genocide. Event is free of charge.

Urban Video Project

featuring Xaviera Simmons

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 – Saturday, January 31, 2015
Repeats every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Dusk – 11.00pm

Admission Info: Free

Everson Museum of Art
401 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

A selection of video work by Xaviera Simmons will be exhibited at UVP Everson in conjunction with a solo show of her photographic and sculptural works at Light Work’s Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery, January 12-March 5, 2015.

Projected onto North Façade of Everson Museum of Art Building, Dusk – 11.00pm, Thursday–Sunday

This exhibition is part ofCelestial Navigation: A Year Into the Afro Future, a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations that takes afrofuturism as its point of departure.

Event Contact: 315-474-6064

CNYSPCa Paint, Drink & Be Merry

Friday, January 16, 2015

6:30pm – 9:30pm

5878 East Molloy Road
Syracuse, New York 13211

Admission Info: $55.00 per person

Terri Para

CNYSPCA will be hosting a Paint, Drink & Be Merry

Cost is $55 per person. Cost includes:  All painting supplies, wine and cheese.

There will be 50/50 Raffle, Raffle Baskets, Vendors and for a $25 donation you will receive a bottle of wine and a hand painted wine glass.

All proceeds will benefit the CNYSPCA.

Please contact Gale Rachetta at HRAdmin@cnyspca.org, Terri Para at development@cnyspca.org or call 315-454-4479 to reserve your seat.

Colin Aberdeen at the Westcott Community Center

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Admission Info: $10 per person

Event Contact: Steve Pfanenstiel, 315-638-4740

Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210

Colin Aberdeen is known in Central New York as the front man for Los Blancos.

When he’s not armed with an electric guitar for shows with the band, Colin transforms into a down-home solo performer of original and traditional blues. He plays an extensive repertoire of delta slide and piedmont blues while engaging audiences with soulful vocals and a stage presence of wit and charm all his own. The voice, the guitar, the stories — they just get better when stripped to their elements.



Salt City Winter Antique Show








Saturday, January 17, 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm

Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

Admission Info: Adults $7, Weekend pass $8, Children under 12 free

Event Contact: 315.686.5789

The warm glow of a vast offering of fine antiques takes the chill out of winter at the Salt City Winter Antiques Show. Over 275 selected dealers cover thousands of square feet of floor space. Plus…

• Opportunities to connect with dealers on the possible sale of antiques you own
• Free parking, with handicapped spaces
• Porter service and worldwide shipping available
• Restaurant

Event will take place at the Center of Progress Building located on the NYS Fairgrounds/Empire Expo Center.

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church
The Gathering & Fellowship

Friday, January 23rd 2015

Justin’s Grill
6400 Yorktown Circle
E. Syracuse, NY 13057
(Route 298 off Carrier Circle)

Entertainment provided by

Reginald & Donna Seigler and The Soft Spoken Band





Kids Fun Fair

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Sunday, January 25, 2015

10:00am – 6:00pm

Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

The Kids Fun Fair is held each year ’round up and down the east coast!  They are a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family!  There are great rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. Elephant Rides! Camel Rides! Pony Rides! Feed em! Pet em! Llamas, Goats, Zebras,Pygmy Goats, Alpacas and more!

Admission price for this event is Adults $10 and Children 12 and under free with coupon. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during event.  For details call or go to the website.

Admission Info: Admission: Adults $10 each; Children 12 & under free with coupon

Event Contact: 860-491-3421

On the table with artist Laura Cosgrave

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Paine Branch Library
113 Nichols Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206

Admission Info: Free

Event Contact: Holly Nichols, 315-435-5442

On the Table with artist Laura Cosgrave…..   The table allows visitors to sit and look at a drawing, taking time to become immersed in the artwork, as one might with a book.

She will be presenting drawings based on the front page of “The New York Times”.  Basically, this is a conceptual art project involving the front page, India ink and hand made paper.  The project was started in 2011 and is ongoing. She plans to present both the drawing and the actual front page of a particular date; for example, February 19, 2013, so that visitors can make the connection between the actual front page and its stories and the drawing/collage that resulted from reading and thinking about events.



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

7:30pm – 9:30pm

The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters
421 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Admission Info: $20- $79, college with ID $5., Kids under 18 FREE

Event Contact: Jon Garland, 315-299-5598

Michael Lankester conducts the Hawthorne Quartet in a performance of the Schulhoff Concerto for Quartet. Beethoven: Leonore  No. 3 Overture, Copeland: Lincoln Portrait & a new work by Godfrey  round out this concert.


EPIC Woman Syracuse

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Crowne Plaza Syracuse
701 E Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Admission Info: $10

Event Contact: Molly Harris, (607) 316-6989

Are you ready to feel empowered? Live passionately? Feel inspired? Collaborate with like-minded women?

