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April Highlights:


April 2014 is such a big month at The Other Side that I will herein mainly describe just the first several events, and let you look ahead on the attached calendar to see what else is in store.  More detailed descriptions will come out in future emails.

Anyone interested in Tango lessons (beginning Sunday, April 6, 1-2 p.m., should contact Susan Khan-Hartz at


Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.  The Herbal Study Group  will focus on Herbal Allies for Managing Pain.

Herbs can act in many ways to help alleviate and manage pain related to any cause.  During this class we will discuss the physiology of pain and the pain pathway, how conventional pain relievers work, and what herbs can provide to reduce pain patterns, minimize acute pain and prevent and treat chronic conditions.  We will also explore how herbs can be used as adjunct to massage and other alternative healing modalities.  To pre-register, call Lisa at 315-845-1562, or  Drop-ins welcome.  10% of donations got to The Akwesasne Freedom School, a Mohawk language and cultural immersion program. (


Art Opening at The Gallery


Friday April 4, 6-9 p.m. Opening reception at The Other Side for Drill Shaft Paddywhack,Interior Decorating by Wendy Well {aka Jenna North}.   The opening will be continued onSaturday, April 5, 11-3, with the artist present. 


Saturday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. a screening of Triple Divide.  This screening is in conjunction with Jenna North's show. Thanks to grants from Hydro Relief Web and New Yorkers Against Fracking, film makers Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman will be present.  Those interested in the Hydrofracking issue and the threat the industry poses to  NYS should make a date to be there for this film providing witness to one of the most important environmental issues of our day!  The screening is free.  This film has received serious accolades, including the following:

'Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. "It's the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin" wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release. The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic & Melissa Troutman.'


Jazz Is Back....


Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.  The final presentation in the 2013-14 Imagining America series, sponsored jointly by The Other Side and Hamilton College, Groove While You Wait: Music In the Moment, a talk and performance featuring Michael "Doc" Woods, Professor of Music at Hamilton College , with John Piazza, Jr., trumpet, Bob Cesari, sax, Tom Witkowski, piano, Rick Compton, drums, Doc himself on bass, and with special guest Chris Woods on guitar and reading poetry. Important note:  Imagining America talks are free to the public, for this performance, to help us pay the musicians, the suggested donation is $10, $5 students. 

Additional note:  It may be wise to call ahead to reserve your seat for this performance.  Call 735-4825 or stop at the Cafe Domenico and leave your name at the counter.


Poetry Is Back....

Friday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.  The Rag and Bone Shop Poetry Theater, in celebration of national Poetry month, presents "Lilacs Out of the Dead Land," a reading of recent works by local poets, including Ruth Dandrea, Orin Domenico, Doug LaFlamme, Pat Scanlon, Will Welch, Ed Tato and others.  "April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain."  T.S. Eliot  This event is free.


Witness Is Back

Saturday April 12, 7:00 p.m., a Utica Premiere, screening of the film 23 Reasons Why 23 Years Is Enough.  Discussion with Deirdre Sinnott, the filmmaker, to follow.


Pascual Carpenter was an unarmed lookout for the 1990 spur-of-the-moment subway robbery by a large group of teens that went horribly wrong and resulted in the death of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. Watkins’ tragic death came soon after the Central Park jogger case and made for more splashy headlines and national news.


Pascual and six other teens, including the young man who actually stabbed Watkins, were convicted under the controversial felony-murder rule, a law that transfers culpability to accomplices for any death that occurs during certain felonies, regardless of the person's role in the crime.


Was Carpenter’s sentence of 25-years-to-life just? Is forgiveness possible in our mass-incarceration-prone society?


Screening is free, donations welcome and will go to the Family and Friends of Pascual Carpenter to help with ongoing defense costs.  For more info on the film go to


Finally, a first heads up from Orin on a BIG event in May: OnSaturday, May 3rd, we will be kicking off the 2014 jazz series with the John Fedchock New York Sextet, five Big Apple heavyweights  that we are pleased and amazed are coming to TOS. Check out their work at The Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel on You Tube. Set the date aside, as you won't want to miss this one.



And there is more coming in April....Stay Tuned!