Upcoming in February at The Other Side

Wednesday, Feb 3, 6:30 p.m. Herbal Study Group.

This month this continuously popular, informal class will delve into the fungal world with a look at Hen of the woods, a mushroom known for its delicious taste that also
offers medicinal qualities. We will share our sensory impressions of different preparations of this mushroom and discuss current research and medicinal properties.
Come join the conversation on this fungal ally. This week's presentation will be from B Snogles. Suggested donation $5-$10 Please bring a mug for tea!

aturday, Feb 6, 9-2, and Sunday,. Feb 7, 9-2. "Cheeseman" Mike Haritos, an importer whose business is the Isle de Formaggio, will be returning next weekend to help
people stock up for the Superbowl! In fact, he changed his usual every-2-week scheduled trip to Utica due to conflicts with events already scheduled at The Other Side on 2/13
and 2/14. So, if you missed him this weekend, or you're just eating a lot of fine cheese these days, there will be the usual extraordinary selection of cheeses and other
Mediterranean specialties next weekend.

Monday February 8, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 11, 2-4 p.m. Join a Multifaith dialogue. The Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica (ICGU) is moving forward exploring
 new ways of engaging in multifaith dialogue, and multifaith study, as well as finding ways to proactively welcome our Muslim friends and neighbors. They are starting up a series
of evening and afternoon meetings as follows. All are welcome!

The first three sessions will be: 

Monday, February 8th 6:30pm at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee Street, Utica

Thursday, February 11th 2pm at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee Street, Utica

Wednesday, February 24th 6:30pm at First Presbyterian Church 1605 Genesee Street, Utica

Attend any of the three to learn more about how you can get connected with any or all of the following: relationship-building dinner conversations in a home setting, multi-faith panel discussions (on spiritual, theological and justice issues), multi-faith continued learning and discussion groups. 

Contact Eve Stevens ( or Jill Farnham ( with questions.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 7:30 p.m.  Books and Bodies In the Digital Age, a talk by Benjamin Widiss, Assistant Professor of Literature at Hamilton College.   This talk is part of the Imagining America series of loctures co-sponsored by Hamilton College and the Other Side.  Free to the public.

As our lives become increasingly “virtual,” many artists are beginning to insist on the importance of bodily immediacy, making the material qualities of books, the space of the cinema, and even the posture of our bodies into necessary elements for understanding and interpreting their work.  The result is something approaching a willful form of enchantment—a new “willing suspension of disbelief”—as a corrective to the cynicism of the modern age.

Professor Widiss will explore this development in books and films such as Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Wachowski brother’s The Matrix, and Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Mary Robison’s One D.O.A. and One on the Way, Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn, and Chris Ware’s Quimby the Mouse.

Coming later this month:

Sunday, February 14, 1-3 p.m. Opening reception for Oppositionsa juried exhibition of works by Pratt MWP students.  Come and view the high quality of art being accom-

plished by the current crop of talented students at Pratt/MWPAI.  

uesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. A Sense of Place: An Almanac of Festivals in the Mohawk Valley. Book-signing and talk with the author. A comprehensive book on festivals, history, wildlife, and seasonal activities in the greater Mohawk Valley. Written by long-time area resident Roger Chambers,  published in late 2015. 


There will be books available for purchase and signing by the author. 


The talk: Chambers will discuss this unique book on Mohawk Valley history, geography, climate, and the many festivals and annual seasonal events that make the Mohawk Valley an interesting place to live or visit. The talk will focus on the importance of dormancy in winter and the rapidly changing climate as experienced locally, winter birds and the Great Backyard Bird Count held annually on President’s Day Weekend, and other holidays and seasonal activities of February. Published by Friesen Press,  available at Barnes & Noble and  

For Film Fans (the following are not The Other Side events):

Thursday, Feb 4, 7:00 p.m. Body, (2015, USA, dirs. Dan Berk and Robert Olsen)  Three young women break into a secluded mansion on Christmas Eve and face dire choices after a freak accident during their unanticipated encounter with the property groundskeeper in this chilling twist on the home invasion film.  The always interesting Films @ UC continues its spring series of offerings.  All films screened in MacFarlane Auditorium in Deperno Hall on the Utica College campus.

Sunday, February 7, 2:00 p.m.  Portrait of Jason (1967) directed by Shirley Clarke, starring Jason Holliday (nee Aaron Payne).  Jason, a gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer is the sole on-screen presence in the film, narrating his troubled life to the camera.  
This spring's F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language In Motion ) series at Hamilton College, curated by Scott MacDonald, is focused on "African Americans in film: Rarely Screened Landmarks."  Ingmar Bergman called Portrait of Jason "the most extraordinary film I've seen in my life."  It was selected for preservation in the National Film registry in 2015. 
Films are screened in the Bradford Auditorium (Rm 125, in the Kirner-Johnson Building.  Follow the F.I.L.M. signs on campus.  For more information, visit

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