EPIC Woman 2015 is about saying goodbye to old, outdated approaches to health, wellness + happiness. Saying hello to passion + soul, empowerment + inspiration.

And making true, honest connections with like-minded women. Supporting and encouraging each other from the kindest place possible.

What would your life look like then?

It’s time to find out.

Join the movement. BE EPIC.



Perfect Bridal show







Sunday, January 25, 2015

12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Oncenter Convention Center
800 South State St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Don’t miss Syracuse’s Largest Bridal Show

Event Contact: 315-435-8000
See, hear and taste all that CNY Wedding professionals have to offer when planning your perfect Syracuse Wedding.

Don’t miss Syracuse’s most elegant bridal show…
Over 100 Wedding Professionals Showcasing!
One Lucky Bride will win a Wedding LIVE at this show!
Great food, fun & prizes!
Food catered by Dibbles Inn.

Don’t wait in line….Preregister today for tickets



Sports Memorabilia








Sunday, January 25, 2015

10:00am – 4:00pm

Admission Info: Adults $4.00, Children 10 & under free

Event Contact: 607-753-8580

Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds
581 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209

The LARGEST one-day show in New York State! Our shows are the biggest shows in upstate New York and consist of Sports Memorabilia, Race Memorabilia, Sports and Non-Sports Cards, Autographs, Beanie Babies, Comics, Starting Line Up, Toys, and a whole lot more. Our Syracuse shows usually have up to 125 vendor tables with vendors from all over the Northeast and Canada.

This event will take place in the Horticulture Building at the Empire Expo Center/NYS Fairgrounds.

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church
Anniversary Services

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church







Sunday January 25, 2015

10:30 a.m.

Guest Preacher

Reverend Elgin Joseph Taylor
Pastor of Sweet Rock Pilgrim MBC
Albany NY

4:00 p.m.

Reverend Dr. Ricker Harvey
Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
Rochester, NY

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church
515 Oakwood Ave.
Syracuse, NY

For more information: 475-8175

Website: www.TuckerMBC.org


Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody










The Oncenter Civic Center Theaters
421 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises,SPANK! is bound to have you begging for more. Get in the mood with pre-show cocktails, then stick around and fulfill your fantasy, with the opportunity to take photos with the star himself. It’s a riotous night of fun that will leave your Inner Goddess breathless. Don’t miss your chance for the ultimate “girls’ night out!” Learn more at spankshow.com.

Admission Info: $51 – $58

Event Contact:315-435-8000
Official Website »

SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press


Rusted Root

Rusted Root









Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Admission Info:$18

Event Contact: (315) 299-8886

Doors open at 7:00pm

Westcott Theater & Performing Arts Center
524 Westcott St
Syracuse, NY 13210

Another great jam band show!!


Believe in Syracuse turns two!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Sponsored by Cooperative Federal Credit Union

Thursday January 29th, 6pm – 9pm
Sky Armory, 351 S. Clinton St.
Armory Square, Downtown Syracuse

Admission Info: Free

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Sky Armory





SKY Armory
351 S. Clinton St
Syracuse, NY 13202

As Believe in Syracuse turns two, there’s so much to celebrate. From everything our organization has accomplished, to all the progress happening across the Syracuse area, this is our time to shine as a community. Please join us!Parking is free on the street after 6PM or you can pay to park in the garage at Sky Armory. The event will include free birthday cake, a brief speaking program and networking. It is free to attend and open to everyone. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. It will take place at Sky Armory: CNY’s newest event venue in the heart of Armory Square. This elegant space is part of another wave of revival in Armory Square and is truly symbolic of Syracuse rising.



BHM Kick







 Community Folk Art Center
Black History Month Kick Off


Friday, January 30, 2015
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Admission Info: $7.50 per person

Event Contact: Rae Angrand, 347-874-0486

Community Folk Art Center
805 E. Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13202


Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globe Trotters







Saturday, January 31, 2015


Carrier Dome
900 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244

Admission Info: $28-$123.35

Event Contact: (315) 443-4634

Enjoy great family fun!  The Harlem Globetrotters is an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy.



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Cuse Comedy Showcase

Saturday, January 31, 2015

8:00pm – 10:30pm

Central New York Playhouse
3649 Erie Blvd. E.
Syracuse, NY 13214

Admission Info: $10 in advance, $12 at door

Event Contact:

The Central New York Playhouse

The Cuse Comedy Showcase returns to The Central New York Playhouse. This time 6 local comics will be competing for a cash prize which you the audience will vote on. Winner will get the cash prize and be a featured headliner in a future event.



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